Farewell to familiar facade on Tower

The Daily Telegram - Superior, Wisconsin - March 14 &15, 1998











It was a familiar and oft talked about landmark at 2205 Tower Ave., but people looking for the "haunted house" today will be disappointed to see only a pile of rubble.

The house built in 1890 had long stood abandoned and was torn down Friday after being condemned by the city.

The owner of the house was listed as Selena Scall in the city assessor's office, but no address was listed with the name.

Rumors abounded about the house being "haunted."

The only evidence of visitations were much more human, with graffiti defacing the walls in many rooms from unauthorized entries.

Rumors also claimed the house was once featured on a television program.  A program search for "Superior" in Unsolved Mysteries," one of the suggested likely shows, did not turn up any filming done there.

John Kimmes of Superior heard those stories, and they intrigued him.  And some friends.  They got the key from a realtor when it was listed on the market a couple of years ago, he said.

Local haunts.  This familiar house at 2205 Tower Ave. is no more.  The rumored "haunted house" came down Friday, the 13th no less.

"I know there's been all kinds of stories, just tons and tons of stories," Kimmes said.  The four friends didn't really experience anything noteworthy . . . except that one member of the party thinks she saw a "white blur" in one room.

Kimmes said he was in the room, too, and didn't see it himself, but he's open to believing.  "I'm to the point where I believe this stuff could exist."

"I didn't feel anything, nothing out of the ordinary," Kimmes said of his brief visit.  The house itself was "unique," he said.

There was on other thing, Kimmes added.

He researched the city directories for that house and found the last listing about 1978.

The number, he noted, ended in "666."

That's got to count for something, according to Kimmes.  "You got a phone number that's 666, you've got a house that's supposedly haunted, and it goes down on Friday the 13th. . . "

And a full moon cycle to boot.

Inside the house were empty rooms, most with brightly colored shag carpeting, and walls filled with graffiti.  Pentagrams were the most common symbols.  Beautiful woodwork, especially the banister and over-sized doors, spoke of better times.  John Kimmes, who visited inside the house, remembers the potential of wonderful hardwood floors.

Designed by Terry Fisk
Copyright  1998
The Daily Telegram. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 28, 2004

Designed by Terry Fisk
Copyright Unexplained Research. All rights reserved.
Revised: September 28, 2004