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Brainerd, Minnesota

Sometime in the 1800’s two Indians were picking berries near the edge of town, when a group of angry white townspeople found them and dragged them back to the center of town. They were accused of raping and killing a young white girl and they were hanged outside the local tavern. A few years later, a white man confessed to raping and killing the young girl. The tavern still stands in downtown Brainerd and sometimes at night when the bar closes, people have reported hearing the cries of Indian people and the beating of drums.

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Adam says:

October 24, 2005, 1:17 am

Where in Brainerd is this? I’d love to see it.

R. Borg says:

October 31, 2005, 11:30 am

I would also love to know where this is! I’ve lived in Brainerd my whole life but this is the 1st I’ve heard of this story.

My Do says:

November 10, 2005, 1:46 pm

oh my goodness! this is story is a really scary shock to me since I go to Bbrainerd like all the time! how freaky is that? VERY!?!?! well. fron now on i’m goin to try to avoid that place from now on out!!!!

Diana says:

November 30, 2005, 5:57 pm

i think this may be at the Last Turn salon but I’m not positive.

Matthew R. Plague says:

December 27, 2005, 1:52 am

I live in Brainerd and its actually a somewhat quiet community, in exception from Thursday evenings, which I believe is Police saturation night, but thats only what I’ve heard, anyhow, I know where the tavern is, and the woods in the area are eerie, but eerie is really cool, and ghosts can’t hurt you right? I heard that too, I believe in ghosts and spirits, but… once when i was little I thought that I had seen a ghost in my Deerwood home. A couple of days later my tonsils became very swollen and I had to get them removed, is it possible that a lost soul or spirit could have been responsible for something like that?

casie says:

January 3, 2006, 4:04 pm

i have always wanted to vist a hanted place and this sounds like a good one to go to.

sara camille mitchell says:

February 21, 2006, 7:14 pm

that is very cruel it reminds me of the saying dont
judge a book by its cover

brittany says:

February 24, 2006, 3:14 pm

that sounds really spooky

heather says:

February 28, 2006, 11:23 am

i don’t live near there obvioulsy but i would like to visit it if i had a clue as to even what state it is in.

Luke McCapes says:

April 13, 2006, 11:00 pm

This is actually a true story, It was actually published in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch in earlier years about three indian males that were in town, and a person was found killed just on the outskirts of the old Birlington Northern railroad center. They were taken into Brainerd (which is where downtown brainerd is now) and hung in a pine tree that was outside a tavern that was on the corner of front streen and the street that is now 7th street. The actual tavern burned down a few years after that and then moved to a new location…however the name of the tavern stayed the same; The Last Turn Saloon…
You can go to the Brainerd Public library and find the actual Brainerd Dispatch Article in either the microfilm room or in sesquinsenial book of braierd also published by the Braierd Dispatch. (it is a green paperback bound book in the reference section) it has all kinds of articles of brainerd’s history and there is even a picture of the tree and the bar from an old paper article about the hanging.

kiki s says:

April 26, 2006, 7:13 pm

put tobacco by there

Nichole says:

September 21, 2006, 12:05 am

I have heard from numerous bartenders at The Last Turn that the bar is haunted. They’ve told me of weird noises they’ve heard and have seen things fall off of shelves that really aren’t able to fall so easily. One bartender in particular wouldn’t say a whole lot about it but he did say he was scared to be there alone. I’m not sure if this is the bar that is referenced in this story though.

Your Mom says:

October 24, 2006, 6:06 pm

Why were Indians in Minnesota around that time? The British were too busy occupying India.

Um…use politically correct terms.

krissy says:

November 15, 2006, 3:15 am

to the person known as “your mom” you must not be very bright! Indians have been here in Minnesota for a very long time. There are many reservations here but the land here in Minnesota belonged to mostly Indians. I believe this story. There are alot of people who will kill another because of their race or religion.

lazer says:

November 20, 2006, 6:46 am

There is a rail road track near this location. Two Indians were walking near the tracks. One puts his head on the rail track and says “Buffalo come”, the other says “how do you know?” the other one says “sticky ear”.


