While the West Bottoms haunted houses scare visitors brave enough to endure the sight of real snakes or the idea of being buried alive (no thanks!), there are some creepy locales throughout KC that are truly chilling because they are truly haunted…
The Savoy Hotel – Kansas City, MO
The Savoy Hotel was built in 1888, and is said to be the oldest continuously running hotel West of the Mississippi. Two resident ghosts are said to make their presence known here. One, Betsy Ward, who passed away of a sudden heart attack in her room on the fifth floor. Some believe that she died in the bathtub; others say she died in bed. Witnesses have observed the shower turning on and off by itself and have heard music coming from inside the room when no one was inside. Another spirit, Fred Lightner, is said to haunt his former apartment on the fourth floor. Hotel guests and staff are also said to have heard strange voices, seen mysterious shadows, full body apparitions of a man dressed in attire from the 1930s, and have seen doors open and close on their own.
Sallie’s House – Atchison, KS
This quaint home in Kansas is said to be home to the apparition simply named Sallie. Sallie died inside the home as she waited for a life-saving surgery that was never performed. Many have tried to make the house a residence but always resulted in vacancy due to constant sounds of children’s voices, objects levitating and aggressive spirits.
Haunted Atchison Trolley Tour – Atchison, KS
Why is Atchison dubbed the “most haunted town in Kansas?” Well if Sallie’s sad story isn’t enough, this tour should enlighten you on the spooky sightings, paranormal activity and eerie sounds reported by residents and visitors alike.
Sauer’s Castle – Kansas City, KS
The 18th century German Gothic inspired mansion was built by Anton Phillip Sauer. Having left his home in Vienna after his wife died, he sought a fresh start in Kansas City with his children. While many rumors of horrible events that occurred here have been disproved, regular reports, including lights appearing in the lookout tower, along with apparitions of both a woman and a boy seen standing and walking in front of the property’s windows, persist to this day. Read more