Haunted Places in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Dark Minneapolis City Skyline at Night

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Local lore says that twin cities Minneapolis and St. Paul, a major metropolitan area of Minnesota, have several locations that are haunted. Reported sightings of ghosts, along with strange activities and paranormal events, are supposed to have occurred at these Minneapolis and St. Paul buildings and caves.

If you want to investigate these spooky sites, note that most of these places are privately owned—you will need permission to look for ghosts or take a tour offered by the establishment.

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The Wabasha Street Caves, St. Paul

Wabasha Street Caves
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The Wabasha Street Caves in the west part of St. Paul have been used for 150 years—through the city's bootlegging and gangster days—and are reputedly haunted by several spirits. Walking tours of the historic caves are held on Mondays in the summer, and on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays all year.

The nearby mines, caves, and brickyards in Lilydale Regional Park (sometimes closed due to restoration or flooding, so check the park's website before going) are also reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of murdered gangsters and smugglers. But all the caves are dangerous and closed to the public; several teenagers have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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The Historic Mounds Theatre, St. Paul

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Established in 1922, the renovated Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul has had a long history of ghostly sightings and encounters from several distinct spirits. The venue plays it up with plenty of spooky offerings such as movies, paranormal investigation shows, and nighttime haunted tours. The theater also offers less scary haunted tours at sunset time for kids; there is something for everyone among their plays and musical and dance performances.

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Anoka Masonic Lodge and the Colonial Hall

The town of Anoka, about a 35-minute drive from the Twin Cities, is known as the "Halloween Capital of the World" with good reason. Its several spooky spots include the Anoka Masonic Lodge, built in 1922, and the 1904 Colonial Hall next door, both on the National Register of Historic Places. A local even penned "The Haunting of the Anoka Masonic Lodge: History, Mystery, and the Paranormal," detailing the creepy activity in both buildings over the years. The lodge is still used for various community meetings, while the Colonial Hall houses an antique shop.

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First Avenue Music Venue, Minneapolis

First Avenue concert venue

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The venerable nightclub and live music venue called First Avenue, which came to be in 1970, was once the Greyhound bus station, and it's alleged that ghosts of travelers and homeless people who died at the bus station now haunt the nightclub. The most common ghost story is of a woman in 70s clothing who supposedly died of a drug overdose at the bus station—her spirit is often spotted in the women's bathroom. There are also stories of strange noises in the DJs' headsets and sound equipment being thrown off stage.

No tours are offered, but the venue will gladly let you in to see the public areas of the building if you have a ticket to one of the shows. Whether you'll hear any odd noises will partly depend on who is playing that night.

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City Hall, Minneapolis

Minneapolis city hall

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Another Minnesota legend says that John Moshik, a man hanged by the city in 1898 for murder and robbery, haunts the fifth floor of the beautiful and historic Minneapolis City Hall on South Fifth Street. Employees have reputedly made numerous claims of experiences with an apparition, shadows, breezes, sounds, and odd movements.

While the fourth and fifth floors are an adult detention center and not open to the public, you can walk around other parts of the building on a self-guided tour or take a free City Hall tour the third Wednesday of each month.

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