Lemp Mansion, St. Louis
The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is no longer owned by the Lemp family, but many people believe the mansion\ is haunted by four of the family members who committed suicide. William J. Lemp, the father, shot himself in 1904 in his offi ce. Three of his children also killed themselves, Elsa in 1920, William Jr. in 1922, and Charles in 1949.
The sad story of the Lemp family gives way to creepy tales and sightings at the wealthy family’s old home. Visitors and employees of the mansion have reported doors opening and closing on their own and candles lighting spontaneously, and some say they have seen apparitions of the family. The Lemp Mansion is now a restaurant and inn, but it holds ghost tours Monday evenings with a paranormal investigator. The mansion also does a special supernatural hunt called “The Lemp Experience” for $25, which includes food and drinks.
www.lempmansion.com • 314-664-8024
Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City
Since the 175-year-old penitentiary closed its doors in 2004, there have been numerous reports of ghosts at the prison. With its nickname “Bloodiest 47 acres in America,” it’s no surprise spirits may still roam the grounds. Accounts tell of apparitions, the sound of laughter, and cell doors being slammed shut.
The penitentiary offers three different tours: a ghost tour, a history tour, and a group tour. The two-hour ghost tours are available every Saturday for $25 per person, and they start at 8 PM. The prison is also open for overnight tours at $100 per person.
www.missouripentours.com • 573-632-2820
Pythian Castle, Springfield
Yes, there is a castle in Springfield. And yes, people believe there are ghosts in the building. The structure was built in 1913 as an orphanage and senior citizens’ home for members of the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order started in 1864. In 1942, the building became an office and service club for injured veterans after World War II, and the military owned the building until 1993.
There is very little known about who stayed in the castle and who may have passed away in the castle, but many castle staff and visitors say they’ve heard voices of men and women, bumped into an invisible mass, heard doors shutting, or saw objects moving on their own.
The castle is open for tours the second Friday of every month at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. for $15, with more tours in October.
www.pythiancastle.com • 417-865-1464
Rockcliffe Mansion, Hannibal
John Cruikshank wanted to show off his wealth and status, so he built a mansion on a hill overlooking the town of Hannibal. Cruikshank, his wife, and four daughters moved into the house in 1900. He passed away in 1924, at which point the family left the house and it remained empty for 43 years until three local families saved it from becoming another empty lot. Once people started staying in the house again, they soon came to believe that Cruikshank never actually left the mansion.
Visitors and staff at the house claim they heard or saw unexplainable things in the mansion, and some report seeing the ghost of Cruikshank. Tours are held every day in the house from 10 AM until 4 PM. During the tour, guests are given copper rods to detect if spirits are nearby. Tours cost $15 for adults.
www.rockcliff emansion.com • 573-221-4140
Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters Tour
Take a bus tour around Kansas City to see its haunted history, including infamous mafia hot spots.
The tour includes a trip to the Hotel Savoy, the oldest continuously operating hotel west of the Mississippi River, with eerie stories of doors slamming and unknown voices. It’s said to be haunted by past resident Betsy Ward, who died in her hotel room. The bus also visits St. Mary’s Church, where parishioners and clergy say they’ve seen the ghost of Father Henry David Jardine, the church’s leader in the 1800s. His death was ruled a suicide, and he supposedly roams the church to clear his good name. Tours cost $30. Private tours are available by appointment. Tours are held every Friday and Saturday at 6 PM and 9 PM.
www.kcghostsandgangsterstour.com • 816-472-GHOST