We know that Minnesota has more lakes than hot dishes, but did you know that the Land of 10,000 Lakes is also a hotbed of haunting and hair-raising paranormal activity? We really shouldn’t be surprised. After all,
Anoka, Minnesota, is the Halloween Capital of the World. C’mon, ghouls and goblins — let’s explore these little-known haunted places in Minnesota!
Editor’s Note: As always, some of these places are still functioning places of business. So please be careful and cautious.
1. Ness Church — Litchfield
24040 580th Ave, Litchfield, MN 55355, USA
Located around 75 miles from the Twin Cities, Litchfield’s
might just be a paranormal investigator’s dream. Legend has it that the church is haunted by apparitions of Sioux Indians. There are also reports of a young girl named Annie. Other reports say that lights come on by themselves. You’ll have to see for yourself when you visit this beautiful historic church, one of the most haunted places in MN.
2. West Hills Orphanage — Owatonna
Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum, 540 W Hills Cir, Owatonna, MN 55060, USA
Between 1886 and 1945, there were 10,635 "state schoolers" in Minnesota. That is, kids who were orphaned, abandoned, or abused and sent to the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children. Many who have visited claim ghostly orphaned children linger. Some have even heard disembodied laughing. Other strange experiences? Books have been known to move of their own, and some witnesses have even smelled phantom cigar smoke at this site in
3. The St. James Hotel, 1875— Red Wing
St. James Hotel, 1875 - A Historic Hotel of America, 406 Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066, USA
This beautiful hotel overlooking the Mississippi River in the charming town of Red Wing has a ghostly past. One spirit, that of a woman named Clara Lillyblad, has been known to hang around room 310 where she lived until her death. It’s not just Clara’s ghost that haunts the halls. In 1890, nearly 98 passengers drowned in a shipwreck on nearby Lake Pepin. In the days after the ship went down, the
St. James Hotel
was used as a makeshift morgue. Many believe the ghosts from that shipwreck still reside in the hotel.
4. Lakeview Cemetery — Buhl
Lakeview Cemetery, Hwy 120 East County Line & Century College, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA
If you're looking for "haunted places near me," chances are you live by a cemetery. Cemeteries always seem to have some sort of paranormal activity going on, am I right? The burials in
began in 1913, about the same time the nearby Shaw Hospital was built. Shaw housed patients sick with tuberculosis and mental illnesses. When these people succumbed to their illness, there was usually no money for a proper burial. They received a simple plot in the field which became Lakeview Cemetery. These men and women were not buried with names marking a grave, just a number on a cast-iron cross. Many have seen apparitions on the property, and one ghost hunter was able to pick up an EVP of two ghosts having a conversation!
5. Wendigo Territory — Roseau
Urban legends in Minnesota
of a creature called the Wendigo have terrorized people for centuries. There are many versions of the story, but a few facts are accepted by all. The creature is said to dwell in the frozen forests in Minnesota and Ontario. It is at least 15 feet tall, with antlers and a skeletal face. Sightings in Roseau, Minnesota, began in the 1800s. The terrifying beast is said to appear to witnesses following the death of someone they love.
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6. Greyhound Bus Museum — Hibbing
Greyhound Bus Museum, 1201 Greyhound Blvd, Hibbing, MN 55746, USA
Head up to
, the birthplace of the Greyhound Bus Line, for the scare of a lifetime! Given its location next to a cemetery, the Greyhound Bus Museum is rumored to be haunted. Staff members have reported bus windows that open and close on their own. Museum-goers have reported suspicious shadows that disappear into thin air. Ghost hunters have confirmed that there is paranormal activity residing on the property.
7. Ferguson Cemetery — Norwood Young America
Ferguson Cemetery, Norwood Young America, MN 55368, USA
The tiny town of Norwood Young America is home to more than 3,500 people — and more than a few spirits. The town's
is the final resting place for many who have passed since 1869. One of the cemetery's most famous ghosts is the apparition of a young boy. If you hold still, you may spot him peering around one of the tombstones. Other visitors have reported orbs, ominous feelings, and even the sound of a phantom dog barking. A cemetery like this one is usually a great place to experience paranormal activity if you're looking for "haunted locations near me."
8. Phelps Mill — Underwood
Phelps Mill Road, Phelps Mill Rd, Maine Township, MN 56586, USA
began its operations in 1889 as a flour mill in the days of hydropower. The building has sat idle since 1931. Upon entering the building, rusty old equipment will surround you. The rotting stairways will serve as dilapidated reminders of the past. The site now acts as a county park. Some say the ghosts of workers are still present on the grounds. One visitor reported feeling a hand on his shoulder, only to turn around and find he was completely by himself!
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9. Nopeming Sanatorium — Duluth
Duluth, MN, USA
Nopeming Road, Nopeming Rd, Duluth, MN 55810, USA
This ominous complex, perched on a hill overlooking the freeway in the Duluth area, was built in 1912. Back then,
served as a quarantine and treatment center for thousands of patients with tuberculosis. Could it be haunted by the spirits of the disease's victims? See for yourself on a tour of the facility. Schedule yours soon to get in on some good creepy fun.
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10. Anderson House Hotel — Wabasha
The Historic Anderson Hotel House, 333 Main St W, Wabasha, MN 55981, USA
One of the longest-running hotels this side of the Mississippi,
Anderson House Hotel
is full of history. Legend has it that one of the hotel’s guests jumped out of the window to her death after her husband failed to return from a fishing trip. She is known to leave dimes around the hotel for guests and staff to find. Book your stay at this old hotel to see for yourself whether the rumors are true.
11. Calumet Inn — Pipestone
Historic Calumet Inn, 104 Main St W, Pipestone, MN 56164, USA
is full of interesting stories. The original hotel burned to the ground in 1886, killing a Baptist minister. Tragedy struck again in 1944 when another fire killed a guest. Each time, the hotel was repaired and reopened. But trouble hasn't left this place. Tenants have reported seeing the ghost of a well-dressed gentleman roaming the hall. Is it the minister? Employees claim to hear mysterious piano music. Room 308, in particular, is said to be haunted. Do you dare stay at this haunted hotel?
Do you know of any other haunted places in Minnesota? Let us know your favorite little-known spots in the comments below. For information on some of Minnesota’s most famous haunted locations, check out our list of
the 11 most haunted places around Minneapolis.
If you plan on taking a road trip to see some of these haunted locations, check out our
road trip essentials packing list before you go.
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More to Explore
Haunted Places in Minnesota
What are the most haunted places in Minnesota?
Some of the most haunted places in Minnesota are actually its hotels. Check out the following
haunted Minnesota hotels:
The Water Street Inn in Stillwater. The town of
Stillwater, Minnesota, is known for its irresistibly charming downtown and lovely natural surroundings, and it seems that some folks wanted to call it home forever! For proof of this, check out the Water Street Inn. It is alleged to be haunted by the spirit of a Confederate officer, and employees and guests alike have reported strange sights. Whether or not you see anything amiss, the comfortable rooms are filled with historic charm, and it's a fantastic way to discover Stillwater. St. James Hotel, 1875 in Red Wing is supposedly haunted by the ghost of the former owner.
The Historic Grant House Hotel in Rush City has been featured on ghost-hunting shows due to its paranormal activity.