Haunted Places in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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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 (currently being renovated, so check the park's website for closures) 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 Metro Regional Treatment Center, Anoka

The Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center is a psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment center in Anoka, the "Halloween Capital of the World," about 20 miles north of the Twin Cities. The 1900 building, originally called the Anoka State Hospital, has a labyrinth of underground tunnels, reportedly used in escape attempts by the patients. The ghosts of those who never found their way to freedom are said to haunt the tunnels.

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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 70's 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, haunts the fifth floor of the beautiful and historic Minneapolis City Hall on South Fifth Street. However, since the fifth floor isn't accessible to the public, there's no way for anyone from the outside to investigate. But employees have reputedly made numerous claims of experiences with an apparition, shadows, breezes, sounds, and odd movements.

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