Minnesota Paranormal Investigators Twin Cities Area Haunted Locations
|The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and where the other begins…
– Edgar Allan Poe
Haunted Minnesota Twin Cities Metro Area
Anoka State Hospital  – Tunnels leading underground that link the buildings together. Mental patients were known to try to escape through the tunnels but were caught and murdered, or committed suicide by hanging themselves from the pipes along the ceiling of the tunnels. Spirits have been heard laughing and whispering, and have been known to appear in the tunnels, which are now closed except to security and maintenance.
Billy’s Bar & Grill  – It is rumored that this local bar at one time was a whore house. Not to the liking of the owner at the time she was overpowered by her male employees and was unable to keep the establishment a simple tavern for the traveling loggers working on the nearby Rum River. She died upstairs in one of the bedrooms not too soon after the uprising. To this day several people (patrons & employees) have noticed tables set in the morning when arriving to work, pictures on the wall moved around, and simple cleaning tasks done when no one had actually done them. The old maid has also been seen in the bar and restaurant wandering aimlessly.
Cal’s Corner The Old River Front Restaurant  – The front door mysteriously locks itself at all hours of the day.
Tequilaberrys  – Glasses have been heard crashing when there was nothing broken, in the bar all the glasses were sitting on the floor. Hearing your name called, you turn around but no-one is there.
Pizza Hut  – The old baker that used to work there when it was doughnut shop is reported to haunt the property. He hung himself in the back room. People see him from time to time and sometimes the lights will all of the sudden turn off. Also the faucets will turn on and off by their own accord.
Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area (WMA)  – People driving or walking through Carlos Avery at dusk or late at night reporting seeing a phantom truck and/or possibly ghost car driving through the area. Headlights will be seen through the rushes around a corner but when the person approaches there is nothing there. Taillights are seen were no road, only swamp exits.
In addition the area in and around Carlos Avery is reported to be the roaming grounds of a creature called the Linwood Wooley Beast. Reports of this creature appear as early as the 1970s and probably earlier. This creature is described as all white with the body of a moose, the head of a goat and moves very quickly. It will dart across roads, fields and on occasion charged cars.
Caution should be observed when driving through Carlos Avery Preserve as it’s roads are very low maintenance, some exceedingly sandy or muddy depending on weather, in addition there are many black bears. Some roads are blocked during hunting season.
Mary Schmidt-Bremer Mansion  – Cold spots, an apparition of a woman with brown hair and wearing a long white dress, and the sound of someone climbing the stairs when there is no one around have been reported.
Falcon Ridge Middle School  – While being built in the summer of 1995, a construction worker was buried alive in the digging process. He’s reportedly been seen late at night walking through the commons, unlocking doors and moaning. The lights surrounding the school also mysteriously go on and off late at night.
Lake Alimagnet Trails  – Sightings of a figure who seems to look like a clown have been reported. The clown does not seem to be harmful, but stares at you. The only intent is to scare you away from the wooded trails. Sightings have been reported mostly at dusk, just as the sun sets.
Treat Me Sweet  – Treat me sweet has been haunted for some years now. Treat Me Sweet use to be a restaurant some time ago. It is haunted by a man. This man used to be the owner of the restaurant. He committed suicide in the back of the kitchen.
St. Olaf College – Hilleboe Hall  – This hall is said to have had a variety of ghostlike experiences. One is that when there was only one student in the entire dorm during the summer, she heard childlike singing and the piano playing and after going to investigate she found all of the sinks turned on in all of the rooms on her corridor. It is also said that mysterious child-sized hand prints appear on the outside of third floor windows.
St. Olaf College – Kelsey Theater  – It is said that the ghost of Miss Kelsey herself has been seen playing the piano onstage long after her death and has been heard warning an actor who was rehearsing alone late at night that he was about to fall into the orchestra pit.
St. Olaf College – Melby Hall  – the oldest on campus, it said that a man and a woman in period clothing from the Victorian era have been seen in halls and rooms as well as the stairway.
