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If you’ve never heard of this town before, don’t worry. Most other people haven’t, either. Or if they have, it’s probably because it’s the hometown of the US’ most famous missing person: Amelia Earhart. There’s more to this little town than meets the eye, however. People say it’s the most haunted city in Kansas, if not one of the most haunted cities in the whole of the US. And, seeing as Kansas is one of those states I forget about (sorry, guys! I even drove through you on the way to Michigan! You have a lot of fields!), I thought I’d take a closer look at Atchison and all its spooky offerings.
What goes on here?
Atchison has been around since before the Civil War. They were a stop for wagon trains, and eventually sent out troops to keep themselves from being invaded by Missouri during the war. It’s been a fruitful town from the beginning, and not always a creepy one. But eventually stories grew. These are the ones I could find:
The Gargoyle House. Going into it, this already has a badass name. It almost doesn’t need anything weird going on to be listed on the haunted side. Almost. It’s actually called the Waggener House, and it was built by BP Waggener back in the 1880’s. Legend has it that Waggener sold his soul to the devil, and as a symbol of that, he placed gargoyles on the roof (yes, gargoyles are used to protect against evil spirits, but don’t ruin the legend with silly facts). Legend has it that the house is now cursed, and anyone who tries removing the gargoyles from the roof will meet an untimely doom. This apparently happened to one owner, who fell down the staircase after attempting to get the statues from the roof. While there’s no proof of Waggener selling is soul to the devil, or the house being cursed, it’s a neat legend that’s worth checking out.
Beware when walking along the Missouri River in Atchison. There is a large hill going down Atchison street that leads directly into the Missouri River. It used to be called Ferry Street, because that’s where the locals stopped to catch the ferry across the river. Legend says a woman in a horse and buggy lost control of her horses, sending them one way and her the other. She ended up in the river, and with no way out of her carriage, drowned. Men working along the river at night have heard the voice of a woman beckoning them into the water with her. If that’s not the definition of creepy I don’t know what is.
When I watched Sightings back in the 90’s, I was intrigued by the Sallie House. I saw the scratches and cuts on the owner’s body, but come on. It was on Sightings. I love that show, but back then I had no way of verifying these claims (read: I didn’t know what the internet was yet). But now that I’m doing research on it… this place is downright scary. There seems to be a girl there by the name of Sallie who doesn’t much care for people. She turns electrical devices on and off, moves objects and makes noises.
Holy crap! That cut required stitches?! Even IF it was faked, that’s a hell of a long way to go to fake out a 90’s investigative program. People have been shoved, there have been reports of multiple voices in one conversation… Yeah, this place is haunted.
Jackson Park Looks like a quaint place to have a picnic in the spring, but in Atchison nothing is as it seems. There are two legends about the same girl there in Jackson Park. The first is that she was a young girl coming home from the prom, when she had an argument with her boyfriend and he left her in the park before driving off. The second legend is that Molly was an African-American woman murdered for being her race. Either way, screams and moans can be heard around midnight in the spot called “Molly’s Hollow,” where young couples like to… “park.”
The Glick House was built by George Washington Glick in the 1870’s. Now a bed and breakfast, anyone staying there might just get more than they paid for. The doors open and close by themselves, and footsteps can be heard all over the house. Maybe Mr. Glick and family haven’t quite left their property?
Last, but certainly not the final haunting in this town, is the Theatre Atchison. Now, all theatres claim to have some kind of ghostly activity. It’s not a real theatre without strange noises and dark apparitions creeping in dark hallways. But this one might be able to make the claim of “haunted theatre” better than most. Several people have reported feeling strange presences, as well as noises and footsteps throughout the building. Doors rattle and cold spots dot the interior.
There are at least five other homes Atchison claims as haunted, and at least three other non-residential buildings that boast paranormal activity. That’s a lot for a town of 11,000. Maybe it was destiny that Amerlia Earhart would be from this town and disappear without a trace. However you look at it, Atchison is one haunted place.
If you’d like to know more about any of the hauntings, see the video on the Sallie House below, or check out the links I got all my info from! There’re even ghost tours conducted regularly! Be sure to check out Atchison if you’re in the region, and as always, leave any personal experiences you have in the comments section!
