Haunted Mason House Inn
by Mollie Manuell
Do you like haunted hotels?
Do you like trains?
I know, they don't really go together
logically, do they?
Well, they do if you're at the Mason House
Inn, Bentonsport, Iowa.
The Mason House Inn is a cool old haunted
hotel with tons of ghostly activity. And if you're just a bit weary of the
ghosts keeping you up at night, you can always stay in their caboose
Haunted hotels and trains do go
Mason House Inn was built in 1846 as a hotel
for the steamboat travelers on the Des Moines River. That's a lot of time
for a place to acquire ghosts!
And they have a few. They're usually pretty
There's an old lady by the fireplace in the
There's a boy in knickers on the second floor
landing who likes to wave to people. Don't see him? Wave anyway, you'll make
A man was murdered in Room 7. He was just a
traveler who had visited a local tavern and well, had a bit too much to
drink since he tried to climb in a bed that wasn't his. Surprise surprise.
The man already occupying the bed took exception to the intrusion and
promptly stuck a saber in the intruder's heart. The instant making of a
There's also a lot of normal ghostly activity
like orbs in pictures (don't forget your camera!), foggy images in mirrors,
doors opening and closing by themselves, footsteps when no one is there, all
sorts of things ghosts like to do to make their presence known.
And what's more, you can take a ghost hunting
class at the Mason House Inn, too. Yep, a real live ghost hunting class at a
real live haunted hotel.
And what's this about caboose lodgings?
Well, they also have a caboose you can stay
the night in. It's one where you can climb up into the cupola, too. A lot of
caboose lodgings don't have that little extra added bonus. So this one is
special, with a little table up in the cupola, too!
Wow! A haunted hotel and a caboose, too. What
For more information about a stay at the
haunted Mason House Inn & Caboose Cottage or their ghost hunting classes
call (319) 592-3133.
About the Author
The author, Mollie Manuell, enjoys traveling,
writing and photography. She especially likes to seek out different and
unusual tourist attractions. She maintains a website about weird
tourist attractions that reflects this interest.