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Haunted Iowa

 

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Below is a list of reportedly haunted locations across Iowa. If you would like to add a legend, please leave a comment. This will be updated when we stumble across any new hauntings of interest.

 

Ackley - Hazzl Green Cemetery - It's an old cemetery about 5 miles south of Ackley out in the country. There’s a gazebo and there is said to be and old lady sitting in a rocking chair holding a baby.

 

Algona - Gypsy Grave Yard - Just north of town is a small graveyard with an even smaller graveyard fenced off toward the back. It is said that when the Gypsy wagon trains would pass through town back in the 1800's, and one of their flock was sick and dying, instead of taking them further on the journey and not having Gypsy hollowed ground to bury them in they would just bury them there, while still alive. Many ghostly figures have been seen hanging around, and if you cross the small fence and walk on the hollowed ground you will be cursed. This is a favorite haunt for the local teens.

 

Algona - Plum Creek Pits - Back in the far corner there has been a little boy said to be playing near the waters edge legend has it that the little boy was running back to the river on the other side of the pits when he tripped on a stone and was stabbed by a stick he had fallen on. The local fisherman who used to fish their say they have seen this boy walking on the bank of the pit when they yelled to him he seemed to have looked up and ran back towards the river and disappears, nobody knows what this boys name is or even his age.

 

Alton - Floyd River - It is said that three teenagers hung themselves in an old broken down house just off the Floyd River. You can still see three ropes hanging from the rafters of the house. There is a path leading to the house with a No Trespassing sign on it and when you cross it the haunting starts. Legend has it, the haunting never stops.

 

Amana - Ghost Corner- in a cemetery there. there is a stone that is said on the last minute of every year a light blue figure hovers over her grave.

 

Ames - Iowa State University - C. Y. Stephens Auditorium - The auditorium is haunted by the benevolent ghost of C. Y. Stephens. He is especially present in the basement tunnels that run between the auditorium and the coliseum and Fisher Building. Cold drafts and footsteps are among the ways he makes himself known. He can also be seen from the stage sitting in the back right corner of the third balcony whenever the house lights are on and the stage lights are low. His presence is thought of, at least by dancers in the annual Nutcracker production, to be a sign of good luck for the performance.

 

Appanoose - Centerville - Railroad Tracks - If you park your car on these tracks, turn it off, and put it in Neutral, little kids will push you off the tracks. You will hear foot steps in the rocks while they are pushing you.

 

Boone - Kate Shelly High Bridge - Kate Shelly was famous for saving a train from going off of the tracks on the bridge that is now known as the Kate Shelly high bridge. It is said that if you look up at the tracks (bridge) at night you can see a mysterious outline of a person and a dim light like a lantern running on the tracks. People around here say that it's Kate forever reliving the incident that saved a train and lots of people. - September 2004 CORRECTION: located west of the City of Boone, is not the bridge where Kate Shelley saved the passenger train. It was actually first structured in early 1900's and was named "The Boone Viaduct". It was renamed for Kate Shelley in the 1960's. The bridge has wonderful tales of "Specter" Steam Engines and ghostly "watchmen" that walk it. The original bridge that Kate Shelley crossed was demolished in the 1930's.

 

Buckeye - House - There is a house and this only happens at night. This house is really old almost 100 years. At night, in upstairs the floorboards creek as if someone was walking up them one after another. The door in one of the rooms open on its own, but it jams shut.

 

Burlington - National Guard Armory - Reportedly there are doors that won't stay shut and that slam shut by themselves. People working there late at night have heard sounds of Horses and footsteps when there is no one there. A witness saw a reflection of a face of a man with a handle bar mustache in a computer screen and turned around to find no one there.

 

Burlington - Stony Hollow - Urban Legend - It is said that if you go to that bluff and say the ghosts name 3 times she will appear and if she drops a rose you will die the next day. It is said that a boy did it and died the next day.

