The Haunted Mill Attractions
Many of these things have or are happening behind the scenes, as to not distract from our attraction. These will be things such as sanitizing surfaces frequently and so on. However, while we are operating, there will be some things you will notice. You will notice we have increased the length and capacity of our line to allow groups in line to distance from one another. Most of the time that groups will be near one another will be outside, but again we have increased the line capacity to allow for groups to social distance. Our staff will also be wearing masks or will be behind a protective acrylic barriers. We are asking our patrons to help us with this by having their groups social distance in line. We have always distanced our groups from one another when they are inside the attraction. (Because of the nature of our attraction, we've ask people stay 30 feet from the group in front of them since we opened in 1997.) We are also requesting that our patrons to wear a mask inside the building.
The Lady in White:
Legend: The ghost of a young woman wanders mill and surrounding area. The ghost is believed to be Eloisa McKinnon, who was arranged to be marred to Tom Nelson. Tom was strange and old enough to be Eloisa’s father. Subsequently, Eloisa was against the marriage. Her parents, however, hoped the arrangement would help their failing farm. Eloisa begged her parents to call off the wedding. They refused. The wedding day was set for some time in October. Feeling trapped, Eloisa ran away as she was being fitted with her wedding dress. Her body was recovered in the mill race, after plummeting to her death from the third-floor window. As the legend goes, Eliosa’s spirit repeats the events of her death every year on the day she died. She has also been seen wandering the mill and grounds throughout the fall. Witnesses claimed she still wears the white dress.
Legend: The mine that is part of The Haunted Mill is haunted by the miners who killed and covered up the murder of the members of a homesteading party funded by Albert Miller. The miners erroneously thought the party was coming to the town to mine, not homestead. They slaughtered them to protect the unclaimed land that may contain gold from being discovered by anyone other than themselves. When they realized their mistake it was too late, so they slaughtered and the entire party, even the women and children, to hide their crime. The bodies were burned on the ground above the mine.
The miners at some point dug a mine where the bodies had been burned, convinced that it was the spot in the area that contained gold. The mine, however, would never be completed. It reached the length it is today: 302 feet. The same number as the people killed in the Miller Party. The miners who were working on the mine would disappear. Those who were left assumed it was because someone in the group of miners was now killing their own. Some miners believed it was the vengeful spirits of the Miller Party. Most of the miners, however, thought it was a mountain lion who preferred human prey. Eventually, the mine was abandoned. However, ghosts of the miners and Miller party have been sighted over the years in and around the mine.
Legend: A person in scarecrow costume that didn’t work at the mill was often seen getting warm at the bonfire outside the mill. There were claims that it was an actual scarecrow from an area within the mill. The reports were mostly ignored until one night the scarecrow in the field burst into flames. The burnt remains of the scarecrow were removed and replaced. The scarecrow has still been sighted by workers and patrons by the fire and in the field. The reports typically mention that the scarecrow can’t be a person, because its eyes are like flames or it is engulfed in fire.
Legends of the woods: slenderman:
Legend: Slenderman once inhabited the woods that were part of the property that is now The Haunted Mill. The owner’s grandchildren started the tale when an old sketch of the granary that hung in their house (seen here) seemed to look like Slenderman. The grandchildren pointed this out during a work meeting. The owners and most of the board of directors the mill believe Slenderman to be a current pop-culture legend and nothing more and everything presented circumstantial and the product of over-active imaginations.
There is one vote of descent among the board on this matter. Her research led her to find that the legend of Slenderman didn’t start on the internet. It was likely a changed version of a legend that existed hundreds of years before the internet. A figure like him is part of almost every culture. While the stories of his origin vary with each culture, there are parts that are consistent: appearance and location. The appearance matches the current version a tall man with long arms and a blank face. The clothing varies from culture to culture. He is typically seen in or near areas with lots of trees.
It is suspected by the one board member that the picture may actually be a warning handed down generations from ancestors who suspected the presence of “Slenderman”, but likely knew of him from an older legend. The area on which the granary stands was once covered with plum and quaking aspen trees.
Legends of the woods: masks:
Legend: A young immigrant boy and girl from Denmark are said to haunt the grounds of the mill. The boy disappeared on the morning of Fastelavn. (Fastelavn was a festival held by protestants from Denmark. The children celebrating the festival would traditionally dress in bright clothing with white masks or faces and solicit treats and food for their evening feast from their neighbors.) The boy was never found. The only trace of his disappearance was his footsteps in the snow that lead (and stopped) at a large choke-cherry tree in a field by the mill. His sister claimed she would often see him. in the shadow of the moon, dragging a large sack towards the tree, wearing his festival clothes and white mask. His sister also disappeared three years late on the morning of the festival. She too was never found. Over the years there have been sightings of the two children near the choke cherry tree. (The tree, for some reason, is still alive and wasn’t removed when the area was deforested and made into fields and pasture.) White masks have also been seen hanging from the tree, typically in February.