December 3, 2006, 5:53 pm

Dang this story is really enteresting but i feel sorry for that little girl because i am a little girl myself well i am not that little like 7 or something i am ten. now that has me scared that it might happen to me.

Kelli says:

December 7, 2006, 11:22 am

Ghosts can hurt you, if they want to. Especially when natives are pissed… My uncle’s friend almost died when ghost attacked him in his house on his reservation. He was in the hopital for 2 weeks. I would love to go to Brainerd and found out where this place is. It would be cool if I saw them. My family can see spirits.

Lyndsey says:

December 7, 2006, 11:27 am

Ummm… to your mom…. Native Americans was here before the white people. It was our land before they tricked us and stole it. They gave us alcohol for our land. How stupid can you be if you didn’t know that. Maybe you should go back to school! That mad me very pissed off!

Bri says:

December 12, 2006, 4:10 am

I agree 100% as a fact.F***in white people;~)

Lacey Torres says:

December 20, 2006, 5:45 pm

does anyone know of any haunted locations in fairbault county?

Lacey Torres says:

December 20, 2006, 5:45 pm

haha nice comment bri! lmao

Corissa Hunziker says:

December 27, 2006, 2:23 pm

I’m 15 and I think this is truly amazing. I live in Isanti County in Minnesota and I have been thinking for a while now about getting some people and equipment together and going on a “Ghost Hunt”.

JoAnna says:

January 31, 2007, 9:59 pm

For those of you who want to know where this siting is I can tell you. I use to live in Brainerd and one of my good friends told me this story and when I asked her what Tavern she told me so here is the answer “The Blue OX”

B.S. says:

February 24, 2007, 3:15 pm

OK, YOUR MOM… Indian’s as in Native Americans, not Indians from India!

To those saying white people tricked the Natives and stole their land…whatever! If you want to call peopel dumb, then call the people who traded land for alcohol dumb. HELLO! Not to mention I think the ”white” people have paid for this land over and over. Every reservation I have seen is trashed. I don’t see this land being taken care of very well. But all I hear is “They stole our land so we deserve to live here free, not take care of our land, make our homes look like dumps and laugh our assses off all the way to the bank with our government checks!”

This is just what I see for the majority. Not all Native’s are this way, but it’s the ones that use and abuse that give a bad name. One of my best friends is Native American and he works hard and is ashamed of the way many of his people treat the land they live on.

BOOOYA! The people who have ‘taken’ your land have paid for it over and over and over and over…So quit your bitching and take care of the land you are so upset about losing!

Gary J. says:

March 11, 2007, 2:44 pm

Response to B.S. Does that stand for (Brain’s Small) by chance? The white people never tricked anyone. They lied and broke promises and are still doing it today.There are these things called treaties that were signed way before you fell out of the monkeys butt. If you were to look into the real history of the United States you would see it! P.S learn some grammar B.S

Robyn says:

March 16, 2007, 8:19 pm

There are a few things I would like to point out…

(1) There was never (and never will) be land to own. It was NEVER ours (Native Americans or ‘whites’) to own in the first place, thus no one can “own” it.

(2) sure there may be some bad apples in the Native community, but do you not forget about the bad apples in the white community also? We are all equal, non are better then others. Everyone has a right to be who they are… some just mis-use that right. Like those who are judgemental of people they have NEVER met.

(3) There has been one promise kept by the government… and that is the promise of the reservation… and that in itself is a long shot becasue the reservations given to the individual Nations were and still are getting cut down in size today.

The american public and governments are very biased towards Native peoples and that is a sore spot that needs to be worked on I think…

Now about the haunting. I believe every word of it and yes many “different” people have been killed because of the color of their skin or how they talk.

