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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Iowa

Iowa is a beautiful state and a great place to live, but it does have a dark side. In fact, Iowa might be one of the most haunted places in the United States. We’re talking haunted houses, haunted hotels, haunted bridges… Iowa is practically crawling with ghosts. And of course, Iowa is known for its cornfields and we can attest that there is something very spooky about a cornfield (although, this does mean Iowa has some really great haunted corn mazes and haunted hayrides when Halloween comes around.)

Here’s everything you need to know about the creepier, weirder side of Iowa.








5 Creepy Facts About Iowa

  1. In 1903, the town of Van Meter was stalked by a strange winged creature dubbed “the Van Meter Monster.” Several respected town citizens claimed to have seen the creature, which they described as half-human, half-insect, with a strange beam of light emitting from its forehead and a terrible odor. Learn more about how the town vanquished the monster here.
  2. Gitchie Manitou is home to one of the most horrific mass murders in recent history. In November 1973, five teenagers were hanging out at the reserve when three brothers appeared and pretended to be police. They shot and killed four of the teens and then took the fifth woman and brutally raped her. She survived the attack and her testimony was crucial to solving the case. Read more here.
  3. In 1978, Ottosen residents reported hearing strange whistling and screaming in the woods. Cats and dogs were then found mutilated and killed, and some residents claimed they saw a large Bigfoot-type creature out in the forest. Was it really the legendary creature?
  4. The observatory at Drake University is said to be haunted by Dr. Robert Morehouse, the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, whose remains are interred there. Rumors say people regularly feel a strange presence in the observatory and occasionally calculations in the observation logs will be changed or corrected.
  5. The woods of Urbandale are said to be haunted by a ghost named Uncle Charlie. Local legend says if you take a photo with the flash on in these woods at night, he’ll show up in the background of the photos. Others say his ghastly face is spotted when you look out the window at night sometimes.