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Map Shows the Most Haunted Places in the U.S.

Are you looking for a scare this Halloween? This handy Google map pinpoints the most haunted places in the United States to really bring all of your favorite ghost stories to life.

An anonymous user created the map, which lists well-known places with paranormal activity like the Amityville Horror house at 112 Ocean Avenue in New York and Alcatraz in California. But there are also a few places on the map with bone-chilling stories and ghost sightings that you probably haven't heard of.

The map is interactive, so you can click on it to learn exactly which places have been pinpointed. Channel your inner ghost hunter and try visiting these scary spots. 

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1. Alcatraz in San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay is home to one of the most infamous prisons in the country. The maximum-security prison has been around for years, holding historic criminals like Al Capone himself. Over the years, guards have reported hearing strange noises from a corridor where prisoners were killed in a failed escape attempt. It's also been said that you can hear the tune of a banjo coming from the old showers where Capone used to play. 

2. Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California

Sarah Winchester was the heiress of the Winchester Rifles fortune at the end of the 19th century. Her husband and daughter passed away so according to legends, she consulted a medium who told her it was karma from angry spirits that had died from the Winchester guns. Sarah decided to build a massive house in San Jose to confuse these spirits and it is filled with strange corridors, staircases that dead-end, and more. Ghost adventure teams who have entered the house claim to have felt Sarah's spirit in her bedroom, seen doors open themselves, and even temporarily lost their sight.

3. El Campo Santo in San Diego, California

This historic burial ground was used in the 1800s until San Diego decided to expand its roads. Apparently, they paved over numerous graves and now locals surrounding the cemetery have claimed to see flickering lights, experience electrical outages, and more from the spirits trapped under the ground. 

4. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado 

Potentially one of the most well known haunted hotels in the country is the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. 

5. The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

The famous battlegrounds where soldiers fought for Texas' independence from Mexico is supposedly still haunted by some of the soldiers who fell that fateful day in 1836.

6. LaLaurie House in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Crescent City is widely believed to be one of the most haunted places in the nation, and the LaLaurie House in the middle of the French Quarter may be the most haunted house in the entire city.

For those of you who don't know the sordid tale (and haven't seen American Horror Story), Daphne LaLaurie was a cruel, sadistic woman who tortured and murdered slaves in her New Orleans mansion. The atrocities that occurred there were so awful that locals believe the mansion itself is cursed because of it. Pretty much every ghost tour will walk you by, making it a popular tourist attraction, from a distance.

7. Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

?According to legend, a slave named Chloe poisoned her master's children inside the walls of this plantation. Apparently, as a result, other slaves on the grounds hung her outside from a tree. The house is now a Bed & Breakfast where guests have claimed to see the ghost of Chloe roaming the grounds and making sounds throughout the house.

8. The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas 

This haunted hotel hosts regular ghost tours as it is widely believed to hold a "portal to the other side." Guests feel faint and some pass out momentarily when they pass by this hot spot during their tours. 

9. Devil's Promenade in Hornet, Missouri

The Hornet Spook Light is a small orb of light that inexplicably travels along a four-mile stretch of road known as the "Devil's Promenade" from Missouri to parts of Oklahoma. According to legends, the light was first seen by Native Americans along the Trail of Tears in 1836.

10. Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri

Originally home to the Lemp family who owned Falstaff beer, it is believed that the home is haunted by the ghosts of family members who took their own lives after son Frederick Lemp passed away. 

11. Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

Back in 1912, the Moore family of four plus two children staying overnight as house guests were mysteriously murdered in their beds. The crime was never solved to this day, the spirits of those killed are believed to haunt inside the house.

12. 145 N Main St in Decatur, Illinois

145 N. Main St. is the address of the old Lincoln Theatre. The hauntings go beyond the theatre itself, though. Before the Lincoln Theatre was built, 145 N. Main housed the Decatur Arcade, a hotel that burned down in 1915, killing many of its guests. The ghosts of the fire victims are said to haunt the location to this day.

13. Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois 

This cemetery is well known for its paranormal activity. There have been orbs of floating light witnessed, phantom vehicles, and numerous encounters with various recurring spirits. 

14. Jane Addams Hull Haunted House Museum in Chicago, Illinois

?One of the most haunted locations in Chicago, the Hull House is believed to have a haunted attic, stories circulating that a devil child was locked up there years ago.

15. Old Slave House "Hickory Hill" in Junction, Illinois

Also known as Crenshaw House, this house was operated by John Crenshaw as part of the Reverse Underground Railroad. It is believed he operated a secret jail inside the house where he would kidnap free or escaped slaves and return them to slavery. 

16. Adam's Street Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana

Another haunted cemetery where visitors have reported hearing voices as well as getting caught in a mysterious mist over the graveyard. 

17. Bell Witch Cave in Adams, Tennessee 

The legendary location where the "Bell Witch" tormented the Bell family back in the 1800s. 

18. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky

It's a former sanatorium originally constructed for tuberculosis patients...need we say more? Thousands visit this haunted structure for tours and overnight ghost expeditions to see proof of the spirits haunting inside its walls. 

19. Bobby Mackey's Music World in Wilder, Kentucky

?This former slaughterhouse is believed to hold a portal to hell in its basement. The legend goes that in the 1800s it was a location for various satanic cult rituals. It was turned into a tavern and music club by country singer Bobby Mackey but still experiences paranormal occurrences to this day.

20. Stranahan House in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

A young Frank Stranahan and his wife built this historic house back in 1901. Frank ended up killing himself in the river outside his home and his presence is believed to still haunt the house in addition to his wife who you can sense by smelling her perfume on tours. 

21. Christ Church Cemetery on St. Simons Island in St. Simon's Island, Georgia 

The church is one of the oldest in America but the cemetery is believed to be haunted by a young woman who is afraid of the dark and prior to her death was afraid of being trapped in her own grave. Her husband would bring a candle to her grave every night after she died and now visitors still see a light showing up by her grave.

22. U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio

Legends say that men and women who died in some of the aircrafts in this museum haunt the premises.

23. Gettysburg in Pennsylvania 

Lots of paranormal sightings are expected from all the Civil War history here.

24. Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia

This former prison was operational until the 1970s and is now full of history about the prison system, its famous inmates like Al Capone, and more. It has even served as the filming location in various films and documentaries. This prison was notable for being the first to enforce solitary confinement.

25. Western Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland

Edgar Allan Poe's ghost is reportedly haunting the grounds of this creepy cemetery.

26. The White House in Washington D.C. 

With all of the presidents that have lived in this famous house, of course, it's haunted. 

27. 112 Ocean Ave in Amityville, New York

This is one haunted house that Hollywood has definitely taken advantage of in numerous film adaptations of the infamous story. 

28. The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut 

One of the most haunted places in the city, numerous ghost sightings have taken place at this historic theatre dating back to the 1800s. 

29. John Stone's Public House in Ashland, Massachusetts

John Stone first opened his Railroad House back in the 1800s. When W.A. Scott purchased the property years later, it was discovered that numerous spirits haunted the building. 

30. Salem, Massachusetts

Obviously the location of the Salem witch trials earned a spot on this list. 

31. The Whaley House in San Diego, California 

When the Whaley family moved into this house, they reported that it was being haunted by James "Yankee Jim" Robinson who had been hung on the property years earlier.


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