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USA's Most Haunted Places

Updated on October 15, 2011

All through history, people have believed in ghosts. Even in our modern era, people believe spirits roam the earth. In fact, 48% of the population believe in ghosts. Some people even claim to have seen one!

It has been said that when a person dies a tragic death, their spirit refuses to leave this world. Some souls believe they are still alive and some may even want revenge.

In the United States, there are many famous places that are haunted and I've chosen five that are arguably the most haunted places in the country. Ghost hunters and mediums alike have investigated these areas and confirm they are all truly haunted. All of these places are open to the public so why not book a trip and see for yourself? You just may spot a ghost!


Location: San Francisco, CA

Alcatraz (also known as The Rock) is an island off the coast of San Francisco. Native Americans believed the island was inhabited by evil spirits. The Natives would banish people to the island as punishment for breaking tribal law.

Eventually the island would be home to a military prison and then in 1933, a state penitentiary. While the prison was open, inmates and guards would hear cannons, gunshots and screaming coming from nowhere. The prison was closed in 1963 after some inmates attempted an escape. Their bodies were never found and were presumed to have drowned in the ocean.

Although the prison is now empty, cold spots can be felt throughout the prison. Visions of guards and prisoners will suddenly appear in the empty prison halls and cells. It's said that Al Capone, who was a prisoner at Alcatraz, has been seen roaming the halls. People also claim to have heard him play his banjo. Another ghost that supposedly haunts the grounds is Robert Stroud (Known as Birdman of Alcatraz). Birdman can be heard calling his birds in the prison.

Alcatraz is now a museum and visitors come from around the world to see the famous prison.

Bobby Mackey's Music World

Location: Wilder, KY

If you are planning a trip to Kentucky, make sure to stop at Bobby Mackey's Music World to hear some great country music. You may even spot a ghost or two.

Locals refer to this property as "The Gateway to Hell". In the 1850s the location was home to a slaughterhouse. When the slaughterhouse closed, the grounds became a meeting place for Satanists. Dead animals were sacraficed on the property. One day a decapitated body of a pregnant woman was found on the premises. Her name was Pearl Bryan.

In the 1920s, the abandoned slaughterhouse was finally torn down and a speakeasy was built in its place. The owner named the speakeasy Primerose. Murders had taken place in the speakeasy but had gone unreported due to the illegal drinking and gambling that went on inside. The owner of Primerose sold his business in the 1950s and shortly after commited suicide.

The Primerose was renamed the Latin Quarter. The new owner was rumored to be a mobster. His daughter, Johanna, became pregnant by one of the musician that worked at the club. The owner used his mobster connections to have him killed. Shortly afterwards Johanna took her own life.

In the 1970s Bobby Mackey purchased the club. Although he's had good luck with his business, patrons and employees alike have seen and heard strange things in the tavern. The jukebox has been known to go off itself and after closing time. Voices are often heard, lights turn on and off and men have been seen sitting at the bar. Johanna's rose perfume can also be smelled sometimes. At least two past employees claim to have spoken to Johanna and Pearl Bryan. A frightening apparition of Pearl's headless body has been seen floating around the tavern.

Bobby Mackey even had a patron try to sue him after claiming he had been attacked by a ghost in the bathroom.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary is a former prison that operated from 1829 to 1971. It is said to be the world's first true penitentiary and was the first prison to use solitary confinement as punishment. Prisoners had their own cells, ate alone and were not allowed contact with any other inmates. When leaving their cells, prisoners were forced to wear a hood as a means to keep them isolated. The prisoners eventually went insane.

After the prison shut down in 1971, it became a museum and on Halloween, it's a haunted house. Many people report hearing footsteps, pacing and lonely cries. In Cell Block 12, laughter can be heard and a guard is often seen watching the empty prison.

Gettysburg Battlefield

Location: Gettysburg, PA

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle ever to have taken place on American soil. 51,000 lives were lost. Due to the tragic events that took place on this battlefield, it is one of the most haunted places in America.

Devils Den is an area in the battlefield that contains large boulders. Some Confederates would hide behind the boulders while shooting the Union soldiers. The Union soldiers eventually found them and killed them. Cameras always malfunction in this area.

