Haunted Places in and Around Kansas City

Haunted Kansas City

Savoy Hotel, Kansas City, Mo
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Kansas City and it's surrounding areas have quite a past-- and a long history which includes plenty of Haunted happenings. From haunted hotels and ghosts to spooky cemeteries and paranormal incidents, Kansas City has its fair share of scary folklore.

Stull Cemetery

Located between Lawrence and Topeka in the town of Stull, Kansas--the Stull Cemetery has gained quite a reputation and is known for being one of the Seven Gateways to Hell. Stories of the paranormal, haunted tales and the just plain frightening have accompanied the cemetery and it's neighboring church since the 1800's. Many folks claim that the devil appears in Stull Cemetery on the night of the Spring Equinox and again on Halloween. Mysteriously enough, the old stone church was torn down in 2002-adding to the spookiness of Stull.

Muelbach Hotel

Opening in 1816, the Muelbach has long been considered one of Kansas City's most prestigious hotels and noted landmark. A blonde haired ghost in her 30's named the 'Blue Lady' is said to inhabit the hotel. Wearing a blue dress with her hair pinned under a wide-brimmed hat, she has been seen wandering the halls and sitting in the lobby. The Blue Lady is said to be the ghost of an actress who once performed at the old Gayety Theater, and is thought to search the Muelbach for a long lost lover.

Hotel Savoy

The Savoy, built in 1888, is said to be the oldest continuously running hotel West of the Mississippi. As you can imagine, the history and mysteries surrounding passers through and hotel guests of years past yield to plenty of ghost stories. The Savoy went through a renovation process in the late 1980's and legend has it that the process extremely upset it's resident ghosts. Two resident ghosts are said to live in the Savoy. One, Betsy Ward died in a bathtub in the 1800's and is said to turn the water on and off and close the shower curtains in the room in which she died.

The other, Fred Lightner, is said to haunt his former apartment. Hotel guests and staff are also said to have seen mysterious shadows, heard strange voices and have doors open and close on their own.

Folly Theater

The Folly Theater and adjacent Edward Hotel were the center of the theater world in Kansas City for decades. The Folly stage played host to vaudeville and burlesque acts like Gypsy Rose Lee and was managed by the infamous Joe Donegan. Restored to its original state--employees and visitors alike report strange happenings in and around the theater. Many have seen a mysterious male figure in a bowler hat, who is believed to be the ghost of Joe Donegan. Others have also seen a woman in a long, flowing gown rushing toward the stage.

Union Station

Kansas City's Union Station was completed in 1914 and was a bustling hub of activity with more than 200 passenger trains passing through daily in its heyday. As train travel declined in the 1950's, Union Station was all but closed down by 1970. Union Station has been completely renovated today--and stories of unexplained phenomena surround the station. Employees have reported a woman in a black dress walking down the stairs after hours, never to be found. Travelers with suitcases have also been spotted wandering the halls.

Others tell of hearing a mysterious train whistle blow with no trains in sight.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

St. Mary's Episcopal Church, said to be one of Kansas City's oldest congregations with its history stemming back to the mid-1800's. Parishioners and clergy have repeatedly seen who they think is the ghost of Father Henry David Jardine, who lead the church from 1879 to 1886. It is said that Jardine haunts St. Mary's after his untimely death in 1886, was ruled a suicide. It is said he still haunts the church in an effort to clear his good name.

John Wornall House

The historic homestead is now a museum right in the heart of Brookside. The John Wornall House, which overlooks Loose Park, is said to be haunted by a man dressed in a civil war solider uniform who has been spotted smoking on the landing of the stairs. The staff also reports other odd accounts--like the smell of pipe tobacco in the office area, seeing a woman bent down in front of the fireplace in the kitchen, as well as unexplained voices and noises.

Alexander Majors Home

The Alexander Majors Home--a historic home located on State Line Road is said to be haunted by Louisa Johnston, a woman who once lived there. Louisa spent the majority of her life trying to restore the home but died at age 89 in the caretaker's cottage. The Majors Home Historic Foundation denies claims that ghosts inhabit the home, even though accounts of ghost sightings have been frequently reported.