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Rogue’s Hollow

Clinton, Iowa

This whole area of town is haunted by the victims of a derailed train. Sometimes the light of the train may be seen. The main complaint, however, is that if one is crossing the tracks, his car will stall. The only thing he can do is sit there and let the phantom train pass through his vehicle. The nearby mill, which has been abandoned for many years, is said to start up every Halloween.

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ladytaz78 says:

October 3, 2005, 9:54 pm

I have been there and I have never seen it. Now if You go to the Cambridge apartments you will see some weird stuff.

IPSCOgoose says:

October 6, 2005, 9:52 pm

Wheres that at? I have heard of it but no directions

suzanne says:

October 9, 2005, 6:41 pm

where is it at i have heard about it too but no directions

Kelsey says:

October 11, 2005, 4:27 pm

I used to live right outside of Clinton, and one time my mom and i were going to the grocery store and we started to cross the railroad tracks and the car just shut off…luckily, my mom started the car befor the train came!

jessica dentlinger says:

October 19, 2005, 3:29 pm

wow that happened to me to scary but i got out of the car before the train hit me and my mom

IPSCOgoose says:

October 22, 2005, 7:49 am

For the love of god I know the stories, someone please give the directions I have drove all over looking for this place, everyone I ask about it thinks Im crazy. does anybody know how to get there or is it all ”stories”???????????????

Kevin says:

November 2, 2005, 5:25 am

the only place tracks cross the road in clinton is on route 641. take exit 18 from westbound 78 this is cr 626, go 2 or 3 blocks turn right on cr 641. I looked this info up on google earth maybe its the right place, maybe not but im going to go and see

Jake says:

November 28, 2005, 12:57 pm

And Kevin was never heard from again.

Kris Milder says:

December 5, 2005, 5:08 pm

I have never heard of this one, but my husband, Calvin Milder, has told me about the house on 4th Ave N where his cousin, Bill Greathouse used to live, had a ghost. He also told me about the haunted warehouse formerly operated by Carlon, now torn down, where only he was brave to go to after dark. And he also said strange things happened at the old train depot.

We now live in FL, hurricane country. We don’t miss the snow at all.

Elizabeth says:

January 5, 2006, 6:40 pm

Does anyone live near cambridge apartments or have stories from there, I’ve drivin by and did some work near them once. they always gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. I also have heard that the facier day spa that is on 2nd street near lyons is haunted. What about Joyce Mansion or the Aylett Cotton house I remember hearing something about a fire once and the widow being burned alive looking for her dead husband out on the river when out on her widow walk. Anyone else heard of this?

Emily says:

February 5, 2006, 9:19 pm

How do you get to the Cambridge Apartments???And has anyone ever heard of the Abbley House in Galena Illinois??

Jessica says:

February 7, 2006, 10:25 am

I used to live in the cambridge apartments. couldnt say if i had ever seen anything weird, just weird people LOL. Its in the North end of clinton toward Eagle Point park. Address is 2604 N 4th St. Also near the Eagle Point Nursing Home and the Skyline center. Going towards Eagle Point Park from the north end of clinton, you will see kwik star, go past main ave. and go up about a block or two and take a left, which you could turn left on 25th 26th or even 27th ave N and you will run into it either way. Its a Big Complex. hope my directions to the Cambridge Place Apartment were good enough.

Doozer says:

February 10, 2006, 10:46 pm

I used to live in Clinton. I lived in the north end Lyons, and have visited the cambridge aprtments many times, and never had any experiances. My friends and I went ghost hunting with our camera’s there once too and turned up nothing. Im not a debunker tho. I very much belive in ghost because, I have experianced it. they are real!

Doozer says:

February 10, 2006, 10:52 pm

My comment was longer but, I guesse it chopped half of it off. I want further to say, that the possibility of some unsettled souls still residing at cambridge, is possible, because the facility used to be a veterans hospital many years ago. I however experianced nothing there. The same night my friends and i went ghost hunting and gambridge and turned u nothing, we stopped also at the cemetary across the street from mount St claire college, and got wome weird stuff on the pictures

nick lead investogator for w.f.p.i. says:

March 9, 2006, 12:31 pm

That sounds alsome. it would be great for me and my team to head up there to try and catch it on film or on any camras just place on off watching the crossing and see if a train comes if any one trys to cross. or at least got out there with a digital recoder and see if you get any evps. if any one has any qusetions just leave a comment here i will keep checking up on this. and any ones qustions.
nick lead investogator for the W.F.P.I ( west fork paranormal investogators)

Chris says:

March 12, 2006, 1:52 pm

Someone asked how to get to the Abbley house, i was actually there last night. its was a pretty cool experience.

Matt says:

March 13, 2006, 6:30 pm

I’ve been to the Abbley house before and it makes for one hell of a scary night. The first night my friends and I went a small light was lit on the inside of the house, but just last saturday we went again this time with a night vision video camera but when we arrived lights were lit all over the house. We waited to see what was up and eventually someone walked outside and whistled at us so we left, but we are still planning on going there again because from the stories we’ve heard about this place it has to be haunted, just looking at the tree where the husband hung himself is creepy enough, especially since it will never burn down.

IPSCOgoose says:

March 23, 2006, 10:27 pm

for the love of god what about rouges hollow?

vikki says:

April 7, 2006, 3:13 pm

fyi: there was a book published about rouges hollow many years ago– can be found in libraries still . photos , history & such . cases of the “activities” there claim to have been documented by authorities ? until about 25-30 yrs. ago the book was sold @ a residence in the hollow , by a woman known as the “witch” [by her own account]. she was elderly @ that time , doubt she’s still alive –she would tell stories of the hollow & her experiences , sell maps of the different locations & tell a brief story of why the hollow is the way it is , which is based on real cases of tragity over a long period of time . it was a mining community . last time i was there many of the roads were closed with access to the numerous sites limited .

