On January 3, 1870, workers began construction on New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge. Today, nearly 150 years later, the bridge is a beloved landmark. But is it also haunted?
On November 28, 1942, nearly 500 men and women perished in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire. Do their ghosts still haunt the site of the disaster 75 years later?
In 1942, Cocoanut Grove was one of Boston’s most popular nightspots. On the night of the fire, more than 1,000 revelers were packed in a building rated for just 460 occupants. Though officials never identified a specific cause, the blaze likely started after a teenage busboy lit a match near one of the nightclub’s decorative palm fronds. In less than a minute, the fire spread across the nightclub’s fabric-covered ceiling, showering patrons with sparks and bits of burning fabric. The fireball then traveled up a narrow stairway to the main level and soon spread to the entire nightclub.
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.
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.