South Dakota Hauntings
Belle Fourche - Belle Fourche High School - When an old Janitor was fixing the
light in the gym he fell from the top and died and has haunting the school ever
since. Kids see shadows all the time at night. The light that he was fixing
flickers on and off in the gym.
Brookings - South Dakota Stat University - Doner Auditorium - A man that was a
janitor in 1919, fell out of an alcove above the stage where an organ was
located. The organ would randomly play for two years following his death until
it was dismantled and scrapped. He causes a lot of electrical and technical
problems if a specific prop is moved from the prop room, and also he's been
seen as recently as 10/20/01... He doesn't seem to be lost, an authentic
haunting, as he will react to words and waving. He's a wonderful spirit, but
likes to cause trouble.
Custer - BH Playhouse – Costume Room - is said to
be haunted by a girl whos father was a miner there be fore it became the play
house. And that the girl haunts the costume room because that’s the room she
stayed in. Some times the costume people will leave the room one night with
every thing put away and the next morning on the table will be a costume laid
out perfectly. They say that its the girl who laid it there.
Deadwood - Bullock Hotel - Its haunted by the sheriff of Deadwood and its
namesake Seth Bullock. Seth was sheriff in the201800's.
Deadwood - Green Door Brothel - unexplained footsteps are heard here.
Deadwood - Mount Mariah Cemetery - Such notorious characters as Wild Bill
Hickock, Calamity Jane, Potato Creek Johnny and also Seth Bullock, mentioned in
a former story, have been laid to rest here. Very mysterious presences and a
feeling of being watched are felt here upon every visit.
Deadwood - The Bullock Hotel - It is now a hotel and casino, and many people
believe the place to be haunted by the owner from the eighteen hundreds, Seth
Bullock. Film crews have been to the Hotel in hopes of getting shots, http://www.allstays.com/Haunted/sd_deadwood_bullock.htm
Deadwood - Wild Bill's Saloon - the pinball machine in the arcade on the lower
level often plays itself for hours on end and the lights flicker and arcade
machines turn on and off. First thought to be WildBill himself.
Eagle Butte - City Park - Late at night if you walk by you can hear the voice
of a woman. A woman died behind the baseball field fence she was found frozen.
You can here her moaning and scream's. There have been sighting of her late at
night people see her walking around sometimes.
Ellsworth - Air forse Base - Missile site - The spirit of a pilot killed in a
helicopter crash in the mid 1980's can be seen and heard upon entering the
control room of the missile silo nearest to where his helicopter crashed.
Before entering the control room, music is heard as if coming from a
radio-there is no one in the room.
Firesteel - The Coal Mines - Back in the 1930's firesteel was a booming town
after the discovery of coal. One day when all the miners were hard at work an
explosion killed about 100 miners and to this day they say that if you get too
close to the mines you can hear the voices of the miners hard at work. the town
of firesteel was once a large and prosperous city but is now doomed as the
people are driven away by the ghosts that haunt the old mines.
Flandreau - Flandreau Indian School - The Little Girl - Some time ago a little
girl died in that school. Some say that she likes to play with you. She will
tickle your feet at night when you are sleeping. If you take a shower on the
girls side the little girl will mess with the curtain while you take a shower.
Fort Pierre - Old graveyard near Verendrye monument - Reports of voices and
whispering is said to have taken place here. a lot of strange activity. eerie
light and reflections.
Fort Sisseton - Fort Sisseton was never attacked, but still many died living
there. There have been people who have seen strange lights when nobody else was
Fort Thompson - Crow Creek High School - Apparitions of priests and nuns are
seen in the halls.
Garretson - Fire Department - One day a boy was skating and he tried to do20a
backside board slide and fell and cracked open his skull on the ground and
died. (wear a helmet) he has been seen ever since still trying to do the same
Gregory - IOOF Cemetery - A lone man seems to wander the cemetery and
surrounding gravel road searching for something. He is white haired and seems
to be lost. On return to see if the gentleman needs help, he disappears.
Gregory - Gregory cemetery - there has been spotted light orbs or what seems to
be ghosts wandering around the cemetery and have scared away visitors.
Hill City - 1880 Train - This now tourist attraction, still uses authentic
engines and cars from the 1800's. Many abandoned train cars still sit on the
train yard, and many strange occurrences have been reported of them. The
Highliner Eatery, which sits on the train yard, is an authentic dining car, and
one employee reported seeing a strange man in a brown suit standing in the
back. Seconds later, he
Hill City - Alpine Inn - Second floor is said to be haunted. Lights have gone
out unexpectedly, and voices can be heard as well as footsteps.