Tara says:

April 11, 2006, 9:27 pm

sounds cool

skeeter says:

May 4, 2006, 7:11 pm

I’ve lived in Clinton my whole life, and have been to Cambridge many, many times. I used to run the halls, and I have never seen anything ghostly or bizarre. I guess you only see what you want to see. I did hear that the Penthouse Lounge was haunted. I used to hang there too, and never saw anything, although many people have told me they have.

Jim says:

June 17, 2006, 11:43 pm

What supposedly happens at the Cambridge Apartments ?
I know someone who used to live there, and never got anything out of him.

Katie Kelly says:

June 30, 2006, 3:08 pm

I Really dont believe in ghost or anything because I have never seen or heard anything scary enough to make me belive this kind of bull **** but if u have anything that might make me change my mind my e-mail is and ya ill be waiting thanks

Someone says:

June 30, 2006, 3:58 pm

i wanna know what happens in Cambridge also i lived there and i always felt funny,really funny,i heard that in the burned down apartments soldiers are there and it’s bad not to go there but i dont know.
If you wan’t something scary me and my friend were playin basketball at elijha buell elementary school and there were like 40-50 buzzards flyin above the school,and then we went and looked in the windows of a classroom and we saw someone walkin in it,and there were no cars in the parking lotor anything,and a light kept turning on and off so that was freaky when the thing moved towars us we ran!! lol

MelissaK says:

July 7, 2006, 8:59 pm

The Thirteen Steps are real!!! If you are going to visit there though, please make sure that you are respectful. I live in Cedar Rapids, and have been an IOWA resident all of my life. The police department are very watchful of this area and know that there are those that are using it as a game. I suggest, if you are for real, to arrange a time that the authorities know that you are there. If you are reallt investigating and are legit, you should not have any issues getting permission.

There are many places in CR that are hsunted as well and contrary to popular belief, Scary S**T does happen in the land of Corn and Cows!!!


corn! says:

August 11, 2006, 4:06 pm

ummmmmmm………………………………………ok then

Courtney says:

August 17, 2006, 8:57 pm

I’ve heard of Thirteen Steps and have lived in Iowa my whole life. If you are truly looking for a creepy place to visit, try any of the older buildings in Marion, like the Granger House or the Heritage Museum. In all the times I’ve been in the granger house, I always got the feeling of being watched.

Cassidie says:

September 13, 2006, 4:02 pm

im a ghost. i will haunt you. woo. hhooo. wooooie. booo..hoooo.

Cassidie says:

September 13, 2006, 4:03 pm

I am a ghost. I will haunt you. WOoo…wooo..hooooo…boooie..whoieee….ahhh…oooooo.

KENNY says:

September 15, 2006, 7:02 am

The Abbley house is right down the road from one of my dad’s farms. The most recent story I have heard is a lady from chicago bought it for a weekend cabin but other people in the area say she is only by herself & looks like a storybook witch. I go down to the end of the road every once & a while to see if anyone is outside & meet the owner but have never seen anyone there. I never see any cars there or people in the windows or anything. The Abbley house is out of Galena IL to the east on stagecoach trail about 2 miles then you go north on posey hollow road when you go under the railroad tracks go left & follow that all the way to the rickety old bridge over the galena river & there it sits way back to the north but there is a gate to get in that is always locked. Oh yea that is the end of the road too it used to go into galena years ago but got washed out in the 30s & never put back. when you leave go straight past posey hollow on the gravel take that to the stop sign then go left up the hill to council hill station there is a Jo Daviess county history book with the story of the Abbley house in it & all 3 familys that were murdered by the man of the household.

m says:

September 22, 2006, 3:24 pm

i live at cambridge the only thing i feel ling here is ppl are watching me all the time or something is watching me i have herd alot of things about this place another place that was more haunted than cambridge is Glendale it isnt there no more but it was!!!!!!

m says:

September 22, 2006, 3:26 pm

every halloween there is a train and it is on mickenly st up by the dam one year we herd it saw it and looked again and it was gone!

J says:

October 1, 2006, 10:39 pm

When are TAPS boys going to be in Iowa?

Jessica says:

October 2, 2006, 3:02 pm

how do you get to these train tracks? email me

sue says:

October 8, 2006, 10:01 pm

Everything that has ever been said about Rogue’s Hollow is true. The reason I am saying that is that I have been down there and seen it all. From the ghost trains,crybaby bridge,the ghost car,the phantom horse and buggy,the miner,the stairway to hell. If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at

sue says:

October 8, 2006, 10:09 pm

Dear IPSCOgoose
If you want to know more about Rogoe’s Hollow and want the directions please e-mail me at

sue says:

October 8, 2006, 10:09 pm

Dear IPSCOgoose
If you want to know more about Rogoe’s Hollow and want the directions please e-mail me

holly says:

October 11, 2006, 3:30 pm

Ok, I have a friend who lived for a short time at Caimbridge apartments, and she used to tell me about wierd stuff, or feeling wierd a lot, so I’m sure there’s some things going on there.

Now, for Rogue’s Hollow, I grew up in Clinton, and have never heard of it, I’d love to go visit it when I’m home once…how about someone posting those directions?

Springdale Cemetary…now that’s a spooky place. Been there in the heat of summer and been followed by a car with a driver covered in black coat, hat, and gloves…ghost or axe murderer I’ll never know, but didn’t go back to find out.

Hollie says:

October 13, 2006, 5:31 pm

Someone PLEAAASEE tell me where Rogue’s Hollow is???!!!!

holly says:

October 16, 2006, 8:33 pm

Sue, can you maybe just post some directions if you know where this is? You would be forever our hero:)

katie says:

October 22, 2006, 11:37 am

I’ve lived in Clinton my whole life and i’ve never heard of Rogue’s Hollow. But my brother goes to Ashford University which was, Mount Saint Claire at one point and they closed the last dorm floor off due to people saying it’s really haunted. I believe Washington Middle School is haunted I have a story but I don’t want to share it. I’ve been to the Springdale Cemetary nothing happened to us it was just really scary…But that’s about it

dk says:

October 29, 2006, 12:00 am

what happened at washington

JODY says:

October 29, 2006, 12:34 pm


Robby says:

November 1, 2006, 4:40 am

Umm i live in Clinton and i’ve never heard of RogueĆ¢??s Hollow. Futhermore whoever said there is only one place the tracks cross the toad here is dumb cause i can think of at least 10. Cambrige apts. well creepy I’ve lived there and been through some of the tunnels i’m conviced that place haunted. Ummm no mill starts up that i’ve ever heard about and no complaints of a train either really. well not none but none that go through your car. my suggestion lay off the shrooms.

Robby says:

November 1, 2006, 5:47 am

And Clinton was never a mining town. Logging town yes mining no. and as far as train derailments go look up the history of clinton and try to find one that killed a bunch of people good luck i can’t. Yeah that should tell you guys to give it up. anyone that claims to have been there please tell me where it is i’ll go there asap and check it out. Hell i’ll even look up any and all historical info about it for everyone.

Alonzo says:

November 2, 2006, 1:07 am

Rogue’s Hollow isn’t in Clinton. It isn’t even in Iowa. Rogue’s hollow is located in Ohio. So IPSCOgoose if you want directions go to Ohio and ask for them. Sorry to burst your collective bubbles but I had to look it up and that is what I found.

akay says:

November 7, 2006, 11:28 am

yeah so i went to the abbey house and documented as much as possible but its private property so some guy came up at us and was all like “my uncle owns this house get off his property” so we had to leave. Fortunately, we knew where they were all buried so we went to the cemetary and documented its some pretty messed up stuff…i guess the parents both died in 1877 but all the kids died in 1860…except for one that died in 1864…pretty weird stuff. I plan on furthering my documentation hopefully into the house but a word of advice to anyone going up there, be very careful unless you want a huge fine

Aivilo says:

November 7, 2006, 3:27 pm

Hey Kenny, you were talking about the Abbey house/Abley house whatever you want to call it….So i live like 10 miles from the house if that…I’ve been goin there for years and everytime the lights are either all off or ALL on…one time i went the lights were all on we walked up onto the train tracks and all at once every light turned off! Scary! so i was wondering where exactly i can find this book. I am very interested in finding the real story behind all this! THanks

sarah says:

December 6, 2006, 5:15 am

Interested about this Rogue Hollow!!! If anyone has really actually been there and it is haunted could you please tell me directions. Then, if anyone would be interested in going we will get some people together and go and check it out! please e-mail us at Thanks!!

happyjr says:

January 1, 2007, 9:32 pm

one ti,e i went for a walk and i was crossing the tracks by my house I LIVE IN ALLERTON its a small town well anyways my foot got cought and of course here comes a train. Well it PASSED write threw me lol I **** my pants like seriously not just pissed I ****

Justyn "Stumpy" Reifsteck says:

January 9, 2007, 1:32 pm

The Abbley House- Its located outside Galena, Illinois actually in the township of Council Mounds.

Story- Husband goes crazy hangs children in trees in backyard hangs wife on meat hook in basement. Husband go’s missing. Older son lived about 60 miles away gets word of this goes home finds father and shoots him then kills himself.

My experiences- I have been to the house 3-5 times in my life. Only once did anything big happen. I went with a group of around 8 teenage guys. Myself and 1 guy stand back behind the cattle gate that someone put in. The others hopped it and we had walkie talkies. We first heard a faint voice to get out of the house. People in the house heard nothing. Then both walkie talkies started playin some older classical funeral style music we hear them runnin and yellin something is chasin them so we all jump in the cars and leave as we leave we r bein chased by a greenish orb then the car I was in got a flat tire. Flat tires r a common thing to happen out there but once u get them off the dirt road the house is on and back to a air pump they fill up and hold air no problem.

Chicago people have bought the house and live there during the summer and use it as a getaway durin the rest of the year. They will call the cops and we will get arrested if u go there now

Maria says:

January 12, 2007, 10:48 pm

BOO!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!! EEEEEE!!! holy shhh..what was that? o man it was a ghost! AHHHH!! RUUUNNNNNN!!!!!!!……duh. grow up.

spenser says:

February 12, 2007, 1:32 am

seriously the house is owned by some peoples and they have cameras all over the property. Once your car goes passed the gate it triggers a automatic dialing system that calls the cops. You can still see the house and not get in trouble by climbing the old stone steps up the railroad. Its scary ****. i went there twice. the first time ntohing really happened just some screams and then the second time some **** went down and now no one ever wants to go back. My friends used to get high and **** over there..its like fifteen minutes away…

noah johnson says:

February 16, 2007, 8:57 pm

for one the abbley house has no dialing system ive been there i live not to far from there it does have an alarm system on the house when i went there me and some friends drove up in a jimmy it all of a suden broke down and would not start we stayed there for 3 hours we went in the root cellar where the wife was killed nothing happend untill we had to walk back to the main roud yes the jimmy would not start at all so when we were walking back down the dirt road some one was falowing us they were on the hill you could here the branches breaking when we looked back we could see a lighted lantern come up the dirt road but never got close to us if you want proof contact me at

Heaven says:

March 5, 2007, 2:08 pm

Hi Vikki? um you said there was a book published about Rogue’s Hollow… I was wondering what it’s called because I can’t find it. THANKS!