 

Carroll County - Carrollton - This place is in Carroll County. You drive east out of Carroll on HWY 30, and turn right at the Deham turn, which is right by the Golf Club. Drive until you reach Willey,(about 5 miles) go through Willey, straight until you see a sign Carrollton 4 miles. Turn left and drive straight. You will come into the town and on your right there is an old abandon house that people have reported seeing, hearing and feelings the spirits. If you keep going, you will reach the school, which a boy killed his teacher in many years ago. You will enter the school seeing one thing, and the next day it won’t be there. There is also a cemetery here, where people have reported seeing figures from the gates. Little girls dancing were seen. Many reported that you will start walking in the cemetery and it will get foggy and you will be able to see your breath.

 

Cedar Rapids - Oak Hill Cemetery - It is said that Tillie, a small Czech girl, can be seen at night caring a flickering candle, and has said to have tried to pull people into a nearby Mausoleum.

 

Cedar Rapids - Parkers Grove - There is a gravestone with a carving of a face here and when you go there at night, you can see the face cry and his eyes are wet!!

 

Cedar Rapids - Rawsons Flatland - This a supposed to be haunted by a two to three year old girl, named Josephine, wearing a white t-shirt and has short hair about to her cheeks. If you see her you will remember quite a bit about her, then by the time you turn to take a second look she will be gone.

 

Cedar Rapids - wildwood apartments - It is said that about 20 years ago, there was a convicted child molester living in one of the buildings. Years later one of the victim’s parents confronted the man and beat him to death. His body was found 3 days later. It is rumored that you can still hear the innocent cries of his victims echoing in the halls late at night in wildwood apartments.

 

Charles City - Iron Hill - In these woods behind the old white farm there have been sightings of a little girl dressed in white, also various girls have been heard. Around Halloween you can hear faintly a chanting that is something like this, "ring around the rosy..." and "wanna come burn with me". Around 1920 there was a train car full of orphans that burned down on the railroad tracks that run through there. a burned rag doll has been found. They say it is there graveyard yet no family ties have been found.

 

Charles City - Riverside Cemetery - This cemetery next to the river is a very strange and eerie place, sensing the darkness and windy roads. Dark figures have been seen walking around and standing over graves and a few people have been attacked or approached by figures that refused to step into light. An Indian has also been seen out there, it is a place that you feel someone is watching you at all times. Being by the mausoleum is probably the best place to see or hear things or along the river bank.

 

Cherokee - American Theatre - East Main St. - It has been said by the employees that work in this old movie theatre that the former owner, Mr. Goldie, haunts it. A previous theatre manager related a story about an incident that occurred to him, when he was all-alone in the theatre. Apparently on day as he was walking across the stage he looked out at the seats where the customers would sit. And he saw one seat about 3-4 rows from the front and 2 seats in rocking slowly all by itself. There are other stories to be told of the haunting there, but all you need to do...is come, and visit with the staff at the American Theatre.

 

Clarinda - Clarinda Academy - There are a lot of tunnels under the town and the Academy. They used these tunnels along time ago for the mentally ill. They starved them down there for years. It is said that five boys have disappeared when walking through the tunnels. Many people have seen and heard footsteps and screams.

 

Conover - 4 shadowy figures said to have been seen along Conover road, against a stand of evergreen trees. Supposedly a family died there years ago.

 

Coon Rapids - Elk Grove Cemetery - There is a little headstone. If you get in the right angle and just wait a couple minutes it will start to glow.

 

Council Bluffs - Fairview Cemetery - This cemetery is home of the "Black Angel." Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance they made a statue of the angel that she dreamt of before she died and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Black Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is "blessed" by her is on the sickly side from then on. Small lights have been seen in the trees behind the older grave sites. Feelings of someone walking on the heels of visitors.

 

Council Bluffs - General Dodge's House - The Dodge House was owned by General Dodge and his family. The community has tours go through it, to make some money off of its beauty and age...The real story is that General Dodge is still there wandering around or sitting in his rocking chair. Around dusk everyday, you can hear 2 men arguing if you stand in the middle of the street. Late at night you can see small flashes of light around the dodge house lawn, and get a very faint smell of fire. Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance they made a statue of her and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Dark Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is "blessed" by here is on the sickly side from then on.

