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Top 10 haunted destinations in the United States

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The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations. So, we asked experts to nominate 20 places that most fit that description. Then, our readers voted for the best of them – and these are the top 10 winners.

10. Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park - Mandan, North Dakota

Established in 1872, the fort was once home to Lt. Col. George A. Custer, who is said to haunt his former house alongside the spirit of his wife Libbie.

9. Winchester Mystery House - San Jose, California

This peculiar mansion has more than 160 rooms and 2,000 doors. Some believe Mrs. Winchester continued modifying her home to escape the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle.

8. Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville, Kentucky

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Considered one of the most haunted locations on the planet, this closed sanatorium is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of former patients treated for tuberculosis during the early 20th century.

7. West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville, West Virginia

This former state penitentiary opened in 1876. In the years between its opening and eventual closing in 1995, the Gothic facility saw its fair share of turmoil, from prison riots to executions.

6. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum - St. Augustine, Florida

Paranormal activity reported at the lighthouse includes the disembodied voice of a woman asking for help. Dark of the Moon ghost tours take visitors into the lighthouse at night.

5. Fort East Martello Museum - Key West, Florida

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The fort is home to Robert, a handmade doll that purportedly causes electronic devices to malfunction, and staff members swear his facial expressions have changed.

4. The Grove - Jefferson, Texas

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Ghost stories at this house built in 1861 date back more than a century. Common sightings include a lady in a white dress, a man walking through the lily beds in the garden and an entity in the den.

3. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - Weston, West Virginia

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Purportedly one of West Virginia's most haunted sites, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened its doors in 1864. By the 1950s, the facility was operating way over capacity with inhumane conditions.

2. Yuma Territorial Prison Museum & Park - Yuma, Arizona

This museum and park has been a hub of paranormal activity. Reports include spirits of inmates on death row and a woman wandering the banks of the nearby Colorado River looking for her drowned daughter.

1. Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum - Las Vegas, Nevada

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This quirky Las Vegas museum showcases original collectibles from supposedly haunted destinations around the United States, all in a 1938 property that is itself believed to be haunted.

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