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Haunted Atchison, Kansas

Updated on December 5, 2012

Atchison, KS -- The Most Haunted Town in Kansas

The small, sleepy town of Atchison, KS seems quite comfortable with its reputation as the most haunted town in Kansas. So much so, in fact, that Atchison sponsors an annual Haunted Trolley Tour September through October of each year.

Come along on our spooky little trip through haunted Atchison as we visit several Atchison hauntings such as the Sallie home, the Waggener house, Jackson Park, and many more.

Once you're done here, why not read about most haunted places in Kansas City as well? Continue on, if you dare...

Sallie House
Sallie House

Sallie The Heartland Ghost

Sightings documentary on Sallie

From the exterior, it appeared to be a quaint little house on a quiet street in the middle of the American heartland. Inside, a young family of three experienced an altogether different reality. The television show Sightings, a leader in scientific ghost investigations during the 90s, traveled to Atchison, KS to document the troubling occurrences in the Pickmans' home in what would later become one of the most famous modern day hauntings in the nation.

Shortly after the Pickmans moved into their new home in 1993, they noticed that newly taken photographs of their baby Taylor were strewn with strange distorted orbs of light. As typically happens with hauntings, things gradually became worse. The family sought help from psychic Barbara Conner who would reveal that the home was haunted by the spirit of a little girl named Sallie. The terrifying events progressed and Tony Pickman's arms, back and chest were scratched relentlessly. At one point the scratches were even caught forming on camera by the Sightings crew.

Sightings invited the esteemed psychic Peter James (now deceased) to help determine the cause of Sallie's frustrations. With no previous knowledge of the case or the whereabouts of the home, Peter immediately detected the spirit of a little girl named Sallie. Courthouse and cemetery records confirmed Peter's psychic revelations that a little girl named Sallie Isabel Hall had died in the home in 1905 from pneumonia. Sallie was buried in the town cemetery.

Sallie House Ghost - Sallie Heartland Haunting video YouTube

Gargoyle Home
Gargoyle Home

The Waggener House

The Gargoyle Home

The Waggener House, also known as The Gargoyle Home, was built in 1885 by B.P. Waggener. Waggener was a local lawyer and politician in the Atchison area.

The legend goes that Waggener accumulated his vast wealth and power through a deal with the devil. The gargoyles were constructed in honor of this dark pact. The townsfolk speak whipsers of the home being afflicted by an evil curse. A former homeowner that attempted to remove the gargoyles fell down the staircase to his death. A documentary that aired on the Travel Channel reported that Kansas City Ghost Hunters picked up the presence of several ghosts in the home and also reported having felt an uneasy presence in the house.

Jackson Park
Jackson Park

Jackson Park

Haunted Jackson Park in Atchison

At midnight, it is said you can hear the ghost of Molly moaning and screaming throughout the park. According to legend, Molly was a beautiful young woman who was found dead in the park the day after prom. She and her date had gotten into and argument and when Molly got out of the car her date drove off. The next morning, Molly's lifeless body was found dangling from a tree. She had been hanged. It was unclear whether foul play was involved or if Molly took her own life.

In addition to Molly's chilling cries, witnesses have also reported a ghostly figure hanging in the tree where Molly's body was discovered. Today the area is referred to as Molly's Hollow.

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The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story
The Sallie House Haunting: A True Story

This very scary book is about a true haunting that occured in the 90s in Atchison. You even get to visit the house during the annual Atchison Ghost Tour!

Haunted Kansas
Haunted Kansas

This great book documents several of the case studies of true hauntings in Atchison, KS.

Glick Mansion
Glick Mansion

Glick Mansion

Haunted Glick Mansion in Atchison

Glick Mansion was built in 1873 by George Washington Glick who served in the state legislature in 1862. The mansion is said to have a resident ghost lurking around in this century old home. Doors are inexplicably opened and closed by unseen forces. Visitors have reported the sound of footsteps walking through the house when no one is present.

Today, Glick Mansion is now open to the public as a beautiful bed and breakfast retreat. But be careful, you may get more than you bargained for.

Tuck U Inn at Glick Mansion

503 N. 2nd St

Atchison, Kansas 66002

Tel: 913-367-9110

Toll Free: 1-866-367-8101

McInteer Villa
McInteer Villa

McInteer Villa

McInteer Villa haunted house in Atchison

The McInteer Villa was built in 1890 by Irish immigrant John McInteer. Odd phenomena has been reported in the stately mansion including lights turning on and off in the tower of their own accord. The thing that makes this such a curious phenomenon is the tower has no electricity. People going past the McInteer Villa have witnessed figures standing in the windows when no one is home. These shadowy forms have also appeared standing in the windows in photographs of the old mansion.

Atchison Most Haunted City in Kansas Video YouTube - Atchison KS hauntings video

Muchnic House
Muchnic House

Muchnic House

Haunted Atchison Muchnic House

Built in 1885, the Muchnic House was host to regular weekend social events. On one such Saturday evening, the event ran into the early hours of the morning. A maid who had worked at the party that evening accidentally overslept the following morning. Rushing from her bedchamber, she ran down the back staircase to the kitchen, tripped, and unfortunately fell to her death.

