Across Iowa there are a number of haunted locations that are worth investigating. I’m listing a handful of them here, but if you are in the area and want an in-depth look at haunted spots be sure to check out “The Iowa Road Guide to Haunted Locations” by Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk that shares 50 haunted Iowa locations.
The Axe Murder House, Villisca
Probably the most famous haunted Iowa location. The story of the house residents being murdered in their sleep still sends chills down spines a 100 years later. Doors moving on their own, people being pushed and pinched are all reported by visitors of the house. If you are very brave you can spend the night at the house. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to investigating haunted areas, but this is one place I may have to pass on sleeping in.
Stoneking Cemetery, Williamson
An odd headstone, a ghost walking the area, and strange lights are all occurances at this cementary that dates back to the 1800’s. When you go look for the tombstone of Joseph Stoneking which is said to have an inscription beckoning passerbys to join him in death.
Roseman Covered Bridge, Winterset
Rumors abound of a young man being hung from the bridge after being convicted of stealing. Today, residents report strange noises coming from the bridge that have not been identified or debunked. If you stop by the Roseman Covered Bridge be sure to have a recorded capturing all the sounds. Who knows, you may capture what others have heard.
Banshee of Brady Street, Davenport
The story goes that the ghosts of a local family haunt the street where they lived. The Schachts family all died wihtin one year of each other and their spirits are said to haunt the street. Current residents report loud screams, whistling and sounds of a Banshee along Brady Street.
Matsell Bridge, Viola
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you believe the rumor mill turn off your car while crossing the bridge and see if you feel your car moving. It’s believed that an unknown entity/spirit/force will push you to the other side of the bridge.
BONUS: If other mysteries of the universe facinate you, like they do me, be sure to read this Exploring American Monsters: Iowa article on Mysterious Universe.com
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