Des Moines August 15, 2016
These 8 Haunted Places In Des Moines Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
All cities have urban legends and haunted places, and Des Moines is no exception. In fact, there seem to be quite a few haunted high schools in Des Moines. (Students and faculty, beware!) Here are eight haunted places in Des Moines that will send chills down your spine.
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1. Lincoln High School
Most of the activity goes on in the auditorium’s balcony. There have been reports of unexplained lights flashing on and off in the light booth, seats of wooden folding chairs swinging up and down, cold spots, curtains mysteriously rustling with no breeze and unexplained noises like tapping on the stage floor and banging on balcony seats. In the paint room, people have also reported feeling watched and even the strange feeling of invisible fingers running up and down their backs. Creepy.
2. Des Moines International Airport (The Cloud Room)
There are now offices in a spot that originally housed a restaurant named the Cloud Room that operated during the 60s and 70s. People have reported seeing a deceased flight attendant who walks the empty hallways with a bag as if confused and looking for her flight. There have also been many cold spots and unexplained noises in and around the Cloud Room.
3. Dowling Catholic High School
There have been reports of people sighting a mysterious purple orb around the school.
4. Drake University Observatory
This observatory is said to be haunted by Dr. Robert Morehouse, the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department. He and his wife’s remains are interred in the wall of the entryway. Students have reported strange things going on in the basement, like a feeling of being watched by an invisible presence and even an unseen force that was correcting calculations in the observation logs!
5. Spooky table at the Weaver House
Ever heard of a haunted table? The legend goes that the Weavers purchased a table in 1937, and along with the table, there was also a ghost. It is said to have made rapping noises and other disturbances until a minister's wife calmed it by reading from the Bible.
6. Terrace Hill
Home of the governor of Iowa, Terrace Hill is also home of the ghost of a transparent little girl wandering around the home. She also likes to work the elevator, although it’s supposedly operator code protected.
7. East High School
There have been reports of students seeing a glowing blue light in a restroom. Before the flash, there were sparks of electricity on the faucet when a student reached for it. In the school’s 150-year-old history, there have been at least four deaths in the school.
8. Merle Hay Mall Tower
According to local legend, there was a monastery where the tower is now, and an occasional nun would become pregnant and have a miscarriage. They buried the babies in unmarked graves on the grounds where the mall now stands. People have reported seeing a ghostly woman wearing an old style habit who cries as she carries a dead child. People who work in the tower have also reported the elevator moving up and down on its own and hearing disembodied footsteps in the hallways.
Have you experienced any of these haunted places? Check out These 10 Hauntings In Iowa That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine.