Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

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Des Moines, Iowa

This house is said to be haunted by two men, a woman, and a child — arsonists who killed a total of six people through their blazes. Today, the house is known to randomly burst in to flames, though no damage is sustained. There are also cold spots and strange odors. Some have even been pushed down the stairs while in the house alone.

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jennifer mechaelsen says:

October 7, 2005, 9:18 pm

where is this haunted house located, and when can you go inside the home

Anonymous says:

October 8, 2005, 5:33 pm

when and where?

Shannon says:

October 21, 2005, 11:11 pm

Has anyone ever experienced any of this?? is so email me at or if u know where this house is located

Hope says:

October 26, 2005, 10:33 pm

Info Please!
When and where, thank you!

eric says:

October 26, 2005, 10:54 pm

wheres it located

Donna says:

November 1, 2005, 9:38 pm

Please tell me where this house is located if you know. I am very near Des Moines and would like to go there and check it out. E-mail me where it’s location is. Thank you.

rob says:

November 4, 2005, 12:18 am

what the hell? If you don’t reveal the location, what good is it? You guys suck.

ashley says:

November 21, 2005, 5:03 pm

hey that house is haunted…so one of my friends say…we drove by it once and my friend decides she wants to go look inside. she went inside and 5 minutes later she came out screaming! she said that she had people chasing her…lol i still dont belive her

Charles says:

December 6, 2005, 11:37 am

where is this house located? please e-mail me with the street address.

Badgirl says:

December 7, 2005, 2:41 pm

when where what time?????????????? my friend said something about it but i didnt belive her so info please!!!!!!!

shae says:

December 25, 2005, 3:04 am

that is soo fake!!!

i don’t believe that a house just burst into flames!?!?

that story is a lie!!

jackie says:

December 31, 2005, 4:00 am


KRIS says:

January 4, 2006, 6:52 pm

I’m with everyone else…why post something like this with no address ?
And is this really the only place anybody can come up with in Des Moines?

ashley says:

January 19, 2006, 5:21 pm

Hey so did anyone ever find out where this house is located, if somebody lives there or not, and can we just go in there and look?

cassie says:

January 28, 2006, 1:38 pm

hey man how can i get a tour or something cuz it sounds great

jeff says:

February 3, 2006, 2:33 am

well this is either not a REAL story or they dont want visitors,so lets give up its been six months and no answer.I used to live in a house called ” ledley mansion” it was located on indinalo rd near se 14th. It WAS haunted but no fire.It was sold and moved somewhere yaers ago but I dont know where.

mark says:

February 4, 2006, 1:11 pm

the house isnt in des moines it is a house in villistca iowa and u can go in to the house for a price and i have been there if u make it all night u get ur money back i got my money back and tusth me u get scaried some of the time just try to remember they cant hurt u well they dont hurt me and i had fun doing this

Dumb blonde says:

February 11, 2006, 10:15 am

Is there any apartments in the NE of Cedar Rapids that are haunted????

lead investogator of the W.F.P.I. says:

February 16, 2006, 12:57 pm

As a experienced Ghost Hounter for the w.f.p.i. a team in west fork arkenasas. it mebe possible for a spirt to cause such problems. but if i had to say with the story it mebe demonic and if so any one who go s in should be very carefull.

nick co lead investogator (w.f.p.i.)

laurel says:

February 19, 2006, 8:10 pm

that is so weird but sarcy i dont believe it but thanks anyway for posting it on the website it must take some efort

Tara says:

April 3, 2006, 9:35 pm

We want to know where we can visit this place. No one seems to know. I have lived in Des Moines my whole life and never heard this story. Vilisca was a total different place b/c that was an axe murder on a family of like 7. I do want to do that also but i dont know anyone that will stay overnight with me….Anyone up for it??? email me

Kirbie says:

April 10, 2006, 3:19 pm


Maicie says:

April 15, 2006, 8:38 am

I go to Des Moines a lot to spend the night and days at Adventureland and I’ve never done more than go to Adventureland,but my nanna goesEVERYWHERE around the WORLD so she probably encountered the ghosts.I totally believe in ghosts but I hope they don’t try to hant me when I’m in Davenport and Bettendorf this summer.I moved into Florida after 2 or 3 years in my home-state:Iowa,so I visit every summer but now I’m freaked!!!!!

Jody says:

April 22, 2006, 4:20 pm

Mark, that is not Villisca Iowa and you do not get your money back if you can stay all night lol you are quite the story teller. We were there a couple months ago and did make it all night. It was not scary at all, just cold and we did not get our money back!

karen says:

April 28, 2006, 6:27 am

i believe in ghosts but thats a load of bull, houes dont just set themselves on fire! try sleeping in a field with a wierd little guy running round the field, watching you… so blair witch but true

cliff says:

May 22, 2006, 6:57 pm

This House may be in Iowa, I’m not too sure myself, I’ve heard of it(I’m a fan of slipknot and corey taylor whos the lead singer says as a child he has entered the house with friends and heard voices) So I’m not too sure, but Iowa is my best guess.

bryant says:

June 2, 2006, 4:24 pm

has anyone every visited the black angel in council bluffs, iowa on holloween at midnight ???

Big Bill says:

June 7, 2006, 2:56 am


Is she a prostitute? Aren’t those her busy times? She must be special if you are bringing her up here.

Shannon says:

June 14, 2006, 12:51 pm

The black angel is in Iowa City, not Council Bluffs. Interesting stories behind it. I’ve been there, I’ve even touched the angel, that was 3 years ago. I’m still standing. Nothing bad has happened. Also, Villisca is the site of an axe murder. 8 died there. 6 from the Moore family and two young girls staying over night from the Stillinger family. 2 adults, 6 children in all. They do have overnight tours that you can do, but the person above is correct, you don’t get your money back. Also an intersting place, great history, but nothing happened when I was there.

PandaBlaze34 says:

June 28, 2006, 1:20 pm

What the heck? It just burst into flames and no damage? Does that make scence to anyone? Not mE!

Mandy says:

July 6, 2006, 9:09 pm


Thunderhead says:

July 7, 2006, 4:54 pm

Hmmmmm, folks say they`ve been there YET no
address…I do believe in “ghosts”, and I do
live in DM, but hav`ent heard of this house..But I`ve heard of the ‘House of Ladders” years ago, it was located southeast of the airport, and the Finkbine
manion just NW of Central Campus (old Tech high)is supposed to be haunted!,..also at Meral Hay Mall, a small office tower is said to be haunted by a nun!
There was an awful murder that happened in
Feb. 1991 at a house on se9th and Fremont, where a mother and her daughter were beat to death by the daughter`s former boy friend! …and I wonder if that`s haunted!!
There`s GOTTA be Many other haunted places in DesMoines!!
If ANYONE has experienced a haunting in DM,
feel free to post it here!!

Kelsey says:

July 10, 2006, 7:15 pm

And I’m Martha Stewert ^o)

chelssssss says:

July 10, 2006, 7:20 pm

um i still dont get it kelsey! kaay yu told me this “cuz like the stupid story, its like yea right.. im martha sewert no belives” does martha stewart not beleive ^o) ;; if ANYONE gets this reply back plz:)

Samantha says:

July 16, 2006, 12:01 am

Where is this house?

Kelsie says:

July 19, 2006, 2:56 pm

I would really like to know where this house is too. My friends and I love that kind of stuff. There is this abandoned house out in Ankeny near Saylorville Lake that is abandoned and we went one night and we heard a woman talking to us but we need some new places to go.

heidi says:

July 23, 2006, 7:24 pm

Where is this located in des moines? I wanted to go there and see it myself with my best friend. We both love to go in those old houses and haunted houses. I like to go in these house someday..

Crystal says:

August 6, 2006, 5:05 pm

Hey if anyone lives near Viola, Iowa check out Matsell’s bridge, I’m not for sure the history behind it. But you go out there turn your car off and then just turn it on so your radio plays, put your car in netural and wait. Your car gets pushed by some kids that died on the bridge. Also put baby powder on your trunk so when you leave the bridge you can see the handprints. I just did this two days ago and we were in a black car and there were handprints on the trunk and on the passanger door and up towards the top of the roof. Let me know of any other haunted places out there. MATSELLS BRIDGE IS FOR REAL THOUGH!!

b-dog says:

August 22, 2006, 7:39 pm


Big Bill says:

August 22, 2006, 7:40 pm

Angel…….. i love you


September 12, 2006, 7:19 pm


arjuna says:

September 19, 2006, 3:05 am

I love aly.

Krystal Smith says:

September 22, 2006, 6:38 pm

Exactly where is this house located, and when can i go inside of it? Email to

Tara says:

October 1, 2006, 3:42 am

ok ive lived in des moines my whole life and never heard of this house iam pretty sure that i would have with it going into flames and nothing is done to the house and everyone that says they have been there does not tell you where it is at i dont think its true at all

Chey says:

October 1, 2006, 1:40 pm

Hey I would really like to know where this place is to!! I mean I’ve heard people talk about it but I also have never heard of any address?? if anyone really has been there why don’t you tell us because my friends and I would really like to get spooked!! :) And if people are lying it doesn’t make any sense b/c your getting all these people excited about a place like this and it could be made up!!! GIVE OUT REAL INFO!!! NOT LIES!!!
~ Chey ~

Lisa says:

October 7, 2006, 1:57 pm

In reference to the Black Angel earlier, she is a statue in Council Bluffs, Iowa and was put in a cemetery overlooking the town and the city of Omaha, Nebraska. The reason the statue is there is that it is a “vision” that Mrs. Dodge (of the Dodge family whom were prominate in the 1800’s) had when she was on her death-bed. She told her daughter of a dream that she had of an angel on the bow of a boat coming across a lake. The angel motioned for Mrs. Dodge to come with her, that it was her time to “cross over”. In the angel’s hand was a dish of some sort (reason or relevence is unknown). Mrs. Dodge reportedly woke from the dream stating that she didn’t go with the angel. Her daughter said to her that she should have so the next night, Mrs. Dodge went to sleep and never woke from her slumber. The daughter decided that the angel had an impact on her mother’s ease of suffering, so they had a statue of the angel made as her mother had described and put it in the cemetery as a memorial to her mother. Local kids from COuncil Bluffs, Iowa and surrounding areas in Nebraska like to go to the cemetery near the lookout point where the Louis and Clark expedition marked during their surveys along the Missouri River. The legend is that you were place a penny in the dish of the statue of the angel and walk 100 paces way from her, turning your back. Once you go back to the statue, you were supposed to look in the dish and if your penny was gone, you were going to have bad things befall you. Of course, this is legend only. I know of none of us silly teenagers that have had a penny taken by any spirits, however, the ambiance that surrounds the statue itself is ominous at best. The reason the statue is black is due to her being made of brass. Weather and time cause a reaction to the surface turning it black. The cemetary surrounding her dates back to the Oregon trail passage, and is said to be haunted prior to the placement ot the statue.

The unknown says:

October 7, 2006, 10:29 pm

I don’t care if there is a haunted place in Des moines or not but if you guys wanna see some scary **** go to west liberty iowa. by the WL foods factory there is an old train station which is so haunted you all need to see it and if you wanna be scared shitless check out the house accross it it’s about 150 years old when me and my friends went in there you could hear someone coming up the stairs from the basemet but when me and my friends checked it stopped and that’s when you could hear someone screaming in the attic the weird thing was that it’s still up for sale. the whole reason why it’s haunted was cause a young girl was hanged in the basemet and the guy who killed her decided to hang himself as a cover up as i’m typing this i am holding a cross that’s how scared i am. Check out west liberty for some scary ****

ashley says:

October 10, 2006, 2:12 pm

hi im doin a ghost story in school and i was wondering if anyone knew a true real-life ghost story?

Ashley says:

October 11, 2006, 12:18 pm

can u go in? if so when and where?

Whats Up says:

October 11, 2006, 10:36 pm

I dont really care about this “House of Flames” in the greater des moines area. I’ve never heard of it, not sayin it doesnt exist but, I live here and never seen it. ACTUALLY I JUST WANTED TO SAY HELLO TO TARA!!!!! SO HEY WHAT’S YOUR E-MAIL??? GET @ ME IF U WANNA TALK.

Donna says:

October 14, 2006, 5:19 am

If there is a haunted house or any thing else of the sort in Des Moines,Iowa I would surely have known about it. I’ve done just about every crazy thing there is to do and believe me when I say, If there were a haunted house in D.M.,I would have been there and done that. And if I haven’t done it yet then I want to so, PUT UP OR SHUT UP! Donna in Des Moines.

HOLLY says:

October 15, 2006, 5:17 am


sydney says:

October 17, 2006, 8:18 pm

seriously where is this place, des moines isnt that big,and just so everyone knows adventureland is in altoona not des moines

josh says:

October 18, 2006, 4:42 pm

hey i know that the old iowa state penitentiary is haunted. the guards even stated that they will not go down to the old cellhouse. they claim they can hear shakels rattle and moans. also in ottumwa iowa on west second clear on the west end of town by taft drive and west fifth it is haunted there is plenty of spirits that haunt that area and it makes people feel froze in time.

sarah says:

October 22, 2006, 5:40 pm

i’ve lived here all my life and not once have i heard of this house. i am a psychic child. i do see the dead and can communicate. i dont read fortunes but do visit the cemetary downtown. that is one of the haunted places i’ve been to. my house is also haunted by a man, woman and child who have no connection. but at the cemetary a woman from the late 1800’s walks around with her husband. when i visit suprisingly she waves.

PJ Bump says:

October 23, 2006, 6:44 pm

Hey my brother lives in Des Moines and I go there quite a bit. If someone tells me the address I will check it out and then post my findings. (notice there is no ‘u’ in insurance)

william courtney jr says:

October 24, 2006, 12:37 am

I don’t know where this place is. But I do know theres a lot of haunted houses in Des moines and ghosts are everywhere.

William says:

October 27, 2006, 6:37 pm

The house is on Hickman Road, in Des Moines. I can’t give the address, as the owner doesn’t want a bunch of wanna-be ghost hunters bothering her.

Teri says:

October 27, 2006, 10:21 pm

Ok, I’ve lived in Des Moines all my life. I have never ever heard of such a place. And William, you say it’s on Hickman Rd…… ha no, I don’t think so!
I’m sure that I’m older than the majority of you people so I’ve seen alot and heard alot about this city and there is no such house. Now, the house in Villisca,IA, I’ve heard about! I do recall hearing about the ax murders of a family. Don’t believe EVERYTHING you hear.

William says:

October 28, 2006, 7:57 am

Any reason why you doubt me, Teri? Like I said, the house mentioned in the above posts is on Hickman. Simple as that. I’ve been in the place but saw nothing unusal. As for Villisca—well, that’s another place, another story. As far as I’m concerned ghosts are nothing more than one’s own guilt. As I’m sure you know, there’s not one shred of documented evidence to support the existance of ghosts. If you think I’m wrong, please enlighten the world with your evidence. We’re waiting.

kelly says:

October 30, 2006, 3:20 pm

give it up people-theres no burning house!!

Robby says:

November 1, 2006, 5:41 am

Your all dumb too cause if there was a house that just burst into flames you think people would be talking about it. Let me enlighten you all about how to find it. Do a search on arson and look up previous records find out any info about arson cases in De Moines. At that point you can narrow down your search for te house to only the ones about arson cases and even more by finding out how many victims they had and such.

CBG says:

November 6, 2006, 12:06 am

I was born and raised in Des Moines. I have never heard of this burning house but there are plenty of haunted areas. I have had 3 major haunts in my 27yrs. All three were in Norwoodville Iowa. Norwoodville is a very economically poor area it has always been. I think in the late 1850’s the entire area was a mining town, which is what the name Norwoodville comes from. These mines are now capped but you can visit the sites of these caps and that is where my ghost story begins.
I was maybe 14 years old the day after Christmas my cousin and I decided to go “down to the tracks” to ice skate. This was not only a stupid idea because there is very little frozen water down there but also because we didn’t tell our parents and the ice could have been thin. When we arrived at the tracks, which are just far enough in the woods you can’t see the road you just came from, my cousin began to put on his skates. I remember I was looking into a tunnel that runs under the tracks to allow for four mile creek drainage and as i did I heard voices. This I at first wrote off as nothing, so I kept quiet until I turned around and looked at my cousin who had froze in place. Before I could speak another word we both heard children laughing at us, all over the place, niether of needed to speak a word we ran as fast as we could out of the woods back to his house, I have never went back down there.

The second haunting took place at my cousins house. It is well over one-hundred years old, having had many additions to it over the years it appears fairly modern but it is not. This house like other was just like the one described by the original poster, two story, basement that has a very low ceiling and a huge cut out that was dirt floor, I never entered there it was dark and frieghtening. Most of the haunting that occured in the house consisted of footsteps. At night usually when you were sitting down stairs you could hear someone walk all the way down to the main floor and then back up, which I realize is extremely scary but this was. One night my cousin and I had fallen asleep downstairs in the living room. I remember I woke up suddenly for know appearent reason. I then looked over at my cousin to make sure I wasn’t alone since it was black as pitch. After I assured myself that I was safe I turned my head and looked down over my feet and as I raised my eyes I seen something I will never forget. I green orb the size of a light balb was hovering near the ceiling about ten feet from me. I don’t know how long I looked at it but it scared me so bad that the only thing I could think to do was to put my head under the covers and go back to sleep which is what i did.

I have many more stories from the area but the last one I will tell didn’t happen to me but to two separate people I consider my friends. The first person Scott, the most skeptical unbelieving person you would ever encounter, came knocking on my parents door when I was still living at home. It was midnight but he knew I would be up because I have always been a nightowl. I knew something was up because he wasn’t talking much which was odd. Eventually he said, “You’ll never believe what I did tonight.” Apprently Scott was upset over a some arguement so he decided to go for a walk. Norwoodville doesn’t have street lights so the only place to walk to is either the school or the community center. So he went to the community on broadway around 11pm. He told me he was sitting on top of a slide just thinking when he said something caused him to look into the tunnel slide, he formerly had his back to it, when he looked into it he saw nothing but the bottom but instantly a voice yelled “GET OUT OF HERE!”, he immidiately assumed it was anyone of the ignorent people who live in the area and responded by saying “LEAVE ME THE F@$# ALONE!” he told me he wasn’t sure of anything at this point except for the voice caught him off guard until a moment later, he said, I will do my best to decribe this, the voice whispered in his ears, I did say ears because it was in stereo, as if it was on both sides of his head. It said, “Leave now” so he said he got up went down the slide and ran to my house.

Years later another friend who knew nothing of the other story was shooting hoops late at night, this sounds odd but we did this together often, he says he remember letting the ball go when he heard from every direction, again a king of speaker effect, “GO NOW!” so he got his ball and called me one his cell to tell me the story, this happened at the community center in Norwoodville, Iowa…a township of des moines on broadway.

Hope these were of interest, it you want to go to the tracks they are located on NE29th street, just south of the brigde the interstate runs over, the caps can be heard to find they are usually located 20 feet from the tracks to the north. The house is still family owned so I am not going to say where it is located. Questions..

wlc jr says:

November 7, 2006, 12:08 am

Hey cbg I will check out the community center some night i am somewhat afraid of certain ghosts but very intriged by theme. I am more worried about some of the ingnorant people you talked about I know the neighberhood.But be asured the holy spirit will be there with me.

CBG says:

November 7, 2006, 11:18 pm

wlc jr,

It’s getting colder, those people I am speaking of should be cleared out. Just watch the roof the kids hang out up there.

Goodluck and God bless.

Aisha says:

December 1, 2006, 9:37 pm

Who would take there time writting this when there’s no location?

timbo says:

December 4, 2006, 12:16 am

Hey aisha it’s on hickman road diden’t you read the comment by william?

timbo says:

December 8, 2006, 2:37 pm

My bedroom sometimes get’s hot and thene burns. (WITH DESIRE) I think the spirit that causes this is Aphrodite.

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December 21, 2006, 3:58 pm


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December 21, 2006, 4:01 pm

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llamas in business suits says:

December 22, 2006, 3:15 pm

This one time I went in the woods with my friend, Wayne, and we saw something moving and I was all like “hey, what was that?” and he was all “it was probably just the wind”…it was pretty scaaaaaaary.

Chinese Fire Crackers says:

December 22, 2006, 3:21 pm


tom says:

December 24, 2006, 6:08 pm

I saw the same thing in the wood’s! But it was much more scary there were three squirrel’s! Jumping from tree to tree. I could not get out of there fast enough!

timbo says:

December 24, 2006, 6:12 pm

Afraid of squirrel’s are you people crazy.

tom says:

December 24, 2006, 6:20 pm

I don’t know about the chinese fire cracker’s! But I’m not crazy!! I’m a nut if you were a nut you whould be afraid of squrrel’s too!

Angel says:

December 28, 2006, 2:08 pm

I’ve seen that house. I used to live a few blocks away from it. (Strangely enough, the house I lived in at that time was haunted as well.) My brother told me the story, but I never saw it actually burn. I did see what I thought was a ghost woman looking out of one of the windows, though.

tom says:

December 29, 2006, 1:27 am

Ok angle you know where it’s at could you let the rest of us know?

Sheri says:

January 6, 2007, 4:16 am

Hello all. Well, as for the Des Moines house bursting into flames… I have no clue. It sounds like urban legend to me. Seems like someone is having to much fun with the story and lights the place up. Anyhow, I do however know about the Villisca House. I live only 30 minutes from there in sw Iowa. The murders occurred on June 10, 1912. Yes, the entire J.B. Moore family and two other children were murdered. Joe (Josiah), Sarah, Herman, Katherine, Boyd and Paul Moore. Also, Lena and Ina Stillinger were children staying overnight with the family. I believe all of those mentioned are buried in the Villisca cemetary. I do know for sure that the Stillinger sisters are buried side by side there. The house does offer tours given by the current owner Darwin Linn of Villisca, who renovated the home to the state inwhich it was in in 1912. He can also tell you many first-hand stories as well as those told by others. There is also a book out that people can buy and I know a small movie company out of Atlantic, Iowa has also made a documentary type movie that was shown at our local theater. There are also many, many, many websites that speak of this event.

Jamie says:

January 12, 2007, 4:47 am

This place doesn’t exist. I live in Des Moines, have my whole life, and have never even heard of it.

Amber says:

January 12, 2007, 10:58 pm

If this is suppose to be true, e-mail me with the address cause I want to take a drive and check it out for myself. If there is anyone else that has received this address please let me know.

timbo says:

January 13, 2007, 1:30 am

I’ve lived in Des Moines my whole life and never heard of this place.But that doesent mean it don’t exist.

Susan says:

January 18, 2007, 8:23 pm

burst into flames! and not hurt you…! kinda weird tho

Loala says:

January 21, 2007, 1:08 pm

Only hit the punctuation buttons once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please and thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

babmbi says:

January 22, 2007, 1:28 am

just because some of you people never heard of it does not mean that it does not exsit!! duh

Alexis says:

January 30, 2007, 11:15 pm

Anybody ever heard of hookers farm? It’s east of creston a few miles. (in the country) I’ve never been there yet but i want to! My brother in-law’s dad went there one time when he was younger and he said that somebody came out after them with a gun!

Bill Joeckel says:

February 21, 2007, 2:38 pm

I’m a lead investigator for a paranormal research group called OSPRI which is based in Olathe Kansas. I’ve been on several investigations both of private and public places. When I’ve been on these investigations you always go into with a skeptical mind. I’ve been to houses in which people claim to hear voices and things get moved around. Then when you start to look around the house you find pot seeds in the ash tray or bongs laying out. I’ve also been to houses were people claim to see ghosts but after closer inspection of the house I found a flue off the hot water tank and Carbon Dioxide was leaking into the house. This is orderless and can cause people to see things and even death. But I have been on a few that can’t be explained away. Such as taking a photo of a empty closet and after reviewing the picture I caught two what appear two children coming out the closet in this orange mist that were not there. Then when investigating a bar were two people had died I caught the image of a old man coming out of the wall.
Then also countless Evp’s of any of you even need help don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me.


Bill Joeckel

Lead Investigator
913 375 7691

katie says:

March 20, 2007, 12:30 pm

can you spend the night there?

Brian Richardson says:

April 3, 2007, 1:15 am

I am not affraid of no ghost so tell me where it is. I see everyone else ask the same thing so is this real or not? I can tell you Real haunted house from New Jersey when I lived there.

Brian Richardson says:

April 3, 2007, 1:17 am

My email is or so if you can, please let me know how to get there. Thanks!!!

Jacquelyn Brown says:

August 6, 2007, 1:12 am

I wish those ghost would push me! I’ll tell them to **** off!

WitchyWitch says:

August 11, 2007, 1:52 am

hello every one the supernatural accurance of a house catching on fire is verry true…i have heard of it from some verry good friends of mine i live in des moines thow i have never visited the house my selfe or seen it a group i reside in has visited this house

Justina Conner says:

August 22, 2007, 1:28 pm

I would love to go to this house but I need to know where it is located in Des Moines? Could someone send me and email if they know there where abouts of this place. CAN’T WAIT! Only email if u know the CORRECT ADDRESS!!

Ryan says:

August 28, 2007, 4:58 pm

The bridge in Viola is a Lie. Went there countless times at night on roadtrips. I sat there for over 10 mins and nothing happened. I wanted to see some ghosts push my 8000lb truck across the bridge…Nothing, the only handprints we’re from me opening and closing the tailgate so I could feed our cows earlier in the day…….BS

Lupe says:

September 5, 2007, 7:39 pm

i would like to have the adress to this house i love hunted houses so please seand the adress cordova_lupe please

julie says:

September 20, 2007, 4:24 pm

Where is the bridge in Viola located. I live just 12 miles from there I even went to grade school there and I have never heard of this.

Marty says:

September 22, 2007, 4:17 pm

where is this house located? I would like to go see it on halloween! Anyone want to come?

kelsie says:

September 30, 2007, 11:49 pm

OMG! i’ve lived in des moines all my life and never heard of this house at all and if there’s a house like that in des moines i’m sure everyonewould know where it is. i have been to the house of seven laders on the south side but all it is is a run down place trashed by lincoln kids. there is a pretty freaky place out by saylorville lake and also outside of west des moines kinda by the mini golf course on racoon river rd or whatever it’s called

Gina Christensen says:

October 2, 2007, 2:23 pm

As far as the address of said house, I do not know. I think this was a rental property a few blocks away frm St John’s Catholic Church and around the corner was a 7 Eleven. The reason I think this is because when I was about 7 we lived in a big three story house with double dorm windows on the third floor in the center of the block. I went to St John’s as did my siblings. When we moved into downtown DM (my dad who was a truck driver could not afford much and there were 5 children plus him and his wife) The house was grand in every respect a big 3 level floor plan with the oak staircase that zigzagged back and forth. Several things happened in this house. The first happened about a month after we moved in. My dad was standing at the bottom of the steps ( yelling a my brother) and his big craftsman rollaway tool chest just started down the steps on it’s own. It was on the 2nd floor landing to be out of the view from would be theifs. My dad barely got out of the way. He suffered a concussion.
The second incident happened 3 months after we moved in. My oldest sister and I shared a bedroom, in the middle of the night I awoke and glanced over at her bed, I remember seeing a glow around her bed and the indentation of someone sitting on her bed. I screamed and my step mother came rushing in and turned on the light, it was gone. I had to sleep with a night light for many years after this.
The third incident was more hurtful than any other and caused us to move immediately. My brother had the third floor all to himself and it was spring time, He decided to open the dormer windows to let in some fresh air and as he was doing so, he says he felt a chill and was rethinking the opening of the windows, when something pushed him out the window. Thankfully he landed on the overhang of the poarch, he had 3 broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder along with countless brusies and cuts. My dad said THat’s it we are moving. Many years later, when I was 20 or so my dad told me that he researched the history of the house and a little girl died on the third story in the 1900’s in a fire. So that is why the house you all speak of is the one I think I lived in when I was a girl. So the location would be approx 6 blocks awy from St John’s Cathedrel in Downtown DM. I have never even driven by the house since we lived there but I remember it as if it were yesterday.

Mark says:

October 6, 2007, 12:04 am

I have been in a house on the north side of DM,and as i was sleeping in the front room of this place,when I woke up after hearing footsteps on the front porch,went to look out the window ,not seeing anything i was puzzeled,when i felt what i thought was my nephew walk up beside me and ask what i was looking at?not looking yet- i started to answer when i turned to look at him, there was nothing there,I got my gun and went looking through all of the house there was nobody to be found,my nephew was asleep in his room,it was strange

Ian Oliver says:

October 12, 2007, 12:11 am

That house is Hunted by freind Jason (RealEstate) that house is Hunted where, when and address and I will see if it is still hunted

Ian Oliver says:

October 12, 2007, 12:13 am

That house is Hunted when and address and I will see it myself

Steve Jones says:

October 13, 2007, 4:33 pm

I have lived in Des Moines for 58 years, and NO ONE in this city that I know of, and I know a LOT of people in this city, have EVER heard of this house. It does NOT exist , and HAS NEVER existed. More ignorant stories put out by ignorant people. The “house of ladders” really DID exist. It was NOT haunted or anything of the kind. It was on County line road on the southeast corner of County line an Fleur Drive. They were dirt roads at the time. The elderly gentleman and his family who lived there had a small home repair business, and he would just lay his ladders up against the side of the house until they were needed. Nothing “haunted ” or scary about the place. I am still surprised about how these persistent and false stories abound around here. There is NOT or has NEVER been one single piece of fact or proof other than “my cousin’s sister’s boyfriend heard it from his great grandfather. Come on, be real here.

ben says:

October 16, 2007, 3:37 am

Theres a haunted house out in the woods in Des Moines which is apparently haunted, not sure where n **** coz i lik in Australia. but it is in the slipknot video clip for “Left Behind” this is an actual haunted house in the video.

Sarah says:

October 16, 2007, 5:06 pm

I have read about that house with spontaneous fires. It’s located on Grand Ave near the Salsbury house? If you kids are interested in all this stuff, when I was younger I read a book called the “National Haunted Directory” or something of that sort. I don’t know where it is at now , but it’s worth looking up. It pretty much answers all the questions I’ve seen posted here.

Patti says:

October 18, 2007, 10:00 pm

I have lived in Des Moines all of my life and have never heard about a haunted house associated with fires. I have read a lot of books about hauntings in the area and that one does not ring a bell, but that don’t mean anything. My house could be haunted, and was investigated by D.I.E.P.A.R.T, you can read about it if you can find their website, and look up Water House. We had a lot of activity involving water for about six months and then it quit. My youngest son who has shown signs of being able to see and hear the dead, claims to hear voices on a weekly basis. This started at the age of 15 months and he is now almost 14 years old. In his early years he often gave descriptions of his ‘dead people’, and 99% of the time he described my brother and sister-in-law who died in an auto accident 9 years before my son was born, and he never knew them. The other 1% of the time he described an aunt who passed of cancer when he was 6 months old. When he was 6 he found a picture of my brother stashed in an old book, he brought it to me and told me that the man in the picture was the “ghost who loved me”, I asked him how he knew that, and his reply was “Because he told me”.

I believe every wood, and wish I could see and hear what he does.

Katie says:

October 18, 2007, 11:45 pm

Why are people asking “where is this place?” If you would take the time to read you would clearly notice it’s location is listed right under the title.

Anyway, of course a house that was burned down years ago is still going to contain “strange odors.”

jeff h says:

October 21, 2007, 10:18 pm

BARBARA PADILLA …….. what is the address to the house in boone? I live in boone and would like to see which house you are talking about..