 

Council Bluffs - Lewis and Clark monument - A submitter wrote in reporting having a scare there, if you know anything about this place, please email - HauntedPlaces and make sure you put the location and state in the heading.

 

Council Bluffs - Old library-Now Union Pacific museum - This is the old Council Bluffs library, which has now been restored to a wonderful looking and brand new Union Pacific railroad museum. Before the renovation occurred, many people were hesitant to venture into the basement of this Carneige structure due to books literally flying off the shelves. Many experienced items mysteriously disappearing, only to have them return later. Also, some have reported dark-shadowy figures being seen in the basement. Not too many folks want to go into this basement alone.

 

Dakota City - Historical Museum - It is said to be that the Dakota City Historical Museum is to be haunted at night. Some nights you can drive by it and see shadows, and lights going on and off in the windows. An old lady gives tours there in the summer and says that it could be haunted by the founders of Humboldt County or by the famous wrestler Gotch. - December 2003 update/addition: The submitter to the addition has heard of a fisherman walking around there, possibly he is there because the Des Moines river is right next to the museum and there is a story of a fisherman drowning to death there many years ago. Another story that is true is that if you walk up to the front sign of the museum and ask it any question it will move to the right-meaning yes or it will move to the left-meaning no. please note it is a hanging sign on hinges. Some people might think it is the wind doing this but it only happens on calm nights when there is no wind or gusts at all. There is a lot of history at the museum.

 

Davenport - Blackhawk Hotel - There has been many circumstances of seeing a lady roaming the halls wearing a red or blue evening gown. There have also been instances of pianos playing in the main ballroom misc. disturbances with employees. Actor Cary Grant also died on the 8th floor and has been seen walking the halls.

Davenport - Masonic Temple, Brady St. - Currently owned by Palmer College. Security reports many types of haunting phenomenon at all hours of the day.

 

 

Davis City - Cemetary - can be seen shooting across the cemetary very late at night. Animal sacrifices have also been known to be practiced in the early nineties. As you enter the cemetary a sudden feeling of pressure is often felt.

 

Davis County - Mars Hill - It's the only extant log church in Iowa now. There is a graveyard to the right of the church. Rumors are that is a hot spot for seeing UFOs, but other things have gone on there too--Black Mass has been held in the abandoned church; evidence has been left behind, like inverted pentagrams in red paint or blood on the floor. I've been there and there is a positively suffocating force there--it's like you can't breathe and you get the impression there are tons of eyes watching you. Very creepy! And, just down the hill from the church is Crybaby Bridge, where at midnight if you turn off your car on the bridge, you can hear the sounds of babies and small children crying.

 

Des Moines - Drake University Observatory - The Drake University Observatory is said to be haunted by Dr. Robert Morehouse. He was the first Chairman of the Astronomy and Physics Department and his claim to fame was discovering a comet in the 1920's. His remains, along with those of his wife, are interred in the wall of the entryway. Students have reported many strange things happening in the basement, such as a feeling of being watched and an unknown force correcting the calculations in their observation logs.

 

Des Moines - Old Red Horse Armory - Was an old Cavalry armory. It is now the city school bus barn. When the National Guard was in the building soldiers who worked full time and were in there after hours reported hearing the clip clop of horses hooves and the jingle of harnesses off the small drill floor where the stables were. They also would catch glimpses of an older man dressed in an old cavalry uniform in the long back hall that only had a small light bulb at each end of it. They were not fanciful people who seen and heard these things. They were hardworking soldiers with their heads on straight who would never in a million years make up things like that.

