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The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with their own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. So, we asked experts to nominate 20 places that most fit that description. Then, our readers voted for the best of them – and these are the top 10 winners.
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No. 10: Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park – Mandan, North Dakota
One of the most popular state parks in North Dakota is also among the state’s most haunted places. Established in 1872, the fort was once home to Lt. Col. George A. Custer, who is said to haunt his former house alongside the spirit of his wife Libbie.
No. 9: Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California
This peculiar mansion in San Jose has more than 160 rooms and 2,000 doors, many that cannot be walked through. Some believe Mrs. Winchester continued modifying her home to escape the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle.
Considered one of the most haunted locations on the planet, this closed sanatorium outside Louisville is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of former patients treated for tuberculosis during the early 20th century.
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No. 7: West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville, West Virginia
This former state penitentiary in Moundsville opened in 1876. In the years between its opening and eventually closing in 1995, the Gothic facility saw its fair share of turmoil, from prison riots to executions. These days, visitors can tour the grounds, step inside the cramped cells or even test their mettle with a midnight tour of the supposedly haunted grounds.
No. 6: St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – St. Augustine, Florida
Paranormal activity reported at the St. Augustine Lighthouse includes the disembodied voice of a woman asking for help. Dark of the Moon ghost tours take visitors into the lighthouse at night to learn about the spirits that may still haunt the 1876 Keepers’ House and 1874 lighthouse tower.
No. 5: Fort East Martello Museum – Key West, Florida
The Fort East Martello Museum in Key West protects and preserves the unfinished remains of a fort dating back to the Civil War. The fort has its fair share of ghost stories, but none are quite as famous (or mysterious) as Robert the Doll.
This handmade doll, made at the turn of the 20th century, purportedly causes electronic devices to malfunction, and staff members have reported creepy giggling in the museum, and swear his facial expressions have changed.
This historic property in the riverport city of Jefferson, Texas was built in 1861 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ghost stories at the house, now a privately owned residence open for tours, date back more than a century. Common sightings include a lady in a white dress, a man walking through the lily beds in the garden and an entity in the den.
No. 3: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, West Virginia
Purportedly one of West Virginia’s most haunted sites, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened its doors in 1864. By the 1950s, the facility was operating way over capacity with inhumane conditions. Visitors can spend the night in the asylum during free ghost hunts open to the public.
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No. 2: Yuma Territorial Prison Museum & Park – Yuma, Arizona
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park in Arizona has been a hub of paranormal activity. Reports include spirits of inmates on death row, a woman wandering the banks of the nearby Colorado River looking for her drowned daughter and a small child in a red dress who pinches passers-by.
No. 1: Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum – Las Vegas, Nevada
This quirky Las Vegas museum showcases original collectibles from supposedly haunted destinations around the United States in a 1938 property that is itself believed to be haunted. Explore more than 30 rooms filled with artifacts, and keep an eye out for spirits roaming the halls.