Patti says:

October 21, 2007, 10:52 pm


Krystal says:

October 23, 2007, 12:36 pm

I would like to tell you guys and gals that you should really do your research before you speak on such things.

There are two black angels in Iowa.

One in Iowa City, and One in Counsil Bluffs.

My great great aunt Teresa is the one who bought the Black Angel in Iowa City. I would like to say right now that our family is not evil and we are not witches as several stories lead.

The reason for the Angels wings and face looking down is because she is there to protect her loved ones. You can tell that she is looking down to PROTECT them!

jojo says:

October 24, 2007, 10:43 pm

I have been to the Black Angel in Iowa City. Angel of protection or not, it was creeeepy. There are also several other haunted places in central Iowa. There are several in a book called the Haunted Heartland. I have been to Oswalt bridge between Colfax and Mitchellville. It is said to be the site of several satanic activities in the past. It was actually discussed in a sociology book I had in college. Although I have never encountered anything there, a high school friend camped out and woke up with a pentagram drawn around her.

lisa says:

October 26, 2007, 6:33 pm

Just a couple of weeks ago me and a couple of friends went out to level b roads.Although we’re from the DMI we ended up in Carlise and Indianola that day.We decided to go drive on the level b roads but they were wet so we went on a different route.We ended up finding a rusty looking bridge in Indianola and since it was around 6:00 it was a little dark outside but we went on and halfway through the bridge a guy ran by our truck and so we didnt see him get up fyi we got out of the car no one was there.we were freaked we got in the truck locked our doors and got the **** of that bridge.As we drove on dirt roads that no one knew lead to.We saw child once we went by the bridge again, but this time they were on the rails of the bridge there were at least four of them.They looked back at us and smiled.We got out of the car to try and stop the children from ending their lives.but once we were all out of the truck and the last door was shut the children looked back one last time and jumped of the bridge.As for looking down no one ended up in the little creek that was down below.Maybe that bridge was the one I have heard of so much in ghost stories we told all the time but know I know this bridge is no longer just a story it’s as ****ing real as it gets out there.

abbigail says:

October 26, 2007, 6:48 pm

Lisa I have also experienced something similar on a bridge like that in the middle of nowhere of Indianola.Everything except the guy running in front of our car.The day it happened was late October last year but along with the children we got a women dressed in a church dress but she looked demonted.She looked at us and said “If you know whats good for you you shall turn around and never come on this bridge ever.”she said it with the coldest look on her face.She turned and motioned to something we couldn’t see behind the trees and many children came and started rocking our car.My friend Jennifer decided to honk the horn and the children and woman fled.We drove over the bridge again a week later and my friends and I saw the women again strangly the woman saw us and waved.I look forward to going up there this weekend late at night to see if she remains there.Maybe if you guys go up there and explore this weekend maybe talk to locals and ask questions you may find answers and also you’ll find me also looking for answers.

driver says:

October 27, 2007, 7:05 am

There is an old bridge where a single mom woke up to find her frozen baby in the water and was found reatching out to her, both dead.three days after a ice storm.
You can often her whimpering there and crying,its right in betwenn des moines and some little city , you can see the city on the way there down a dirt road to you right.Im not sure whats on the other side of the bridge, it creepy though. The death was in the last 10 years.
Also: anyone know anything about the recently torn down insane asylum “storey county care facility”?. that was a creepy place. complete with a grave yard and a shooting range attached. you could sneak in through the basment. the attic allways smelled sweet.i tryed to head out the and the whole massive (three to four footballs feilds sized) building was gone.

driver says:

October 27, 2007, 7:20 am

also, the house i grew up in always has a ghostly sleeper. it snores! thats it, i mean some serious snoring though.we just used to hush would stop.
there was also the regular stuff with t.v.’s turning on and things. i saw a really freaky TALL black shadow on differnt occasions just standing there, i would just go back to my room, really freaked out but safe.
a friend that lived in the house where his uncle killed himself still has the partial rope hanging. it would swing somtimes there was angry noises and banging often.
DesMoines is a haunted place,people just dont talk about it.
anyone remember when that lady got burned under 6th ave. bridge? go under there. that gota be haunted.i can name a dozzen creepy spots but most of them are privetly owned and i sneak in to them or otherwise “no zones” and i dont want other people there but more people have to know pleny, i have seen people at some of them.

driver says:

October 27, 2007, 7:27 am

House of fire? I drive up and down hickman 5-9 times a night for work.I work 7pm-4am 6 days a wekk for 5, thats b.s.

Casey says:

October 29, 2007, 12:36 am

The House of Ladders WAS located just east of the intersection of Fleur Dr and County Line Rd. This used to be a dirt road just south of the Memorial Gardens Cemetary off Fleur Dr. I am 51 years old and heard the story from my older sister. It had nothing to do with arsonists or spontanious combustion. The story was that there was an old man that lived in the house and his wife had run off to meet her lover by sneaking out an upstairs window and climning down a ladder. She never actually left because she fell to her death. He left the ladders up on the house in hopes that she would return to him by climbing up one of the ladders.
I went there once when I was about 16 with some friends. We pulled in the drive of the old two story farm house and the farmer came out with a shot gun. We left fast. I never went back. I imagine it was just some old man living there and he was sick of all of us kids coming around to look at the house all hours of the day and night. Strange thing about the story is that none of the ladders were actually up against the windows, they were just leaning up against the house and it would have been very difficult to reach a window by climbing any of the ladders. His house was also about 5 different colors and looked as if he was just painting with all different colors of paint. It was an old run down farm house and the fact that it was by a cemetary made for a good story. The house has been gone for years, the bypass is there now.
I like a good ghost story as well as the next person.
But until I actually see one its just in fun.

Michael L. Shediwy, Des Moines, Iowa says:

October 29, 2007, 8:25 am

I lived in Des Moines from 1065 till 2002, and my family had been their for a hunfred years, and this story is a bunch of Bullshit! It does not exist except in someones imagination.

Patti says:

October 29, 2007, 10:19 pm

Well, I may have been wrong. My husband has heard of the house and knows which it house it is because he used to deliver mail to it. But he does not remember the house number. I will see if he will show it to me the next time we go for a drive, and then I will give the address.

driver says:

November 1, 2007, 6:50 am

whow, jeez your just wayyyyy to into this Michael L. Shediwy.

shirley says:

November 2, 2007, 11:54 am

Does anyone know anymore on the Matsells bridge in Viola IA. Seems like a hoax to me.

greg says:

November 6, 2007, 5:33 pm

I live in des moines and have heard stories from my grandpa of a couple of things that have happened to him here but never of this silly story, this house doesn’t exist

heather says:

November 8, 2007, 6:25 pm

the house of seven ladders is true me and couple of friends just went there last night and then decided to research it and found this site. the house isnt there any more but the barn is and there are 3 to 4 cars and a camper that are just sitting there and it is to be suspected that they move so we are goin to go back tonight and see if they did but when we were there last night we did see some weird things and hear weird things and we have it on voice recorder and we played it back when we got in the car and we can hear music that we could not hear when we were walking and when we were standing still we could hear someone walking around us in the woods and there was no one else there this place is very real and if you guys are up for a real scaring the place is located on the gravel road on the left side of skate south go all the way down the gravel road and it is at the end on the right side it is in the woods there is a house on the left side though that ppl live in but i think they are used to people going there so i dont think they care make sure you take a flash light and a cross and whatever you do dont go in the ****** barn….we also have pictured that we took last night that show alot of creepy things in them but we had just put new batteries in the camera while we were standing back there by the barn and we got 4 pictures and right when we were goin to take a pic of the entrance of the barn the camera died….so if you go in pray to ****** god that you come out

Bonnie says:

November 13, 2007, 11:36 am

I have never heard of the burning house either.
But have been to the House of Ladders many times.
What happened to the story about the girlscout selling cookies there and never returned …and then his wife died and he put the ladders up so when she returned from the deaed she could get in.(funny how the tales change in the years)
This was back in the late 60’s when my friends and I would go ..We also were shot at.
Woodland Cemetary is another place that’s haunted.And has the Colins Family from Dark Shadows buried there..has anyone else seen the graves?
I love to Haunt.