 

(creepy trike 'angel' that used to be in Merle Hay Mall- not related to haunting)

Des Moines - Polk - Merle Hay Mall Tower - Merle Hay Mall, and a building in the mall known as the Merle Hay Tower, is built over the site of a Monastery that was closed in the 1950's. Rumor has it that on occasion a nun would become pregnant, with the pregnancy resulting in mis-carriage. These babies were buried in unmarked graves on the Monastery grounds, where the mall stands today. My grandfather used to drive an ice cream truck, and would deliver to the Monastery, and witnessed one of the nuns nursing (feeding) an infant in the kitchen of the Monastery. In present day, the Merle Hay Tower is said to be haunted by a figure wearing a very old style habit, who cries as she carries a dead child. People who have offices in the Tower report an elevator that moves between floors with no one aboard late at night. When the elevator stops, footsteps can be heard, but when the sounds are investigated, no one is around. Cold spots are frequent and a feeling of being watched when alone is also reported. Others report hearing someone walk into an office and when they turn around, no one is there.

Des Moines - Terrace Hill - There have been witnesses who have seen a transparent little girl, eyes in pictures following them and many other things. In the middle of the elevator(which is code activated)goes up and down and opens.

Des Moines - Smouse Opportunity School -  There is quite a big legend surrounding it.  The building has been renovated but there are still older sections of the building. Employees have reported hearing voices and things being moved around in empty classrooms, but when investigated they find no one in the area that could be responsible for the strange happenings. A janitor had cleaned the entire 3rd floor one night then proceeded to leave after he completed his tasks. As he left the building he looked up and saw all the lights on the 3rd floor we turned back on, and upon further investigation he realized that all the chairs had been removed from the desktops and placed back on the floor. There are pictures and paintings of David W. Smouse (founder) and his wife all over the building. In the  paintings the eyes tend to follow you wherever you go. There are many more stories told by current and former employees from as far back as 60 years ago!

Dubuque - Grand Opera House - voices, footsteps and apparitions are present here. Click here to see and hear evidence about our investigation there!

Dubuque - The Ham House - This building is said to be one of the most haunted places in Dubuque. It was once a large private residence, but is now a museum. People have experienced classic encounters such as cold breezes, strange voices and chills running down people's spines. Several of the caretakers have reported objects mysteriously out of place and lights flickering. There have even been reports of eerie cries coming from the servant's house, the master bedroom, and the nursery.

Dubuque - The Hotel Julien - A historic and lavishly restored hotel in Iowa's oldest city has been rumored to be haunted for years. I have heard personal stories from staff that the freigh elevator has a mind of its own, and will open and close its doors and drop people off on the wrong floors often. One former staff member reported seeing the apparition of a woman outside his office, which was above a large staircase. (someone would have to be floating at least 5 feet off the ground to be seen.)

It's well known that Al Capone frequented the hotel, and you can even stay in the "Capone Suite", where an old vault is built in.

Joan Rivers, who has appeared publicly on Celebrity Ghost Stories, was checking into her hotel room when the bell hop supposedly cracked a joke about her not being alone for the night. (implying the place was haunted). She quickly checked out and headed for another nearby hotel.

Dubuque - The Saul House - In 1992, a 14 year old boy killed himself with a knife in his home. And the people that have moved in have said that knifes have been lying in an x on the exact spot he killed himself.

Eldora/Ackley - the Fellands old property - a stone garden is found there (one rock is found from the old Roman aqueducts) a spirit found from the norms house is alive there (under large center rock, never point him/her in the direction of the norms house. The second floor east room is a cross roads. The straight point in front lawn (most east north) has been used for magic rituals.

Emmetsburg - Vacant lot behind Nauss Oil on Highway 18 - There once was a motel on this sight. The people that ran the motel lived in a house across the road for a while, then the motel was demolished but the drive way is still there. Sometimes an old man in a plaid shirt and chino slacks walks along the old drive way and stops 5 or 6 times like he is checking doors. The house across the street where the people lived was still standing in 2002 and they were renovating it.

 

Estherville - Oak Hill - its a cemetery and there is this hill that is haunted. The story is that a car full of football players were going to their game and their car stalled on this very hill. So they all got out and started to push the car up this hill then a car came around this bend and didn’t see the football players and hit them. All of the players died. People say that if you put your car in neutral between these 2 markers you will go uphill because the football players push you up the hill because they don’t want you to get hit by another car. Another story is that two children who lived in the nearby mansion were playing in the road when they were run over and killed. When your car moves, it is the children pushing it off of them. Anyway, the going up hill sensation is caused by an optical illusion. For this to work, you must be headed downhill. In the place where you stop, the road levels off and appears to go up in comparison to the rest of the road. If you go down the hill and around the curve and look back, you will realize that the entire road does indeed go down hill.