Skeeter says:

March 12, 2007, 9:52 pm

Ok, I did a search for Rogue’s Hollow. This site has the location of Rogue’s Hollow wrong. It is in Clinton, Ohio, not Clinton, Iowa. No wonder nobody from Clinton, IA ever heard of it. Duh!

veronica says:

March 27, 2007, 9:33 pm

wow that is also crazy.

Brenna says:

June 26, 2007, 11:51 pm

wondering where the best place would go for hauntings. like any abandoned places in iowa. are the cambridge apartments abandoned? i also have an EXTREMELY haunted house down by where i live. i’m not going to post it, its a long story, email me and i can let you know aso like i said if you could help me out with anything near waterloo or in iowa let me know!

Darrin says:

July 5, 2007, 12:17 pm

Ok lets get this strait. It’s the Abbley house not the Abby house. I have the complete story from a court document in a book I have. Jacob Abblys wife was hung in the back yard in a tree that died and was cut down 40 years ago. His two sons plotted to shoot himbecause they thought he killed there mom. They did shoot him and he died in the house not in the cellar nothing happened in there. My Grandpa and Uncle have farmed the land for many years. I have been in the house many of times when the previous owner had it and know my uncle owns it. Please if you do try to find the house to get a quick scare respect other peoples property he has had a lot of vadalism been done and the repair does cost money the house does have a security system and my uncle may meet you with a shotgun because he has run into some drunk kids that cause trouble

missa says:

July 7, 2007, 1:54 pm

I used to live in the cambridge apartments last year…sont tell me they arent haunted….I have seen some pretty messed up stuff there. i have even gotten drunk and went ghost hunting there and you dont even want to no what i found….i guess we are going to a crybaby bridge tonight…i am sort of nervous!!!

Cat says:

July 20, 2007, 12:06 pm

The Abbley House is real. I used to live in Galena. One night my sister went there with some friends. When they were driving down the road to get there, there was a faint image of a car. My sister looked back in front of her. The faint image of the car was no longer behind her! It was in front og her! Then my sister got to the Abbley House, she walked up the steps, there was a black cat that had red eyes and started hissing. My sister ran down the stairs. Some guy came out and was from Chicago. He had a gun annd told my sister and her friends to go away.

Melissa W. says:

July 24, 2007, 3:42 pm

So i just read everyones comments and i have not heard of any of those places but i also dont live around there. They sound cool. I have a story and I submitted it. Its pretty cool but i forgot to say they think the person that haunts the place is a little girl that hung herself because she had just found out she had cancer and it was back in the day so there was no help for her

Celtic Crow says:

July 26, 2007, 2:10 pm

There is indeed a Rogues Hollow in Clinton as I have just been there last night and I have only journeyed cry baby bridge as of yet and although I did not hear the crying of the infamous baby drowned… there are alot of orbs in the area and it is easy to find.

Cindy says:

August 1, 2007, 4:23 pm

Anyone interested in the factual story about the Ably House near Galena can find it here.

The article is based on the court records of the murder trial.

Ryan says:

August 28, 2007, 4:46 pm

13 steps is a Joke. My buddy was a Park Officer a couple of years ago. We went up into the cememtary many nights, nothing ever happened. But yet many people seem to believe stuff happens there. I live like 3-4 miles away from it. It is behind a gate, You have to walk up the hill to get it. But I wouldn’t go there at night. There is a house right next to it, and they will call the Sheriff, because I know them. Funny thing was we were up there on Halloween about 3 years ago, and boy did we scare the He** outta some people. Oh BTW, its like 22 steps now or somthing, the original 13 steps have been added on to and repaired to make it easier for people to get up to the cemetary.

Shannon says:

October 8, 2007, 9:36 pm

ok so i have lived in clinton Iowa and the only haunting here is at the cambridge apartments… i have never seen these railroad tracks

Shannon says:

October 8, 2007, 9:38 pm

Omg i wanna go there.. i have heard of it but i cannot find this place n e where…

Cindy H says:

October 14, 2007, 11:09 pm

We went up to Galena to find the Abbley House today, when we stopped at a gas station to ask about it the woman working there gave us directions to where its at. Although we did not go all the way into where the house sits, but as you get closer you begin to get a errie feelings that you are NOT welcomed there. There is a long history on this house even before the Abbley murders. Anyone who is interrested in going all the way to the house email us and we will be happy to go and show you the way.

ryan says:

October 18, 2007, 10:13 pm

I have never heard of Rogue’s Hollow either in Clinton, Iowa. I’ve lived here my whole life. What is the story behind it? And for those who have been there, where is it located?

Bobby says:

October 20, 2007, 8:49 pm

We were reading all these crazy stories and were wondering if anyone is willing to let us know where and the world there located at????????????????
email us back please and let us know

Julie says:

October 20, 2007, 10:00 pm

Rogue’s Hollow,Doylestown Ohio, from Wikapedia
One of the many crybaby bridges is located near Doylestown, Ohio, in an area known as Rogue’s Hollow. This bridge is located on Galehouse Road, between Rogue Hollow Road and Hametown Road. The bridge spans Silver Creek. Deep in Rogue’s Hollow, this road previously led from the bottom of the hollow (Hametown Rd.) to the top (Rogue Hollow Rd.). The bridge is only approachable from Hametown Rd., as the steeper portion of the road was closed and removed. The bridge is property of the Rogue’s Hollow historical society, which also owns the adjacent Chidester Mill.

