5 spooky places in the Twin Cities

The Manor House

This AirBnB looks quaint, almost docile in daylight, but at night expect a tasteful touch of dread. About ten years ago, when the current owner, Sean Doyle, was checking out the house, he noticed an old hair clip on the floor. After picking it up, he suddenly had a vivid image of a girl in a white dress in his mind. Doyle made inquiries with the previous owners and discovered that Rosalia Fihn died in the house in 1908. The family showed Doyle several photos and he recognized the girl’s face from his previous vision. But fear not, because after 375 stays, the Superhost has not received any bad reviews. Maybe Doyle’s friendly Doberman Scorch kept some of the ghouls away. 227 Burgess Saint-Paul, 55117, airbnb.com

Schmidt Brewery

The Schmidt Brewery has been a St. Paul’s haunt since 1855 for several reasons. When the owner, Jacob Schmidt, removed the original North Star Brewery sign, replacing it with its namesake, “Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company”, the entire brewery burned down a year later in 1900. Much more bad luck s ‘would follow when Matthew Kohler, whose job was to light the brewery’s gas lamps, suddenly died of the “inhaled flames” and in 1934 Edward G Bremer, the son of the owners, was kidnapped by the Ma Barker gang. 928 7th St. W St. Paul 55102, kegandcase.com/history

Anoka State Hospital

Nestled in the Halloween capital of the world, Anoka Hospital is finally getting acquainted. The hospital opened in 1900 as a transfer asylum, taking in patients from the public hospital. Between 1948 and 1967, the hospital took care of mentally ill patients with tuberculosis. Hospital workers have reported seeing apparitions or ghost people haunting the halls of the asylum. Even more frightening, patients were known to try to escape the hospital through a series of underground tunnels that connected the buildings. 3801-3849 N 7th Ave, Anoka, 55303, mnopedia.org

Manor Van Dusen

Now a place to host fairytale weddings, the Van Dusen Mansion has had its fair share of past lives. Built in 1892, the mansion was home to grain baron George Van Dusen, but after two generations of Van Dusens the family moved, allowing the mansion to perform many functions including a school to train medical secretaries, the College of Commerce and for a time it housed Hamline University Law School. It was also part of an alleged Ponzi scheme in 2007. It is also believed to be home to two ghosts. 1900 Lasalle Avenue, Minneapolis, 55403, thevandusenmansion.com

The Jonathan Paddleford

The Johnathan Paddleford has entertained millions of guests on relaxing cruises, but it’s not immune to ghost stories. This Mississippi River boat had suspected ghost sightings after a man drowned while on the boat. According to tradition, the boat is haunted by a man who fell into the river while trying to climb to the top of the wheelhouse. Employees and passengers say they heard footsteps and a big splash while not finding anyone in the water. 205, boul. Saint-Paul, 55107, riverrides.com

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