Floyd - Charles City - Iron Hill - Back on the new walking trail is the site where a train wreck happened. 

 

Fort Dodge - Hawkeye Theater - You always feel like someone is watching you. Whenever you are in a room by yourself, you are physically abused by an 'invisible hand'. Reports of a transparent little girl. IL

 

Fort Dodge - terror bridge - It has been said that a woman threw 3 of her 4 children off the bridge while a train was coming one of the 4 got away when you drive over the bridge at midnight your car will shutoff till your over the bridge and by her house where she hung herself and burnt down. if you go under the bridge her truck is still where she parked it. It is truly terrifying. it has also been said that you should lock your doors and roll up your windows or she will throw you over too.

 

 

Fort Madison - Iowa State Penitentiary - Built in the 1800's. Solitary confinement area: Guards refuse to go to the end of the corridor at night. Inmates have experienced cold spots, heard unexplainable moaning and chains clanking, seen apparitions and have been choked or physically attacked while alone in their 8x5(or smaller) locked cell.

Guthrie Center - Cemetery - When going east out of Guthrie Center there is a cemetery to the left of you. In this cemetery is a gravestone shaped like a chair. This chair has been named "The Devil's Chair" it is said if you sit in it something bad will happen to you. My neighbor sat in it one night and two days later discovered he needed to have open heart surgery. Don't sit in this chair or you'll be sorry but if you do sit in it you're very brave, good for you!!!

 

Hamburg - Catholic Cemetery - Occasional sightings of a woman figure have been seen kneeling at the feet of the three Virgin Mary statues. Some have reported hearing wailing from the statues themselves.

 

Hardin - Eagle City - Eagle City Park - There are people that go to the park and worship the devil and chase you away if you try to watch them. There is rope that is in a barn at the park that is used to hang people at least it looks like that is what they are for. Also there is blood all over the ground in the barn.

 

Hutchinson - The Hutchinson Public Library- It is said that a lady was killed down in the basement and is still there today.

 

Independence - Buchanan County Court House - A man was hung sometime in the late 1800's to the early 1900's there, but when they did his neck didn?t snap, so he died slowly. Now he is supposed to haunt the building at night, walking around the building. a man who spent the night in one of the cells, said he saw it, but that it was a man hanging from a rope that went up into the ceiling. He isn't a very credible person though.

 

 

Iowa City - Black Angel & Little Girl Statues - Reports of a glowing shape walking through the cemetery, believed to be the spirit of the Black Angel. She is also said to watch people and strange lights in connection with this statue. In there with the Black Angel is a small statue of a girl that is set up on a column. If you walk under her and around her she will pick out someone in your group and stare at them until they leave. Also the closer you get to the little girl statue the warmer it gets. The farther you get the colder it gets.

 

Iowa Falls - Eagle City - an outside church in lower Eagle city too many voices too recognize.

 

Johnson County - North Liberty - Green castles Cemetery - This is a very old cemetery, No one has been buried there in years. When you go there at night the dirt is freshly dug by many of the stones, as if someone was buried there that day. Tombstones move all by there self. Many people have seen a witch in black with long dark hair, she talks to young children. She looks like she is between 16 and 18 yrs. old.

 

Lamoni - Terre Haute ? Terre Haute Cemetery - It is said that the cabin beside Terre Haute Cemetery, there is a little boy who plays on a swing set beside the cabin. He then motions for you to follow him and he guides you to the cemetery to where he is buried. When you reach the grave the boy disappears.