Bonnie says:

November 13, 2007, 11:39 am

*spell corretion*
deaed suppose to be dead
thank you

Bonnie says:

November 13, 2007, 4:27 pm

Collins not Colins

TIMBO says:

November 14, 2007, 1:27 am


WLC JR says:

November 16, 2007, 12:01 am


KEVIN says:

November 17, 2007, 8:46 pm


Iowan says:

November 22, 2007, 10:11 pm

The Matsellâ??s Bridge experience is not a hoax. I tried it this evening when a friend told me about it. I tried it from both directions. The first time, I was facing North, and was just barely on the bridge. I put the car in neutral and turned the vehicle off. The car was still for approximately 20 seconds and then moved 10-12 feet and stopped. I then repeated this test approaching the bridge facing South. I was willing to discredit it to the grade or other factors on the bridge, but I did note that the tires were rolling and not sliding. The second time, I pulled further onto the bridge and again put the car in neutral. This time also, the car was perfectly still for approximately 20 seconds and then the car began to slowly roll forward. It “felt” like an external force was pushing the car and was not rolling due to the grade of the surface. The car travelled approximately 20-25 feet and then stopped. There is very little grade to the bridge that I could note and it is relatively flat by visual observation. Experiments on slight grades did NOT exhibit the same effect as what was experienced on the bridge. Experiments of having someone push the car did result in the same sensation I perceived while sitting on the bridge with the car in neutral and no visible force pushing the car. I did not hear voices and did not see any handprints on the exterior surfaces of the vehicle. However, I did not read about the baby powder until I did some research on this website. I will try this again tomorrow evening and use baby powder.

Iowan says:

November 24, 2007, 7:38 pm

experiment repeated with same results. brought two additional witnesses and took photos. A transparent child’s face can be seen in one photograph. I was neutral about this but now think there really is something to the bridge. Very little that I can find for the history. If there is someone that does paranormal investigations, please contact me, I will share my information.

Chris says:

November 26, 2007, 9:10 pm

I have a team of investigators who will check this out but we need an address and would love to have any info on this story from Iowan…e-mail us at I will get back to you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Chris says:

November 26, 2007, 10:36 pm

For paranormal help visit
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Bonnie says:

November 29, 2007, 5:23 pm

No I never saw the Hand Timbo..or just don’t remember as I was like 10 when I was there;)
Oh and WLC JR ,I know Dark Shadows was a show and the Collins Family is on it….I never said I believed it was really them.
But none the less it is still there.Or was there in the early 60’s.
I also saw Santa and his reindeers fly off my uncles roof…there’s reality for ya;)

I also remember hearing my older siblings use you to go ,I think it was near Indianola,was a Swinging Bridge..I can’t remember the “tale” behind it tho..does anyone else know?

Chris says:

November 29, 2007, 7:30 pm

Please someone tell me where this is and my team will investigate it then post findings here. E-mail me and tell me what you know about this. Thanks

timbo says:

November 30, 2007, 11:08 am


Bonnie says:

November 30, 2007, 8:53 pm

Timbo…Too Funny~! I thought you might be..but I was’nt sure!!!!So I played along!!
I don’t remember a hand in Dark Shadows..But I do remember the one from The Addams Family teehee:)
I work at a Haunted House in Donahue,Iowa…I swear it is the scariest if anyone enjoys a good scare .Come visit us.We have a website also
…come visit and say Hello on our message board!

Bonnie says:

November 30, 2007, 8:56 pm

Oh and I am Hagalicious there:)

boobie says:

December 9, 2007, 5:28 pm

ooh, This is soooo scary. To bad my house is scarier than that.haha haha haha. this story is sooooo lame. haha haha haha


mt says:

December 13, 2007, 4:58 pm

Ya i went to that site and it really happened to me it was freakin awesome and the fire actually happened and all that happend to me was that i god “spooked if you want to call it that.

H.Rose says:

January 10, 2008, 6:21 pm

I have been to this house, it was about 10 years ago. I do not remember how to get there. A friend took me there all I remember is that it was at the end of a gravel road on the south side. I did not want to go inside of the house there were very intense bad felling that overwhelmed me as soon as got out of the car. I told my friend that I wanted to leave asap. As we were leaving(and yes I know how crazy this is going to sound) we were telling my friend that took us there that she had made the whole story up in hopes of freaking us out. As soon as we said that flames burst up from the road on both sides of us then we heard a blood curdling scream that seemed like it was inside of the car. I have never been so scared in my life. This place is very real. Don’t know if the back storie about the house that I heard is true or not but it is interesting…I man and his family lived there and he also had another family in another state, he became so ridled with guilt that he killed both families and himself. Then set the house on fire. Supposedly a few contractors tried to renovate the house after the fire so that the property could be sold but everytime they put up new drywall or stairs, etc it would catch on fire. None of the contactors were hurt but none of them wanted to work on the house again. Like I said don’t know if the back storie is true or not but I know what I saw and it was real!

Timmy says:

January 17, 2008, 3:50 am

the marbury house in des moines is so much cooler than this. this site needs to put up the marbury house. that place is scary.

Jenn says:

January 18, 2008, 1:51 pm

Actually the black is in Iowa City i’ve freakin been there and it’s in Oakland frickin cemetery!

autumn says:

January 18, 2008, 3:14 pm

I believe the story is true i’m a member of Dickson County Ghost Hunters and we’ve been on a lot of hunts so when u become a real hunter and witness stuff happen dont call these stories dumb.

nunofurbisness says:

February 15, 2008, 8:27 pm

yo thats sounds so freakin cool i live near des moines i will like to go there but if its fake thats ur life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dani says:

February 27, 2008, 4:12 pm

hey can anyone help me find somewhere haunted to go over spring break.. please send me a email with any good places around minnesota thanks

Josie says:

April 12, 2008, 1:29 pm

What the ****!? Where is this house located? Also, I don’t really believe it well i kinda do but not a lot.

Tim says:

April 14, 2008, 4:09 pm

Yo whoever the f*** came up with this better give the address. This is not funny and I want to go check it out. Let me know the address.

timmy says:

April 28, 2008, 5:59 pm

guys, if you want a really scary house, check out the marbury house. it’s in des moines. really scary.

Markus Nardy says:

April 28, 2008, 6:05 pm

I’ve heard of the Marbury House, too. That place is scary. My brother in law drove past there one night and said that he could see a figure in the front window. And the scary part…… no one has lived in that house 40 years!!!

Tyler says:

May 1, 2008, 2:20 am

Can someone please e-mail me the information on this house? Where is it located, and when most of the events occur. Thanks

Tyler says:

May 1, 2008, 2:21 am

Sorry, forgot the e-mail :S

anthony lewis says:

May 14, 2008, 7:53 pm

i would like to explore this into the paranormal and i would like to investigate this house.i was wondering if you could give me the location of the house.

anthony lewis

angelbaby says:

June 17, 2008, 1:47 am

i would like to know about cry baby bridge in ottumwa iowa i have found three differnt stories about it on the internet and me and my roommates would like to visit it we went to mars hill in ottumwa iowa and all anyone can tell us is that is is out near there some where if anyof you have another story about it or a location please get a hold of me at thank you

angelbaby says:

June 17, 2008, 1:52 am

me and my roomates went out to mars hill ottumwa iowa and heard another story about a cry baby bridge around the same area so i looked it up on the internet and founf three diffrent stories about the same bridge here in ottumwa in would like to know if anyone might know where it is located cause we are very interested in this.. if you have any other stories or directions to the one in ottumwa please contact me at thank you

bobbi says:

August 7, 2008, 12:27 am

there is also a haunted cemetary just east of chariton Iowa. This cemetary is called Stoneking it is where joseph stoneking is burried. The road leading to the cemetary has houses and an abandoned school house and it is said that the people living in these houses belong to a cult. There is one house that has a hearse parked outside and me and my friends have actually been chased out by the hearse. This place is truly freaky and I have seen some very strange things there myself. You should go check it out.

yeahw/e says:

August 7, 2008, 4:46 pm

I live in one of those houses you claim the people belong to a cult. HAHA we aren’t part of a cult and you are a chicken. The only reason you were chased off is cause it is private property…..Bobbi you are really full of ****!!! I think you have smoked one too many joints.

jack says:

August 28, 2008, 11:22 pm

hickman house: i can verify this house is haunted my family has owned that house for over 60 years. It is very creepy I hardly ever go other there cuz I’m not close to that family member but when I do I make sure I’m not left alone

jack says:

August 28, 2008, 11:29 pm

I forgot to mention no it does not burst into flames! It caught fire once and no that’s not how the people died!