The Confederates had lost the war and were not given proper burial. Spirits of the Confederates and Union soldiers have been reported roaming the battlefield. A civilian who was accidently shot and killed at her home has also been spotted.

Winchester Mansion

Location: San Jose, CA

Sarah Winchester was a rich Victorian woman whose husband was heir to a rifle company in Boston. She suffered misfortune such as the death of her baby and becoming a widow prematurely. A psychic had told her that her family was cursed by all the souls lost to the rifles made by her family. In order for her to break the curse, she must leave her home, travel west and build a new house. She must never stop building or else she too would die. So Mrs. Winchester did exactly what the psychic instructed.

Construction men worked in shifts around the clock, day and night for 38 years. When Mrs. Winchester died in 1922, construction abruptly stopped.

At the end of construction, the mansion had 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways and fireplaces, 13 bathrooms and 6 kitchens! The house is built like a maze and one can easily get lost inside it. The home contains staircases that lead to nowhere, doors that open to steep drops to the ground below, closets that open to blank walls and trap doors. All of this was done to confuse the spirits.

The mansion stands today and is a landmark. It's said that the home is inhabited by several ghosts, including Sarah's. People who visit the mansion report cold spots and the sound of hammering. It's as if the construcion truly never stopped.

*All photos were legally obtained by Google Images.

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    • gryphin423 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Voted up and interesting! I love this stuff, especially this time of year :-)

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Survivor,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I would have been scared out of my wits! But it's kind of cool that your aunts dad visits from time to time. I am glad you dropped by!

      Hi Steph,

      I'd love to go to the Winchester mansion. Ironically after I wrote this hub, I saw a documentary about it. Sarah Winchester had invented quite a few things while living in that house. She was an eccentric and eccentrics are usually geniuses. I found the doc fascinating. It's called California Dreamers if you want to check it out. Thanks for reading & commenting!

      Hey kitty! Thanks for dropping by! I love anything paranormal too. I'm on a ghost kick at the moment, I'm working on another hub about hauntings that I think you will like too!

    • kittythedreamer profile image

      Kitty Fields 

      7 years ago from Summerland

      Love it! Love ALL things paranormal and haunted. :) Great and just in time for Halloween. Voted up and awesome!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks lyricwriter! So glad you enjoyed this.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up Amymarie. Great hub and the list is spot on. I watched Ghost Adventures at Bobby Mackey's and that place is crazy. It gives the portal of hell a whole new meaning. Well done.

    • survival101 profile image


      7 years ago

      Hey I was visiting my uncles house last month and I went to the bathroom late at night and saw this gohstly figure wearing a cowboy hat standing in the bathroom. I was so afraid I went to bed without using the bathroom. The next morning I told my Aunt and she said oh it must be papa which is her father. She brought out his cowboy hat and said he comes buy sometimes. The thing is he's been dead 12 years. Spooked me!

    • stephhicks68 profile image

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Cool idea for a hub! We went to Alcatraz a few years ago - definitely feel the presence of the past there. I'd love to see the Winchester Mansion - fascinating story!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      That sounds like fun. I want to go now!

    • JeniferRW profile image


      7 years ago from Couch

      I definitely will! Once I finished I went to Bobby Mackey's official site, it's about an hour 20 minutes from me so not too bad at all. They even have a thing on Halloween night you can pay 70.00 and stay from 8pm - 2a.m. with the paranormal society just scoping the place out. I can't believe I had never heard of this place all these years. According to Wikipedia it's been recognized everywhere and even on television shows. Albeit, ridiculous television shows LOL but none the less I find it very interesting stuff!

    • amymarie_5 profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Jennifer,

      I'm glad you enjoyed my hub! Let me know after you check out bobby mackeys! Thanks for dropping by!

    • JeniferRW profile image


      7 years ago from Couch

      Wow this was a fascinating hub! I live in Lexington KY also by the way. I can't wait to go to Bobby Mackey's and check it out. Very interesting stories. Voted up/awesome/useful/interesting!


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