11/26/17

7 Haunted Places in Minnesota

From slain mobsters to tormented mistresses, Minnesota is full of spirits. Here are seven places to find them in the North Star State.

Lake Julia Sanitarium – Puposky

Like hundreds of sanitariums across the country, Puposky’s Lake Julia is said to be haunted. The 101-year-old facility housed thousands of patients before closing its doors in 1953. Now only the ghosts are remain. Passerby often spot a young girl lingering near a second-floor window, while others witness balls of light gliding down empty corridors.

Forepaugh’s Restaurant – St. Paul

Legend has it former owner Joseph Forepaugh haunts the restaurant bearing his name. His mistress Molly lingers there as well. A pregnant Molly reportedly hanged herself after Joseph’s wife discovered their affair. Now guests and staff hear heavy footsteps on the the third floor, the site of Molly’s suicide. Some diners and servers have also spotted Joseph’s ghost wandering about the restaurant, while Molly is said to appear in photos.

Colfax Cemetery – New London

Taken in Colfax Cemetery, this ghost photo appears to show an apparition of some kind. According to local legend, disembodied screams and sobs plague the area, as well as a pack of hell hounds with vicious red eyes and barks to raise the dead. A grieving mother is also said to roam the desolate country road nearby.

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10/9/17

9 of Montana’s Most Haunted Places

Searching for ghosts in Montana? You won’t have to look far. From a former brothel to a lonely hiking trail, here are nine places to find spirits in Big Sky Country.

Dumas Brothel – Butte

For nearly 100 years, the women of the Dumas Brothel served Butte’s hard-working miners. Though the bordello closed its doors in 1982, the property’s current owners believe at least a few working women remain. Eerie events include falling objects, disembodied voices, and beds that shake. A number of paranormal investigation teams have visited Dumas and reported strange things like lost time and mysterious scratches.

Bear Canyon Campground – Bozeman

Legend has it a little girl in a white dress haunts this scenic campground and surrounding trails. But the child is no harmless spirit. She reportedly tries to lure women deep into the woods and away from others. What the ghost girl wants with the women is anyone’s guess, but so far, no one appears to have been led astray.

Moss Mansion – Billings

Built in 1903, the historic Moss Mansion was once home to the illustrious Moss family. Legend has it they’re still there. The youngest Moss daughter succumbed to diphtheria in the home and now reportedly roams the hallways. Strange activity at the mansion includes flickering lights, slamming doors, and footsteps in empty rooms.

Bannack Ghost Town

Many spirits haunt this ghost town which is now a National Historic Landmark. One of the most famous is Dorothy, a woman who drowned in a nearby creek and now wanders the streets in a blue dress. A gang of executed outlaws also haunt the area. This photo at an old church appears to show a ghostly worshiper.

Little Bighorn Battlefield – Crow Agency

In 1876, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or Custer’s Last Stand, raged in southeastern Montana, killing nearly 300 men and wounding dozens more. Now, ghosts reportedly walk the historic site. Legend has it soldiers and warriors creep across the battlefield at night when the moon is bright and visitors have gone home for the evening.

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09/15/17

7 Haunted Places in New Mexico

A cigar-smoking nun, a doughnut-eating boy, a bereaved mother. New Mexico is home to several spirits. Here are seven places to find them in the “Land of Enchantment.”

Inn and Spa at Loretto – Santa Fe

Sister George taught at the Loretto Academy, a Catholic Girls’ School that was located where the hotel presently stands. Hotel guests have reported smelling the distinctive odor of cigar smoke, and have credited it to Sister George. She also leaves money in the till and levitates clothing racks.

Dawson Cemetery – Cimarron

Dawson was a flourishing coal mining town. That changed with two major tragedies: a massive explosion in 1913 that killed 263 men, followed by a second disaster in 1923 that took the lives of 121 additional miners. They are all buried in Dawson Cemetery, with a simple cross marking each grave. Almost 400 miners died violently, and now their ghosts remain.

KiMo Theater – Albuquerque

In 1951, a young boy named Bobby was killed when a water heater in the lobby exploded. The ghostly child now roams the historic theater, causing havoc. Theater guests have taken to leaving small gifts for Bobby so that they may watch performances in peace. On opening night, actors leave a doughnut backstage so he does not disturb their show!

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09/11/17

7 of Colorado’s Most Haunted Places

Colorado is famous for its snow-peaked mountains, stunning river canyons, and picturesque cities, but legend has it ghosts also call the The Centennial State home. From historic hotels to healing hot springs, here are seven of the most haunted places in Colorado.

Cheesman Park – Denver

Cheesman Park was originally a cemetery, but officials eventually decided the location would be better suited as a park. So in 1893, the governing board hired undertaker E.P. McGovern to move the bodies interred there. Disorganized and greedy, McGovern and his crew cut corners and eventually sunk to the level of grave robbers. Many unknown bodies were still in the ground when construction of the park began in 1902. Approximately 2,000 souls remain there today, and legend has it some haunt their final resting place.

Confused, restless spirits reportedly wander around the cemetery, while disembodied moans and whispers frighten visitors. Tales of mysterious children who play in the dark and intense feelings of dread are also common. People who relax on the grass may find that an unseen force will prevent them from getting up.

Molly Brown House – Denver

Margaret “Molly” Brown is known for surviving the Titanic sinking in 1912. The house she and her husband shared now stands as a museum, and rumor has it the couple is still around.

Guests often smell cigar smoke, which is odd as there’s no smoking allowed in the historical museum. Could it be J.J. Brown enjoying a smoke? Molly Brown’s old room is plagued by cold spots, and her apparition has appeared creeping around corners of the house. The Brown’s daughter, Catherine Ellen, died young, but the blinds in her room reportedly raise and lower on their own.

And it’s not just the Brown family that lurks around the museum. A female apparition in Victorian dress also likes to sit at the dining room table, and even rearrange its chairs. Meanwhile, the face of a grumpy manservant appears in a mirror hanging near the first floor stairs.

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