Kansas City is the State Missouri’s biggest city. People are drawn to the city for the arts, music, Midwest hospitality and a plethora of historic and modern sites to see. Some people visit Kansas City to take in other opportunities the city offers. The come to check out places claiming to be haunted.
Let’s take a closer look at 10 haunted places in Kansas City people enjoy investigating:
The Hotel Savoy in Kansas City has been providing people with a place to stay since 1888. Some of the people that have stayed or worked at the popular hotel have decided that they simply never wanted to leave the establishment. An assortment of supernatural activity has been reported in the more than 100 years the hotel has been around. Two of the tragedies that occurred in the hotel were the mysterious death of Betsy Ward in room 505 and the 1990 murder of the restaurant manager by the dishwashers on the second floor.
Guests who stay in room 505 have told hotel officials that music can be heard in the room when the guests have nothing on. Ward’s ghost is also said to like to open doors as well as turn the bathroom faucets and shower off and on. People who visit the second floor get the odd feeling they are being watched. The fourth floor is home to the ghost of a little girl dressed in Victorian clothing and the ghost of a man whose apartment used to be on the fourth floor. There are other odd sounds, voices, laughter, and shadows found throughout the hotel making this one of the most haunted places in Kansas City.
9. John Wornall House
One of the oldest and most haunted places in Kansas City is the John Wornall House. The house has been around for decades and has a rich civil war history. The stories about the hauntings and sightings at the Wornall House are vast. There are neighbors that have been witness to so many spirits wandering around outside the home that vanish in to thin air that they have taken odd measures to protect their home. There is a neighbor that hangs crosses on all windows facing the home while another neighbor whited out their windows.
Aside from the reports of ghosts vanishing in the yard, people have spotted armed soldiers from the Civil War era patrolling the balconies and doors of the home. The smell of pipe tobacco and a woman bent over in front of the fireplace are additional observations. Noises, voices, and orbs floating on the rocking chair in the children’s bedroom have also been reported. One staff member’s that all of the guns hanging in the home were moved so they aimed at the front door has to be one of the most frightening of all the paranormal activity at the Wornal House.
8. Belvoir Winery
In 1900, the Odd Fellows Home District was established and the Belvoir Winery is part of that district today. In its initial incarnation, the Odd Fellows Home District had multiple buildings on the property, each of which served a specific purpose. There was a home for the elderly, a hospital, as well as a home and school for children. The purpose of the District was to provide assistance of all varieties to people of all ages. There is also a cemetery at the location that is believed to be the final resting place of approximately 600 people. The Belvoir Winery now serves as a place for wine tasting, weddings, and other private events.
People that make their way to the Belvoir Winery for wine tasting, weddings, and other events sometimes encounter the unexpected. There are people who have spotted the ghosts of an old woman singing and spied a man that looks like he is up to no good. Other visitors have seen countless children on the property playing or singing. Hearing strange noises, odd voices, children giggling, or seeing the piano play without any assistance are also a common occurrence when visiting one of the most haunted places in Kansas City.
Built in 1888, about a half hour Northeast of Kansas City sits the historic Elms Hotel and Spa. People used to come to the Elms Hotel to relax and enjoy the mineral spring’s supposed healing powers. It was not long before the hotel was damaged by a fire within a year or so of opening. The Hotel was completely rebuilt sometime between 1909 and 1912. Once it reopened its doors countless visitors came to the hotel. The visitors included famous bad guys such as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Al Capone, and Bugsy Moran. It is claimed these bad guys and other mobsters enjoyed gambling and alcohol in the hotel, especially the basement.
The Elm is home to multiple ghosts according to the staff and guests. There is the ghost of a maid from around the 1920s who appears to look after the hotel’s cleaning staff. Another ghost is that of a woman who is in a panic. It is said she is searching for her child. People how have had their hair pulled or seen things throw believe it might be the woman’s child. The basement where the lap pool is located has an assortment of sightings and activity.
6. Epperson House
Uriah Epperson and his family lived in the glorious Epperson House that was built roughly around 1920. The former family home has a lot of apparent activity which makes it one of the haunted places in Kansas City. The paranormal activity occurring in the house includes the sound of footsteps, organ music, and other odd, or unidentifiable sounds. Witnesses have seen a light turned on when an arm wearing blue clothing reached into the room. Countless other witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of a woman in an evening gown wandering around the property. The woman is apparently Epperson’s adopted daughter Harriet Barse who died in the house when an organ was being installed.
5. The Coates Hotel
When checking out some of the haunted places in Kansas City ghost investigators like to visit the former Coates Hotel. When the Coates Hotel opened in 1867 it was an impressive hotel that catered to the needs of countless famous people, dignitaries, and even three U.S. Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, and Grover Cleveland. After it had been opened for a century the once grand hotel became a homeless shelter. A fire would end up killing roughly 16 of those homeless people in 1978. Years later the building was repaired and transformed into a large apartment complex. Residents of the apartments say they have seen shadowy figures walking around the building. They have also stated their appliances occasionally make odd growling-like noises to go along with the other odd noises that are rather common.
4. Pretty Boy Floyd's House
After attempting to break Frank “Jelly” Nash out of prison during the Union Station Massacre, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd went back home to his girlfriend. He knew he needed to hide out after his plans went awry. Floyd did not remain in the home for long but it is believed an accomplice that was with him at Union Station died from his injuries in the home’s attic. As the years passed and the home was sold to new owners reports of activity started. Some of the activity included objects moving in the attic, the attic door opening at will, even when locked, and the attic light coming on. Further reports by the owners state they had problems keeping lights off and doors shut.
3. St Mary's Episcopal Church
On the list of haunted places in Kansas City is St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. When it was established in 1857 it was Kansas City’s first Episcopal Church. The church has been used for more than a century and is not without its conflicts. At one time Father Henry David Jardine was a rector at the church. It is said he had numerous disagreements with church officials and members because of his controversial way of thinking. Father Jardine perished in 1886. The reports were that he died at his own hands. The different paranormal activities at the church contradict that belief. There are those that say the odd sounds and activity in the church are caused by Father Jardine attempting to get the truth out so his name can be cleared of any wrong doing.
2. Muehlebach Hotel
With an opening date in 1916 the Muehlebach Hotel is not the oldest hotel in Kansas City but it is among the most prestigious the city has to offer. The Muehlebach Hotel has been the stopping point for the likes of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and all the Presidents in office from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. The Muehlebach is still in operation today as part of the Kansas City Marriot. Reports of ghostly activity revolve around the likes of “The Blue Lady.” Many people believe she used to be an actress in the 1920s and is searching for her paramour.
1. Kansas City Power & Light Building
In an effort to bring jobs to the city, the Kansas City Power and Light Building was built in 1931. Many businesses called the building home for many years. Currently it is both a landmark and one of the many haunted places in Kansas City. No longer used as an office building, the Kansas City Power and Light Building is now home to luxurious loft apartments. There is also a Grand Hall on the first floor which serves as a location for weddings and other events. Along with all of the renovations and remodeling there are still unusual occurrences that take place in and around the building. The feeling of being watched, most specifically at night, is quite common as is hearing odd and unexplainable noises. There have also been countless reports of shadowy figures appearing to jump to their death from the top of the building but somewhere along the way the figures vanish, never reaching the ground.