Ray County Museum

Richmond, Mo

The Ray County Museum has artifacts from the early 1800’s up to modern day, in 50 rooms on three floors. It was built in the shape of a “Y” and covers one-third of an acre. The museum contains approximately 14,400 square feet of space. The building, built for $19,491 in 1910, was a totally modern building for its day with electricity and indoor plumbing. It served as the Ray County Poor Farm from 1910 to 1960 and was a private rest home from 1960 to 1971. The building is still owned by Ray County and is leased to the Ray County Historical Society and Museum, Inc.

The spirit of a tall black man named John haunts the building where he once lived. He lived in the basement at one point in time when it was the poor farm. Several visitors and volunteers have seen him walk through the building. Another spirit named George has also been seen and heard. Seen as a short man, George is usually heard by opening drawers and doors. His footsteps have also been heard upstairs. George is a name volunteers gave him. No one knows what his real name is.





The Elms Resort

Excelsior Springs, Mo

This hotel is haunted by a dead gangster who appears in the basement pool area. The area was an illegal gambling and liquor establishment at one time. Also, the 3rd floor is haunted by a phantom chambermaid in 1920’s attire. Another female ghost reportedly looks for her lost child and has been known to throw things and pull hair.


Excelsior Springs Job Corps Campus

Excelsior Springs, Mo

The Excelsior Springs Job Corps campus has had a rather long and dubious life. Prior to its purchase by the United States government and its service as ESJCC, the property was utilized as a veterans hospital. The original building on the property dates back to ownership by Colonel E.L. Morse in the 1890s. It was at one time an all girls school, a VA Hospital, and an insane asylum. Over the years, there have been a number of documented paranormal experiences.One of the most mentioned is the old E.L. Morse mansion building (identified as Humphrey Hall, at the time (Which has since been removed), and served multiple purposes including the cafeteria on the south end of the structure. It was at one time, the oldest and biggest building. It was also called Zone 1. Some of the most known stories is of a little girl who wanders around, speaking into people’s ears and the voice of a young woman singing beautiful music when no one is around. There have been odd growling noises, lights flickering on and off, sheets being ripped off the bed, and children playing noisily.Room 407 is thought to be extremely haunted. Some believe sinister forces are at work in that room. Another noted hot spot is the boiler room near the basement. A man was seen walking between two doors that were locked. There was an mortuary which was right below the cafeteria before they built the new one. There was an old small elevator shaft that was not in use for many years that someone had committed suicide down the open shaft. The man that had fallen to his death, was attempting to jump to the fire escape to sneak down by the wellness center to buy himself a soda.


The Goat Man of Hawkins Ford

Since this has been updated, I thought I’d reblog it.

Haunts of Missouri

Located in Fordland, Mo

The Goat Man of Hawkins Ford – Back in the mid to late 1800’s there was a family who lived near Fordland. They were a normal farming family who lived near Hawkins Ford. There was also an old hermit who lived a few hills over in a one room log cabin just big enough to lie down in. He had no money and no personal possessions. He always wore the same clothes and appeared to have never bathed. Many people said he was crazy and all steered clear of him. No one knew his name, and not many people ever saw him. One winter the family started missing live stock such as hogs and chickens. They first thought it was coyotes or wild dogs, so the farmer and his oldest son sat out one night to kill the animals that were attacking their livestock. Around 2:00…

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Dock Street Theater

Charleston, South Carolina

It was originally called Planter’s Inn. In the early 1800’s it was recognized as the finest hotel anywhere in the south. Presidents and dignitaries from around the world graced it’s halls. Later to become the Dock Street Theater, many still grace it’s halls. Among the most intriguing and often sighted is a beautiful lady with flaming red hair. Actress, hotel patron, or “soiled dove”? No one knows. Her identity is lost to history. She is always seen on the upper levels of the theater. Junius Booth, the father of John Wilkes Booth, is reported to haunt here as well.