St. Olaf College – Thorson Hall  – There have been sightings of the “Red Hat Boy” believed to possibly be the ghost of a student who died, not on campus, but while he attended St. Olaf and lived in that dorm. What is believed to be the boy’s dog has also been seen with him and roaming around campus by itself. He also appears in a certain room, one that is assumed was his.
Vang Lutheran Church  – Strange voices have been heard in this 170 year old church. In the late 1930’s a blurry apparition was seen crossing the church to the basement steps. No-one has been able to identify members of the ghostly congregation.
Chanhassen Dinner Theater  – This theater was built over the site of a house that burnt down with a woman still inside. She is said to haunt the new structure. There is another ghost here of an actor who was hit by a car when she was bicycling home from work. Her spirit has been spotted backstage.
Minneapolis City Hall  – The 5th floor of the Minneapolis City Hall is haunted by several ghosts. One of the ghosts is that of John Moshik who was hung in the Chapel Courtroom in March 1898. He was convicted of murdering another man during a robbery that netted him $14. As the noose was put over his head the guards tightened the noose and bound his hands and legs securely. They swung the trap door, the noose slipped from his neck to under his chin. It took several minutes for the guards to realize that the noose did not set correctly and he began to choke on his own vomit. The guards released him and then reset the noose tightly around his neck. They once again hung him and it took about 3 minutes for him to die. Upon examination of the noose after the execution, it was found that the noose was not properly made. His ghost has been seen by the Minneapolis Police Detention Center roaming along the area where they house inmates. He has also been seen on the 5th floor by maintenance workers. People also report an icy cold breeze down the hallway of the 5th floor.
First Ave. Night Club  – The First Avenue nightclub is one of the most well known haunted spots in the Twin Cities. Before it was a nightclub, First Avenue was the site of the old Greyhound bus depot, where the homeless would spend many nights sleeping on the benches, a few of which are still used in the bar. Before that it was a livestock stable where sheep and cattle were slaughtered and before that it was a school playground. Some have even said that it was built on holy ground. But ask any of the staff who work there and they will say that it is haunted. One of the legends is that a young woman either committed suicide or died from a drug overdose in the bus station, on one of the benches that still resides in the bar.
A woman in a green army jacket, long blonde hair, bell bottom jeans and bare feet walked out of the entry, smiled at the two staff, walked into the main room and then vanished before their eyes. One staff member recalls her encounter with a ghost. “I opened the door to the stall in the woman’s restroom and saw a woman hanging up there. She was wearing a green army jacket, and had long hair. It wasn’t anything gory but she was just hanging there with her neck to one side. I thought that someone had just hung themselves. I then looked back, and there was nothing there.”
Others report flying ash trays, changes in the air temperature and depth perception, a laughing gangster emerging from the wall, unearthly sounds in the DJ’s headset, ghostly manifestations and the sounds of baa-ing sheep in the basement. An after hours séance revealed 257 channeled dead children claiming that “there is a bad thing in the club”
Could this all be the product of a bunch of people with overactive imaginations who had one too many late nights or too much to drink? If not who is the girl in the army jacket?
This club is open to the public with a cover charge to get in. Who knows you might even see some of the long lost party goers!
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts  – Areas of extreme ‘cold spots’, especially in the Connecticut Room, (a 1700’s style room).
Lakewood Cemetery – Coming soon…
St. Louis Park
Aizman House – Orbs have been sighted on several occasions in the living room and basement after 10:30. Halloween trick-or-treaters have run out after having a tour of the basement, and it’s “friends”. The orbs and the apparition of a man with only eyes and a mouth, dressed in a gray sweater with his white collar showing and blue jeans, are believed to be victims of “Kid Can” and his gang.
Holy Name Cemetery  – Holy Name Cemetery is located on the corner of Holy Name Drive and a county road. It’s across the street from a brick church. Reports of misty headlights pulling in and vanishing before your eyes. Witnesses have heard voices, footsteps, when it was horribly windy while calm outside the cemetery, and have seen a white apparition.
Roselawn Cemetery – This beautiful and peaceful cemetery was built at the beginning of the 20th Century and covers 160 acres. Among the reputed ghosts that haunt this is known as “Smiling Jack.” Click here to see some of the photos we’ve taken there.