Legends of the woods: teeth and claws:
Legend: A witch, or more likely a victim of a witch hunt, haunts the grounds. A woman with yellow eyes wearing a grey robe has been seen wandering the lower land of the mill. The yellow-eyed woman lived in a small log cabin below the mill when the land was heavily wooded and often flooded with ground water. She sold homemade remedies and charms made from alligator parts (typically the teeth and claws). It seems people enjoyed her products and let her do her thing until a man was found slashed in the river. His friend, who was fishing with him, claimed the “witch” could summon supernatural, yellow-eyed alligators to do her bidding. He said he saw yellow eyes before his friend fell in the river and drown. The slashes, that looked a lot like wounds from a fishing knife, must be from the alligators. Sadly, no one questioned his story and the woman was also drown by a vigilante mob. There have been reports of glowing yellow eyes around the lower land of the mill since her death.
Legend: There is the sound of a woman weeping in the basement of The Haunted Mill. The sound has been heard over the years by those who work in the mill. The weeping is faint and the workers only hear it when the mill is deadly quiet. This event has not traceable origin or story associated with it. However, when the mill is quiet, we have confirmed and recorded this weeping.
Legend: Due to the amount of death in and surrounding the mill, supernatural forces warning people of the danger of the falls causes the water to look blood red. The waterfall, typically, looks ordinary. However, it is said if you see the waterfall when it runs red, it is a death omen.
Psychotic suspension bridge:
Legend: A white dog of unknown origins has been visiting people at the mill since it opened in 1997. The dog appears on the suspension bridge while patrons are touring the mill. Side note: Yes, there is a real suspension bridge in this haunted attraction. As you walk across the bridge, you can actually see the water flowing below. If that isn't bad enough, you also can feel the mist off of Blood Falls blowing onto your face; these two attractions are just that close to each other. Combine Blood Falls and the Psychotic Suspension Bridge, throw in the darkness and the dog, and you're in for a freaky ride. The dog also hangs around the bonfire and eats leftover treats. The dog does not seem to age. It is only seen at night. The dog doesn’t photograph. The dog has been known to vanish into thin air. The first year of operation some guests actually claimed to have pet the enormous white dog.
Legend: Two brothers, both still living, claim the granary or crib as we call it, is haunted by a young boy who is probably seven-years-old. Sometime in the 50s the brothers were working near the mill. They saw the boy run across the bridge and towards the granary (crib). They followed to warn him the granary is dangerous and not a place to hide or play. They called to him through a crack in the door, but he just giggled and asked them to come in and look at his marble collection. They slid open the door just enough to see him start to climb the grain elevator ladder. The brothers pursued him warning him of the dangers, but he kept going to the top. When the two brothers reached the top, the boy was not there, only a small box filled with marbles. That was the only time the brothers saw this little boy. But, the brothers, the owners of the mill, their children, and now their grandchildren have been finding marbles around the mill and granary ever since.
The crib: part 2:
Legend: Some whispers a few patrons hear while going through the mill are not actors or recordings, but an actual ghost who made his first appearance many years before the mill became a haunted attraction. The support for this legend involves the tragic passing of Jacob Wright. During the 1930s the supervisor of the mill, Jacob Wright, claimed there was a prankster ghost who was constantly harassing him. Jacob said he could hear the ghost whispering as well as causing accidents and trouble for Jacob. Jacob disappeared one day, but his body was later found buried in the grain silo. Many workers became convinced that Jacob became a victim of a prank pulled by the ghost that he thought was plaguing him. Others wrote it off as a terrible accident, but nothing more. Yet, since then, others have also claimed to have heard the whispers and some have claimed to have seen the ghost of a man up in the rafters of the now empty grain silo. Some believe it is the prankster ghost still trying to pull tricks and others think that Jacob now haunts the place of his tragic death.
Legend: An unnamed woman approached the owners of the mill about a field of tall prairie grass located on the mill grounds. She called the area The Labyrinth. Wishing for anonymity, the owners have only revealed her story, not her name. This woman believed there to be a small area in The Labyrinth that swallows anything that stands there. She revealed this is how she lost her sister, Lily. She explained she had heard legend, before her sister's disappearance, that animals were known to wander into the grass and then vanish without a sound. “That is the worst part about it,” she said. “When my sister disappeared, she never made a sound. You would think if she fell in the river or someone took her, or she fell down a hole that you would have heard something. There would have been a splash, a scream, a slip, a struggle, the dry grass crunching under running feet, but there was nothing: Nothing, but the feeling that I shouldn’t be there; that someone was watching me; the feeling…that I should run.” Her face was so pale and disturbed as she uttered her last sentence that the owner agreed that he would not allow people into The Labyrinth, as long as she lived. Upon her passing, The Haunted Mill expanded the tour into the grassy area after thoroughly checking and finding no abnormalities in the soil.