Popular Haunts: St. Paul’s Most Famous Haunted Sites

Old abandoned haunted house

Although most people see St. Paul as a modern concrete jungle, the city is actually home to some old spirits. Resident paranormal aficionados The Haunting Experience say that St. Paul is rich with interesting ghosts; long-time residents who have yet to move on from the Twin Cities.

If you’re looking for these apparitions, here are some spots to check out.

Mounds Theater

This East Side Theater now serves as a home for the performing arts, but from 1923 to 1967, it was one of St. Paul’s most beloved movie houses. And no one loved this movie house more than two former employees, Red and Jim.

In fact, decades after they died, people can still “feel the love” of these two employees, with modern-day staff members claiming to be “pulled” back inside the theater if they leave a mess.

Forepaugh’s Restaurant

A Victorian-themed restaurant in Irvine Park, Forepaugh’s was originally a private mansion built by successful businessman Joseph Forepaugh in 1871.

Forepaugh was an esteemed merchant in St. Paul at the turn of the century. Although highly respected, Forepaugh and his family were rocked by scandal when Molly, the family maid, hung herself on the third floor of the mansion. Many believe that Molly took her own life after it was discovered that she and Forepaugh were lovers.

Employees and guests alike claim that they can still hear Molly pacing around the upper floors. Some people even say, if you look closely enough, you can see the ghost of Molly peeking around corners from time to time.

Wabasha Street Caves

The site of an infamous Prohibition-era speakeasy, the Wabasha Street Caves was once the preferred hangout spots of gangsters and the city’s social elite.

It was so popular, that long-dead patrons of the club still hang out in the Wabasha Street Caves. More than 30 apparitions have been spotted in this place. Guests swear that they’ve seen one of these speakeasy clients, a dapper gentleman in a dark suit, fixing himself up in the men’s restroom.

Some St. Paul residents may have shuffled loose from this mortal coil, but their spirits are still bound to the place they call home.