Black Tongue Hill

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Black Tongue Hill

Black Tongue Hill
Black Tongue Hill

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Black Tongue Hill is located near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal headquarters in Fort Yates, North Dakota.  It is in the southwest part of North Dakota, and has a population of just 200.  Black Tongue Hill is best known for being the place where Chief Sitting Bull was killed in the hills and buried.  Although he was later exhumed from Black Tongue Hill, a monument was erected to forever celebrate his life and death.

Despite its small living population, its paranormal population and stories of strange activity is of no short supply.  One hot bed of activity is at the Richard Lugar Hotel.  The hotel previously served as the mansion of a founding family.  Guests commonly see apparitions and spirits throughout the grounds.  One of the most popular is a young girl, dressed in all white.  She frequents room number four.  Other events include visitors being startled by spirits standing at the foot of their bed or moving items about their rooms, laughter and talking heard in the basement, and children playing with each other only to suddenly vanish.

Kelly’s Bar is another paranormal center.  A tall man with hooves, a long tail and a black trench coat is reportedly seen by patrons.  No one can explain the odd man, and some credit the strange occurrence to free flowing drinks.  However, the high number of reports can hardly be ignored.  Many say he is seen walking into the bathroom and then seems to vanish.

Black Tongue Hill

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Other spots include the post office, where reflections of spirits past can commonly be seen in the windows and unfortunate patrons have found themselves locked inside, which residents speculate is the work of prankster poltergeists.  Similarly, the Jackpot Bingo Hall has a variety of reports including children laughing and playing and babies crying.  Furniture has commonly reported having been moved or missing.  Many argue these events occur as a result of a portion of the town being built over the old cemetery.

The cemetery has many of its own nuances.  Visitors report seeing the apparition of a farmer, failing to see his crops have long been plowed and paved over.  Other apparitions have been seen hovering five or six feet above the ground in the field.  Orbs, spirits, energy and photo anomalies are common complaints, as well as whispering and even reports of being pushed or shoved.  One of the most common reports in the cemetery is the reclusive old lady of Black Tongue.

Many grieving visitors to the cemetery in the hills just south of town don’t notice as they are being followed out of the cemetery and back to their cars.  As they travel down the road, wiping tears and working to cope with their loss, they finally notice.  A woman, dressed in all black is either running or walking alongside the car as it travels down the highway.  Those traveling at a high rate of speed are surprised to see the woman keeping up with them.  This woman is who gives Black Tongue its name as her black tongue is the last thing that unfortunate victims usually see.

Megan Borchert
Megan Borchert
Lover of all things unusual, Megan is a staff attorney for the state of South Dakota. When she's not stuffed in an office writing case synopses, you can find her at home with her army of Schnauzers, snuggled up with some strong wine and a good book.

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