Tron says:

March 18, 2007, 5:30 pm

This is to B.S. I couldn’t agree with you more. First off if we were like every other civilization we would have killed indians off but we didn’t. We gave indians land, we gave indians money, we gave indians the exclusive right to casinos, and we granted indians sovereignty. So why do I keep hearing them whine? Nobody alive today took any land away from any indians. White people should stop taking responsibility for it because white people today have took nothing from the indians of today.

AMS says:

March 24, 2007, 1:53 pm

If you want to talk about treaties and old laws, wasn’t there something like if you see more than 5 native americans together it was concidered a war path and you could kill them? I thought I heard something to that effect. I may be wrong and if I am I know someone will correct me.

Joie says:

July 29, 2007, 10:18 pm

All I have to say is Bulls*it. Been to the Last Turn many a times and there are absolutely no ghosts in it. However, the apartment above it could be haunted. A kid got shot to death in the apartment a few years ago over a dumb playstation of all things.

SammyWammy says:

July 30, 2007, 4:49 pm

umm yeah this is to ALL the people who are dissing the whites…um yeah just to tell you all…u shouldnt be dissing whites…im a white person…i think the last thing our nation needs is to be separated…okay well its too late for that soo idk w/e …but umm yeah im from Brainerd…and i always wanted to visit a haunted place near me…so ill definatley have to check this place out…i think its terrible that those people murdered those indians..but remember..those people are from back then…this is now…not ALL white people kill…just like not all indians…scalp heads or whatever soo stop dissing the white..its not nice..

kadee says:

August 11, 2007, 2:27 am

I have to agree with some of the point made on the comments. Like how no one can “own” land, very true. I live only 10-20 mins away from a reservation and yes there are bad people who come from there that moved into the town i live in but i also ahve many awsome friends from there. It is just like “white” people as well too. I must say this story creeped me out i dont wanna go to get my surgery now there haha. but heres sumthing to think where NO WHERE does it say that “white blacks mexicans asian indians” or any race, can degrated people for color of skin or for even being fat to skinny to mean or anything we are all gods children he looks at us all the same way..why cant we?

Nichole says:

August 19, 2007, 7:49 pm

To the comment Joie made. Actually, the kid who got shot above a bar was above Tropical Nights, not The Last Turn. And to Joanna, I’ve never heard of The Blue Ox being haunted but the tavern in this story is definitely referencing The Last Turn. It’s a true story and like I said in my first post, I know several people who have and still do bartend there and yes, it is haunted.

Ron says:

September 27, 2007, 10:51 pm

I live in Brainerd and worked at The Last Turn Saloon years ago and do remember strange things going on late at night after closing usually chairs being moved when you leave the room, noises, and an uneasy feeling in the very back away from the business area where the store room was, I always hated to go back there even with someone else you just felt like you were’nt welcome in there. Whether or not this is related ot the story I dont know, never heard it before. There is a story on the back of the menu there that talks about the old location, a hanging tree out front, and one of the last hangs in the town but I dont recall it mentioning indians. If you get a chance to stop in give it a read its very interesting. I do know that the Last Turn is the oldest bar in the city dating back to the 1800’s so to find it haunted would not suprise me a bit. On a side note the original location is only a block from what was the Brainerd National Bank that was robbed by Baby Face Nelson in 1933,

Anna says:

October 22, 2007, 3:35 pm

I cannot believe after all these years, people continue to be so prejudice. I am half white and half Native, and have felt the repercussions of hate from both sides. No matter what happened in the past, the important thing is that we learn from our mistakes and move on. Regardless, we all exist now, all races, and we need to make a better world for our children, so they do not endure the pain and suffering any of our ancestors have.

Cassie says:

October 27, 2007, 2:40 pm

Ive been past this place SO many times with out knowing this story. I live in Brainerd. And i beleive this for sure. Ive heard some storys about it and it kinda freaks me out….:[ haha but its pretty shweet!

