Summer vacation has come to an end (for most) and Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Have you made plans yet? If you haven’t, we’ve got your back! It’s time to gas up the car, grab some of your best friends, and follow our map to some of the most hauntingly beautiful abandoned locations in the state. (Link to the original map can be found
1. Le Hunt
Not only is the town of Le Hunt long abandoned, it is also thought to be haunted by the ghost of Bohr; an employee of the once thriving United Kansas Portland Cement Company (pictured) who is said to have been killed after falling into a vat of concrete. His body was never recovered, but his encapsulated wheelbarrow, pick, and shovel can still be seen in the wall of the abandoned factory.
2. Atlas E Missile Base (Osage City)
Not only is this deserted Missile Base available to tour; the $3.3 million structure---that was built in the late 1950s ---can be yours to own for a surprisingly affordable $265,000. (There has to be some home renovation show that specializes in Cold War missile silos... right?)
Named for legendary St. Louis Browns catcher Albert J. "Doc" Bushong, the once thriving town of 150 residents had a thriving economy with its successful post office, garage, bank, high school, and more. However, after a fire devastated the town, residents moved and buildings were left to deteriorate. Today, the nearly empty town is home to only 34 residents.
Welcome to Dunlap, Kansas: a once prime relocation spot for hundreds of newly freed slaves that housed several successful businesses including hardware and grocery stores, ice cream shop, and even a butter and cheese factory. Sadly, the town's population dwindled during the Great Depression, leaving behind only a handful of residents and several deserted buildings.
5. Diamond Springs
What was once considered the "Diamond of the Plains," Diamond Springs was a hot spot for those traveling along the Santa Fe Trail. During the Civil War, the town's stage station was attacked and robbed by Quantrill confederate Dick Yeager, who killed the station manager and severely injured his wife. The station, one of the only operating businesses in Diamond Springs, was moved down-the-road to Six Mile Creek, and the town eventually folded due to the lack of traffic along the Santa Fe Trail.