You may have heard, read or watched stories of haunted places in the world where people have reported paranormal activities or sights of ghosts. Whether true or false this stories are quite scary enough to give you the worst nightmare.This places make a good fall season getaway and an edgier halloween season. We have compiled a list of top 6 haunted places in Minnesota that are worth visiting this fall season.
#1. Wabasha Street Caves
The Wabasha Street Caves are sandstone caves found in Saint Paul, Minnesota near the east bank of the Mississippi River. Their history dates back in the 1900’s when they were used to grow mushrooms for a french family that discovered them. In the 1920’s the caves became home for gangsters where they hid after committing crimes. The daughter of the french farmer and her husband had established a nightclub “The Castle Royal” in the back rooms of the cave. 3 gangsters were one day murdered by a hitman while playing cards in the club and their bodies were dragged into one of other caves and buried there. It is now believed that the spirits of the 3 gangsters haunt the place and there have been reports of images of gangsters in suits being seen as well as areas of the cave becoming ice cold. Some people have reported to also have seen a bartender refill wine glasses for unseen people. You can tour the caves to see and hear the history for yourself. You will be able to see the original mined caves, the finished caves which was once the romantic night club known as “The Castle Royal” and get to hear the gangster massacre and the ghostly lore. Click here book a tour.
Glensheen Mansion is a 27,000 square foot mansion in Duluth, Minnesota,which is operated by the University of Minnesota Duluth as a historic house museum. It was home to Congdon family at one time the wealthiest family in Minnesota. In 1977 Elizabeth Congdon and her nurse were brutally murdered by someone who had broken into the house who after investigations was found out to be her son in law. This story became a media sensation. The Glensheen mansion was open to Public two years after the murder and later donated to the University of Minnesota Duluth. Since then, Glensheen Mansion has experienced paranormal activities and people have sighted that the place is haunted by some of it's former workers. Residents have reported to have seen flickering of lights and it is believed that Elizabeth’s ghost roams in the mansion. Tours to the mansion are available during the week.
SS William A. Irvin was a lake freighter on the Great lakes as part of the US steel’s lake fleet. She retired in 1978 and was refurbished in Duluth, Minnesota where she is now a museum ship. The have been stories of paranormal activities reported in the ship to a point of inviting paranormal investigators who found 8 entities aboard the ship Davan. An actor on the ship one day reported to have seen a flash that held one of the flags they have in the cargo hold. The light flash disappeared and the flag dropped back down. It is also said that there is a ghost of little girl in a white dress who seen and who likes to laugh. Heavy footprints on the deck when nobody is around has also been reported. In the history of the ship, only one death occurred in 1964 of William Wuori during a boiler room accident, he was scalded to death by the steam. His ghost is thought to be among the one that wander in the ship and it has been named “boiler room man.” Check out the Haunted ship tour schedule and get yourself a ticket for the ultimate scare of the year.
The Fitzgerald theatre is the oldest active theatre in St.Paul Minnesota and famous for its use in the filming of the movie “Prairie Home Companion.” It is reported that during in 1985 when the theatre building was being restored, workers found a second balcony after removing a false ceiling and in between they found a letter addressed to a former employee at the theatre by the name Ben. After this finding workers started reporting encounters with a male entity. It was reported that a dark apparition of a man was seen walking around the auditorium and then disappeared. Workers also said their tools kept being moved around and at times vanishing. People also began reporting cold spots in the theatre which had never existed. There are reports of a female entity named “Veronica” an actress who died here long time ago, who sings and staff member here her voice echo in the auditorium. The place is said to still be haunted especially by Ben who at time can get very angry. Get a ticket to an event at the theatre here and experience it yourself. Don’t forget to come back and tell us your experience.
#5. The Soap Factory
Skilled investigators branded the Soap Factory “demonic.” It is famous for its haunted basement said to have a malevolent spirit that is not friendly at all.There is no known reason of the spirit's origin as there have been no suicides or murder. Its history dates back in the 1880 when it used to be a soap factory that used fat from animals, allegedly from stray dogs. It was also used to make artificial limbs for injured civil war soldiers. Currently the place is an experimental art venue and open to the public in October for creepy performances. We recommend you visit the place this Halloween season.
The Palmer House Hotel was built in 1901 by Ralph L. Palmer and Christena J. Palmer and became a cornerstone of Sauk Centre. The hotel is featured in Sinclair Lewis 1920 novel “Main Street” where it is referred to as Minniemashie House. Back in the 1950’s reports of ghost sightings and unexplained happenings in the hotel. The most common reports are that of a boy with blonde hair and green eyes seen on the stairs upto the second floor who is seen bouncing his ball. Guests have reported seeing a ball bounce in the hallway and heard voices of children. It is also reported to be haunted by a former prostitute ghost nicknamed Lucy who is said to haunt room 17 and is said to hate men. Some reports of a tall lanky man who appears over your bed have also been made. Quite scary huh! Guests have reported to having a feeling of terror while touring the basement and others report to have seen shadows in the images they take while touring the place. If looking for a ghost encounter room 11 and 17 are ones to rent. Spend a night at the Palmer house here.
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