Located on the bluffs of the Missouri
River, 64.16 miles northwest of South Sioux City, off Highway 81.
Address: Mount Marty College, 1105
West 8th Street, Yankton, South Dakota 57078.
On the 80-acre campus of Mount Marty
College, one finds a mix of modern and historic buildings.
The town of Yankton has a long history,
being founded on the Lewis and Clark trail, in the heart of Indian country.
In 1876, a Benedictine missionary by the name of Martin Mary came to minister
to the area's Indians. He became the first Catholic Bishop in this territory
and was the one who invited the Benedictine Sisters to start and maintain
a religious community of service in Yankton.
In 1936, this Benedictine order of
Sisters started a junior college for women. By 1951, it was awarding its
first Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Men joined the
student body in 1969. In 1975, Associate Arts degree programs joined the
academic offerings where compatible with existing programs. Graduate Studies
programs were also added in the 1980s and 1990s.
1) Around the Campus Itself
History: A worker fell to his
death during construction. He makes his presence known around the campus.
* Showers turn on by themselves.
* The water fountains run by themselves.
* Footsteps are heard when no one
living is present.
* Shadows are seen.
2) Corbey Residence Hall
History: A female student who lived
at Corbey Residence Hall disappeared one day.
* An Apparition of this girl is
seen riding up and down on the elevator. Her presence is felt in areas
around the elevator, on the floors where it stops.
3) Whitby Hall -
* Residents have seen a figure dressed
in gray polyester pants crossing their room.
* Residents have also seen figures
wearing hard hats and blue suits walking in their rooms, making bed
checks????? Or inspecting the room?
* A white entity likes to stand
in the corner of rooms, keeping the residents company!
* Room 200 - Because of the hauntings,
the room was kept vacant for a long time. Light never touches the door,
no matter how many lights are on. A dark shadow seems to cover the door.
4) Old Gym/Stage - Mainly the Costume
Room & the Music Hall Area
* The presence is felt and an apparition
is seen of a nun, a sister at the convent, who once was the music teacher.
5) Dakota Hall
History: A dorm mother caught a boy
in the room of one of her girls. She locked him in the attic for the
night. The boy was so distraught, thinking he would be expelled, that
he hung himself from the rafters.
* A male apparition haunts the hall
with strange noises.
6) Suicides and tragic deaths have
happened in some of the College's fraternity/sorority houses over the
A) The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
House (Originally the Alpha Phi House) - Has had two entities from the
past, one from the Alpha Phi House and one from The Lambda Chi Alpha
History: The house was originally owned by
the Alpha Phi Sorority, until they had to sell it in the 1930s
because of the Depression and Money Troubles.
* A male ghost haunted the fraternity
because he hung himself thinking that he failed his pre-medical school
exams, which wasn't true. What a waste!
* A female ghost haunted the place
and was very sad because she died from an infection due to a scratch
she got from a hat pin.
B) Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
History: Fraternity brother
Gerry shot himself in the second floor shower sometime during the
late 1950s- early 1960s.
* The house is haunted by the
ghost of this dead fraternity brother, Gerry. Gerry considers himself
one of the guys, turns on TV sets, DVD players, will keep people company
in the basement while they listen to music and likes to play with
electricity and lights.
Are these Buildings /Areas of Mount
Marty College Still Haunted?
Unfortunate deaths and suicides often
result in hauntings, and colleges which are full of young people, have
their share of stressed out students who sometimes think that killing
themselves is the answer. Also, as colleges are like small cities, and
accidents do happen which suddenly take a life of a person not ready to
die, having unfinished business.
Sources: volanteonline.com * mtmc.edu * theshadowlands.net