Big Sky Country is home to many strange and unexplained phenomena and things that go bump in the night. From haunted hotels to gory jails and terrifying theatres, there are loads of places to go ghost-hunting and investigate paranormal activities. Ready to get the fright of your life? Grab your proton pack, as here are some of the most haunted places in Montana.
7 Most Haunted Places in Montana
1. Daly Mansion, Hamilton
The Daly Mansion is a sprawling estate once owned by the “Copper King” Marcus Daly. Visitors report plenty of paranormal activity occurrences here. Some of these include a strong smell of cigar smoke from Mr Daly’s office and seeing the ghost of Mrs Daly walking down the hallways. There have also been reports of the artworks on the walls moving and falling on their own.
2. Old Montana Prison, Deer Lodge
The Old Montana Prison is a rather infamous landmark in the small town of Deer Lodge. It is one of the most haunted places in Montana. The prison is now a museum, and visitors and employees have reported hearing voices from the empty prison cells and the piano playing phantom music. In fact, the prison is so haunted that in 2010, the Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab featured it on the show.
3. Hotel Meade, Bannack
Constructed in 1875, the Hotel Meade served as the first Beaverhead County Courthouse before Dr John Singleton Meade purchased the building in 1891. In 1916, tragedy struck sixteen-year-old Dorothy Dunn, who drowned in a nearby dredge pond. Shortly after her death, Dr Meade’s closest friend saw an apparition wearing Dorothy’s distinctive blue dress in Hotel Meade. She still haunts the building today and the site of her drowning, which locals call “Dorothy’s Hole.”
4. Dude Rancher Lodge, Billings
If you are craving paranormal and supernatural events, book an overnight stay at the Dude Rancher Lodge in Billings. The Lodge’s owner died in 1983, and since then, the lodge has been plagued by the mysterious flickering of lights and phantom knocks on the doors in the middle of the night. The most notoriously haunted rooms are 223, 224, and 226. Do you dare stay in one of them?
5. Fort Peck Theatre, Fort Peck
Constructed in 1934, Fort Peck Theatre is one of the most haunted theatres in the west. Over the decades, those working and performing in the theatre have witnessed spooky sights and hauntings. These include hearing strange sounds in the dressing rooms and seeing a male ghost wearing 1930’s style clothing. Audience members have also reported seeing apparitions.
6. Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
The Many Glacier Hotel is a century-old building on Glacier National Park’s east side. Paranormal experts rank it as an incredibly active haunted destination. Many employees and guests have witnessed seeing a female in a red dress standing in one of the hotel rooms. Others have claimed to see various apparitions vanish into thin air. The most haunted room is number 308; guests repeatedly claim to hear weird noises emanating from it when it is empty.
7. Grand Union Hotel, Fort Benton
Fort Benton is one of the oldest settlements in the west and “The Birthplace of Montana”. The Grand Union Hotel is a historic landmark and the oldest operating hotel in Montana. It has been in business since 1882. Visitors have reported seeing and hearing many spirits from the past roaming the corridors and rooms. Some visitors have even heard the stomping hooves of a phantom horse.