Today, witnesses report that lights from the back staircase turn on and off by themselves on Sunday mornings. Also, the distinct smell of bacon is detectable in the air coming from the kitchen when no one is there.

Santa Fe Depot
Santa Fe Depot

The Santa Fe Depot

Haunted Santa Fe Depot in Atchison

The Santa Fe Depot is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Hangman Bill, a railroad worker known for his habit of hanging from freight as it was loaded on and off cars. One day the cable carrying one of the loads snapped and poor Bill was crushed beneath the freight cargo, dying instantly. Today, staff at the depot reports hearing the sound of footsteps coming from above them. However, as is plainly visible in the photograph to the right the depot has no upper floor.

Psychic Visits the Sallie Home Heartland Ghost - Psychic readings of the Sallie house in Atchison, KS

Theatre Atchison
Theatre Atchison

Theatre Atchison

Haunted Theatre Atchison

An employee described hearing strange noises and the feeling of being watched late one night in 2002. There was an unexplained sensation of cold and repeated rattling of the outside door when no one was there. After the events passed, the employee attempted to take a nap and was suddenly awoken by loud stomping footsteps coming from the attic above him.

Theatre Atchison Hauntings Video - Theatre Atchison Ghost Stories YouTube

Haunted Atchison Ghost Tours
Haunted Atchison Ghost Tours

Haunted Atchison Tours

Atchison KS ghost tours, Atchison trolley tours

Since 1995, families from all over the nation have traveled to Atchison, KS to visit the "Haunted Atchison" tour, a one-hour narrated trolley ride to see over twenty haunted sites and hear the bone chilling tales of each location. Each Saturday evening in October, one home featured on the "Haunted Atchison" tour will open its doors, and the current residents will take curious visitors inside where they have discovered unusual happenings. In the past, many visitors have excitedly reported finding ghostly orbs in their printed photographs. One tour group even witnessed the keys of a grand piano play by an unseen force.

On the "History & Mystery" Walking Tour, paranormal enthusiasts are lead through 20 city blocks to admire the unique Victorian architecture and learn about the history of the homes. This informatively eerie stroll through the streets of this beautiful old railroad town allows participants to have a more in-depth look at the mysteries and the residents, both human and otherworldly, of Atchison's neighborhoods.

There are several different types of ghost tours available. The festivites typically start around the beginning of September and run through the end of October (dates vary from year to year). Be sure to contact the city of Atchison to purchase tickets in advance for the fun and informative ghost tours.

Haunted Atchison Tours

200 S. 10th St

Atchison, KS 66002

Phone: (913) 367-2427

Fax: (913) 367-2485

Toll Free: (800) 234-1854

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    • wildbluefrontier profile image

      Nathan M 

      5 years ago from Tucson

      Now McInteer Villa and the Glick mansion look like haunted houses should look! Interesting read.

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      5 years ago

      Yes I enjoyed these ghost stories, thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      This is one idiot video. These people couldn't find ghost if they were one.

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      McInteer Villa is a gorgeous looking place. I'd love to photograph it.

    • ImmatureEntrepr profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @anonymous: Sometimes, spirits absorb energy in the environment which allows them to appear or materialize. This can cause the "cold spots" commonly associated with spirit activity.

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      8 years ago

      I believe in spirits lurking the only thing I have a problem with is a coldness comes. I have seen spirits as a child and pray not to see any, any more ever. Since I gave my life to Christ who is the Lord of my life I haven't seen any since as approaching adult hood. When I did see spirits I never felt a coldness coming into the room this I do not understand from people who say they see spirits.

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      8 years ago

      Oh, Spooky!!!! I am enjoying your Haunted Places lens!! Leaving you with a ~SquidBOO Angel Blessing~

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      8 years ago

      Ghost phenomena are always intriguing. Enjoyed reading these haunted places. Thanks for shairing :)

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      8 years ago

      I lived in Atchison for a few years and I can attest to the "haunted" nature of the place. My wife and I experienced things in the apartment building we lived in that defy explanation. I went on a tour of The Gargoyle House and it is an incredible home. It is extremely stately and beautiful and the stories surrounding it are quite interesting.

      I have also been inside the Muchnic house, which is also very beautiful. The Muchnic serves as an art gallery for the town of Atchison and my wife taught art at the local middle school when we lived there. Several years in a row we were there in the evening hours, just the two of us, hanging art shows for her students. I never experienced anything strange but I heard plenty of stories from the caretakers.

      The local playhouse, Theatre Atchison, also hosts a ghost and strange happenings. During a play my wife and I went to see the stage lights were dimming and coming back up repeatedly and the folks that run the theater attribute that to a man that spent his life running the lights and productions there that passed away several years back. It seemed to be a playful and friendly presence by all accounts.


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