Kansas City August 24, 2017
These 8 Haunted Places In Kansas City Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
Everybody loves a good ghost story. And you’ll find plenty of frightful tales here in Kansas City, many of which took place at historic hotels, mansions, and museums. There have been rumors swirling for years about strange paranormal activities happening in these locations. Some of them even host ghost hunts for individuals brave enough to experience it themselves. Read on if you’re in the mood to hear about some creepy characters.
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. Longview Mansion
Millionaire lumberman Robert A. Long built Longiew Mansion in 1914. His daughter, Loula Long-Combs is said to haunt the home. Her ghostly figure has been seen riding about the property on horseback and pacing in her bedroom in the mansion.
Longview Mansion is located at 1200 SW Longview Park Dr., Lee's Summit, MO 64081.
2. Jackson County Jail and Marshal's Home
This jail with an adjoining Marshal’s home was built in 1859 and housed thousands of prisoners until its closing in 1933. Upon entering, people are said to experience nausea and chills as they pass by the first jail cell. There have also been apparitions of women and children, who are believed to be prisoners during the Civil War.
Jail and Marshal's Home is located at 217 North Main St., Independence, MO 64050.
3. Sauer Castle
Sauer Castle is said to be one of the most haunted locations in all of Kansas City. Maybe it’s because there are so many ghost stories involving this house that it’s hard to decide which is true and which is not. Built between 1869-1871, the dwelling is said to be the site where a woman hung herself in the soaring tower. There are supposedly bodies buried on the property as well as secret tunnels where gruesome murders took place. You can be the judge.
Sauer Castle is located at 935 Shawnee Rd., Kansas City, KS 66103.
4. The Elms Hotel
Want to stay overnight at a haunted hotel? The
Elms Hotel can provide that for you. The spirits that haunt the halls and rooms are so famous they were featured on SyFy’s "Ghost Hunters." There have been sightings of a female ghost who appears to be looking for her child in the basement near the pool. And an apparition of a lead housekeeper has been seen by living housekeepers trying to make sure their work is being done properly. Stay at your own risk!
The Elms Hotel is located at 401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024.
5. Epperson House
The Epperson House was named one of the top five haunted houses in the United States by the show Unsolved Mysteries. The story goes that Harriet Evelyn Barse, an organ student at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, died shortly after designing a new custom organ for the home’s loft space. Students have reported seeing a ghost dressed as if ready for a recital and the sound of organ music playing at night.
Epperson House is located at 5200 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110.
6. Bingham-Waggoner Estate
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate was owned by Civil War artist George Caleb Bingham and his original paintings and furnishings are on display for visitors. But watch out! A ghost-bride may be seen around the staircase and if you decide to take photos, don’t be surprised when you see orbs floating in them.
Bingham-Waggoner Estate is located at 313 W Pacific Ave., Independence, MO 64050.
7. St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Established in 1857, the church holds an interesting ghost story inside its walls. It goes that Father Henry David Jardine, a rector at the church, did not get along with the church officials due to his differing ideals. When he died, no one could decipher whether it was by his own hands or if there was foul play. Nevertheless, strange sounds and activity continue here and some say it is the spirit of Father Jardine.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church is located at 1307 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64106.
8. John Wornall House
The John Wornall House was a place of refuge for tired and injured soldiers during the Civil War. The neighbors have reported seeing ghostly-looking soldiers on the balcony as well as ghosts in the yard. Some put crosses on their homes so as to keep the spirits out. From noises and voices being heard to a rocking chair in a child’s room having orbs floating above it, let’s just say you may want to visit during the daytime.
John Wornall House is located at 6115 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64113.
Do you believe in ghosts? Kansas City might just be the place for a ghost sighting! You’ll have to visit these locations to decide for yourself just how eerie they really are.
For more creepy happenings around Missouri,
check out this haunted road trip.