Rogue’s Hollow Historical Society “Map to the Mill” link refers to the bridge; road and creek are visible in “Chidester Hill” photo.

It is a very haunted area! Had a lot of fun there!

Sarah W. says:

October 21, 2007, 1:58 am

So I’ve lived in Clinton my whole life. There’s not a whole lot to my life I’m only 14.
But I have been in the Cambridge Apts.
I wouldn’t doubt that they’re haunted.
I loved staying there with my friend who lived there for two years. But you do get that feeling that something’s going on and it’s not great. But the whole hospital thing I have heard is real, and I have always been terrified to even go near them, they looked mighty scarey when I went there.
Other then the appts. I don’t really know of anything else around here actually being haunted.
For the crybaby bridge I heard is real and creepy.
Planing on within the next couple years gettin a group to go and see if anything happens.
so that’s the end of what i know =)
hope it helps?

jordon says:

October 22, 2007, 4:37 am

Cool creepy stories, but got a question. Has anyone ever heard of Goat Hollow. It’s in northeast iowa between postville and monona. Alot of people have told me aout it but don’t know wether to believe it or not. If neone has info on it let me know at

Kacie says:

October 28, 2007, 12:10 pm

Hey I’ve lived in Clinton and have all my life but I have never seen any railroad tracks haunting, but yea some parts of Cambrige are haunted. I remember one time me and my friend were walking our dogs and her dog, a black lab,broke of his leash and ran into a hole in the wall the only way in or out because this building of Cambige was closed but anyways we ran after him and we heard wimpering and crying… so we went in there and we couldn’t see anything so we ran back to her apartment which wasn’t far and we got a flash light we went back and the floor was covered with blood and the dog was dead, if you’ve ever seen The Hills Have Eyes, the dog was cut open like that we both stated screaming and crying and I threw up and it was horrible…. we went back and told her mom and then her mom went back to check becasue she didn’t believe us… and there was no dog…no blood… nothing… they never got there dog back… but they ended up moving… anyways If you are going to go to Clitnon for a HAUNTED house I recommend Cambridge apartments.

Jacob says:

November 18, 2007, 10:42 pm

O.K. To tell you the truth i dont believe any of this ghost ****… Nothin ever happens when i go.. i went to the oak hill cemetery to look fo rtillie the little Czech girl who is supposed to be carrying a candle and i never seen anything so im looking for places in Clinton that are closer to me so can Someone E-Mail me some of the Ghost Stories in Clinton to me… Its PLEASE SOMEONE SEND A SCARY *** STORY THAT WILL COME TRUE!!!

your mom says:

November 21, 2007, 3:47 pm

i think this is bull.

Jacob says:

November 21, 2007, 4:23 pm

OK Come On someone has to have some kind of creepy Story for me!!! E-Mail it to me!!!

John says:

November 21, 2007, 6:38 pm

O.K. This is a really CREEPY Story…… Someone told me about this place on the river in Clinton on the southside under the bridge…. they said that if you go there at exactly Midnight that you can hear Screams of some people that got murdered down there by some homeless Dude… So when i heard that i didnt believe him so my Dumb self went down there to try it out and i was down there and it hit midnight and i didnt hear anything… so i was really pissed off that i came down there…. and i was leaving and it was exactly 12:01 and i heard the screams! it was the scariest thing i have ever seen or heard of in my LIFE!!!

Chris says:

November 26, 2007, 9:14 pm

We would like any info on this sent to our paranormal investigations team…our site is or e-mail We would like any info anyone has on this and maybe we can investigate this place and publish it. Please have directions and so forth..Thanks

Kristen Williams says:

March 12, 2008, 1:50 pm

I live in Cambridge Apts as we speak..I have some things I could share with people if interested. This place used to be Shick General Hospital. A veterans hospital. Google it you will get pictures. If anyone is interested email me at n i will share my story….

cody c. says:

April 15, 2008, 3:20 pm

i crossed this railroad track and found myself stalled on them and could not move my car. i was scared shitless. my car just stopped! then the bars came down on my 1994 honda and a train was coming! my doors jammed and would not open. the train got so close to my car and passed thru my flippin car. holy **** my car just got hit and i am alive to share this story omg. i swear to god this is true and i will never travel to this place again. P.S. this track is on route 15 in Clinton, Ohio not Clinotn, Iowa. 5 miles out of cleveland.

sharey says:

June 30, 2008, 4:07 pm

ok i live in clinton,iowa the closest thing to a hallow we have is bulger’s hallow and i don’t think its haunted. its a camping place next to the river it does have a railroad track but its still used by I,C&E railroad. you go past eagle point park you’ll see a sign that says bulger’s hallow and you follow it all the way to the river can’t miss it,if you go to far you’ll hit the river

Rachael says:

July 30, 2008, 2:38 pm

I used to live at Cambridge Apt. and yes I beleive that there are people from the past living there. There is no other way to explain the things that went on. I also know the nursing home there. There is no doubt that the whole place has some very unhappy spirits.

Todd says:

August 25, 2008, 12:29 pm

My grandmother was born/raised/died in my family’s house and my mom will probably do the same. All of have seen ghosts in our house including visitors. Our property used to be owned by Elijah Buell and apparently lived in the house behind our house…near the Cambridge Apts. Also, the old Shick hospital, Cambridge now, use to have prisoner of war people stationed up where lyon’s middle school is… i believe that hospital is definitely haunted.

Tammy says:

September 10, 2008, 11:40 pm

Has anyone heard about mandalay mansion in waterloo?

