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Most Haunted Businesses in the United States

There are many haunted attractions and locations in the world, but there are businesses still running that are haunted with ghosts and paranormal activity. Here are just a few haunted businesses in the United States:

Crescent Hotel

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel has served several things like a luxury resort and a conservatory. Even though it had many purposes, the most definite time in its history happened in 1937 when the Crescent Hotel got a new owner, Norman Baker.

Baker was a capitalist investor who chose to act as a doctor and turned the hotel into a hospital that could “cure” cancer. He did eventually get caught doing this and was run out of town. Even though he fled, reports say that his spirit found its way back to the hotel.

The now-operating Crescent Hotel is supposedly haunted by at least eight ghosts, varying from a little girl to a bearded man wearing Victorian clothing.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Illinois

One of Chicago’s most popular attractions is also haunted. From the 1840s to 1850s, the heart of Lincoln Park served as the city cemetery. The cemetery was eventually moved due to its closeness to the city’s water supply. Most of the bodies were moved, but not all of them. As if walking above numerous bodies isn’t creepy enough, Ursula Bielski, a parapsychologist, once called the area “without a doubt the most active site investigated.” People have reported seeing ghosts there since it opened years ago.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

New York City, New York

Located in New York City, One if by Land, Two if by Sea has all the makings of a perfect evening with chandeliers, fireside tables, and is often considered one of the world’s most romantic restaurants. The only thing is that it houses about 20 ghosts, and they are reportedly more playful than ill-disposed. They often use classic paranormal pranks like flickering lights, tilting picture frames, and moving plates. Some spirits include a woman dressed in black who walks down the staircase as a Ziegfeld Follies girl.

Red Onion Saloon

Skagway, Alaska

Founded in 1898 as a brothel for miners during the Gold Rush, Alaska’s Red Onion Saloon had a feature that set it apart from other places. It used dolls to help run its saloon. Daily, ten dolls would be placed on the bar downstairs. They would each represent one of the ladies working in the upstairs rooms.

A customer would pick one of the dolls, at which point it was laid down on the bar to indicate that particular worker was occupied. When the customer came back downstairs, the doll would be returned to her sitting position to let other potential clients know she was available.

Fast-forward to 2019, the Red Onion Saloon operates as a bar and restaurant; the dolls are still being used and offer tours of the upstairs rooms. There are reports of Lydia, a former madam of the brothel, haunting the site.

The Pixy Theatre

Edinburgh, Indiana

The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre was built in 1907 and has been a former opera house, movie theater, and home of the Edinburgh Sugar Creek Players for nearly 20 years. English and Spanish speaking voices can be heard throughout the theatre to this day. Following its acquisition in July of 2008, the Pixy Theatre has undergone extensive renovation. It now serves as a unique historical venue for live music, arts, stage productions, weddings, and other events for the community of Edinburgh.

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