Minneapolis September 24, 2017
8 Disturbing Cemeteries Around Minneapolis-Saint Paul That Will Give You Goosebumps
Cemeteries are known to be the final resting place for those who have passed. We hope that their souls are at peace and they can enter the afterlife without anything holding them back. Unfortunately, not all souls are at peace within cemeteries and are known to haunt them. For those who are brave enough to visit such creepy resting places, do so with caution. These eight disturbing cemeteries around the Twin Cities will give you goosebumps if you have a run-in with the paranormal.
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1. Lakewood Cemetery (Minneapolis)
At first glance, Lakewood Cemetery appears serene. The Turkish inspired chapel is a monument of the cemetery that was built in 1908, but the cemetery was established in 1872. However, the pond on the cemetery's grounds is said to have convinced a man to kill himself near his wife's burial plot in 1889. The spirits can still be heard calling, some say. Lakewood Cemetery: 3600 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
2. Anoka State Hospital Cemetery (Anoka)
The Anoka State Hospital was open for 99 years, from 1900-1999, and at one point housed more than a thousand patients at a time. When patients died on the hospital grounds from suicide or botched lobotomies, many of their spirits remained wandering the land. Patients were buried in a cemetery and only marked with a patient number and no name.
3. Oakland Cemetery (Saint Paul)
Oakland Cemetery has been the burial site for many Saint Paul residents since 1840. Many who have visited have claimed they've seen a woman in her mid-20s in a Victorian lace dress wandering the grounds. There is also the legend of the Black Angel Statue which has been removed from the cemetery because it was rumored that if you looked directly into her eyes, you would fall deathly ill. Oakland Cemetery: 927 Jackson St, Saint Paul, MN 55117.
4. Cottage Grove Cemetery (Cottage Grove)
The spirits of the dead are active at the Cottage Grove Cemetery, and many of the ghosts are not kind to visitors. It is said that a young boy was pulled under by some unknown force in the cemetery's pond, wherein he drowned; locals even insist that ducks will only swim on the edge of the pond and are never seen anywhere else. The aroma of perfume can inexplicably be smelled in certain areas of the cemetery, and supposedly a male spirit occasionally peaks his head out from behind a shed. Be careful if you visit.
5. Fort Snelling National Cemetery (Minneapolis)
The Historic Fort Snelling was once the primary place for military training in the state of Minnesota. The remains of the fortress still stand and are a bit eerie. The Fort Snelling National Cemetery is a resting place for those who served in the military and either died in combat or were buried here after living a long life at home. There are said to be some souls who are not quite at rest here and wander the cemetery's land. Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450.
6. Holy Name Cemetery (Wayzata)
Although the church across the street from the cemetery claims there is no paranormal activity, those who have spent any time in the cemetery beg to differ. It is said that often times a car pulls up at night with its headlights on, then simply vanishes into thin air. You'll notice while walking through the cemetery that it's often very windy, but once you step out, the wind comes to a sudden halt most days.
7. Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery (Minneapolis)
This cemetery houses the remains of some of Minneapolis' founders, as well as many veterans of the War of 1812 and World War I. Most notably, Harry T Hayward, one of the first documented serial killers in the entire country (possibly predating H.H. Holmes heinous crimes), was executed in 1895 and his remains are buried here. Any place is where a serial killer is buried is a place to stay far away from. Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery: 2945 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
8. Roselawn Cemetery (Roseville)
Smiling Jack haunts the grounds of Roselawn Cemetery and has often given people quite the scare. He's named Smiling Jack since he resides inside the mausoleum where there is a carved portrait of the deceased living there. Multiple police calls have been made, claiming someone is trapped in the mausoleum, but upon arrival, no one is ever found. Roselawn Cemetery: 803 Larpenteur Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113.
From serial killers to suicides, to the unknown and unmarked graves, cemeteries in the Twin Cities are sure to send a chill down your spine. Are these hauntings real or are they nothing but ghost stories? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
If you’re intrigued by the paranormal, read
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