College of Visual Arts  – Many occurrences happen, especially in the darkroom. The spirit playfully moves objects around and changes the time on the timer. It is said that a wealthy man (a carpenter whose studio was in the darkroom) lived there and was cheating on his wife with the maid. After refusing to leave his wife the maid hung herself on the main stairwell banister. The late night janitors experience sounds, lights turn on and off nightly and they hear children. One employee saw the man in his flannel.
Fish Island – Coming soon…
The Fitzgerald Theater  – Another of Minnesota’s haunted theaters is the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. If every good theater is supposed to have a ghost…. the staff at this theater would be happy to donate their resident spirit to another theater who doesn’t have their own. The haunting began in 1985 when the theater underwent some renovations. The removal of a false ceiling revealed that the theater had an additional balcony that no-one knew about and it also uncovered a note to an old stagehand named Ben. It is this former stagehand who is believed to be the ghost that haunts the place… but who he really is remains a mystery.
Once the renovations started, so did the strange events. People in the theater began to experience inexplicable cold spots and started getting glimpses of a dark figure walking around. Puzzled stage set workers started discovering that their tools were moved around or missing and, strangely, an antique bottle of muscatel, which was always empty, started appearing mysteriously in unlikely places. Many believe that the construction on the building has awakened the dormant spirit of an old stagehand. While “Ben”, as the staff have nicknamed him, is not usually harmful or dangerous, one incident has staff members wishing that perhaps he would move on to the next world.
Two theater workers were walking in a work area backstage. There were no lights, so they were guided by flashlights only. Suddenly, a large chunk of ceiling plaster fell to the stage between them, narrowly missing both of their heads. They quickly directed their flashlights upward and saw a hazy figure moving in the catwalks, about 60 feet above. The figure abruptly vanished. What makes this experience especially strange is that the ceiling in the theater is not made from plaster…. no one has any idea where the chunk of material may have come from. Theater workers also say that Ben is not alone in the building. While she has never been seen, there is also a ghost here named “Veronica” who is believed to be an actress who died many years ago. She makes her presence known by singing… which many staff members have heard echoing in the auditorium at night.
The Fitzgerald Theater is located in downtown St. Paul.
Forepaugh’s Restaurant  – Forepaugh’s Restaurant is located in an old Victorian mansion named after the mansions’ original owner, Joseph Forepaugh. Mr. Forepaugh was into the dry goods business, so when his fortune was made, he bought this beautiful mansion. He also decided to hire himself some servants to accompany his new found wealth. Well, Mr. Forepaugh became rather fond of one of his servants in particular. Her name was Molly, and the two of them soon began to have a steamy love affair together. However, things got rather ugly after Mrs. Forepaugh caught the two together in the midst of their lovemaking. She insisted Mr. Forepaugh break off the affair, and so he did. This did not settle well with Molly, who was now pregnant with Mr. Forepaugh’s child. She became so distraught over the situation that she went to the third floor, tied a noose around herself and a light fixture, then threw herself out of the window. Mr. Forepaugh was so devastated over her death that he went into a deep depression and eventually shot himself at the nearby railroad tracks. It is said that Mr. Forepaugh and Molly now haunt the mansion. People have claimed to see Molly near the area where she hanged herself. Mr. Forepaugh, on the other hand, has been seen by employees and customers in the dining room area. They say that a nice looking guy just walks through the dining room as if he owns the place.
Fort Snelling – Coming soon…
Gamble House – Located on Summit Ave. this house was built for lumber baron, James Gamble by George Wirth. According to the book St. Paul’s Historic Summit Avenue F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “This Side of Paradise” is about the house, in which resided a Zelda Sayre, a woman he was dating at the time and would later marry. Click here to see photos taken during one of our investigations.
Gibbs Farm – Coming soon…
Griggs Mansion  – The most reported haunted house in St. Paul is located on Summit Ave. in St. Paul. This 24-room mansion was built in 1883 by Chauncey W. Griggs. The house changed hands like a hot potato. It has been a private residence, apartment and an art school. Haunting have been reported since 1915 when a young maid upset over a love affair hung herself near the 4th floor landing. People have felt her presence ever since. Visitors to the house have reported uneasy an uneasy feeling near the top landing while climbing the staircase.
