Haunted Places in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Minneapolis and St. Paul have several locations that local lore says are haunted by ghosts. Reported sightings of ghosts, 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 places are all privately owned and you will need permission to look for ghosts or take a tour offered by the establishment.

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    The Wabasha Street Caves in westside St. Paul have been used for 150 years, through St. Paul's bootlegging and gangster days, and are reputedly haunted by several spirits. Walking tours of the caves are held on Saturdays, for a $5 admission charge.

    The nearby mines, caves, and brickyards in Lilydale Park are also reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of murdered gangsters and bootleggers, but all the caves are dangerous (several teenagers have died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the caves) and are closed to the public.

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    This renovated theater has had a long history of ghostly sightings and encounters from several distinct ghosts. They play it up with plenty of spooky shows and movies on the calendar and offer ​one-hour haunted tours at the weekend for $20.

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    The story goes that Joseph Forepaugh, a wealthy merchant, committed suicide in Irvine Park, just outside his mansion. And that, shortly after, a maid in the house hanged herself on one of the upper floors. Her spirit is supposed to haunt the Forepaugh house, now a restaurant in downtown St. Paul.

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    The Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center is a psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment center. The century-old 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 alleged to haunt the tunnels.

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    First Avenue, Minneapolis

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

    No tours, but they'll 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 strange noises will partly depend on who is playing that night.

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    Another Minneapolis legend says that a man hanged by the city in the late eighteenth century haunts the fifth floor of Minneapolis City Hall. But since the fifth floor isn't accessible by the public, there's no way for us to go and investigate.