1. Lobby Cafe, Great Falls
The best way to start a haunted road trip is definitely visiting Montana’s most haunted building. The Lobby Cafe, or Lobby Bar, once had a hotel above it which was often used by vagrants. Some of them died there, and now the building is reportedly haunted by at least 12 spirits. The Lobby Bar has been the focus of many paranormal investigations, and a lot of patrons report strange activity regularly. They open at 10 AM, so stop in in the morning and ask the manager, Tara, about her ghostly encounters.
2. Garnet Ghost Town
Next, drive to Montana’s most well-preserved ghost town. Garnet was the home of many gold miners and their families in the late 1800s, and while no one lives there now, some say that a few souls from the past remain. People have heard ghostly fingers playing the piano late at night, and in the winter, you might see footprints in the snow leading into a building but not out of it.
3. Mai Wah Society, Butte
Butte is one of the most haunted cities in Montana, with paranormal activity being reported at quite a few places. The Mai Wah Society is a museum that pays homage to all the city’s thriving Chinese community from the 1930s. People have seen a dark apparition staring down into the street from the building’s upper floors, and an evil spirit likes to attack people and try to push them down the stairs.
4. Dumas Brothel Museum, Butte
Haunted or not, the Dumas Brothel Museum is a fascinating place to explore. But the numerous reports of paranormal activity make it difficult to deny that some ladies from the past didn’t get the memo about the brothel being closed for business. There are dozens of stories of spooky encounters and ghost sightings here, and sometimes they even show up in photos.
5. Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butte
If you can make it to the Mount Moriah Cemetery before dark, you just might spot the wheelchair-bound spirit that many have seen. The first known witnesses were two police officers in the 1970s. They were patrolling the property one night when they both saw someone in a wheelchair pass through the locked gates of the cemetery. They even ran over to the gate to see if whoever it was needed help. Not only had the wheelchair-bound spirit disappeared, but they found no sign of him and no wheelchair tracks in the snow.
6. Boulder Hot Springs
Spend the night at Boulder Hot Springs… but don’t expect to get much sleep. Some say the property is haunted by the ghost of Simone, a prostitute who was murdered by a mining executive. Strange male voices have also been heard echoing through empty rooms.
7. The Original Governor’s Mansion, Helena
On your way home, drive by the Governor’s Mansion in Helena., built by William Chessman in 1887 for his family. Caretakers claim the mansion is haunted. Closet doors open on their own, strange footsteps have been heard when no one is around, and picture frames have been turned toward the wall. The Chessman family owned a black cat, and strangely, a black cat has been spotted in various rooms… but it disappears when someone tries to get close to it.
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