Jessica says:

September 12, 2008, 8:01 am

I went to a website, and found a book that talks about this. It’s said that maybe even Jesse James hid there? O.o

boomer says:

September 16, 2008, 7:44 pm

hey if anyone knows of real scary stories in clinton plz let me know i live hear and never really heard of anything plz give us info ands directions ty

Sarah says:

September 27, 2008, 4:36 pm

Where is this at? I would like more info please.

Madi says:

October 1, 2008, 5:58 pm

I’ve heard the Cambridge Apartments are pretty creepy. And I’ve personally been to Cry Baby Bridge, and that thing’s freaking scary, but does anyone know of any other places in Iowa at all?

Joe says:

October 6, 2008, 12:29 am

My mother has said that she is sure that cambridge is haunted she remembers when her father was the head cook at shick va hospital and has wonderful memories there but would love to go inside and tell the ghosts that”reds” (her father!) daughter is here and see what would occur.
but what id love to hear is any ghost knowledge or history of the tucker building/penthouse lounge i know for a fact that there where strange happenings there!! one of the resident ghosts name is stewart and that a babys skull was found when they where remodling to make the penthouse into a bar ive HEARD of a hanging and that mr tucker was involved in the dark arts?? to down right crazy stuff like rats with top hats walking across the bar? so any expiriences would be awesome to hear about.

Shannon says:

October 9, 2008, 3:57 pm

ok this is dumb! ive lived in clinton for my whole life and have never seen it!!

Andrew says:

October 31, 2008, 8:17 pm

My family farm out by Mallard, Iowa is haunted. The basement has a horrible feeling in it and so much **** has happened while I sleep down there. Well found out a year ago from my mom that my great grandma hung herself down there! Scary stuff. I’ve been seeing ghosts or whatever since I was 4 years old in every house i’ve ever lived in(3 different ones now). First house was built in 1919 and every night I woke up around 2am and a shadow man in an over coat and hat would walk up the stairs and into my closet(which used to actually be a door into the other room but was remodeled. The house was knocked down by coe college so they can make a soccer field). Also in the house by washington highschool in cr I saw a white lady a few times and I wasn’t the only one. Both my bro and sis saw it as well. Now I live in a house by the old rockwell on 37th and i’ve seen an old man twice now. He hangs in the basement mostly and the guest room upstairs(none of these spirits were threatening). But he only shows up when I talk about this stuff or watch it on tv so I try not to bother him and not talk or watch paranormal state(on AE) or ghost hunters(on sci fi). Any questions?

Andrew says:

October 31, 2008, 8:20 pm

I do not claim to be a medium or psychic… Just a dude that sees things on a regular basis.

James says:

December 20, 2008, 2:07 pm

if anyone knows of anything more in the dubuque ia area i would appreciate the direction. anywhere from here to freeport il would be wonderful. i just thought i would mention it because the topic of galena was brought up.

melbatoast72 says:

January 22, 2009, 12:00 am

Spring Dale apts, r the apts tht i know of, my sister lived thr in the early 1970’s and we had dishes thrown at us and cubbereds slamed.. she moved out the next day….

Rebecca says:

February 22, 2009, 1:59 am

I lived there, in that house- graveyard ten feet from the end of our yard. It was not the only one around where we lived. The dogs would bring home an irregularly large amount of limbs- deer but still large amouts. It seemed as though Something or someone killed for them. Look up Tucker Hollow, you will find the authors of mysteries. They were my neighbors, they have been there for a long time. Why? This IS the real deal I slept I in the attic room. I have seen thet death grounds! If you fell there IS something odd here feel free to contact me at

Rebecca says:

February 22, 2009, 2:15 am

Oh the comment I left was from Tucker Holliow Road, Rhode Island.

EW says:

March 19, 2009, 7:13 pm

Ably House, Abbly House, Abbley House.

Cant believe there isn’t a thread on this site about Galina or the Ably House. The most complete single source I have seen is online at the galena historical soc web site. I have family all over Galena / Hazel Green and have heard stories for years. More of a history buff then anything else. Does any one know which cemetery the Ably / Bias families are buried in? FYI, Bias was the first on the farm. If the check you’ll get a better idea of the basics. I’d like to know that happened to Bias’s oldest son who seemed to move away prior to all the deaths. Any info? Please email Also, I’ve read on here about a Jo Davies County history book. Any idea on a title?

Katrina says:

April 18, 2009, 1:03 pm

I have never heard of such,but would love to visit th site!!!!!

Lyle says:

April 28, 2009, 5:54 pm

I grew up in Clinton on the 1800 block of Roosevelt St. So Shick Hospital is now Cambridge apartments. I never had any ghost sightings growing up there.

John Forrst says:

July 7, 2009, 5:31 pm

I liv near the cotton house on 18th ave. It ismostly abandonmned. Iheard there is a ghost oa woman i there, but never hard that she burned up. someone has seen her in awhite drss. We use to run or walk along there on the way to school. We never saw or heard anything, but some people who own the house won’t live in it because thewy hve heard scratchings upsatirs. There is a mysterou room behind the bookcase.

karri says:

August 7, 2009, 2:57 am

i lived at cambridge and was also the sleaning lady for over a year..there were times when i was cleaning an empty apt.and had the major feeling of being much so that i kept tutning to look.there were apts. i wouldnt even go into and im not scared of much.i lived there as a child too.always felt weird there.ive seen a few black shadows here and there.its haunted for sure….

