Top Ten Most Haunted Places in the United States

Top Ten Most Haunted Places in the United States

Joslyn Rico, Writer

HAPPY OCTOBER! We are getting into the Halloween spirit! For this week’s article we will be counting the top ten most haunted places in the United States.

#10 Moundsville Penitentiary
The Moundsville Penitentiary located in West Virginia was a violent correctional facility. Thousands of prisoners died here. They lived in cramped spaces which led to riots. Many prisoners were killed by hanging or by the electric chair or by other prisoners. The prison was open for over one hundred years but closed its door in 1995. You can still go on tour there but according to some the ghosts of the deceased prisoners still haunt the prison and scream from behind the bars.

#9 Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The Trans- Allegheny Lunatic- Asylum, formerly known as the Weston state hospital, was also located in West Virginia. Its doors opened in 1864, where thousands of people with mental illnesses stayed in the one-hundred-and-thirty-year period until it was closed in 1994. Supposedly the spirits are said to have haunted the asylum as far back as the civil war days. Tours of the facility are offered for 2 hours. Or for an overnight ghost hunting experience.

#8 The White House
The White House had been around for forever. 1800 to be exact. Located in Washington D.C. the White House is home to the ghost of President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Jackson, and First Lady Abigail Adams.

#7 The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel located in Colorado was built in the year 1909. It is so haunted that it inspired Stephen King to write one of his bestselling novels The Shining. There is one specific room where supposedly children play outside of all night. You can hear footsteps and noises at night. This is room 418.

#6 Myrtle’s Plantation
Located in St. Francisville, Louisiana, Myrtle’s Plantation now serves as a bed and breakfast. However, it is said that over ten murders have taken place there. The business offers guided tours, private tours, and self tours. Supposedly there are handprints in mirrors, footsteps on the stairs, vanishing objects, etc.

#5 Ohio State Reformatory
Mansfield, Ohio is home to the Ohio State Reformatory. Opened in 1896 as a boy’s reformatory school, it housed 155,000 inmates until it was closed in 1990. Paranormal investigators have reported that there are “shadow men” that run in and out of the cells and distorted voices coming from empty rooms. Doors slam shut and visitors have even been physically attacked. The Reformatory is now open for tours.

#4 Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz is infamous for housing notorious crime boss Al “Scarface” Capone. Located in San Fransisco, California the now abandoned island is home to a great amount of paranormal activity. During their stay in the prison, if inmates broke any one of the many rules they were sent to a “strip cell”. The prisoners were stripped naked and thrown in a dark cell, no mattress, no lights, no clothes, the toilet was a hole in the ground. It is said that these unfortunate spirits are the ones who are the most violent. Because they were never able to move on. Cell 14D is one of the most haunted cells and prisoners were sent there as punishment. A spirit named “The Butcher” roams Cell blocks A, B, and C. it makes sense because a man who was nicknamed the same name was assassinated there in the forties. Back to Al Capone, listen for banjo music in the showers. It is said that he feared he would be killed if he played the instrument in the open so he played only during shower time.

#3 The Lizzie Borden House
The Lizzie Borden House is located in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her father and her step mother with an axe. She was never found guilty and the case was acquitted. Unsurprisingly, the ghosts said to haunt the house is Andrew Jackson Borden and Abby Durfree Gray, the victims of the murder her father and step mother.

#2 Dawson Cemetery
The Dawson Cemetery is located just outside the town Cimarron, New Mexico. The former boom town, known as Dawson, housed several coal miners until 1913. Considered one of the biggest industrial disasters in history, an explosion killed over 250 people. The town kept booming for another ten years after that. Until another incident killed 123 people. Now all that remains is a cemetery. Some people have reported seeing ghosts of the victims and even having conversations, but disappear when other people approach.

#1 The Villisca Ax Murder House
On the evening of June 10th 1912 and the early morning of June 11th 1912, something happened in the small town of Villisca, Iowa that made it the most haunted place in the entire United States. Eight people, a mom a dad and six children, were found slaughtered in their beds. The victims’ names were Josiah B. Moore (Father) Sarah Montgomery (mother) Herman, Katherine, Boyd, and Paul (Moore) and the Stillinger sisters Ina May and Lena. The Stillinger sisters were staying with the Moore’s during the time. Paranormal incidents have been said to occur in the blue room, where Lena and Ina were murdered. And there are random cold spots throughout the house. For more information on tours and the history visit

These are the top ten most “Haunted” Places in the United States. To say whether ghosts are real or not is not my call. But it is possible. Do you believe?