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Haunted Cemeteries of Minnesota
Introduction to Minnesota
Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States in 1858. There are 5,453 documented cemeteries spread out over 86,943 square miles. There were 5.5 million people living here in 2014. There are several haunted cemeteries in the state. Here are ten of them.
Loon Lake Cemetery
Loon Lake Cemetery is also known as Loon Lake Baptist Church Cemetery or Witches Cemetery. It can be found on Highway 14 between Jackson and Petersburg in Jackson County. There are around 100 interments dating to the 1870s. Sadly, the graveyard has been a victim of vandals and there are few tombstones left. The last burial was in 1926.
This cemetery is supposedly haunted by three witches who were buried here after being killed by townspeople. One of the witches may be named Mary Jane. The legend says if you walk on their graves you will suffer an unnatural death.
Calvary Cemetery is located in Mankato on Goodyear Avenue in Blue Earth County. There are over 8,000 interments here going back to the early 1820s.
This cemetery is supposedly haunted by a “mad doctor” named Dr. Follman. He appears as a ghostly devil.
Common occurrences here include cold spots, colored orbs, high EMF (Electromagnetic Field) readings and a particular light that goes out as visitors are leaving.
Vicksburg Cemetery is located on Highway 6 in Renville County near Delhi. There are only eight interments here from six different families. The dates span from 1871 to 1878. The village of Vicksburg was only in existence from 1869 to 1878.
There is a tombstone here that glows and the flowers that grow on the grave in the spring seem to bleed.
Ferguson Cemetery is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by cornfields, at the intersection of Yale Avenue and County Road 34 in Plato in Carver County. There are about 400 interments dating back to the 1850s and the cemetery is still active.
The ghost of a young boy is frequently seen here. His identity is not known as there are several little boys between the ages of eight and twelve buried here. He can be seen peeking out from a tombstone and sometimes he has a ghost dog with him.
There is also a legend here about a group of trees about midway of the cemetery on the western wide. The trees actually appear to be growing out of one base. If you count the trees sometime after midnight and then go to the grave standing alone in the southwest corner and then return to the trees, there will be a different number.
Holy Name Cemetery
Holy Name Cemetery is on Holy Name Drive just before Country Road 24 in Medina in Hennepin County. There are roughly 800 interments dating back to the early 1860s.
There have been reports of a car with its headlights on pulling into the cemetery and then simply vanishing. Strange voices and footsteps have been heard. It is also very windy inside the graveyard, even with then is no wind outside the cemetery. A few visitors have reported seeing a white, full-bodied apparition.
Roselawn Cemetery is on Larpenteur Avenue West in Roseville in Ramsey County. There are over 27,000 interments here with the oldest graves being from the late 1830s.
There is a ghost here called Smiling Jack. On several occasions throughout the years local police have responded to calls about someone being trapped in a mausoleum. The police would come to check it out, but they never found anyone.
The locals decided they must have a ghost on their hands. They called him Smiling Jack because the mausoleum the sounds were heard coming from had an engraving of the man interred in the mausoleum on the back of it. His name was Jack and he was, of course, smiling.
Oakland Cemetery can be found at 927 Jackson Street in St. Paul in Ramsey County. It is a large cemetery with nearly 18,000 interments going back to 1840. It was founded in 1853 and is the main non-denominational cemetery in St. Paul.
There is an unknown ghost that wanders the grounds. Many visitors have seen her strolling through the tombstones and have given a very detailed description of her. She is between 23 and 27 years old with brown hair down to her shoulders. Her eyes are very blue and she wears a white lacy dress from the early 1900s.
Cottage Grove Cemetery
Cottage Grove Cemetery is on 70th Street South in Washington County. There are approximately 2,500 interments. The cemetery was officially established in 1856, but there are graves dating back to the early 1830s.
There are many spirits in this historical cemetery. One is a man who is seen peeking out the window of a storage shed. Many visitors have reported an unexplained aroma of perfume in certain spots of the graveyard.
There is also a pond nearby where a little boy was supposedly pulled under the water in the middle of the pond by something unknown and drowned. Locals insist that to this day ducks will only swim around the edges of the pond and don’t go into the middle. There have been reports of what look like air bubbles rising to the surface in the middle of the pond.
Haunted Cemeteries in Southern Minnesota
Lakeview Cemetery is off Morse Road southeast of Buhl in St. Louis County. There are a little over 400 interments. Burials began here in 1813 around the time the Shaw Hospital was started. It treated mainly tuberculosis patients and those with mental illnesses. They are mostly buried in the Potter’s Field adjacent to the main cemetery.
A few years ago The Northern Minnesota Paranormal Investigators visited the cemetery and deemed it “not for the faint of heart.” They reported full-bodied apparitions, peculiar odors, voices when no one was around, and always a feeling of dread.
One investigator recorded a video of just one of the several flags blowing in a non-existent wind. These were large flags at the top of 25-foot poles and only one was moving. At the same time he was filming he was also recording sounds on a cassette recorder hoping to capture EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena). When he played the tape back later he had caught a conversation between two ghosts. One ghost said, “There’s no harm in that.” Then the other ghost replied, “Yeah, show ‘em the flags, Roy.”
Hoyt Lakes Cemetery
Hoyt Lakes Cemetery can be found on Suffolk Drive in St. Louis County. There are over 400 interments, the oldest going back to the the 1920s.
The legend here is about a would-be hitchhiker. The story goes that a teenage girl was hanging out in the graveyard one night with some friends. They decided to play a prank on her and left her alone in the cemetery. The poor girl died of fright and now she approaches visitors trying to find a ride home. She vanishes as soon as she gets close enough to someone to talk to them.