Kansas is a beautiful and seemingly quiet state that is home to 3 million of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. However, behind its charm and supposed innocence are some of the scariest, most chill-worthy hauntings in the entire country, which include:
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. Hamburger Hill (Hutchinson)
We have talked about it before but feel as though it deserves to be mentioned again; When exploring the Hutchinson area, don't wander too far off the beaten path, or you'll risk meeting the Hamburger Man--a half ghost, half monster who kidnaps his victims, drags them to his shack and grinds them up into hamburger meat.
2. St. Jacob's Well (Clark County)
St. Jacob of Nisibis is a holy man who served as the city's first bishop and also built its first basilica. St. Jacob's Well in Clark County, however, is anything but holy and has claimed the lives of several visitors who used a weighted rope to try and find the bottom.
3. Morningside Park (Kansas City)
Do you live in the Morningside Park neighborhood of Kansas City? If so, have you heard any strange noises or seen any unexplained occurrences (moving furniture, smoke, etc.)? The burning of a Santa Fe era home is thought to be the source of these strange phenomenon.
4. Stull Cemetery (Stull)
Located just down the road from Morningside Park is the infamous Stull Cemetery, which is said to house a set of hidden steps that descend directly to hell. As if that wasn't creepy enough, the cemetery was once a (reported) meeting place for witches and cults, leaving the grounds cursed for all eternity.
5. Molly's Hollow (Atchison)
Like most of us, poor Molly was looking forward to the night of her prom. At some point, however, things took a dark turn and Molly was later found hanging from a tree at Atchison's popular Jackson Park. If you visit at around midnight, it is said you can see her shadow wandering the ground, moaning and screaming.
6. Hollenberg Pony Express Station (Hanover)
It should come as no surprise that an old and historic building like the Hollenberg Station is haunted. When you visit the now museum, make sure to listen for the sound of approaching hooves, inaudible shouting, and even the sights of ghosts still traveling the trail.
7. Blue Albino Woman (Topeka)
Hearing that there may even be a chance of a ghostly cannibal who frequents the Rochester Cemetery in Topeka at night makes me want to never visit...
8. The Sallie House (Atchison)
Quite possibly the most famous haunting in Kansas is that of the Sallie House, which was 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. (The woman is said to have been behind the more frightening attacks.)
9. Potwin Place (Topeka)
Don't let the grand charm of every Victorian home fool you! There is one seemingly lovely house in Topeka's historic Potwin Place neighborhood that gained a reputation for being haunted after its owners began renovations and noticed strange sounds along the floorboards and the voice of a man telling them they were doing a nice job hanging wallpaper. (I don't know about you, but if I owned that property I would BURN IT to the ground.)
10. Saline River (Ellis County)
Keep your eyes peeled the next time you walk the banks of the Saline River, as legend has it that there is a ghost of a Native American man who roams the river looking for the skull of his father who was killed centuries ago.
11. Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery (Fort Leavenworth)
Seeing as though Fort Leavenworth is the "most haunted army base in the United States," it should come as no surprise that the cemetery is also haunted. But just who is haunting the area? The spirits are the ghosts of diseased victims, sufferers of Indian attacks, lost travelers, slain soldiers and other forgotten souls.
Allegedly haunted, LeHunt was a small town that thrived on the United Kansas Portland Cement Company. The old cement plant, which closed its doors after the Great Depression, is said to be haunted by one of the ghosts of a former employee who died in a tragic accident at the plant. The employee, known only as Bohr, fell into a vat of concrete and was never seen again. After the accident, his co-workers encapsulated his wheelbarrow, pick and shovel into a wall of concrete that can still be seen today.