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From desolate cottages choked with weeds, to towering Victorian Gothic edifices, to musty tunnels snaking under the lawn, the abandoned sanitariums, reformatories, and asylums of the past practically invite fantastic stories. When many of these old institutions were shut down or decommissioned in the 1980s, they were overtaken by former patients and inmates, amateur photographers, and teenagers looking for a thrill. These urban explorers brought back stories of strange sounds, moving shadows, and messages carved in the walls. Mysterious Heartland has found that many former asylums in the Heartland are believed to be infested with ghosts, but which are the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 3/23/2015 9:29:30 PM   Reads: 625   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The Southwestern United States is a vast region with diverse terrain ranging from desert to mountains and high plains. It is also one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse regions of the US. At Mysterious Heartland, we have found that such a rich cultural heritage also includes a rich tapestry of campus ghost lore. Most colleges in these Southwestern states have a ghost story or two, but which are the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 3/9/2015 9:36:27 PM   Reads: 565   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Minnesota’s vast lakes, pine forests, and long, harsh winters have given rise to a rich tradition of folklore. As we at Mysterious Heartland have found, Minnesotans love a good ghost story as well, and many places are said to be haunted. Which will prove to be the scariest of them all?


Posted: 2/16/2015 10:33:30 AM   Reads: 641   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Deep in the dark shelves of a dusty archive, a purple glow materializes into the flickering image of an elderly librarian. One by one, her spectral hands pull the old books from the shelves. This isn’t the opening of a movie, but a haunting scene reenacted at libraries all over the Heartland. At Mysterious Heartland, we have scoured the pages of books, websites, and newspapers to bring you some of the most compelling stories of dedicated librarians from the beyond. Which Midwestern library will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 12/15/2014 8:13:52 PM   Reads: 526   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The heart of the Corn Belt, Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east and the Missouri River to the west. It has the odd distinction of being both the safest state in the U.S. and the inspiration for a Slipknot album. The Hawkeye State, however, is also known for its share of haunted and legendary places, including the infamous Villisca Axe Murder House. But which are the most compelling? http://mysteriousheartland.com/2014/12/08/iowas-top-10-most-haunted-places/


Posted: 12/8/2014 7:53:28 PM   Reads: 700   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

With its sweeping plains and fields of wheat and sunflowers, Kansas has long been known for its rich agricultural tradition. As Mysterious Heartland has found, Kansas has a rich tradition of folklore and ghost stories as well. From haunted dunes and hollows to the infamous Sallie House and Potwin Place, the Sunflower State has more than its fair share of supernatural destinations. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 11/24/2014 9:07:21 PM   Reads: 540   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

With their storied history, famous guests, and romantic atmosphere, Mysterious Heartland has found that hotels can attract quite a number of ghostly tales. From the smallest bed & breakfast to a luxurious five-star resort, the Midwest has more than its fair share of famous hotels, and nearly all of them are believed to have an uninvited guest or two. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 11/4/2014 9:04:28 PM   Reads: 510   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

From the infamous set location of The Shawshank Redemption, to the majestic halls of the Lafayette Hotel, Ohio is also known for a number of very famous haunted places. Which will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 10/20/2014 9:54:53 AM   Reads: 360   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The American Heartland brings to mind rolling fields of corn and grain, apple pie, and …ghosts? For the past several years, Mysterious Heartland has scoured hundreds of books, articles, and websites to find the most interesting haunted and legendary places in the Midwest. With infamous locations like Griggs Mansion, Bachelor’s Grove, Bullock Hotel, and dozens of other nationally-known paranormal hotspots, it was hard to choose the top 10. Never-the-less, we have come up with this list of what we think are the best. Which one will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 9/29/2014 10:29:30 AM   Reads: 592   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Wisconsin is a very haunted state, with foreboding roads, abandoned mansions, and bloody brides, but which location will prove to be the most haunted of them all?


Posted: 9/22/2014 10:06:01 AM   Reads: 706   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Although belief in witchcraft has persisted in the American Midwest for nearly two centuries, Mysterious Heartland has found it surprisingly difficult to locate stories of witchcraft in the region. Never-the-less, we have scoured newspaper archives and dusty volumes to bring you some of the most exciting and obscure accounts of conjuring, hexes, and mistaken identity. Which story will prove to be the most compelling of them all?