Hill City - Hill City High School - Apparitions appear, Voices heard by
janitor. Ghostly teenager seen jumping off high school on anniversary of death.
Hill City - Mount Rushmore Brewing Company - This building was the first
funeral home in Hill City, and the crematory can still be see n in the
basement. Employees at this now restaurant highly dislike going up to the third
floor to sweep late at night, as many strange noises can be heard. One waitress
told the story of cleaning upstairs by herself one night. She heard the pool
balls on the pool table being broke, and when she turned around, she could
still see the balls moving, but no one was upstairs with her.
Hill City - O'Brian's Pub - a poltergeist, silver wear thrown around there.
Hot Springs - Villa Theresa Guest House - This historic inn has a very colorful
past. The scent of perfume lingers around the upstairs dormer rooms. Visions
have been seen at the main staircase. The spirit of a girl by the name of
Giselle happily roams the household. A very inviting and non-threatening
Isabel - Burress Feeds - Late at night you could see a girl age (11-13) they
said she died of smallpox in the early 1900's now she haunts the old Burress
Feeds store and you could hear her screaming at night and sometimes you could
hear her calling for her mom.
Isabel - Isabel School - There was this boy, who suffocated in the janitor
room. Every time the janitors go in there they usually see him or hear him.
Isabel - Post Office - Lately people been seeing strange figures in the
windows. One time someone went to the post office at night and was checking
their mail when they happened to look into the window, and in the reflection of
the window they saw someone standing behind them just staring at them. By the
time they turned around to look and see who it was, it was gone. They got
really frightened and tried to leave but the door was locked. They tried
everything to get out but nothing worked so they had to stay in there until the
next morning. Now that person is in the hospital, tramatized.
Isabel - The streets - People always said there was a strange light coming from
the old white house by the rodeo grounds that is abandoned now but they said
when you walk by it at night the light would chase you to the main street and
lots of people saw it.
Keystone - children's park - The old children's park next to the creek across
from the trailer park is haunted. If you listen carefully you can hear children
playing and laughing. Their is a water pump there that is always shut off but
when you walk by it it turns on; just enough to trickle all by itself. Also you
encounter many shadow people there.
Keystone - old cemetery - The old cemetery overlooking Mt. Rushmore is a burial
for many of the mine workers and people who died working on Mt. Rushmore. If
you bring a video camera you can catch faces in the video camera and white
figures hanging from the trees even though you can't see them with the naked
Little Eagle - Little Oak Road - People driving on the road late at night claim
to see a man abou t 6 foot high dancing on the road and jumping really high
into the air. They say that when they get close to the spirit it looks at them
and it has red eyes then vanishes. There are also other ghosts that haunt the
road. A section of the road was built over a cemetery henceforth the ghosts.
McLaughlin - Town - The entire town seems to be haunted; the roads have a
different story to tell about them, at least 40 years ago, a man was driving on
the road and he got into a car wreck. The man was decapitated, and they found
his head in a cow-drinking pond, to this very day, it is said that the man is
looking for his head. numerous houses are haunted here
McLaughlin - Jackpot Bingo Hall - One witness that used to work at the bingo
hall she is always in the store, and she always hears a little baby crying but
then she looks in every lane to see if anybody is there but there wasn't. It
was just her in the bingo hall while everybody are in their offices and outside
smoking a cigarette. The bingo is built on a cemetery and you can see a lot of
things moving around. Especially chairs, papers, and tables. She says she quit
because of the phenomena.
McLaughlin - Major James McLaughlin house - is haunted as well, by the ghosts
of The major and his guests.
McLaughlin - McLaughlin High School - The There was a janitor who was killed
slipping on the floor of the swimming pool area. At night20you can hear
whistling and sometimes you can see the janitor mopping the hallways. There is
also another ghost that haunts the gym. He used to be a phs ed. coach and died,
but when the lights are out you can hear basketballs bouncing and sometimes
they can hit you Ar near you
McLaughlin - McLaughlin Middle School - is haunted, by the ghost of a dead
Midland - Old Town Bank - An old bank, now part of a museum, has been known to
be haunted. Voices and footsteps have been heard many of times. Bare footprints
have been seen in the dust.
Mission - "Rock Hill" - This is located on a stretch of gravel road 1
mile north of Mission, This dirt road is believed to be haunted by the spirits
of dead Indian women and children who were running for their lives and were
slain by pioneers. To this day, it is said that you can see the ghosts and hear
their screams and warnings.
