If you enjoy learning about the paranormal and think you’re brave enough, then this is the road trip for you! It will take you around the east and central parts of North Dakota to some of the creepiest spots where ghost activity has been recorded. If you think you can handle it, then hop in the car and head out for this ten hour spooky drive and visit some of the most haunted places in the state. You can check out the map for directions
This trip begins and ends in Fargo, but it is a round trip and can be started it at any point of the map.
1. Riverside Cemetery - Fargo
The first stop is this cemetery in Fargo. There have been many claims of paranormal activity here. There is a certain mausoleum that is especially notorious - if you place a recording device on it, you will hear tapping from the inside. Ghosts have also been reported walking the grounds at night.
2. Empire Arts Center - Grand Forks
This is a theater still used today and is a popular venue for plenty of plays and musicals. But it isn't just that...it was originally built back in 1919, and more recently a paranormal investigation has been conducted on it. There was said to be three spirits identified that roam the halls and auditoriums. Some people who have been there have also reported those eerie feelings and seeing lights flicker. Catch a show here if you dare....
3. Fort Totten State Historic Site - Fort Totten
This place is probably the creepiest on the list and definitely needs to be a top priority in your trip. Established in 1867 to watch over the Native American reservation there, it went from a fort filled with soldiers to a boarding school in 1890. Today it is a registered historical site where you can take tours, but be warned - there have been many ghost sightings here and a lot of different types of paranormal activity. Things such as ghosts in the windows, little girls running across the grounds, and other apparitions are common. The site even hosts haunted night tours around Halloween.
5. Sage Hill Bed & Breakfast - Anamoose
Since this road trip runs a little long when you consider all the time you might spend at each site, it is probably a good idea to split it up over two days. What better place to stay for the night on a haunted road trip than a place known to be haunted? Other than reporting that the B & B is very accommodating and well maintained, a lot of guests claim to have experienced interference with ghosts. It was originally an old school house remodeled into a bed and breakfast. Items get moved, go missing, and show up again, and a weird cigar smell that is said to be the ghost of the school's old principal have all been reported here.
6. Harvey Public Library - Harvey
This library has a very specific ghost, and her name is Sophie. She was murdered by her husband in her home that used to be exactly where the library now stands. Sophie is said to cause a lot of mischief in the library - misplacing objects, flickering lights, and even causing visitors to go cold by touching them. The library itself is a nice place if you want to find a book to read, but I don't think I'd stick around too long to read it. See if you experience anything there for yourself when you take this trip.
7. Former Governor's Mansion - Bismarck
This place allows daily tours if you think you're up for it. A former governor of North Dakota lived in this mansion - hence the name - and also died in it. He passed from tuberculosis in the master bedroom of the house in 1898. Many visitors and employees have had weird experiences here. Cases such as curtains moving with no wind, doors opening and closing by themselves, or feeling a tap on their shoulder with no one there have all been reported. It definitely sounds haunted to me!
8. Custer's House - Mandan
Our last stop. This house is located in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and has quite a bit of history to it. It was the residence of Lt. Col George Custer and his wife until his death. The place today has been historically restored and allows for tours, but do so knowing that there have been many ghostly occurrences here. There are spots in the house that are cold for no reason, disembodied voices, and the ghost of the lieutenant colonel himself is said to roam the house and grounds. Soldiers and cavalry men have also been claimed to be spotted near there. The site has been investigated by paranormal groups that recorded what could be ghostly voices speaking from the other side.
If you started this trip in Fargo, you can get back onto I-94 and head back east after visiting the last stop and end up where you started. Drive safely, and happy haunting!