An abandoned hospital, a college dorm, an isolated country road. North Dakota is full of haunted places, here are seven of the most chilling.
San Haven Sanatorium – Dunseith
Wails from a ghostly infant, dark shadows, mysterious orbs, and apparitions are just a few of the strange things said to occur at the historic San Haven Sanatorium. The 104-year-old hospital once housed tuberculosis patients, as well as mentally impaired men and women. No one’s sure how many people have died at San Haven, though estimates range in the thousands.
Sage Hill Bed and Breakfast – Anamoose
Sage Hill was once a quaint schoolhouse but is now a charming B&B. And like many historic inns, Sage Hill is reportedly haunted. Legend has a cigar-smoking spirit haunts the 88-year-old building. In 1996, workers tasked with renovating the old schoolhouse noticed the strong scent of a cigar, though no one on the job site was smoking. They also heard eerie moans. Today, guests have experiences of their own. Strange happenings include lights flicking on and off, moving items, and phantom scents.
Moorhead Railway Tracks – Moorhead
Legend has it a woman once tried to jump aboard a train near Moorhead but missed. She was subsequently pulled under the train and dragged through town. Now, they say, a woman with glowing red eyes walks up and down the tracks, terrifying anyone who happens to be near.
White Lady Lane – Leroy
A number of legends surround an isolated road known as “White Lady Lane”, but they all agree on one thing: a young woman died, and her tragic spirit now haunts the roadway. In one legend, the unmarried woman becomes pregnant and is forced to marry the child’s father. Her baby dies at birth, and the devastated woman hangs herself from a bridge. In another legend, a hopeful suitor murders the woman after she rejects his advances. Today, people traveling on the aptly named White Lady Lane see a woman in white flitting among trees along the side of road, or in some cases, looking in at cars with piercing red eyes.
Old Armory – Williston
Built in 1916, the Old Armory is now Williston’s center for the performing arts. And like many theatres and historic landmarks, the Old Armory also has a reputation for being haunted. According to local reports, strange events at the old building include disembodied whispers, staircase apparitions, and mannequins that move on their own.
Stairway to Hell – Tagus
The tiny town of Tagus is reportedly home to all sorts of paranormal activity, including hell hounds, glowing graves, and a stairway to the underworld. Several years ago, a church burned down and was soon inhabited by devil worshipers, or so the stories go. Now, people who visit the site of the old church hear the screams of those condemned to hell.
University of North Dakota – Grand Forks
The ghost of a student who froze to death outside her dorm allegedly haunts UND’s John C. West Hall. Today, mysterious electrical problems plague the dorm, and some students they’ve seen an apparition outside the building. Strangely, the apparition isn’t complete, it’s just that of a woman’s torso.