What Are Some of the Best Haunted Locations in South Dakota?
Ghost stories. We all have one, or at least have heard a few good ones throughout the years.
With Halloween fast approaching, there's a good chance you might be the recipient of a few more spooktacular stories very soon.
I remember growing up in Sioux Falls during the 1980s living in a home on Western Avenue that was haunted. Not to the degree of say, the homes in the movies Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. I mean, we didn't have a fly infestation, and none of my family members were being sucked into televisions, but, some strange ass crap would happen inside that place from time to time.
One of the more freaky things I remember was the time my sister witnessed a strange episode involving my mother's sewing machine.
My sister had a downstairs bedroom located near a sewing room my mother had in the house. One evening, she heard my mother's sewing machine running. No big deal, right? She walked into the room fully expecting my mother to be working on one of her many sewing projects. That, however, was not the case on this night. The sewing machine was indeed running, unattended, with the cover still on, and here's the kicker, the machine was not plugged into an electrical wall outlet! I should add, it wasn't battery-operated either. When she touched the machine, it stopped running. Hello!
That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to oddities that would periodically happen inside that house. There were many similar situations, so many in fact, the real estate agent my parents used when they sold the place, didn't like going into the house alone.
I ran across an article the other day on Thrillist that claims South Dakota is one of the most haunted states in America.
Evidently, the Rushmore state has a reputation for having a number of spooky places to visit. At least the people living here in South Dakota aren't spooks, right?
If you're the type of person that enjoys a good scare, the article recommends you highly check out places like; historic Deadwood.
South Dakota's famous wild west town is well-known for having a number of rumors surrounding hauntings and paranormal sightings in places like Saloon Number 10 and the historic Adams House.
While in Deadwood, you also have to visit the Bullock Hotel. Supposedly, the spirit of Seth Bullock, Deadwood's first sheriff, still lingers around the property. There are also stories of the place being haunted by someone who committed suicide in room 211.
Sioux Falls has its fair share of haunted locations. Thrillist suggests you visit one of the more popular places, the Orpheum Theater. It's there you will encounter a ghost named Larry. The story has it, many years ago, there was a theater manager that was murdered in the fallout of some kind of tragic love triangle. Rumors say the spirit of Larry as he's come to be known throughout the years still wanders throughout the building doing all kinds of eerie things.
Then of course there's Sica Hallow State Park near Sisseton. The word Sica is the Dakota word for 'evil'. This South Dakota state park has a reputation for being haunted by Native American spirits. Reports from those who have visited the park claim the stream inside will occasionally turn red. People have also reported hearing drums, war calls, and other strange noises emanating from within the park. Sounds like a great family vacation spot if you're the Manson family.
Thrillist has a number of other creepy South Dakota spots to check out if you have the nerve.
If you happen to have any killer ghost stories yourself or know of additional places around the area where specters like to hang out, let us know on our Facebook page.
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