Cassie says:

October 27, 2007, 2:42 pm

Ive been past this place SO many times with out knowing this story. I live in Brainerd. And i beleive this for sure. Ive heard some storys about it and it kinda freaks me out….:[ haha but its pretty shweet!!!

~ELMO'S WIFEY~ says:

October 29, 2007, 11:00 am

Omg,That creeps me out. =)

~ELMO'S WIFEY~ says:

October 29, 2007, 11:02 am

Dynasty is dumb

his girl says:

November 17, 2007, 7:18 pm

I used to date a guy that lived above the Last Turn Saloon. Weird stuff happened there, trust me, the Last Turn is haunted.

Becky says:

November 25, 2007, 7:29 pm

I grew up near Brainerd, never knew this was haunted! Will have to check it out when I go back to the area to visit family at Christmas time! Good excuse for my fiance and I to escape the family for a few hours! lol!

White Eagle Woman says:

December 21, 2007, 2:52 am


Nichole says:

December 28, 2007, 12:51 pm

How did this thread go from being a discussion about a haunted bar to a discussion on Native Americans & land ownership? Keep it to the point and discuss that somewhere relevant.

Joy says:

January 7, 2008, 1:51 am

Thats pretty cool, I grew up in Staples, which is like 45 mins from Brainerd on highway 10, I wish I would have known about that before when I was still living there I would have checked it out. That sounds pretty fun, I am not scared of that stuff like most people, though I do believe you can be hurt by spirits but I am still not afriad, and very interested in it.

buttox says:

February 8, 2008, 7:11 pm


Bry says:

April 3, 2008, 12:21 am

I came to this site to learn about Minnesota Hauntings
The Death of One little girl, and Two Native people in Brainerd was caused by INTOLERANCE much like i’m finding on this page. If we focous our energy on learning, then we will all be better people.

joe smith says:

June 16, 2008, 8:55 pm

some time in the 1800s a railroad ran through a forest (which is now a very small woods) in st.james south side. well one night two kids went out to pick berries and well a train came and !!EL SMACKO!!. well one night about 100 years later 2 kids were dared to go into the woods to pick berries on the same night that the kids did 100 years ago,it was the same tempature it was a cloudy night the moon was full well when they went half way in (old train tracks go through the woods now) they heard screams and then a train horn and then they seen a light then they ran as fast as they could back into town they had nearly escaped death by the dead.

Michael W. Brennan II says:

July 29, 2008, 10:01 pm

HEllO, everyone my names is Michael Brennan II I am a writer from Iowa I am currently writing a book of short ghost stories around the MILLE LACS area. I have read many of your comments and am very interested in hearing a detailed description ( or detailed as possible) of an encounter with ghosts. I would also like to hear more about this bar with the indians. If you have any information about ghost or experiences please contact me at The sooner the better and you never know your story could end up in my book.

Patty says:

September 23, 2008, 6:46 pm

I actually got stabbed by a ghost at the Last Turn when I lived in Brainerd, so I’m not surprised that it’s haunted

vanna says:

October 3, 2008, 11:41 pm

uhh i agree with nichole! WTF! ya preety sure this situation is bout a haunted bar uhh not wat we think bout indians and land and watever the f*** els you guys wanna think you know bout! lol get over it!

CJ says:

October 9, 2008, 9:14 pm

To those of you who went on a rant over what Your Mom commented on you are all stupid!!! All that person wanted was the article to be politically correct and say Native American and not Indian. You really should read before you type and not assume every comment is negative.