Nate says:

August 16, 2009, 5:58 am

Im very interested in getting a closer look at the Abbley house in Galena. Ive been there several times but never went real close to the house itself out of respect for others property. I was up there last night and saw unexpectedly not much has changed..other than the bridge being almost impassable by vehicle. I was under the impression someone had bought the hosue and fixed up the property. Still a very creepy place as it was 15 years ago.
I saw someone claiming to know the owner of this house. If possible I would love to take a closer look sometime as Ive been wondering about it for 15+ years. Im not some drunk kid looking for a place to party…just out of curiousity more than anything.
Please contact me if you can help .
Yahoo ID is divide_the_hate

Jay Atkinson says:

September 11, 2009, 9:54 pm

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Jennifer says:

September 23, 2009, 8:42 am

Why isn’t the Villisca Axe Murder House on here? That was a real event and everyone that has ever visited has seen something or felt something. This website sucks!

Rikki says:

October 12, 2009, 1:54 pm

I used to live on 4th avenue north when i was younger (16 now) and my older sister and then step-mom walked up to the springdale cemetary at night. they came running home and said they saw a light just floating. they didnt see anyone attached to it, it was just floating.

Rikki says:

October 12, 2009, 2:09 pm

my grandma used to live in a house on pershing blvd until like 2 or 3 yrs ago. the house is very old and when i was younger, my older sister and brother, my dad, and i lived with my grandma. my sister and i shared a room in the attic. at first i thought it was just my imagination but i would here footsteps coming down the hallway into our room. after awhile my sister said she heard them too and we refused to sleep up there. we slept on a pull out couch downstairs and constantly heard footsteps in our room in the attic. just recently, my sister and i were talking to my dad about my grandmas house and he asked us if we heard the footsteps in our room. we said yes and he said when him and my uncle david shared the room, they heard them ALL the time. My grandpa died from a heart attack in the house but i dont know any other history besides that

overdriver64 says:

October 16, 2009, 12:20 pm

Reponding to the comments about Cambridge Apartments/aka miller ridge Apartments/aka Schick Army Hospital-2604 N 4th st in Clinton-i live there now and curious where is a good spot to see these things.

overdriver64 says:

October 16, 2009, 12:27 pm

Cambridge Apartments-2604 NORTH 4TH STREET,CLINTON IOWA 52732,just fyi

Kristina says:

October 20, 2009, 12:56 am

John Forrst,
I was wondering about the Cotton House on 18th Ave N, in Clinton Iowa that you were talking about. I’ve lived in the Clinton area my entire life and I’ve never heard of anything haunted around here, besided supposedly Cambridge. If you have a minute, email me ( with the details. I’d love to check it out.

johnny says:

November 16, 2009, 3:09 am

I heard a tape that was recorded in a cambridge apartment. The freakiest thing ever! A small tape recorder was left on by an 8 year old girl. The tape recorder was left in a bedroom. Later, her mother found it and played it. She could not understand what she was hearing. The recording was incomprehensible except for the mother, daughter, the mothers friend, and her boyfriend. The daughter played the recording in slow play. In slow play you could not understand the living in the room but a voice said, “I’m going to kill all 4 of you”. I heard the tape played in slow and normal speed. It’s TRUE and REAL!! p.s. Nothing ever happened to them.

overdriver64 says:

November 16, 2009, 3:58 am

if anyone knows of any activity at cambrige drop me a line,i live there also

lady luna sky (red Dawn coven) says:

April 28, 2010, 7:09 am

I know of the old mill you are talking about in clinton. it’s more like in camanche and just a farm. the family that owned it years ago milled their own grain for their own use. My coven has been using the grounds for our anual sanhein rituals for years… so does it “start up” ? no. you will just see alot of fire light from our bon fire and hear voices chanting. nothing more.

karebear73 says:

May 24, 2010, 1:20 pm

i worked as a cleaning lady in cambridge apts for 2 yrs.there were some apts i wouldnt go into.but most of the time i just felt like someone was watching me.enogh to where i turn and look.i never believed on ghosts until i had the pleasure of cleaning cambridge.the spirits are probably mad.look at the place!its now the ghetto.

Rikki says:

June 1, 2010, 5:35 pm

For those of you claiming to have been to Rogue’s Hollow in Clinton, IA, i dont know how seeing as its in Clinton, Ohio. I was born in Clinton and now live in Albany, Il and i’ve never heard of a place called Rogue’s Hollow so i did some research and its in Ohio. Also to Kris Milder, i used to live on 4th ave N, you could see the cemetary from my house, do you know what the address is?

Jakeb123 says:

June 24, 2010, 1:11 pm

I went there and car din’t stall nothing really happened also went out to satans tunnel same thing there.

mj says:

July 3, 2010, 11:39 pm

ok so rogues hollow… is that near hauhn towne???? I’ve asked every person in my family(bred born and raised here for generations) and every farmer in clinton and jackson counties I can think of; none of them know of rogues hollow. Only thing that come close is hauhn towne. There’s an old mill there, that aside from being obslete, would function, but no hollow. Small creek for cattle, but no hollow. As far as cambridge/schick/miller ridge apts go, I would never set foot in those buildings again if u paid me! Growing up had friends that lived there, never saw anything but we heard alot of strange things: knocking on the door(nobody in halls), screaming in vacant apts, unexplained lights etc. the one place that was just flat out nuts was the old pool bldg. torn down now but about 10 years ago my school used the soccer feild in front of it. oddly enough, us teens thought we’d go in there halloween night. again didnt “see” anything, but me and my 2 gal-pals we hand-in-hand while they guys went ahead with flashlights. got in the “door” bout 20 steps or so and we (girls) had sharp pains on our arms. ran out and we each had scratches. small but still it terrified us. I now live in a house not far from those bldgs and have made it very clear that i will NOT even drive past unless its daylight. Maybe they’re haunted, maybe it was us teenagers being teens, i dunno. i do know that CPD has to go up there almost daily for violence (mostly domestic, some worse), or drugs. id stay away if i were you.

