It seems as though we have been talking quite a bit lately about haunted places in Kansas… but how can we help ourselves when there are so many spooky and fascinating spots located right in our own backyard? Today’s haunted location is a famous and historic landmark that many people do not realize is plagued by the paranormal.
Built in 1827, Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active United States Army post west of D.C. that was at one time considered to be the "Intellectual Center of the Army".
Over the years, Leavenworth has served as a vital location during several of the country's most historic wars and conflicts including the Indian Removal Act, Kansas-Nebraska Act, Civil War, and both World Wars.
In 1875, the official United States Disciplinary Barracks -- which could hold 1,000+ prisoners at a time -- was opened at the fort and remained open until 2002.
Pictured is the demolition of the United States Disciplinary Barracks Building 467.
Even though Fort Leavenworth is still open and occupied, it is the site to some of the most spine-tingling hauntings in the country, including that of the now demolished Barracks...
Soon after the Number 8 Tower was opened, a soldier is said to have shot himself in the head and died. After this, several guards noticed a mysterious object walking around the tower; however, when they went to investigate, nobody was there. As if that wasn't frightening enough, the Eighth Tower was also phone-less, yet other buildings would receive staticky phone calls traced back to the Barrack.
Cemeteries are a hot bed for hauntings... but the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery is especially scary because of the ghost of Catherine Sutter, who died of pneumonia while searching for her lost children in 1880, was buried at the cemetery, and can still be seen searching the grounds for her son and daughter.
...and site of the original St. Ignatius Chapel.
In 1875, the original church burned to the ground, killing the parish priest, Father Fred. Those who lived in the re-constructed rectory reported seeing Fr. Fred's ghostly figure still roaming the home in his priestly robes.