Most Haunted Hotels in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa
If you're the kind of person who loves that feeling when the hair stands up on the back of your neck, the feeling that you're being watched, or just the kind of person who loves to tempt fate. You're more than likely the perfect person to stay at one of these haunted hotels!
You know what they say - - one person's creepy weekend is another person's spooky Saturday night. Or something like that.
The travel writers at Thrillist have gone out of their way to find the creepiest, spookiest hotels in the U.S. and of course, we narrowed it down to the tri-state area.
You'll definitely want to put these three haunted hotels on your must-visit Halloween bucket list this year!
South Dakota's Most Haunted Hotel
No visit to downtown Deadwood would be complete without a visit to the first and spookiest hotel in the city. Sheriff Seth Bullock is said to still roam the hotel and is particularly active when he thinks employees aren't working as hard as they should be.
However, that doesn't account for all the late-night strange occurrences that visitors and other employees have noted.
In any case, if you have a desire to explore a real Wild West kind of "I do believe in spooks" experience, the Bullock Hotel is definitely one of the most haunted places in South Dakota to do it!
Minnesota's Most Haunted Hotel
Sauk Centre, Minnesota used to have a rather rowdy brothel and saloon. It burned to the ground in 1900. It was replaced with the beautiful Palmer House Hotel. But apparently, some of the old spirits decided to hang around and entertain themselves at the expense of staff and guests.
Some of the stories from guests include having their names called, being touched while they were sleeping, having their thermostats drop drastically in their room, and seeing shadows in places all over the hotel.
Spook historians believe that two of the ghosts have connections to the hotel's past as a brothel- - and employees love to share the stories, so be sure to ask.
Iowa's Most Haunted Hotel
This quaint building in Keosauqua, which now houses an 8-room bed-and-breakfast has been many things during its existence. It was a Civil War hospital, a tuberculosis sanitarium, an Underground Railroad stop, and even a boarding house for school teachers.
As you can imagine a lot of guests have stayed at the inn throughout it's long history and some chose to just stay put, period. Some sources believe the Mason House Inn may be one of the most haunted places in Iowa.
Some of the more colorful spirits are even referred to by names like The Old Man, Fannie Mason Kurtz, and The Old Lady in White, among many others.
The owners say that their ghosts aren't scary ones however, so if you're looking for a creepy haunt, this isn't the place for you. Their spirits are all friendly and just want to hang around.