Some historic hotels attempt to hide their haunted status. They wave away the odd and unexplainable and dismiss the paranormal. Other hotels, however, such as the Hotel Josephine in Holton, Kansas, do just the opposite. This late 19th-century haunted hotel is proud of its supernatural reputation, claiming the title of “Most Haunted Hotel in Kansas.”
Nestled in the quaint downtown of Holton, Kansas, surrounded by little shops and friendly locals, the Hotel Josephine has been in business since 1889. Built by A.D. Walker, a prominent Holton resident, the establishment was named after Walker’s then four-month-old daughter, Josephine. Josephine spent the rest of her life in Kansas, near and around the hotel, and some say she never left. Guests who stay in the Josephine Walker Room often feel her familiar presence, so many years after her death.
Many reports say that Josephine Walker’s spirit is a friendly one, always ready to welcome guests into her namesake hotel. But, she does expect a level of decorum. Members of staff have noted the sounds of loud, angry footsteps in empty rooms or doors opening and shutting on their own when hotel guests become too rowdy, noisy, or drunk.