Mitchell - Dakota Wesleyan University - Graham Hall - Years ago a fire started,
one male student jumped to his death and has since haunted Graham Hall.
Mitchel - Mason Church - A woman told me that she heard a woman crying
upstairs, so she went to the room that the cries were coming from. The moment
that she turned on the lights the sound stopped. Another person told me is told
of a baby crying, this was also upstairs in the old building. A skeleton hangs
in the closet next to the room where th e cries of the baby and woman were
Mobridge - elementary - In 1996 a janitor died
after having a big crash down the stairs. There have been doors slamming in the
Pierre - LaFromboise Island - Obvious orbs in pictures. noticeable temprature
changes. Strange noises on trails. Get strong fluctuation readings on emf
detector. Investigators claim to have gotten orbs on video.
Pine Ridge - Pine Ridge High School/Old Auditorium - An old woman was seen by
Security Guards in one of the classrooms. When they went to check in the room,
nobody was there. In the old Auditorium, a boy had an heart attack in the
1950's. He was alone when it happened so, he wasn't found until later. He now
haunts the place.
Pine Ridge Reservation - Old hospital - At the sight of the old hospital
housing there is said to be ghosts of little children. They run around the
streets and go into the basements of the houses and bother the residents. When
the hospital was being used(we now have a new one)janitors who cleaned the
morgue area heard voices and were screamed at by spirits.
Pine Ridge - Wolf Creek school - there is this little girl that goes around the
hall of wolf creek school. And the janitors see her and they say she has no face
Old Agency - Agency Village - witnesses say they seen sighting of LITTLE GREEN
MEN and BIGFOOT.A man and his son were hunting in some h ills in agency
Village.the mans wife was waiting for them for 2 days but they never came
back.People say they were killed by bigfoot and heard loud screams of a kid and
a man.now When people go hunting in the hills they say a man and the kid are
haunting the hills.
Rapid City - Alex Johnson Hotel - Built in the 1920's, the Hotel is said to be
haunted by many ghosts including the original owner. Employees tell of noises,
items moving, and a woman seen on the eighth floor. Guests have told of strange
happenings especially on the eighth floor, pianos playing themselves, crying in
a room that a woman supposedly jumped out of the window on her wedding night.
Rapid City - Ellsworth Air Force Base - moving objects and shadowy figures are
Rapid City - Hooky Jacks/Phatty McGees Restaurant and Bar - Hooky's is the
oldest building in Rapid City, built in the late 1800's. There have been
reports of noises - people talking, footsteps, and chairs moving around all
when no one is there. Bartenders report of seeing people walk by only to find
that there is no one around, also things that are pushed very far back from a ledge
Rapid City - Old Rapid City High School - now Dakota Junior High - The heater
room said to be haunted by football coach and team that had died years ago in a
plane crash. - Update: The story is in 1968 or 69, on St. Patrick’s Day, the
cheerleading sq uad and their coaches were killed in a plane crash at Rapid
City Regional Airport while returning from the state AA's boys basketball
Sioux Falls. It was a private plane owned by one of the cheerleader’s father.
Now there is an award given out at the state basketball
tournaments every year to the cheerleading squad with the best spirit, called
the Spirit of Six Award and is in honor of the 6 cheerleaders who were killed
in the crash. It is the Third Floor Gym of the school, which is supposedly
haunted because that is where
Rapid City - Sioux San Hospital - Sioux San was a boarding school, many many
years ago for Native American children and a sanitarium for TB patients many
years later. It is now an out patient hospital. It is said the voices and
crying and apparitions of children haunt the third floor. These sightings have
been seen by numerous night guards, who have quit because of the ghosts. There
is numerous little graves on the grounds, of children, who still need to go
home to their families.
Rapid City - Stevens High School - the storage room is haunted by a ghost
Rapid City - The Hotel Alex Johnson - This hotel is supposedly haunted by the
ghost of a former hotel manager who leapt to her death from the roof in the
1930's. A ghost who stands at the foot of the room’s bed at night haunts one of
the rooms. Several hotel workers have reported poltergeist activity on the
hotel's top floor. This floor is currently used for storage, and workers have
heard furniture moving around and lights flickering on and off. One employee
reported having a chair thrown down the stairwell at him from the top floor
doorway when there was no one on the floor at the time. Several employees have
quit because of the apparitions.
Roscoe - Edmunds Central High School - There have been weird sightings reported
from teachers at EC high school. One included a door opening on it's own.
Another one was one time a whole room was messed up, and knows one had broken
in, because the door was still locked, and at night teachers have heard
footsteps walking up and down the stairs. They think the janitor Harold haunts
the school, he was a previous janitor.