I’m not going to lie, when I’m looking up places with paranormal activity for this blog, I tend to forget about a fair few states. Usually, I think about where I live, then where I used to live, then the coasts… and all those middle states get lost in the jumble. But, as it turns out there are just as many haunted locations in a state as any other! So this time I’m going to focus on a state I kind of forget about (sorry, readers!).
After doing a little Google searching, I learned that Montana has a plethora of paranormal places (take that, alliteration)! I have a feeling, however, that this blog won’t be so much about the history like some of them. I’ve got quite a few to get through, and I want to make sure you lot know exactly what you’re in for if/when you go visiting that gorgeous state.
Let’s get started, shall we?
What Goes On Here?
Let’s start with a few places from the wonderful blog http://www.hauntedmontana.com. A website devoted entirely to all the spooky things going on in the state (and a few books on it, too!), it’s a comprehensive look at what Montana has to offer after dark. And it offers a few places for us to look at as well!
The Canyon Ferry Mansion, a bed a breakfast in Townsend, Montanaisn’t advertised as being a haunted inn, but there have been several reports of spooky things happening. In 1970 Franklin Hervey Cook, stepson of the original owner of the house, was killed during a robbery. Since then, owners and guests have been witnessing all kinds of paranormal activity. Cook is seen around the inn often, and the sound of a piano can be heard (despite there not being a piano in the building). A young girl has been witnessed weeping on the stairs, too. One couple staying around Halloween took their wedding pictures in the inn, in front of a fake hanging ghost with a mask, and when their pictures returned the mask had eyes in it! Thankfully, they took this well. But apparently they had an uninvited wedding guest! (http://www.hauntedaccommodations.com/ghostsightingshotels.htm)
[If you’d like to know more about the Canyon Ferry Mansion, they have a website at: http://www.canyonferrymansion.com/Pages/default.aspx]
The Rocky Knob Lodge (trust me, I giggled a little, too) is located in the Bitterroot Valley, and as been around since 1945, where it started as a ranch by Jesse B. White, better known as Ptomaine Joe. The Lodge, before it was sold in 1950, was a place of questionable repute. Joe held dinners, did favours and kept girls who may or may not have given the men in the Valley a little somethin’ extra. Joe may have had to leave, but her spirit decided to stay in the old place. She has been seen up on the catwalk, looking over her guests. A man in a checked shirt sits at the bar, but disappears before the bartender can get his drink order, and on winter nights the sounds of change from the slot machines ring out. Knives are tossed around in the kitchens, too, so be careful! (http://www.hauntedmontana.com/index.php?p=1_34_November-2011)
[Rocky Knob Lodge’s website is: http://rockyknoblodge.com/Home_Page.html]
Next, we head over to the University of Montana. Colleges, I’ve found, always have something spooky about them. Whether it’s walking through deserted halls after a late night class, or hearing things in the attic of your work study job, all colleges have scary stories about hauntings. Montana is no different. In the university’s Main Hall, custodians have heard doors slamming, noisy footsteps and even seen apparitions of a woman in a winter coat (http://paranormalmontana.blogspot.com/2009/10/mainuniversity-hall-and-rankin-hall-um.html).
Shadowlands reports that people have heard blood-curdling screams coming from the building (http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/montana.htm)
Rankin Hall boasts an impressive number of ghosts- an entire classroom full of them, learning from a ghostly lecturer (sign me up for that class)! Brantley Hall is said to be haunted by a victim of the Wall Street crash, a woman who took her own life when she was unable to keep their family ranch. I can’t seem to find any solid research on this one, though, so if you know more about it, post it in the comments!
I found a Denny’s in Billings that’s apparently haunted! There are shadows and sounds heard late at night by employees. Never heard of a Denny’s being haunted before! Billings is also home to several other ghosts, including two WWII soldiers wandering around an antique store, and a little girl in Moss Mansion that opens doors and makes very strange sounds.
There are a ton of haunted places in Montana! I never knew! I hope I can visit one day, and see all the ghosts they have! If you’ve seen anything weird in Montana, please post your comments below!