South Dakota December 15, 2018
6 Reasons That South Dakota Is The Most Terrifying, Spookiest State
When people think of South Dakota, they usually associate it with words like wholesome, historic, and culture… but if you take a good, long look at it, there is another side to the Mount Rushmore State that is hiding behind our landmarks and good people, which makes it one of the spookiest and most terrifying states in the country:
1. Our most famous theater is home to more than just matinees.
You have seen, heard of, and visited Sioux Falls' Orpheum Theater more times than you can count, but did you know that it is the site of Larry the ghost? As the story goes, Larry was the close "friend" of a woman whose husband was away at war and when the husband caught wind of their relationship, he killed him, leaving behind Larry's seemingly friendly spirit.
2. Ghosts run amidst our playgrounds.
Eagle Butte's Shupick Park may look innocent enough on the outside, but it is what you cannot see that will send shivers down your spine. According to legend, Shupick is home to the ghost of a woman who froze to death behind the softball field, and can still be seen and heard around the field and playground to this day.
3. Watch your step around Rapid City or you'll be sorry!
Rapid City may be a hot bed for fun and history, but it is also a hot bed for the paranormal, thanks to the ghost of Hooky Jack. During the 1800s, SoDak miner John Leary lost his eye and hands in a freak mining explosion, which lead him to his next career as a police officer. Sadly, in the 1920s, Leary -- or Hooky Jack -- was struck and killed by a car along 7th Street, which is where he can still be seen and heard walking around old businesses and getting into various shenanigans.
4. The "Missing Link" wasn't missing from South Dakota very long ago...
Whether or not you believe in Big Foot, there is something to be said about Sica Hollow, which early Native Americans steered clear of due to evil spirits and a large-footed man who roamed the land. In addition to these creepy stories, several people went missing from the area during the 1970s, leading even more to believe that there is something in those woods that doesn't want to be disturbed.
5. The only ones judging you at this courthouse are the ghosts.
Poor Sioux Falls just can't seem to catch a break, as not only is their theater haunted, but so is their old courthouse! Now a museum, the old Minnehaha Courthouse is home to the spirits from trials past, who can be heard and even seen on the stairs, balcony, and water fountain!
6. Finally, some of the guests who check in to our most popular hotels never check out...
Opened and dedicated in 1928, the Hotel Alex Johnson has hosted countless dignitaries and celebrities, as well as... ghosts?! As per guest accounts, the Hotel Alex Johnson is home to the spirits of its founder, a mysterious young girl, and a lady in white who committed suicide at the hotel and still roams the halls/messes with the dressers.
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