 

Laurens - infant cemetery - out in the middle of the country you will go up a hill on a gravel road. On top of that hill you will see an old run down white abandon house. To your left pushed back in the corner of A lot of trees you will see a small cemetery. No one has been buried here in years, and as you walk into the graveyard you will see to your left 3 small graves with the same last name. Legend has it that the three graves are from 3 little girls that lived in the house a long time ago until there father killed them. Some people went into the house and found a bunch of old toys and stuffed animals. Gusts of cold wind will blow as soon as you step out of your car, and many voices have been heard inside the small round cemetery.

 

Leclaire - The Old School House Bridge - A bus full of kids from the school down the road were killed on this bridge years ago.  They don't like people on their bridge. They will do anything to get you off of the bridge because they don't want you to die too.  Go and stop on the bridge and they will push you away from bridge.  Take a dark car and put powder on the car and you will see hand prints.  There is a swing on the side of the road, at the dead of night, you will see it moving, no wind or anything.  It only works going one way, so you will have to figure it out which way it is.

 

 

Manchester - Stage Coach House - The old stagecoach house and stables near Coffins Grove Park are said to be haunted by members of the Baker family who ran the stagecoach house and are buried in the family cemetery nearby.

 

 

Marshalltown - The ghost of the Quary, a 5th grade that was killed 30 years ago haunts the Quary forest. He calls to you from every corner of the forest and follows you around until you leave the forest. Also there are symbols carved into a wooden bridge in the forest.

 

 

Mason City - Ghosts of the rock stars - Some people occasionally spot a plane crashing, and some say it was from the 1959 tragedy, when The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly died in the plane crash. Their spirits are rarely spotted, but 3 orbs were caught on tape once, and it was in the same spot where the 3 rock stars died.

 



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Mount Ayr - Ted Row - Ted Row is a small cemetery in the country. In the daytime, there is a tree that contains an evil face. But at night, the spirits frequently make themselves known. It is not the cemetery but it is the woods that surround the cemetery that is haunted.

 

Mount Pleasant - Hwy 218 on Kentucky Rd.-Birthday Bridge - Supposedly years ago a girl hung herself from the bridge on her birthday if you go out there at night you can see her and on her birthday see her hanging.

 

Muscatine - Greenwood Cemetery - If you walk down the center of the cemetery you will hear the sound of footsteps running at you but when you turn to look at the direction the noise is coming from you will see nothing. A strong feeling of being watched and followed is felt. Even reports of a strange scream that seems to come from the other side of the cemetery but can hurt your ears at the same time.

 

Muscatine - Greenwood Cemetery - The Blue Angel - is a statue in the Greenwood Cemetery who used to hold a rose and if the person looking at the angel, if she dropped the rose, you were doomed to death. Eventually some people cut off her hand so that she wouldn't be able to hurt anyone anymore, but at night time her hand was still there, glowing in the night holding the rose that she might drop on you. When approaching the angel you will see the sky turn blood red and when you look at the trees cause the angel is set back all by itself in a cove, the short side of the trees will be swaying and the tall side will not.

 

Nevada - old story county home - The old Story county home is said to be haunted it closed down 15 yrs ago. They say if you drive by it at night you can see glows like a light was on. It is condemned now with no trespassing signs in front. It was an asylum where people with mental illness lived. They say you can hear moans and cries. So many people died there. It has been said some teenagers went to it one night at midnight and one of them got struck on the head by a piece of falling debris, like someone was jumping on the floor above them to make it fall.

 

New Providence - Reece park - A young women will appear in the corn field and you will hear her screaming. The young women killed herself out there, and it is her ghost that is known to haunt that very place.

 

New Virginia - cemetery - the grave of the first settler in New Virginia is said to be haunted. At midnight every night you can see a glowing light coming from this stone. They say the ghost if mad because they changed his gravestone.

 

Newton - Children's Forest - It is known that a neighboring resident found an antique glass jar in the woods of Children's Forest. A week later, when the jar was kept inside the resident's garage, a group of teenagers saw a depressed Indian walking through a table. The next day they busted the jar against a tree inside the Forest, and now they say you can hear Indian calls from within the woods.

