The Tiny Town In Iowa With A Terribly Creepy Past

Way, way up in the northwest corner of Iowa, where the borders of the Hawkeye State and South Dakota become blurry and the homes and farms are spaced far apart is the tiny, tiny town of Granite. The town is so small, in fact, that the sign you’ll see as you enter town just says “Welcome to Granite: Population Low.”

Every summer on the third weekend in July, Iowans and South Dakotans flock to Granite for their annual “Granite Threshing Bee”. People enjoy the old-time tractor parade, demonstrations of wheat thrashing, homemade food, and even a kids tractor pull.

Occasionally, an explorer gets the itch to head up to this tiny border town to explore the nearly Gitchie Manitou Preserve. What many of them don’t know is that hiding between the pretty flowers and abandoned buildings, the spirits of the victims of a gruesome murder are begging for their story to be heard.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

A video from Youtube user EXPLORE&ABSORB takes you on a journey through the ruins at Gitchie Manitou, long after the murders. It still seems like a very eerie, creepy place. Do you agree?

Unfortunately, the Gitchie Manitou murder was not the only event to leave restless spirits seeking their peace in Iowa. Meet 12 Ghosts From Iowa And Hear Their Bone-Chilling Stories for more on the most haunted places in the state.