Towns with rich histories like Altoona are oftentimes matched with more than just vintage artifacts. But rather a past still living and lingering quite literally amongst the empty halls or the foggy nights. From dusk through dawn, these haunted attractions are a must-go for ghost hunters and brave thrill-seekers looking for a jump-scare or more.
In addition to the apparitions, Baker Mansion houses a number of other paranormal antics. Phantom footsteps are heard often on the upper floors and furniture sometimes moves on its own. Other apparitions, unrelated to the Baker family, are seen by visitors outside the mansion. Activity around and in the mansion picks up during a full moon.
Railroaders Memorial Museum
The popular tourist attraction is also home to the ghost of a man named Frank. Frank’s been seen by just about everyone who’s worked at the museum and countless visitors. He often hangs around the train engine in the museum’s lobby and in the elevator before he disappears into a puff of smoke.
A landmark in Altoona since 1906, the Mishler Theatre attracts visitors for its family entertainment and its ghostly spirits. The most prominent spirit is said to be that of Isaac Mishler, the founder of the theater who died in 1944. Numerous guests claim to have seen the apparition of a man, sometimes in vibrantly colored hats, wandering through the theater.