Brandi says:

September 9, 2008, 10:35 am

The “house of ladders” is off County Line Rd. in southeast Des Moines. You turn south off County Line onto another road. I don’t remember the name for sure (try Southwold Road)and follow it until it dead ends. The house will be on the south side of the street. About 10 years ago, a group of friends and I drove past the house at night out of curiosity. After we turned around and were getting ready to drive away, we all heard the same ethereal scream. Of course, after we all confirmed each other had “heard it,” we began blurting our accounts of what it sounded like. We all had the same description: a piercing shriek that sounded as if came from inside our ears and was contained inside the vehicle. The radio had been turned down to barely audible. The driver even scanned back through the previous few CD tracks to see if there were any such noises on the disc. It was late, so there was no one outside in the area, and the surrounding residences were farm homes. They were widely spaced since the area toes the line of rural. I am not easily convinced of supernatural activity, and I’m a rational, educated individual. But to this day I will not back down from my assertion that the scream was paranormal. I haven’t been back there since, so I’m not sure if the house still exists. Happy hunting!

robert says:

September 9, 2008, 1:20 pm

House of seven ladders…..this place we have investigated one night and had some good evps on this place evp that was recorded was a response to my question asking is this a good night to be out here and who is out here? I got a resonse and the recorder” Tonight is a good night” and the word night was strectched out

robert says:

September 9, 2008, 1:22 pm

Also does anyone know any good sites that would be good to investigate..We are a team of paranormal researchers here in Des Moines, Iowa..we have had some good hot spots lately and doing another one this weekend..

Clay says:

September 22, 2008, 3:26 pm

If anybody wants to come and check out mars hill and crybaby bridge let me know me and some buddies usually go on haunt trips to see if we can find anything. I have been in the mars hill church at just a shade past midnight and something is definitly going on in that place. We are thinking of playing wigi board lol anyone brave enough to come play? My email is if any one wants to check it out sometime let me know.

Sarah says:

September 27, 2008, 4:30 pm

I would really like to know where this place is and get some more info please. My friends and I are wanting to travel all over Iowa to see places that are haunted.

Shas says:

September 29, 2008, 1:42 pm

For a pretty good list w/directions of haunted places to go in IA & IL check out The DJ’s post a list along with directions.

Ace Ethridge says:

October 20, 2008, 10:11 pm

where is this haunted house at and when is it open for peole to go

Dee Dee says:

October 23, 2008, 12:45 pm

There was a place located on Grand Ave. in Des Moines…a large white house about 3 or 4 stories high. This place use to be a hair salon on the lower level then it turned into a clothing store called Phase I. Not sure what it is now because I moved out of state about 15 years ago……anyway, when it was a salon it is said that the owner would hear moving furniture and people walking around upstairs after hours when nobody was there except the owner of the salon. One night the owner left and when he came back in the morning all the chairs and most of the furniture had been rearranged and stacked up on each other. Weird. If anyone knows what this place is now I would like to know.

Rachel says:

October 28, 2008, 4:26 pm

The Hickman House is real…. and no…. you can’t have the address. It does not burst into flames, but there is smell of smoke, and the smell is almost constant. The house is haunted, but simply because it is so old. The house is on the American Historical Landmark registry and is about a block off Arlington Rd. where Hickman Rd. begins. The family that lives there does not want people coming there to investigate. They have had our group there and they said that was enough. That was 8 years ago, and to my knowledge, they have not invited another group back. We did get a lot of unexplainable evps and photographs of orbs and lights. The family has had this house in the family for many, many years and they say they are used to the activity, but sometimes do still get a little spooked. Anyone that has been there will tell you that the families request of “Don’t tell anyone about this house” means do not give out the address because of the number of people that have actually tried to break into the home. Respect their wishes and leave it alone. But yes….. the house is REAL! The stories are just exaggerated.

jack says:

October 30, 2008, 12:53 am

rachel-I’m afraid you were prob just smelling the owners cig smoke…..I have never smelled smoke and I’m there all the time. There has been some pretty weird events happen there though. What group are you with?

Sydney says:

October 30, 2008, 9:17 pm

I live in a small town in Iowa where a man killed his wife by smashing her head repeatedly with a hammer. Many people said that it was haunted. People said that you could walk by the house on the sidewalk and sometimes hear the screaming and groaning coming from the house, even though it was vacant. Finally, the house was actually tooken down.

mike says:

January 14, 2009, 8:15 pm

i think its a load of ****. i have a parnormal group. so why haven’t i heard about it. why not give the location

Shawn says:

February 11, 2009, 4:16 am

I have been in the house on 3 occasions. The last being around 2002. At that time only one woman resided their with her pets. Although she was talking about moving. I experienced a few things. Cold rooms, ceiling fan turned on by itself, cats rubbing up against legs that werent visible, loud bangs coming from upstairs, footsteps. I had some really good infa-red shots on my second visit, but they mysteriously vanished. Out of respect for what I assume is still the owner, I will not give out any information as she was very generous with me and my family. The last info that I heard from the house, was that a statue was stolen from the front yard, and a sign was put out as a warning, and the statue was returned shortly thereafter. But I cannot verify this.

Paul says:

July 12, 2009, 10:27 am

everyone has got to go to MATSELL BRIDGE! it was the scariest thing in my life. it is near viola iowa and its kinda hard to find but totally worth it. we got there and we had the windows just opened a crack. we stoped on the bridge put it in nuetral, turned off the car and the lights. as soon as we did we heard footsteps on the gravel behind us. my friend looked but no one was there. a few seconds later our car began to move. and it didnt just roll like it was on a slope. it felt like a push and then another push. then there was a big gust of wind and after that if sounded like someone was breathing heavily into the passenger side of the car. we were only able to do it once because as we got to the other side of the bridge we saw headlights so we took off. the car kept following us and it turned out to be the DNR. so just a warning to anyone who goes, the DNR out there are a bit paranoid ha ha. it was just like in the scary movies where there is the one cop that is always like “theres nothing to see here! its all lies!” but it is totally worth it. i swear on my life that that is exactly what happened. a few friends of mine went a few days later and they put baby powder on the back of their car and sure enough they had hand prints on it. creepiest thing in the world. you have to check it out.

Katlyn says:

July 30, 2009, 4:32 pm

Has anyone heard of Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, IA? Anyone heard it’s haunted? I’ve heard so many stories cause my mom works there on the 2nd floor and she’s seen an apparition of a lady in black and the janitor cleans the 2nd floor every night says he’s been touched, seen things, felt things… it just gets better and better.

Alexandra says:

August 19, 2009, 9:47 pm

where is this house?
Street address please. :)

D-Port Paranormal says:

September 12, 2009, 8:21 pm

I was wondering if anyone could give more info on the Old Train Station in West Liberty, Iowa. Someone earlier posted that it’s next to “West Liberty Foods Factory”. Where is this Foods Factory or better yet, where exactly is the Old Train Station?