 

 

Pacific Junction - Ghost Town - It is said that on the other side of the train tracks, on some private property, there are some haunted houses. There have been sightings of orbs and also at least 3 entites. It is located just outside of town in between it and Glenwood.

 

Palo - Pleasant Ridge Cemetery - Pleasant Ridge is more commonly known as 13 stairs, because of the 13 stairs leading up a hill into the cemetery. Voices have been recorded on tape (EVP) that were not heard while there. Also, people have been touched by unseen things. Visitors have seen things human like shapes appear and disappear.

 

Protivin - the creamery - witnesses have seen a face in the window. There has been other reporting of strange noises and movements. A long time ago part of it burned down killing 2 people inside.

 

Oskaloosa - Youngberg house - Faint, deep moans can be heard on the second story. Feet have appeared to be dangling down from the attic door. Right when you get up on the second story, an overwhelming feeling of fear and pain is reported by the owners. The house has had many owners and has been around for nearly 100 years.

 

Ottumwa - house of ghosts - In 1856 there was a man who had to go to war. His wife had died when his daughter was two. He had died the third week of war. His daughter and their servants were very sad. Three years after he had died she was 13 and she got sick. She died in 1870.In 1996 Brad Leedom was taking a shower in the house. Then he heard something up stairs. He walked up the stairs and saw writing on the window it said "Are You My Father". It is said on calm nights you can hear her singing and playing.

 

Ottumwa - Mars Hill - There are many legends about Mars Hill, a church and cemetery outside of Ottawa. there is said to be a "suffocating force" upon the place. Thumping against the side of your car along with dirty little hand prints.

 

 

Sheldon - 9th Street Graveyard - It is said that if you walk into the graveyard at 12:00 midnight you can see a white shadowy ghost floating in the air.

 

Shell Rock - Satan's Hollow Bridge - Under the bridge there are experiences of being watched unexplained sounds and tall white figures also you hear all around you moving and following as you go further down. There is a feeling of not wanting to be there.

 

Shellsburg - Shellsburg Cemetery - Just outside of Shellsburg, there is a statue of an angel marking the grave of 2 young children that died in the late 1940's. It is said that if you walk up to her at night, she will softly start crying and tears will run down her face and fall to the ground.

 

Sioux City - Airport - Reports of orb, moans and screams on the runway. United Flight 232 crashed there on July 19, 1989, and 112 of the 376 on board died.

 

Sioux City - Cavalry Cemetery - Many visitors report two things after walking through the grounds: Their ears ring persistently, and they feel the sensation of fingertips or cobwebs drifting over their face. Some report that both sensations get stronger as they approach a gravestone with a tree growing out of it- half of the tree is dead, half of it still produces green leaves every year.

 

Sioux City - Graceland Park Cemetery - People taking pictures, hunting for orbs, experience slight disorientation, and cameras stop functioning until you leave the premises.

 

Sioux City - Joy Hollow - Mary the virgin has been seen with blood running down her face in one of the older cabins girl scouts that died in that cabin haunted it reports of floating objects girls coming out of the shower with hand prints on them

 

Sioux City - KD Station - The building was originally built around 1915 as a state-of-the-art meat packing plant. However, shortly after it was built the company went bankrupt. It was later purchased by Swift and Co. who operated a packing operation in it for many years. In the 50's, however, a gas leak caused an explosion that killed a number of people. Later after Swift moved out it was purchased and made into a shopping center that included store shops, a bowling alley and miniature golf course. A friend that worked as security and also operated a martial arts studio in the building reported a number of strange happenings. There at one time was a terrace that was had lights that required them to be unscrewed to turn off. One night he turned them off and proceeded to close the two doors that were required to be entered to get back into the building. He reported that something made him get the urge to turn around and he seen that all the nights were back on. In the time it took him to go back inside there was no way someone would have time to screw back in all the lights and there was no on/off switch for these lights. He also reported times when it seemed the elevators were moving when they really were not. This happened to other patrons also. For many years, the owners of the building used to print on their brochure "Paul Pulaski, our in house ghost welcomes you"

 

Sioux City - Leflur house - It's located in Morningside near the collage and it has been in a magazine. It has been investigated before. There have been sightings of a Red glow in the upstairs. The workmen who did some remodeling there would always find there tools in the basement in the mornings. The birds they tried to keep would always die on them and the dog would never go into the house. In the middle of July the attic would be so cold that you could see your breath. The house has been surrounded by death. There has been many murders there. There has been a count of seven entities there.

