With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to get into the spirit of things and think about all the creepy places in Wisconsin we hope we're never left alone in.
The Summerwind Mansion was a fishing lodge turned home by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Robert Lamont in 1916. After firing two shots at a supposed intruder, Lamont discovered there was no one there. He and his family left that night. The next family moved into the mansion in the 1970s only to have the husband have a nervous breakdown and the wife attempt suicide. The mansion itself is mostly ruined after a fire in 1988 but the paranormal activity there still continues.
Nelsen's Hall & Bitters Club has been around for decades and is full of loyal patrons, including founder Tom Nelsen. Nelsen died in the apartment above the building and guests have heard footsteps above them knowning that no one is up there. Reports also say that he will appear in front of unsuspecting women using the restroom and changing the radio station so he can still enjoy his favorite music.
While the Elk Lake Dam may not be cursed itself, the surrounding area is. In 1974, the body of Mary Schlais was discovered at the dam. It was reported that Schlais was hitchhiking from Minneapolis to Chicago before her killer picked her up and dumped her body at Elm Lake. The case still has not been solved. There have been many strange occurences there according to multiple reports. One such includes two fishermen who were on the dam when one said, “There is a glowing white woman behind us.” “I know,” the other man replied, “But I’m not turning around.”
The Riverside Cemetery in Appleton has one inhabitant that has been known to haunt visitors. Kate Blood, a very appropriate name, was allegedly a witch, child killer, adultress and was murdered by her husband. Visitors claim to see a hooded figure running around and vanishing into thin air while others say they have seen blood ooze from her tombstone.
The Brumder Mansion did not experience any disturbences until the 1990s. George Brumder's sister was apparently so fond of the place she never left. Guests have reported strange activities in her former room, now the Gold Suite, and one American Indian medicine man claims the spirits to be, "benevolent, but very talkative."
The Bloody Bride Bridge, or actually the High 66 bridge in Stevens Point, might have one of the scariest occurences. According to legend, a bride was driving to her wedding when she crashed and died. She can now be seen on the bridge in other cars and, in some extreme cases, seen in the back of your own car if you look in the rearview mirror. To make matters worse, according to police records, there has never been a bride who died on the bridge.
The Plainfield Cemetery is not only the sight where serial killer Ed Gein is buried, but it is also the place where he would dig up women who reminded him of his mother.
The Siren Bridge in Siren, Wis. is home to a tragic tale. One Halloween, a family was driving on County Highway B when the father lost control and the car drove into the swamp below. The family was trapped and they died in the car. Motorists now say they can hear a little girl crying through their radios, "Mommy help me, I can't get out."
The Pfister Hotel was recently named the creepiest place in Wisconsin by the Travel Channel and deservingly so. The hotel has had many reports of hauntings mostly by the founder, Charles Pfister.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield is a great place to go if you need medical assistance, but there is one resident who may make your stay even worse. In the west wing of the hospital, it is said there is a man in a black robe who has been seen by staff and patients alike wandering the halls and coming in and out of patients’ rooms. Nobody has managed to determine who he is or why he is haunting the hospital.
Callan Road, or Witch Road as it is more commonly known, in Rippon has a lot of lore surrounding it. The trees that line the road cast shadows that will keep you on edge the entire trip. It is also said that there have been flashes of light in the abandoned building supposedly housed by the witch.
The Clark County Insane Asylum was probably more haunted during its time of operation rather than since it closed. Today, visitors report claims of voices and seeing apparitions. Back in the day, the residents were tormented and even murdered by the staff. Electroshock therapy, ice water submersion and even blood letting was used.
The Maribel Caves Hotel is more commonly known as Hotel Hell. After a fire in 1985, the hotel closed down. Since then, however, there have been reports of apparitions, floating objects, strange lights. Scariest of all, people claim that witches use the abandoned building as a gateway to Hell, which would make the name more appropriate.
Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake is home to many creepy sightings. One in particular is a mausoleum on the south side of the cemetery where a little boy is buried. It is said if you sit on it or even around it, you will be pushed off by a force said to be the little boy. Soldiers from the Civil War have also been seen marching around the grounds.
Boy Scout Lane in Stevens Point is home to one of the mysterious legends on this list. The name of the road was given in honor of a Boy Scout troop that died there. How they died however remains a mystery. Some say they got lost in the forest and died there, some say they camped out on the road and were killed by their bus driver. Probably creepiest of all is the legend that one scout burned them all alive with a kerosene lantern.
The Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland may have changed ownership over to the Best Western brand, but it still has a history of being creepy to guests and staff. There have been strange noises and disembodied voices, specifically in the attic and room 314.
The Boscobel Hotel hosted John F. and Jackie Kennedy back in the day but that didn't stop the spirits from coming over. Former owner Adam Bobel is reportedly still living there even after his death and a young girl named Snowflake, who was abandoned in the snow as an infant, reportedly loves the hotel too much to leave. The hotel is also reportedly the birthplace of the Gideon Bible.
Once a former brothel and hideout for Al Capone, Shaker's Cigar Bar is one of the creepiest places in Wisconsin and was even featured on Netflix's documentary show Dark Tourist. Patrons and employees have reported seeing a little girl in the women's room and various ghosts in the basement.