Haunted Places in Minnesota

By Ava Welsch

The Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate, is a huge mansion located in Duluth, Minnesota. As of today, it is operated by the University of Duluth and is used as a museum because of its historical significance. In 1968, the Glensheen Mansion was given to the University of Duluth while Elisabeth Congdon was still a resident of the mansion. She received a life estate from the university, which means she was allowed to continue to live there. On June 27th, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon and her nurse, Velma Pietila, were brutally murdered inside the mansion. Elisabeth’s adopted daughter’s second husband, Rodger Caldwell, was convicted and received two life sentences, but in 1982 his conviction was overturned by the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was released and committed suicide six years later. Paranormal activity has been reported numerous times, and has almost always involved the two women who were murdered, making the mansion one of the most haunted places in Minnesota. The tour guides don’t talk about the murders in order to pay respect to the remaining Congdon family, but you can buy a book about the murders in the gift shop.

Glensheen Mansion

Glensheen Mansion

The Washington Street Bridge

The Washington Street Bridge was first built in 1884, then rebuilt in 1932 and spans the Mississippi River on the grounds of the University of Minnesota’s main campus. It is a local haunted legend among student and teachers of the university. The hauntings all started with the suicide of a poet and university professor, John Berryman, in 1972. Following his unfortunate death, many other suicides followed at the location throughout the years. Witnesses say that they have heard footsteps while crossing the bridge alone and then seconds later heard a splash, but no one ever seems to see a body or ripples in the water. It is said to be haunted by all of the lost souls who took their life there.

Grey Cloud Island

The island was inhabited by a Native American Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux tribe who lived there around the late 1700s to early 1800s. The island got its name from the daughter of a Native American chief, Grey Cloud Woman. More recently the island is home to a population of only 300 people and has no schools, libraries, firehouses, police stations, churches or bars offered to the residences because it was never successfully settled. There are so many reports of paranormal activity that the island is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Minnesota. The most haunted part of the island is said to be the cemetery where witnesses have seen the ghosts of Native Americans mourning the loss of loved ones, orbs, floating lanterns, disembodied voices, the screams of dying women and many other eerie encounters. There is no question that the island is extremely haunted, and because of that, it attracts lots of dark tourism which seems to be the only thing keeping this mysterious place running.