Pass-through town offers RAGBRAI riders haunted mysteries


RAGBRAI riders stay overnight in eight cities across Iowa along their journey. 

Many of them say the fun part is exploring the small towns they pass through along the way. 

That includes the town of Villisca, Iowa. With just 1,200 people, the small town has a big secret. 

In 1912, an ax murderer killed a local family.

“It was a horrendous thing when it happened,” said Mary Hansen, President of the Villisca Historical Society. “It was a thing that haunted people, it haunted people for years because it was unsolved.”
The house where the murders took place is also rumored to be haunted, and is now a tourist attraction. People can take tours or even rent out the house for an overnight stay. 
Villisca residents say they wish they were known for something different, but will take the recognition. 
The Villisca ax murder actually has ties to the Quad Cities.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle from Fourth Wall Films made a documentary about the murders, and Fourth Wall Films is based out of Moline, Illinois. Just another way RAGBRAI brings together people from all over the country.

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