Iowa August 25, 2016
We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To Iowa’s Most Abandoned Places
The end of summer is pretty much upon us (sigh). If you want to take one more road trip before the seasons change and the air gets chilly, this road trip to some abandoned places in Iowa may be just the ticket. This trip will take you to some interesting, creepy and even beautiful abandoned spots that are sure to peak your interest. You can find a map of this road trip here.
1. Edinburgh Manor, Scotch Grove
The journey begins at Edinburgh Manor in Scotch Grove. Built in 1908, this building was an old mental institution, and it is said to be haunted. There is a private cemetery on the grounds, where many people who died there are buried. Many visitors have claimed to see apparitions and hear voices in the building.
2. Buckhorn, Jackson
Buckhorn is a ghost town located in Jackson County just off Hwy 64. There are a few abandoned buildings to explore, including the church, the old Buckhorn Creamery and the old cemetery.
Sunbury is the next stop. Sunbury is a ghost town that used to be an old railroad town. In its heydey, it used to be known for its dance hall, which was founded in 1895, and was closed in 1964. There is also a bank that has been abandoned for many years.
4. Belle Plaine Train Station
This train station was built by Chicago & Northwestern in 1894. It’s abandoned now, but you can tell that it was once a beautiful and stately building.
5. Le Grand Bridge
This bridge was built in 1914-1915. It used to carry traffic over the Iowa River but has since been abandoned since the county re-channeled the river and rerouted the road. The bridge is now abandoned and in disrepair.
6. Farrar School
This former middle school is abandoned and is said to be haunted. Visitors over the years have reported many supernatural activities, like the ghost of a small boy in the stairwell and the ghostly voices of children talking and laughing.
7. Squirrel Cage Jail, Council Bluffs
The Squirrel Cage Jail is no longer used as a jail, but it is open to the public for tours. Built in 1885, it’s a very unique structure of 3 floors of 18 revolving, circular, or lazy Susan, jail cells.
8. West Oak Forest Earth Lodge Site
This prehistoric earthlodge built by the
has obviously been long abandoned for human inhabitants, but it’s a fascinating place to visit. The park contains many similar structures, so it’s worth hanging out and exploring all of the sites in the area.
9. Coin School
The last stop on the tour is another abandoned school. The Coin School is an interesting abandoned sight, with the haunting remains of rubble in the classrooms and playground equipment outside.
Interested in other Iowa road trips? This Haunting Road Trip Through Iowa Ghost Towns Is One You Won’t Forget.