Ghosts of the Prairie
HAUNTED IOWA

The state of Iowa has always been a great source of folklore and legends. Entire books have been written about the ghostly tales of the state, both new and old. The sites that you will visit below are sure to catch your interest as possible places to visit should you ever travel to Iowa..... they are also sure to give you a cold chill or two and I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't catch yourself looking over your shoulder a time or two while you read.

Special Report! Villisca Ax Murder House
A special article from Troy Taylor, based on the book So, There I Was, about the history and hauntings of the J.B. Moore House in Villisca, Iowa --- one of the most haunted houses in America!

BLACK ANGEL OF OAKLAND CEMETERY
"Behind the legends" report on the REAL story behind the legendary Black Angel

THE WASHTA GRAVEYARD
Another excerpt from
BEYOND THE GRAVE
reveals how the face of a killer on a tombstone may have solved a murder!

THE MILLVILLE POLTERGEIST
Real - or the product of overworked imaginations?

MOSSY GLEN
One of the most peaceful places in Iowa and yet one where restless ghosts are believed to roam!

SIMPSON COLLEGE
Strange Tales of the Old Chapel

THE MATHIAS HAM HOUSE
One of Iowa's Historic Sites of Yesterday and a place where the ghosts of the past still make their presence known!

THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE
A Ghostly Theatre in Dubuque!

LUTHER COLLEGE
The mischievous ghost of a young woman who was never able to attend college now makes frequent appearances on campus!

THE OLD POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY JAIL
This unique jail, known as the "Squirrel Cage" has long been host to prisoners and employees from the past!

COE COLLEGE
A young student who died in Voorhees Hall now returns as a viable presence from the past!

THE AMANA COLONIES
The historic colony has long been rumored to play host to history's ghosts!

MARS HILL CEMETERY
This remote cemetery is haunted by ghosts and legends of death from days gone by.



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Sources and Bibliography:

Hauck, Dennis William - Haunted Places: The National Directory (1996)
Scott, Beth & Michael Norman - Haunted Heartland (1985)
Erickson, Lori - Ghosts of the Amana Colonies (1988)
Carlson, Bruce - Several Iowa Ghost-Related Titles
Fate Magazine (various issues)
Bingham, Joan & Delores Riccio - Haunted Houses USA (1989)
Hein, Ruth D. & Vicky L. Hinsenbrock - Ghostly Tales of Iowa (1996)
Taylor, Troy - Beyond the Grave (2000)

Personal Interviews and Correspondence