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Top Haunted Spots In St. Louis

October 7, 2013 7:00 AM

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(Photo credit: Lemp Mansion Facebook)

(Photo credit: Lemp Mansion Facebook)

St. Louis is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Three rivers – the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Meramec – border St. Louis and provide a perfect conduit for paranormal activity. The city, founded in 1764, was pivotal in developing and guarding the western portion of the United States. St. Louis has two haunted forts, Fort Bellefontaine and Jefferson Barracks and numerous locations where the former residents remain tethered.


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The Lemp Mansion
3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024
www.lempmansion.com

The Lemp Mansion, now a restaurant and bed and breakfast, is considered among the most haunted buildings in the United States. Members of the Lemp family, each dying under tragic circumstances, remain in the mansion. William J. Lemp, founder of Lemp Brewery, purchased the mansion for his family in 1876. In 1901, William’s favorite son, Frederick Lemp, died under mysterious circumstances. Three years later, William J. Lemp, still grieving for his son, committed suicide. William J. Lemp, Jr. then became president of the Lemp Brewery and committed suicide 18 years later. His son, William Lemp III, died of a heart attack in 1943 at 42 years of age. William Jr.’s brother, Charles, also committed suicide. The ghosts of the Lemp Mansion are documented by numerous paranormal investigations. For the results of ghost investigators, click here.

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Alexian Brothers Hospital
2645 Keokuk St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
www.alexianbrothers.org

Alexian Brothers Hospital was originally located 3933 S. Broadway in St. Louis, MO. It has since been demolished and the hospital was rebuilt at its present location. In 1949, the exorcism that was the basis of William Peter Blatty’s novel “The Exorcist” occurred at Alexian Brothers Hospital in St. Louis, MO. The exorcism was performed on a 13-year-old boy, Robbie, whose parents brought him to St. Louis after months of dealing with the boy’s terrors. The exorcism was successful; however, when Robbie left Alexian Brothers Hospital, the room he had stayed in was permanently locked. Although the Alexian Brothers kept it secret, hospital workers involved in the case shared information about the things they heard and saw during the several-week ordeal. Notably, cold air emanated from the locked room, even though the hospital was warm everywhere else. Electrical problems plagued the surrounding rooms. After some time, the entire section of the hospital where the exorcism took place was closed. Alexian Brothers Hospital was demolished after a new hospital was built at 2645 Keokuk Street.

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Zombie Road
Rock Hollow Trail
Wildwood, MO 63021

On the bluffs above the Meramec River, there is a 2.3-mile stretch of old railroad tracks known as Zombie Road. The area surrounding Zombie Road once contained one of the largest Native American mound cities, and became a trail used by settlers crossing the country. The road was used by the Union Army during the Civil War, and last used by trucks from a quarry that closed in 1970. Zombie Road is famous for its “shadow people,” ghostly apparitions that watch the thrill seekers walking the dark trails.

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Union Missouri Haunted House
809 N. Christina Ave.
Union, MO 63084
www.paranormaltaskforce.com/Union_Tour

Several ghosts – a man, a woman, a boy, a girl and at least one demon – haunt this house in Union, MO. This house was built in 1932 on a tract of land that was donated in the early 1900s to the city of Union. The house is close to a nursing home that served as an infirmary during the Civil War and was later converted to the Franklin County Poor Farm shortly after the land was donated. The residents of the poor house who died were buried in unmarked graves on the surrounding land. It is believed that the house, constructed in 1932, was built over some of the graves.

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The Payne-Gentry House
4211 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
(314) 739-5599
www.bridgetonmo.com

The Payne-Gentry house was built in 1870 and was home to the Payne and Gentry families for more than 100 years. One resident, William Payne, was a local Bridgeton doctor. He added an addition in 1880 that served as his office. William Payne served as Bridgeton’s local doctor and operated his office out of the house’s 1880 addition. Beneath a large tree in the back of the house, there is a small cemetery where many children are buried. There have been numerous sightings of children playing underneath the branches of the tree.

Pennee Struckman is an accounting professional in St Louis, MO. She currently writes for Examiner.com on topics related to parenting teenagers and living well on a budget in St. Louis. She is also a professional financial management writer with articles and white papers published by a well-known information firm. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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