It's just the ghosts of the Mississippi
Boo to you!
You'll be thinking double, double toil and trouble at these spooky spots in Cape Girardeau.
Historical lore makes them a perfect place to let your superstitions run wild this Halloween season.
It’s one of the oldest cemeteries to the west of the Mississippi. It was part of the original Spanish Land Grant given to Louis Lorimier in 1793. The first marked burial is Charlotte Lorimier. That was Louis’ wife, or more specifically his consort. There are about 1250 marked graves but there are probably more like 10,000 or more graves inside the cemetery. Legend has it, the cemetery is also home to the tapping ghost which spends a lot of its time around Lorimier’s tomb. It likes to tap you on the shoulder. Located at 500 North Fountain Street, the cemetery is open to the public 8 a.m. to sunset. READ MORE.
The Glenn House
Step back in time to the 1880s inside the Glenn House. It was built in 1883 for David A. Glenn and later renovated to preserve it as a historical treasure. You could say it’s a window into what life was like during the Victorian Era. Some claim it’s haunted, though. In fact, many of the “ghost stories” are centered around the children’s room. Haunted historian Christy Mershon says people have reported hearing children laughing to the pitter-patter of little feet. Step inside The Glenn House to see experience it yourself. It’s open for tours Saturday though Monday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Back in the day a mortuary stood where Annie Laurie’s opens its doors today. In the 1800s it was known as the Brinkoff Funeral Home. Where you find death, you seem to find haunted stories. Spirit activity is regularly reported in the room where the embalming station was located. Laurie Everett is the current owner of the building, and also happens to call the building home, and has said she’s just come to terms with the fact that they may not be alone inside their house. Today, you can walk inside and shop an eclectic emporium of antique finds.
Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant and Lounge
You’ll find rich tradition along the river. In fact, Port Cape Girardeau was once where General Grant may have been stationed briefly during the Civil War. In the folk-lore version of the story, General Grant was said to really enjoy the company of women. There was said to be one particular prostitute by the name of Belle who was very upset when General Grant left the area. So heartbroken, in fact, that she flung herself out of the upper window. Today, she’s said to haunt the building and occasionally ring a nautical bell hung by the bar. Grab a bite to eat at Port Cape Monday through Sunday.
River Front Park
You could say it’s just the ghosts of the Mighty Mississippi that haunt the river every October. Specifically, we’re talking along the banks of the Mississippi River from Tower Rock to just past Cape Girardeau. Haunted Historian Christy Mershon says this stretch is said to be the MOST HAUNTED part of the river. Barge workers today regularly claim to hear screams and cries for help during this time of year. But when they go to investigate, no one is there. Mershon says the paranormal activity likely stems from the massive boat accidents in the 1800s — two of which were so deadly, they caused a change in our maritime laws. CLICK HERE to read more.