Other apparitions that have been reported within this house are Charles Wade – a gardener who has been seen in the library reading books on gardening, Amy – a teenage girl who died young, has been reported playing the piano in the house – it is not know if there is a connection between her and the house – and a thin man in a black suit that has been spotted popping in and out of the rooms both day and night. Footsteps have been heard in empty staircases, doors open and close by themselves, rasping coughs come from behind closed doors on empty rooms and heavy drapes swing for no reason. A college student staying in a basement apartment woke up to see a floating head of a child above him.
In February 1969 two reporters for the Pioneer Press arranged to spend the night in the house. They decided to stay on the top floor in the skylight room, where most of the activity have been reported. Within a short time, they began to feel uneasy. With no sign of danger in the room, they had no explanation to the uneasiness that they felt. Throughout the night they experienced several paranormal events and at 4:00am they packed up and left the house. Both reporters have said “We all agreed on one thing. There is no prize on earth that could get us to spend a single night in that great stone house that seems to speak in sounds we can’t explain or understand.”
Hamm House  – The current owners of the William Hamm house, of Hamm’s Brewery fame, have had a connection with the old mansion that has dated back more than twenty years. Even before they bought the place, they had a strange attraction to it. Could spirits from the past have been seeking someone to restore the place? Karin and Rich DuPaul are the current owners of the house and they are convinced that the place is haunted. They believe that the house itself, right down to the very wood and stone of the place, contains a spirit that somehow influences what happens there.
They did not exactly fall in love with the place at first sight either. The mansion was a dilapidated ruin when they first looked at it and they knew it would take a monumental effort to restore it. But something about the house attracted them and they couldn’t get it out of their minds. After finally deciding to buy the place, they realized that there was something strange about the place. One night they were still in their former home and both Karin and Rich got the terrifying feeling that they should go to the Hamm mansion…. they couldn’t explain it, it just an urgent need to go there. When they arrived, they found that the water pipes had burst and water was dripping everywhere. Their coming to house averted a very expensive disaster. On another night, after moving in, Rich was shaken awake by something. He felt the urge to go down to the basement and was shocked to find several cardboard boxes that had been stacked next to the chimney were smoldering. The furnace had not been working and they had been using the fireplace for heat. Do the strange events bother the DuPauls? Not according to them, in fact, they believe that the living and the dead can easily co-habituate… you just get used to one another, they say.
The Hamm Mansion is a private residence on North Greenbrier Street in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Indian Mounds Park New  – There are no recorded or rumored events, however people with active psychic abilities do report making contact with various entities, not all of whom are Native American. During several trips to the park our investigators did get some interesting results. While there are no tombstones we associate with cemeteries this is a burial site of historical importance and should be treated with respect. For more information check out the City of St. Paul’s web site.
Landmark Center – Coming soon…
Marian Center (Old Mounds Park Hospital)  – The Marian Center in St. Paul is a nursing home located in what was once the old Mounds Park Hospital. It was closed as a hospital sometime in the 70’s and reopened as a nursing home in the late 80’s/early 90’s. The story is that an off duty policeman who was working as a security guard was shot and killed as he was getting off the elevator in the basement, which is where the morgue was located. There are four elevators in the building, but if you get on that particular elevator, no matter what direction it is going or what floor you push, it will go straight to the basement, open, and then close again before going to where it’s directed. The employee break room is in the basement but is rarely used, as you have to walk past the old morgue to get to it and there are strange noises there at night. There was also a tunnel from the basement leading to the old nurse’s dormitory, which was once used for storage. The maintenance men disliked using it because they reported hearing strange noise and lights flickering off and on. The property sits across the street from a group of Indian burial mounds.
Minnesota State Capitol  – Funny noises come from the second floor and unusual cold air has been felt in the state capitol. There have also been reports of people being locked in room 217. Some say that room 217 was once a judge’s office.
