Marquette University

A postcard manufactured by K.C. Kropp Co. depicting haunted Marquette University in Wisconsin.

Marquette University is a private, co-educational college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The school was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1881 to provide an affordable Catholic education for the area’s German immigrants.

Initially an all-male institution, Marquette became the first coed Catholic University in the world when it began admitting women in 1909. The college would eventually become known for its school of medicine which boasts reputable programs in nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy.

In addition to its storied past, there are a number of spirits that allegedly roam the 93 acre campus. East Hall is perhaps the most popular place for paranormal activity due to the ghost of “Whispering Willie.”

Campus legend states that a young boy named Willie drowned in the swimming pool at East Hall and has since been seen swimming alongside students as they do laps. In addition, Willie is often blamed for other unexplained events in the building including closing doors, flickering lights, and unrolling toilet paper in vacant stalls.

Cobeen Hall is another reportedly haunted spot on Marquette’s campus. According to the school’s newspaper, the ghost of Cobeen Hall is an art critic that tears down posters off the wall in rooms of residents whom it dislikes.

Johnston Hall, Tower Hall, and Varsity Theatre are some of the other locations on campus that both students and staff consider haunted. Visitors interested in seeing some of Marquette’s ghostly locations can take a self-guided iPod expedition or arrange for a student-led tour of the campus.


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