Believe it or not, Halloween is upon us (just check out your local store) and frights galore are right around the corner. However, if you can’t wait a few months to have your pants scared off at a Haunted House, don’t fret; just visit one of these 11 places in Kansas where you may spot a true to life (err, death?) ghost:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Kansas State University (Manhattan)
I always knew there was something weird about K-State (says the KU fan) and I guess I was right. Reports of a deceased football player, disgruntled Pi Kappa Phi pledge and the last patient to die at the former K-State hospital are thought to haunt the campus.
2. Jetmore Curve (Jetmore)
Located at the junctions of Highways 156 and 283, the Jetmore Curve is a sharp gravel turn that is alleged to have killed a group of high school students who cruised the road late one Halloween night. To this day, locals and visitors alike tell the same story: If you visit the curve on Halloween, you will hear the unexplained sounds of screaming, groaning, and of cars crashing. (Please note: I couldn't find a picture of the curve, so please use your imagination and pretend this is it!)
3. Alma Cemetery (Alma)
Surprise, surprise; there is a cemetery on a list of haunted places in Kansas! However, this isn't just any cemetery. While most spirits leave their bodies after death, those at Alma tend to stick around, including that of the farmer who owned the land that houses the cemetery who was pushed into a well and killed by an unknown person.
4. Schroyer Cemetery (Blue Rapids)
Since we're talking about cemeteries, let's head over to Schroyer, which is famous for demonic voices, orbs and sightings of a young boy covered in hair.
5. Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (Fort Leavenworth)
Last cemetery, I promise! Fort Leavenworth is known as the "most haunted army base in the United States" and is occupied by the ghosts of diseased victims, sufferers of Indian attacks, lost travelers, slain soldiers and other forgotten souls.
6. Sallie House (Atchison)
It should come as a surprise to no one that the most haunted town in Kansas would house the most haunted home in the state! Welcome to the Sallie House, a house named for a 6-year-old who died in the home during a failed appendicitis surgery. During the 1990s, a young couple renting the home reported harmless pranks being played on them, which eventually turned malicious and violent. After consulting a psychic, it was discovered that Sallie wasn't the only ghost haunting the home, but a middle-aged woman as well.
7. Jackson Park (Atchison)
Before we leave Atchison, let's visit Jackson Park, where Molly---a woman who was found hanging from a tree in the park following her prom---wanders the ground, moaning and screaming.
8. Bird Bridge (Emporia)
One of the most infamous murder cases in Kansas history is that of Sandra Bird, who was drugged, placed in her car, and then pushed over the side of Rocky Ford (Bird) Bridge by her reverend husband and his mistress. When you visit the bridge today, it is said that you can still hear Mrs. Bird's screams coming from the water below. (As you may have guessed, I couldn't find a copyright-free photo of the bridge, so pictured is a poster from the mini-series inspired by the murder.)
9. Hutchinson Public Library (Hutchison)
Much like a bee, if you don't bother the ghost of Ida Day (a former librarian who is constantly spotted and heard), Ida Day will not bother you.
10. Moon Lake (Fort Riley)
As per legend, Moon Lake is home to a sacred Chief’s Circle that, whenever camped on or near, summons two large sets of fireflies who chase campers from the grounds.
11. University of Kansas (Lawrence)
Alright, Wildcat fans; KU is also allegedly haunted... and this time, it is by the mistress of a former governor who hung herself inside the Signa Nu Fraternity house.