Salem - Salem High School - It is said that the auditorium is haunted. You can
hear footsteps. You can hear doors slamming shut when no one is there.
Sioux Falls - Actors Studio - The Actors Studio is located next door to The
Community Playhouse. A man thought to be killed when the studio was Rainbow Bar
and Grill haunts it. He was supposedly dancing with a woman whose husband was
in the war. He came back and saw them together. In a fit of rage, the solider
killed him. The victim’s ghost now wanders the studio whistling Twinkle Twinkle
Sioux Falls - Gitchie Manitou State Preserve - Incredible place historically.=2
0Occupied by the Oneota American Indians in the late 1600's and later the
Yankton Sioux American Indians until the early 1900's, this continual American
Indian occupation was a ceremonial place covered in large boulders that were
thought to have healing properties. Large boulders survive to this day with the
"dimples" in the rock caused from the American Indian's tapping
instruments into the rock and then grinding the chips of the boulder into
powder to me mixed with other herbs and grasses as medicine. At one time it was
believed that in excess of 10,000 American Indians occupied this site. Some
excavations have discovered human projectile points dating back over 8500 years
Sioux Falls - The Judge Amidon Monument" - Tall stone monument that
overlooks Sioux Falls north side near the cemetery is the place where a South
Dakota farmer / judge Mr. Amidon was killed by American Indians in an uprising
as he plowed his field. His 14 -year-old son was sh`t to death with arrows
through his chest as he tried to help his father as well. The monument is
dedicated in their honor. Strange feelings of being watched are found here as
well as occasional orb lights. It's not known due to the very close proximity
to the cemetery very close by if the spirits are from there or the judge and
Sioux Falls - Sioux Falls Community Playhouse - The Community Playhouse is
haunted by a ghost named Larry. He was a former janitor who hanged himself in
the rafters. Witnesses20claim that Larry turns sinks on and flushes toilets.
People have also reported hearing his ghostly footsteps in the night.
Sioux Falls - Washington pavilion - the old Washington high school building. a
construction worker fell to his death in an elevator shaft while remodeling the
building into the pavilion. footsteps are heard and a feeling of being watched.
Spearfish - Black Hills State University - The Wenonah Cook dorm - The dorm is
an all male dorm and students on that floor swear that you can hear her
screams, and sometimes smell the smell of a rotting corpse.
Vermillion/Meckling - GPR Stops House - This house has been long abandoned,
strange noises from the top floor have been heard, and a girl who went in was
hit on the chest, resulting in a bruise in the shape of a perfect triangle.
Some think that it may be the ghost of a school superintendent who hung himself
when the Meckling school was dissolved.
Wakpala - Old School - It is to be said that you can hear basketball and people
running up and down the old court. Also you can hear little kids playing in the
classrooms. And sometimes in the gym. Also the boiler room you get a strange
feeling like someone is behind you watching you until you leave the room.
Wall - Wall High School - There is sometimes footsteps heard from the roof
(which is three stories up and has no stairwell leading to it). Then the
footsteps stop and a soft thud is heard. This happens every year at 11:30 at
night on December the twenty forth. Some call it the Santa Claus Ghost. But
others believe that it was a principal that died in a freak electrical fire and
was burned to death in 1930.
Yankton - Mount Marty College - Anything from showers turning on and off, the
water fountains run by themselves, footsteps, and shadows. It's said that a
worker fell to his death during construction and he may be the probable
suspect, but some people think otherwise.
Yankton - Mount Marty College - Corbey - Rumors also include the haunting of
the Corbey (female dorm) elevator by a girl who just up and left one day, never
to be seen again – There isn’t any significant confirmation of this. But some
residents get very uncomfortable around areas that could be considered
Yankton - Mount Marty College - old gym/stage - is said to be haunted by an old
music teacher who was a sister at the convent (the music hall is just above the
old area, and she is said to inhabit the costume room).
Yankton - Mount Marty College - Whitby Hall - Room 200 - is said to have been
haunted, and due to this, until the past two years, was vacant. Light never
touches the door, no matter what lights are on, and even during the day, light
barely makes it into the window to hit the door. There has been other sightings
on the floor - a figure walking across a r esident’s room near the door – they
were the only one in the room, and the door was closed. All i could see was the
pants, they seemed to be a gray polyester. Other rooms have seen figures in
hard hats and blue suits. When they rolled over to get up and talk to them, the
figure was gone, and when they checked the door, they realized it was still
locked - the doors at that time would unlock if you closed them while they were
locked. They have also seen a white figure in a corner - non-descript, just