The Haunted Midwest

Welcome to The Tell-Tale Lockhart’s Haunted Midwest section. Each state that makes up the heartland of the United States has its own rich, and sometimes violent, history. With legends from nomadic native tribes, the stories and experiences of explorers who came over from the old country, and the criminal activities of the prohibition era, it’s only natural that a few ghosts chose to stick around to see what’s next for the heartland.

My home state of Iowa is home to the infamous Villisca House, a reportedly haunted residence that saw the brutal murder of 8 people in 1912.

Actually, one time when I was getting my hair cut in Iowa City, the woman cutting my hair showed me a video on her phone that a friend had sent to her. Her friend had apparently taken the owners of the house up on one of their overnight tours, which allows guests to spend a night in the Villisca House. The video showed an orange ball rolling back and forth by itself over a hard wood floor.

“Every time I see this video.” The stylist said. “I get goosebumps. Here! Look at my arm, I have them now!”

It takes a brave sort of soul to voluntarily go looking for ghostly encounters. More often than not, people who experience a visit from a phantom aren’t expecting it. I certainly wasn’t expecting my few encounters with the resident ghost of my family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin—a ghost who has come to be known as The Dancing Man.

If you have a ghostly experience from the heartland that you would like featured on this blog, feel free to get in touch with me by filling out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll get it up and running.

Be sure to check back regularly for more personal stories from me, interviews with others who’ve encountered Midwestern ghosts, and area legends that I’ve come across.

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