 

 

Spencer - Moose Pond - a long long time ago there was a boy ice fishing on the pond, It was getting late so the boy was starting to pack up when the ice broke he fell in the water which is 40ft deep and drowned. now if you go down there at 8:47 pm on the 23rd of December you can hear thumping on the ice and the screams of a young dying child.

 

 

Springville - Springville Cemetery - There is a grave where in the way back that is not in the cemetery and in the trees and it was said to be moved back there from a ghost, because everything was moved even the body and there were no marks of some one who dug in the ground, or grass took off ground. If you go there in the night you can see the guy digging a hole with a glowing green shovel. He was said to work as a gravedigger in 1902 but then fell in the grave and broke his neck and died instantly.

Stockport - Silos - Stockport is an old run down town and on the outskirts of it there are two silos where a little boy once jumped across and fell to his death, you can still see him jumping back and forth.

 

Stratford - Vegor's Cemetery - In the middle of three miles of woods is a cemetery that is over 150 years old. It was once the ancient burial ground of the local Indian tribe. When the settlers came, they dug the Indians' graves and placed them in five mounds throughout the hilltop. In retaliation, the Indians killed a white woman names Mrs. Henry Lott. She was the first white woman killed in Webster County. She was buried there. Over fifty small children are buried there along with many soldiers. If you go there at night, you can hear children laughing and the sound of Indians. If you roll down the hill three times, you will see the stairway to heaven. Also, legend has it if you desecrate and Indian mound, you will be cursed. I have known two men to have done so, and they were involved in serious car accidents within a week of visiting the cemetery. An interesting link is Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, not sure of the validity of the story in the link, though. There is a large monument to her there, presumably above her grave.

 

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Some of this is true. There were (are?) Indian graves there and a small monument marks one of the mounds. The white woman killed was not in retaliation for the desecrations, though. Mrs. Lott is indeed buried there, but she died of exposure after fleeing the Indians who were apparently after her husband, Henry. This is the actual beginning of the Spirit Lake Massacre.

 

Van Meter - Brick factory - This Factory was burned down twice in the early 1900's and never rebuilt. If you get there at certain times of the year you can hear bricks being thrown around.

 

Villisca - Villisca Axe Murder House - Believed to be haunted by the family that was murdered there. Doors slam, and ghost talk and lots of other things.

 

Vinton - Evergreen Cemetery - There is an apparition of a woman wearing a white dress that rides a horse up and down the railroad tracks.

 

Viola - Matt's Bridge- When you go out to the bridge and you park your car near the middle of the bridge and shut it off you will get pushed across the bridge. You will see and hear things outside your car. After you leave get to a road with light to see the handprints on your car. Be careful thought if you go there to many times and they recognize you they'll get mad and try to push you off the bridge or brake your windows. Even if you catch them on a bad night they might try. If you have you windows down you can hear a lot of noises and voices in the woods.

 

Vinton - Evergreen Cemetery - there is a statue in the unknown soldier section of the graveyard and the right eye of the statue is missing at night - Rumor is that the statues has both eyes and they follow you also that the unknown soldiers wonder that part of the cemetery. Also reports of a woman’s voice being heard.

 

 

 

 "Dear Children, As you pass by as you are now So once was I. As I am now So soon you will be. Prepare for death And follow me."

 

It is said that nobody can climb the stairs of the abandoned family home located on the property...something ALWAYS stops you from succeeding Sightings of people with horrible burns and missing hands are rumored to have occurred repeatedly in the area.- February 2004 addition. There aren't any remains of the old family house. There also aren't any graves behind the trees. There are a lot of strange happenings though. There is a bright light that comes at you.