The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Idaho
There’s no shortage of creepy and haunted destinations throughout Idaho – that’s for sure. Born from the rush for precious gold and silver, the Gem State is home to plenty of tales of dissatisfied spirits who gave up everything in the hopes of striking it big. Although some of these tales represent the unsavory side of Idaho history, exploring the destinations where they emanate from makes for a fantastically creepy adventure. If you’re a sucker for the weird, the creepy, and the unexplained, then this definitive guide of haunted places will be right up your alley. Containing some of the most horrifying spots in Idaho, consider whether you want to seek these places out…or avoid them altogether!
5 Creepy Facts About Idaho
1. The town of Atomic City, Idaho was the site of the world’s first partial nuclear meltdown and the country’s first fatal nuclear explosion, causing townspeople to rapidly abandon the once peaceful small town. Today, the town is home to less than 30 residents.
2. The entire town of Wallace is listed on the National Historic Register, and plenty of the town’s buildings are known to be haunted. Welcoming overnight guests for over a century, the Historic Jameson hotel is especially regarded as a paranormal hot spot.
3. The country’s very first female serial killer originated in Idaho. Lyda Southard, also known as Lady Bluebeard, went on a killing spree that lasted several years. She terrorized the town of Twin Falls and was ultimately responsible for the death of four of her husbands, her brother-in-law, and even her own daughter.
4. There’s an antique shop in the old mining town of Idaho City called the BoCo Sluice Box that’s famous for its wacky appearance – inside and out. Rumor has it that the shop’s original owner, Larry, enjoys hanging out in his old stomping grounds as a visitor from the afterlife.
5. A sanitarium/hospital was built in Lava Hot Springs during the 1930s and was used to rehabilitate soldiers during World War II. After the war, it was used to tend to the county’s elderly patients. Today the building serves as a hotel where you can experience for yourself the presence of patients who never made it out.
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