Throughout the state of Minnesota, unexplained happenings point to the existence of restless spirits. Many old buildings and facilities have a sketchy history that may have contributed to the to present-day haunts. Certain areas of Minnesota are considered haunted due to the numerous reports of paranormal activities from guests and residents of these locations. Visit any of these locations to hear the stories and witness the haunts for yourself.
276 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
An upscale restaurant located in a converted mansion, Forepaugh’s is thought to be haunted by the original owner’s ghost. Joseph Forepaugh built his mansion with money from his successful dry goods business. In 1892, he shot himself in the house after his adulterous affair with one of the maids was discovered. His mistress then hung herself from one of the chandeliers in the mansion. Staff of the restaurant and diners have observed the ghosts of Joseph and his mistress wandering through the dining rooms as well as a fleeting scent of lavender at times.
Greyhound Bus Museum
1201 Greyhound Blvd.
Hibbing, MN 55746
Hibbing, Minn., has been considered the beginning of the passenger bus industry in the United States. The Greyhound Bus Museum is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting some of the first buses and vehicles of public transportation in the country. The museum, however, is located next to a cemetery that has lent the building some active spirits. Ghost hunters have confirmed the residence of ghosts in the museum and employees report bus windows opening and closing on their own. Visitors to the museum have reported shadows that appear and disappear as well.
Minneapolis City Hall
350 S. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Rumor has it that the fifth floor of city hall is haunted. The courtrooms on this floor report unexplained shadows, items being moved and judges becoming acutely ill while holding court. The perpetrator is thought to be John Moshik, the last man hanged in Minnesota in 1898. Moshik was convicted of murder after an attempt to rob $14 ended in an accidental death. The hanging was ‘botched’ by the executioner and Moshik took over three minutes to die.
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40 Club Restaurant and Bar
960 2nd St. N.W.
Aitkin, MN 56431
A dining and drinking establishment that is located under apartments for rent, the 40 Club Restaurant and Bar has been haunted since the late 1990s. A former employee that lived upstairs, Tom, failed to show up for work one day and was found dead in his apartment. Tom is thought to have choked on a bag of drugs he was attempting to swallow. After his death, the bar has experienced lights and televisions turning on and off on their own. The jukebox also plays songs from Tom’s funeral without being programmed to.
The Palmer House Hotel, Restaurant and Pub
500 Sinclair Lewis Ave.
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
The Palmer House is among one of the more well-known haunted hotels in Minnesota. Having been the subject of an episode of “Ghost Hunters” on the Travel Channel, there has been frequent confirmation that this place is, in fact, haunted. The original structure burned down and the hotel was built on the remaining site in the early 1900s by a gentleman named R. L. Palmer. Stories of the unsavory happenings in the hotel over the years and suicide cases brought on the belief that the spirits residing in the hotel are former guests of the establishment.
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