North Dakota January 28, 2017
We Checked Out The 8 Most Terrifying Places In North Dakota And They’re Horrifying
While North Dakota isn’t a prime destination for ghost hunters (thankfully), there are a few spots in the state that are notoriously haunted or just plain creepy. We’ve looked at a lot of these places in the past and even came up with a
North Dakota Haunted Road Trip you can take to visit some of these spots if you’re brave enough. Out of the ones we’ve looked at before, these 8 scary locations just might be the creepiest of them all:
1. San Haven Sanatorium
In San Haven, ND, there is what used to be a huge tuberculosis treatment facility known as the San Haven Sanatorium, built in 1912. It’s now in ruins and slowly deteriorating, leaving behind the ghostly remains that can be seen today. What went on behind the walls of this massive ghost is largely unknown but there are rumors and reason to believe that unspeakable things happened there. It is known as one of North Dakota's most haunted locations.
2. Sherbrooke, North Dakota
This dusty ghost town in Steele County is something straight from a horror movie. This is a town that is probably best explored during the day, if at all, because the empty shells of the houses and buildings always seem to be full of shadows that you never know what might have lurking within. It's certainly one of the creepier ghost towns in the state.
3. Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
This unusual sight on the plains looks like an ancient Egyptian pyramid or a set for a dystopian future movie, but it's actually an abandoned military complex that at one point could have saved thousands of people...or sent us from a Cold War into an all out real war. It's been empty and sitting there for years and is increasingly creepy as nature takes its toll on it.
4. Sims, North Dakota
This spooky ghost town in North Dakota is slightly unnerving by its looks alone, but there is more to this town that gets it a spot on this list. Even though no one has lived here for years, it is said that a certain presence has remained for decades and doesn't seem to have any plans on leaving anytime soon, and that presence isn't living.
5. Trollwood Park
This park in Fargo seems completely normal for the most part, but there are many stories circulating about a ghostly figure who haunts the premises at night near a particular stone and willow tree located in the park. It is said that part of the park used to be used as a public cemetery a century ago with the unmarked graves of many just beneath the surface.
6. North Dakota State Hospital
This hospital located in Jamestown used to be known as North Dakota Hospital for the Insane located, and was used as an insane asylum back before North Dakota was even a state. There were unspeakable horrors that happened here when it first started out due to our misconceptions of mental illnesses and disabilities added on to the fact that the hospital was overcrowded and severely understaffed. It is the kind of place from nightmares, and certainly deserving of a spot on the list.
7. Cartwright Tunnel
There is only one railroad tunnel in all of North Dakota, located right on the very western edge bordering Montana. This tunnel was built in 1913 but was never finished or used. You can see it disappearing under the hill in the image above, where it comes out on the other side about 330 yards away. While the tunnel structure itself is complete, the rails were never built through it and it remains a dark and empty passage to nothing. You can walk through it yourself, but be warned: there are no lights and the tunnel curves, so in the middle it is pitch black.
8. Wheelock, North Dakota
This shell of a town was once busy with life, but unlike other ghost towns that have been empty for a while, it has only been abandoned for a few decades. Many of the buildings are still mostly intact and showing early signs of decay like peeling paint. A few of the buildings, such as the school, have started to collapse. It is fascinating to see how nature reclaims these kind of places, but at the same time certainly eerily quiet and spooky to be near.
What do you think is the spookiest place in North Dakota? Have you been to any of these places yourself and experienced anything?