Brainerd Resident says:

October 13, 2008, 3:21 pm

I came to this website after hearing about the St Cloud MN reference in the movie 1408. Brainerd is my hometown and I’ve been to the last turn numerous times. I always get freaked out when going into the place. There’s something shady about it, the old photographs on the walls don’t help either! But there’s good food there! Ha!

kristi says:

October 16, 2008, 11:07 pm

hey it happened over 200 fricken years ago….the WHITE people alive today did not do anything wrong. the people of that day did, and your ancestors AGREED so haw dumb are you?? not all blame can be put onthe WHITE people for that, half the blame must go to your own indian natives.
as for white and indians and whites and blacks for that matter get the hell over it, you cant change history. its people like you that keeps discrimination going!!!!(ps. im half white and half native american indian!! so deal with the past over and done, MOVE ON!!!)

nativewoman says:

January 19, 2009, 4:01 am

I agree,Like this was a shock to every one.Every one knows that they did a whole lot worse than just hang us.

mechneck says:

February 16, 2009, 10:01 pm

this sounds like “THE LYNCHINGS” in duluth witch is factual its kind of hard to belive that two very simular incedents that close together is possible im not saying that its not true but it just gets me wondering ?????

angie says:

March 12, 2009, 8:09 pm

i have a friend that works in the vfw, she swears that the place is haunted, many nights she will have someone close with her. sounds of a man at the bar. she said that there are tunnels under most the bars, and where the tunnel comes into the bar it is blocked off. anybody else hear of the tunnels, and hauntings there?

Jennifer Dobson says:

September 12, 2009, 7:37 pm

I live in Brainerd does anybody know for sure if its the Last Turn.

Miranda says:

October 10, 2009, 7:32 pm

this commet is for the joie person!!! 1-you have the wrong bar! 2- it wasent over a playstation! It Just so happen to be one of my relatives!

Miranda says:

October 10, 2009, 7:36 pm

your thinking of tropical nights not last turn salon…last turn salon is on the otherside of downtown and so plz dont make commets unless you know the truth!

miley cyrus says:

October 31, 2009, 3:35 pm

scary do not go there id you want to get hert there is a scary place at anoka houses im mn go there i went there scary places to

miley cyrus says:

October 31, 2009, 3:39 pm

really it is the real me i have free tikits for the left over places to my concert and vip backstage passes if you want to go

skuz says:

November 8, 2009, 3:32 pm

this is for lindsey- the americans did not trick the indians out of their land but lied and broke their own treaties to get land. if your are indian it will behoove you to know your own history. also the indians did not take liqour as payment for stolen land

chris says:

January 23, 2010, 1:42 pm

im told its the last turn in downtown im only like five minutes from it

colin says:

April 8, 2010, 11:08 am

hey peep`s rape is horeble i would flip if someone did that to me someone from my cosins niborhood did it 2 a 12 year old girl and he was 9 i never liked him he was hiting on my younger sister shes 7 lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shawn says:

May 7, 2010, 8:41 am

Wow! You got the story way wrong with the exception of a single basic fact! Plus, the tavern in question is not standing anymore and hasn’t since the early 1900’s.

Lala (3/4 Native/Indian) says:

August 24, 2010, 1:17 am

This story is just another example of racism that is accepted by society. Honestly, when a Native or Indian soul is trapped they become something different, something natural, like plants, animals, etc.

smile says:

October 8, 2010, 1:37 pm

@your mom – Indians in America and Indians in India are different.They have different cultures and differs a lot in every aspect. Get an encyclopedia.

Lala (3/4 Native/Indian) says:

October 8, 2010, 10:00 pm

to kiki,
not to be rude or anything, but, it would take more than tobacco to put these “ghosts” to rest. This is mainly because of how tobacco has been treated and is now used. Yes tobacco would work, but first you would need to burn sage and encase the area in smoke.

Ron F. says:

October 10, 2010, 2:30 am

I’ve lived in Brainerd for over 25 years, and yes there are quite a few places that are haunted.

Far as I remember the Last Turn was built upon the location of the previous building, and my brother used to cook there and has told me numerous stories of late night occurrences.

Really want to get yourself spooked, beneath the railroad yard is a vast set of tunnels. About 10 years ago I was working for a contractor that was doing much of the repair work in the yard, I’ve seen some of the tunnels and been in a few of them first hand and personally have seen multiple things down there that still send shivers down my spine when I think about them.

