(First Avenue & 7th Street Entry)

701 North 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

(612) 338-8388

Status: Former Bus Station, Urban Legend, Dance Club



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By Charles W. Howson - <a rel="nofollow" class="external text" href="">Minnesota Historical Society</a>, Public Domain, Link

By <a href="//" title="User:Jonathunder">Jonathunder</a> - <span class="int-own-work" lang="en">Own work</span>, GFDL 1.2Link


A former Greyhound bus station that was purchased in the 1960’s and turned into a rock club where up and coming artists – on a local and National scale – were invited to play live. It was originally open for only one year but hosted such acts as BB King, Ike and Tina Turner and The Kinks.

Financial issues forced the sale of the club to a conglomerate in the 1970’s who converted it into a DJ driven dance club but it was only a few years before old management was back in the scene and live acts once again surpassed canned music. Now legendary names such as The Ramones, The Replacements and Pat Benatar began to play there.

In the early 1980’s there were divisions in the music in the city leading to a ban of African-American bands and singers being pushed out of all the downtown clubs except First Avenue. These were the days of bands such as The Time and the legendary Prince; who rented the club to film his movie Purple Rain.

As the 80’s turned to the 90’s new bands who become stadium sellers such as REM and Nirvana began to play here. In 2004 the club nearly went under but was saved from bankruptcy.


Paranormal Activity

There is a lot of an urban legends surrounding this haunting. That being said, there are way too many encounters with the paranormal for this to be just a legend.

The ghost most frequently seen in the club is that of a woman who is usually described as either all in white or wearing an army fatigue jacket and bell bottom jeans. So, is this woman who appears in the women’s washroom or is just heard crying in an empty stall or is reported on the dance floor dancing with the living?

Legend says she was waiting for her husband – at the bus station - in the 1945 to return home after the world war. In this version she finds out her husband died in combat as the war ended and she kills herself by hanging herself in the women’s washroom in an empty stall.

Cut and dry right? Not so much.

When a medium was brought in, they saw blood in the women’s washroom; completely inconsistent with a hanging. The 1940’s is also inconsistent with a form the ghost is most often seen in – army jacket and bell bottoms. In this case the woman is thought to have overdosed while injecting in the washroom.

Of course, there are no records of either a suicide or an accidental death happening in either the mid-40’s or the late-60’s in the building. Despite that the woman’s apparition has been seen in the club since the 1980’s. Strangely when the ghost is actually seen, either in the washroom or dancing, she never has visible legs.

The former manager of the club says he knocked down a wall and found a 12 square foot room hidden in the club. All that was in the hidden room was a large booth. This room was used by DJs setting up their shows and they reported the needles on records moving on their own and moans and screams on their headphones.

Although there is no historical proof, many believe there was once a slaughterhouse on the site and the moans heard of that of animals souls dying.

The club staff have seen a number of people in places they shouldn’t be – such as dancing after the club is closed – these people disappear into thin air if approached.

There is even a ghost nicknamed Flippy who makes phantom noises of chairs being stacked on tables.