Posted: 9/15/2014 8:13:41 AM   Reads: 462   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Witchcraft

here are a few places where men fear to tread, places so scary locals have labeled them with names like “Hotel Hell,” “Hell Bridge,” and “Satan’s Tunnel.” Witches, demons, and shadowy entities are said to lurk there. Some are even believed to contain portals to Hell itself. We at Mysterious Heartland have braved damnation to bring you this list. Which will prove to be the most terrifying place of them all?


Posted: 8/25/2014 8:14:25 AM   Reads: 680   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

The Bird Cage Theater at 535 E. Allen Street in Tombstone, Arizona, is one of the only surviving buildings from Tombstone’s Wild West days. The Bird Cage Theater opened in 1881 and closed in 1889. In those short years, it gained a notorious reputation as a house of gambling, entertainment, and prostitution. The Bird Cage Theater is also rumored to be haunted with the ghosts of Tombstone’s tumultuous past.


Posted: 8/21/2014 1:16:14 PM   Reads: 452   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Isolated. Foreboding. Dangerous. Lonely roads make a good setting for a ghost story, and there are plenty snaking their way across the American Heartland. But which is the scariest of them all? Mysterious Heartland is proud to bring you our list of the top 10 creepiest roads in the Midwest! Any of these roads makes an excellent spooky night-time trip, but remember, always be conscious of other motorists – especially if they might be of the undead variety!


Posted: 5/28/2014 8:33:32 AM   Reads: 744   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

At Mysterious Heartland, we spend a lot of time crawling around the ruins of some of the most notorious and spooky places in the Heartland. Cemeteries in particular seem to attract a bevy of ghostly tales, but what are the most frightening? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Creepiest Cemeteries in the Midwest!


Posted: 4/8/2014 8:59:45 AM   Reads: 555   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Sometimes perilous and almost always remote, rural bridges have long been a staple of local ghostlore. They are places where ghosts of long-forgotten accidents still roam and phantom voices cry out from the water below. At Mysterious Heartland, we have researched allegedly haunted bridges all over the Midwest, but which one will prove to be the most terrifying of all?


Posted: 3/24/2014 1:19:37 PM   Reads: 534   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Looming out of the prairie, or standing like a sentinel on a quiet street, the old Victorian mansion or derelict farmhouse dominates our nightmares. We at Mysterious Heartland know that every town and city has at least one, but what are the most infamous and haunted houses and mansions in the heartland? After much debate, we are happy to bring you the Top 10 Most Haunted Houses in the Midwest! Note: Many homes in this list are privately owned. Never visit any of these homes uninvited.


Posted: 3/17/2014 9:11:34 AM   Reads: 749   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and an “alpha city” in the global economy. With a population of over 2.8 million, it is the political and economic powerhouse of Illinois. With so many people living and dying here, it comes as no surprise that Chicago would be home to so many ghosts. Entire books (and their sequels!) have been devoted to the ghostlore of the Windy City. At Mysterious Heartland, we have poured over dozens of these stories to bring you the top 10 most haunted places in Chicago!


Posted: 3/10/2014 1:12:48 PM   Reads: 497   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

Leaving home and going to college for the first time can be a very exciting and scary experience, especially if your college shares its campus with the otherworldly and unseen. Almost every college and university has at least one legend or ghost story, but which can lay claim to the title of most haunted? After much debate, Mysterious Heartland brings you the Top 10 Most Haunted Colleges and Universities in the Midwest!


Posted: 1/20/2014 1:42:16 PM   Reads: 710   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

If the whole thing was a fraud, and the house was not haunted, what does that say about all the “evidence” collected there by paranormal investigators? In other words, if Black Moon Manor was a fraud, why didn’t every paranormal investigation team leave the place empty handed?


Posted: 1/16/2014 5:41:48 PM   Reads: 705   Submitted By: makleen   Source: mysteriousheartland.com Category: Ghosts

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