Lucian Barnes Pavilion-Main Museum

Bonanzaville Unexplained Tour

Lucian Barnes Pavilion-Main Museum

West Fargo, North Dakota 58078, United States

Created By: North Dakota State University


A large number of experiences occur in the Main Musuem. Volunteers have reported hearing whistling or a piano playing when they are here alone. Videos, such as the one in the Vice Exhibit, will begin to play without anyone pressing its start button.

If you visit the Rotating Gallery where the Military Exhibit is up, you will see a broken shotgun in one of the cases. This belonged to Leo Cleveland and was used to murder Henry Biever and his wife, Shirley, in 1936. The couple owned a service station in Leonard, North Dakota and were closing up when Leo Cleveland entered their store. Cleveland was desperate to marry a girl from Anselm, North Dakota, but was a broke farmhand. After being unable to secure a loan, he went to the store with the intent to rob it. He walked in, waited until customers had left, then approached Mr. Beiver and shot him. Mrs. Biever screamed and tried to run away. Cleveland hit her over the head with the gun. He took $5 from the register, left the store, filled a kettle with gasoline, and proceded to douse the building and the Bievers in it, before lighting it on fire.

Leo Cleveland fled. He was later caught and convicted. In prison he was a model prisoner, prompting an early release in 1956. He moved to the west coast and married a widow with several children. Cleveland eventually killed her, too, and left her children without a mother.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Bonanzaville Unexplained Tour


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