Minnesota State Fair – Coming soon…
Mounds Theatre New  – Constructed in 1922, this 8,600 square foot Art Deco building was built to seat 700 silent movie viewers. It closed it’s doors in 1967 but not permanetly. The owner George Hardenbergh donated it to the “Portage for Youth” to be restored to theatrical and community center usage. It was during this third remodeling the new tenets started having encounters. Among them a little girl who has played with a red ball on the main stage, an Usher still in red uniform, and man who haunts the projection booth behind the balcony. If you are interested in a ghost tour, contact the theatre directly.
Oakland Cemetery  – A woman haunts the cemetery and has appeared to many people that have frequented the cemetery over the years. She is a woman in her mid twenties with shoulder length brown hair, blue eyes, Caucasian, approximately 5’5″ to 5’7″ in height wearing a long white lacey style dress from about the turn of the century.
Palace Theater – Coming soon… Click here to see photos taken during a Halloween tour in 2004.
St. Paul City Hall  – Like the City Hall in Minneapolis, the Ramsey County Courthouse in the sister city of St. Paul is also a haunted municipal building. It is even haunted by a criminal who was executed on the site, but there the resemblance ends. Psychics who have investigated the courthouse describe it as almost a “spirit party” because the ghosts so like to visit there.
The Ramsey County Courthouse has been the center of community activity for many years and for nearly all of them, the place has been rumored to be a place where ghostly activity can be found too. Late night cleaning crews and security guards are the most frequent witnesses to strange events here and have reported the most encounters. They claim to have heard laughing in empty rooms and have seen spirits walking up and down the corridors wearing clothing from the 1930’s and 1940’s. A ghostly shoeshine man has been seen still plying his trade in the building’s lobby. Metal coat hangers often stir in empty closets and the tapping of women’s high-heeled shoes is commonly reported in deserted hallways.
The only frightening spirit seemed to be that of a man who has been reported hanging from a noose. His is thought to be a criminal who was executed in the courthouse many years ago. A workman named Tim Mahanna was interviewed some time back by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He had been one of the workers who helped renovate the building in 1992 and he was convinced that the place was haunted. Tools and lumber moved about from place to place, things would disappear and then turn up again later and even pipes that had been sitting disconnected for weeks would suddenly have water coming out of them. “Strange things happened there that have never happened at another job site” he was quoted in the article. “I think there are people there who died and never left”.
The Ramsey County Courthouse is located near the state capitol building in St. Paul. Check out our group photo on our Member’s page.
St. Paul Hotel  – A ghost of a bellboy still tries to make the guests comfortable.
St. Paul Street Caves – Coming soon…
Cottage Grove Historical Cemetery  – Many spirits in this cemetery, one seen in the window of the storage shed. Also smells of perfume in certain areas.
St. Paul Park
Grey Cloud Island  – Unimproved roads surrounding the site. There are two interesting haunted locations in this area. The first is a small cemetery located about 150 yards off the main highway. On moonlit nights, an indistinct figure can be seen leaning against a gatepost smoking a cigarette. Another figure that can be seen is a translucent motorcyclist riding silently past late night walkers and drivers.
Lumber Barons (hotel/restaurant)  – A Confederate military man passed away in a drunken stupor on the second floor S.W. suite. His curious sweaty odor is heavy in the air.
Arcola Trail Bridge  – A young wife searches to find her husband along the abandoned railroad tracks of Arcola Trail in Stillwater, Minnesota. You may find her walking about with her lantern dressed in her white gown late at night.
Stillwater Prison  – The living unit that is called B West has a ghost which appears on the 3rd floor. The area called the “brake” area between cells 301 and 732 has an inmate that supposedly died while in prison standing in the corner by a mop sink. This location was burned to the ground by an arsonist in 2003.
 Taken from the Shadowland web site.
 Ghost Stories of Minnesota by Gina Teel, 2002
 Wikipedia: This Side of Paradise
 As of 1-Oct-09
 As of 1-Nov-09
 New as of 3-Feb-10, information from Mounds Theatre of St. Paul
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