If you live in the Brainerd area I’d recommend exploration of the tunnels beneath the railroad yard, some of the sewer system have some interesting rooms within it, and last I checked that big bowl shaped dip across the street from the old Franklin Junior High has a locked set of doors of which I’ve heard is supposed to be the entrance to a haunted bomb shelter.

Enjoy and explore, its at your own risk.

minnesotagirl78 says:

October 14, 2010, 2:05 pm

wow, i just came on here to look up something that may be interesting to visit.
then i read the comments hoping to gain some idea of what others have experienced and all i have read is middle school bull ****.
thank you to the ones who did have something to say about the tavern in a positive way.

rose says:

November 1, 2010, 12:17 am

Where is this place at? I would like to see it for my self I get into learning about haunted places and it would been great to see one first hand yes I do watch ghost hunters, ghost stories and etc

disappointed in comments says:

November 1, 2010, 12:37 am

how can you sit there and make races comments about white people . you people get a check every month from the government. you have no right to stereo type.all white folks cause if that’s the case Indians have been said to be a bunch of drunks and no one tricked anyone the adults wanted alcohol for land so who are the dumb as_es to sell their land cheap with out thinking it over?

ROSE says:

December 26, 2010, 3:59 pm

This eas very errie the commment that rose made on November 1,2010. I would like to where this bar is also. I watch Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures,and everything that is available on the paranormal. It totally fascinates me.

jeremyt says:

June 24, 2011, 5:51 pm

some of you are right, the white people did abuse and take advantage of the native americans. yeah, 200 gd years ago!!! why should i have to pay for that? my heritage is dutch-german. my family wasnt even in this country at the time this happened. noone that happened to is still alive!! what about all the land that was taken from farmers to build the rail road? do they get reservations and casino money? no. i want a casino!! i want a check for doing nothing but for the luck of being born a certain race. Ok, yeah I do get a check every month from the government, BUT i’m a Army vet and I broke my back, I have numbness from the waist down and in constant pain everyday.

Elizabeth says:

July 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

My friend owns the last turn and we went down to see where in the 1800s they used to travel underground and we were talking to the spirits saying revel yourself and paraying and then a lightbulb fell down and our hearts stopped they reveled our self also one time a lady was sitting at a table when a man that was very pale walked in t othe last turn and sat down in booth three and dissapeerd the lady was crying and the worker came to her and said whats wrong and she told here what happens also while a guy was closing the place down he heard foot steaps and suddenly behind him he heard hey and he ran out of there screaming come to the last turn and talk to the spirits as well.

Bruce Miller says:

August 29, 2011, 1:23 pm

I was once in the bar at around closing time. When I left, I noticed a cold sensation on the back of my neck. The next thing I knew my pants were down at my angles. I pulled my pants back up, then a strong force pulled them down again. I also then heard a Indian War Chant. I was so scared I ran to my car as fast as I could. It also took me a while to get to my car because my pants were around my ankles at the time. I will never go back.

david says:

December 20, 2011, 9:06 pm

diana is right it is the last turn saloon

TANIA says:

October 1, 2014, 1:05 pm

I am hoping the Creator/God or his name in many languages,accepts the spirit beings that are caught in limbo ….the spirit beings i am hoping will let their embrace of the disturbing way they were actually murdered go….on a spiritual level Creator/God takes care of all….aka Karma….i believe that families of those who committed the heinous act will have to make repatriations to spirits families…its not about land or racism i think its about the belief and values that were forced on the native americans to believe in someone else’s ritualistic ways to connect with Creator/God

Jason says:

March 4, 2015, 9:16 pm

I’ve heard this story before, only problem is the original Last Turn saloon was not located where the present one stands today, the original was on South fourth street, the present one is on South 8th street.

C Q says:

September 29, 2015, 10:04 am

Meanwhile-back at the ranch-
No one knows where this “Tavern” is. The Native American story is just that-a story. The Last Turn Saloon is also haunted. It’s already been investigated. The building it’s in is original to Brainerd but it may have been built for another establishment.

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