Matt Vieth says:

October 26, 2009, 3:43 pm

where is this house located.. i do this type of thing for my job if any one has any info on where this house is please let me know.. call me at 641-483-2184 or email me

nicole hanson says:

October 30, 2009, 2:19 am

The house that’s haunted in Vilsillica Iowa is true and it is very haunted, I have been there and you do feel some type of presents there.Also the cemetary in Clarion, Iowa is haunted, as well. Mapquest for directions to the cemetary in Clarion Iowa and for the house in Vilsilica Iowa

goodolsami says:

November 1, 2009, 9:31 pm

I’ve been to the house.. Or at least people say it is the house but I’ve been there with different groups of friends so it sounds legit. Its by Skate South. If you pass Skate South going West, take your first right (it’s been a while, so I’ll do my best). After you take your first right take your first left and go down the road. There should be small houses on both sides of the road. Keep going down that road all the way (only about a mile, if that) til you reach the end. Its the house on the Right (north), its about 2-3 stories and is big and if I remember right, its more of a stone grey color.

robert says:

November 28, 2009, 6:06 pm

the scariest thing in iowa is in the name itself/
its even on their licence plates! IOWA
have you ever seen one?

Kelly says:

December 13, 2009, 5:41 pm

Adress please! and if you guys want a web sight of so called haunted places go to this websight

Jolene says:

January 13, 2010, 9:20 pm

this house was featured in juice for halloween unfortunaly its not a house that you can visit and walk through the present owners supposible wont allow it they have to continue to repair the one room that goes up in flames every anniversary i guess no one has proved if its real or not!

Austin says:

February 1, 2010, 9:36 pm

Yesterday me and my friends went to the 13 steps cemetary and the anamosa cemetary and matsels bridge and at the bridge we shut our car off and sat there in neutral for about 5 minutes and were about to leave when my friend rolled down his window and said were out of gas we need help across the bridge at that very momment we started moving backwards and then slowed down then we said alright a little bit more at that moment we rolled backwards at a very good pace my friend got scared and started the car and put it in first and pined it we pulled over up the road and there were hand and finger prints across the hood and front bumper.

Sandy says:

February 10, 2010, 10:15 pm

Anyone wanting real info about villisa, IA, contact me via facebook under Sandy Kluth. I’ve stayed the night there and have some credible info to share.

Sandy says:

February 10, 2010, 10:23 pm

Austin==please contact me on facebook. I’d like to chat w/ you about Matsel’s bridge and 13 steps cemetery. Been to the cemetery and going to the bridge tomorrow. I’m under sandy kluth.

Shannon says:

June 7, 2010, 10:32 pm

If its the one that WAS on se 14th, that one was very creepy. It had a room, that had no door to it. You could see it from where the fire burned through the wall!

Kimberly says:

July 15, 2010, 10:21 am

I’ve been in the house as well many times and yes it is very haunted. I saw and experienced many things. From bieng pushed to seeing things fly out of cabinets to footsteps and locked doors bieng swung open also the smell of fire and smoke and also the documented photo.The last time I was there I vowed to never go in again. The house is on Hickman Rd, but I won’t divulge the address either as no one wants to be bothered, I was only there as I was friends with the owners son.

SHAWN says:

August 21, 2010, 9:01 pm


haley says:

October 9, 2010, 12:04 pm

valiska did not burest into flames, you idiot.

carrie says:

October 16, 2010, 7:55 pm

I’m looking for a sponsored by JCSect house in our area and came across this page Which is clearly a HOAX.Otherwise why not publish the address.IT’S THE BAIT THAT CATCHES THE FISH

ADAMO says:

December 31, 2010, 3:12 pm

I have heard about the Villisca Axe Murders…..Yes Lena and Ina Stillinger were the two girls slepping over…and JB Moore with his wife and 4 kids were murdered in VILLISCA not DES MOINES

mrs romand says:

March 11, 2011, 4:44 pm

the story is true i read 2 story on it and the story was on the biography channel too.

adam taylor says:

April 10, 2011, 4:41 am

yea it seems everyone wants to experience a haunting. i LIVE in a haunted house in des moines ia. ive bin here for my entire life and to start off NO NOBODY can come just to visit and bother anything or anyone in my place of living. i wouldnt risk my familys health for your entertainment. this isnt a flipn carnival. people if you want to experience stuff like that why dont you invest in some equipment and i guarantee you will find something in YOUR OWN place of residence, but fair warning you may not like what you find and they may not like you intruding because after all its them who control things not you. you have to learn to share your home just as if you had to share it with a roommate.

been2villisca says:

July 12, 2011, 1:56 pm

OKAY-Mark. The Mark that claims this house is in Villisca. Please do not post things that you are not certain about. There is a house in Villisca, IA that is haunted but it was not set on fire and does not burst into flame, also 8 people were murdered there-not 6. Completely different house, completely different story. In 1914, a family of 6 and the 2 neighbor girls that were spending the night, returned home from church activities and went to sleep. After the family was sleeping, the person hiding in their attic came out and brutally axed them all. This house is haunted, I’ve been there. Yes you can go to it for a price, but it’s worth it. Also-you don’t have to spend the money to spend the entire night-you can pay a minimal fee and spend an hour or two inside alone or with your friends. If you go at night bring flash lights as there is no electricity. Don’t forget your tape recorder, camera, video camera, and your big girl/boy panties :)

been2villisca says:

July 12, 2011, 2:15 pm

need to revise a typo- it was 1912 not 1914

paradocs says:

August 30, 2011, 5:12 pm

if anyone can confirm that this story is true, email me at where is the house and who is the contact person to get into this house for an investigation? If anyone wants an investigation conducted within 100 miles of ames-des moines, contact us.

Rural Iowa Paranormal says:

November 15, 2011, 2:24 pm

If people are currently reside in homes that have unexplained activity/sounds and they do not want “visitors” that is completely understandable. However, for those who do know someone who is losing sleep and experiencing unexplained activity and do want to have it confirmed, please drop us a line at We have an excellent track record of either quieting or compelely eliminating any “unexplained” spirits that may be present. There is a great deal in this world that we do not yet understand. The spirit world and our economic “experts” are just two of them!! HAHA.

Brenda says:

January 13, 2012, 10:03 pm

this is wierd.. please send me an email with the address of this house.. i wanna talk some friends into going there sometime to check this place out.. n today on the bus we were talking about one of my friends house being haunted.. it gave me goosebumps.. but i think it’d be cool to do something like that.

Sherri Granato says:

February 27, 2012, 2:56 pm

I have read about several cases concerning spontaneous combustion and I watched an episode on Unsolved Mysteries. Read about it here:

GREG W. says:

December 2, 2012, 10:23 pm


Rouge says:

September 5, 2013, 12:01 am

If I know correctly, it’s a house that is over on the Eastside.
Perhaps the “Devil’s Playground”? I’ve heard stories of it. But now that I think of it, this isn’t the same house. I’ve never heard of it combusting. But I do know once you step on the grass of the front yard you feel as if someone just sliced through your body. Truth is, there are COUNTLESS number of haunted houses in Des Moines, you jsut have to know where to look. And if you’re psychic (medium, empath, etc.) then it is much easier to find these houses.

Kim says:

December 7, 2013, 10:43 pm

If its the same house I think it is I’ve been there and experienced the ghosts myself 19 yrs ago. Very frightening! It is occupied by the owner. Who last i knew was never going to sell. I had many experiences there as it was my friends home. And it is true about the fires. ISU did a study on the home with pics.

Christy says:

July 15, 2014, 10:45 pm

I would love to know where this is located! I lived in DesMoines all my life and am still residing their at this moment and never herd of it before!

Mary jo says:

August 21, 2014, 10:35 pm

Kim is correct….ISU did do a study on it years ago and was able to identify 6 spirits.
The owner does occupy the house and will never sell…hopefully it will get passed down to family. I will say it is not located on the east side… I will say that I have been in house several times(since I am family) and nothing has ever happened while I was there…even staying 2weeks there..nothing!

DJK says:

September 15, 2015, 3:29 pm

The House of Seven Ladders was on the southside of Des Moines not to far from Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetary. @ County Line Road. It didn’t burst into flames ever. Just some crazy old guy lived there. Kids in the neighboorhood would scare each other with stories and would dare each other to approach it. It was a 60’s and 70’s thing. I think they tore it down for all the new construction in that area.

Janelle says:

August 26, 2016, 1:13 pm

I believe they are talking about a house that used to be on the south side of dsm around county line road somewhere. My friends and I used to call it the house of seven ladders If I remember correctly.

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