Kelsey says:

September 3, 2010, 5:22 pm

I live in Clinton and I’ve never heard of this place.

michelle says:

September 27, 2010, 11:06 am

I live in Council Bluffs, and i’ve been to our historic Dodge house. I was there one day doing a tour for fun and I swear that I saw a person on the 3rd floor that was roped off. I looked up and there wasn’t anyone there. Then another time, I was driving past the Dodge house with my friends at night, and I thought I saw someone looking out one of the upstairs windows there were also no lights on in the house. That was creepy.

Ashley says:

October 11, 2010, 9:49 pm

I lived in Cambridge apartments for a year in apartment 1414. Our door was right next to the old abandoned part thats blocked off…if you look through the windows you can see a bunch of old stuff. Anyways, there were a few times when we would get random water spots all over our bedroom floor…and it wasnt spilled water…it was REALLY mildewed water that smelled terribly mildewed…We figured there were probably some old pipes leaking under us or something. Then one time the spot was on our bed…and strangly it was the same mildewed water…Our ceilings did not leak. Also the stains WOULDNT dry…we couldnt figure out what the hell was wrong. It was really creepy. The place gave me the chills so bad I would run in and out of the building to avoid seeing things in the halls. Some people dont see anything. My neighbors across the hall were drunks so idk if they seen anything.

chris says:

October 20, 2010, 1:43 am

use to hear story bout tucker building Stewart was made to go to closet when he was a bad boy caught cold and died

storm says:

November 2, 2010, 5:53 am

I know this place is in Ohio. I looked it up so those people who say they have been there in Clinton must have drank too much robitusson. I alo believe that every place has its mysterious hauntings. The cementeries there are loaded with it. I always got chills when i was a kid and my grandma would be driving into town with me and we’d pass MtSt Claire, I swore i have seen nuns in the windows and glowing lights. I told her a few times when i seen the nuns and she told me it was just my imagination. I also believe most of the older homes are haunted just like in any other town. I currently am working with a paranormal team and think alot of the places in Clinton would be amazing for research.

Jah's Tin says:

December 2, 2010, 12:36 am

Anyone remember the story of the lights down on stockwell lane? I haven’t seen anything archived online….

Jeremy says:

June 2, 2011, 12:26 am

Well I use to live in Cambridge for 16 years of my young life..Its pritty scary trust me. My grampa works there. He told me a story of a man..He was aboard what was called the Philidopha expirement.In witch made his matter not right he disapeared and stuff..They shiped him to Cambridge to live. And once at lyons tap got kicked out because he disappeared then reapppered….The rummer is he never died…and to today is still walking around town somewere..

LueLue says:

July 10, 2011, 1:08 am

MillerRidge the old Cambridge apartments are Haunted, and the nursing home(Eagle Point Nursing and Rehab) next to it, is also Haunted.They were the Old Schick Army Hosp long ago. There is tunnels underground below the Nursing home that go around the whole block radius. Clinton, Ia

LueLue says:

July 10, 2011, 1:24 am

2friends and myself use to living in Building 1600 in Cambridge and that building was the old Morge when it was Schick Army hosp. My friend actually had a Levitation experience in our apartment. And when we came back home from being gone, things would be moved around.The other friend saw a Soldier holding his arm out with a bloody cloth in it. I myself never have seen any Spirits thank God, cuz i would freak out. They say only some can see spirits and Im glad Im not one of them!!

Carol says:

February 16, 2014, 4:31 am

We stayed at my aunts house a few years ago, She lives on Prospect. We were sleeping in the basement I have my back to the door, I felt someone was looking at me. I turned around to look, There was a solid black shadow, I could tell it was a woman, a while later it stood at the foot of our bed. Then turned around as if she was working on something. I thought I had dreamed the whole thing until my husband got up sharing the same story he saw it too. My Aunt hears voices and footsteps, smells cigarettes

PBJL says:

June 14, 2014, 3:56 pm

lady luna sky (red Dawn coven) I would like more information about the place you go.

ALSO, if anyone has any unique haunted places that I can gain access to please contact me ASAP. I have a rather unique request by a client of mine and I am in need of places that are haunted.


PBJL says:

June 14, 2014, 3:57 pm is the best address to reach me at.

Abigail says:

October 1, 2014, 2:15 am

My fiance lived in Cambridge as a kid. Him and a couple friends went snooping in the locked up abandoned part of Cambridge. They broke in. One of his friends gave him a boost up to the window of a locked door and he said he saw what he could only describe as a demon coming at him. Charging towards the door right at his face. (which is saying a lot because he refuses to acknowledge spirits) They ran out of there pretty quick. We tried to go back there a few weeks ago out of curiosity and it is all sealed up. But that’s okay because I was getting serious creep vibes.
If anyone has fun Clinton haunting stories you can facebook me. Abigail Petersen is the name.

Abigail says:

October 1, 2014, 2:21 am

Oh I would like to add that the Penthouse Does have some seriously creepy vibes. My dad ran that place for a while and I was not comfortable there but nothing really happened.
I am surprised I dont hear stories of the PigPen though. My mom ran that place for a bit and after close you would hear footsteps walking back and forth on the upper level. Doors would unlock and open on their own, the basement has the watching you feeling for sure. Lights would turn themselves on. Never got a horrible feeling about it but we heard a lot of noises. I know my poor mom was scared to death.

lane says:

March 27, 2015, 5:56 am

56 25th Avenue North that is the address to the old train depot in clinton iowa. its now a tan building with a large wooden patio at the end of the bike path in North Clinton. Its was formly known as the Lyons Depot before clinton took over the lyons district.
type in the link above for previous and current photos. Your Welcome :)

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