Atchison Trolley Tours
200 S 10th Street
Atchison, Kansas 66002
(913) 367-2427 (800)
Saturday evenings in September & October
Friday evenings starting September 26
plus October 16, 23, 28, 29 & 30
November 1 & 8
$13/person all ages
Dubbed the "Most Haunted Town in Kansas" in the 1997 book
Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales, for several years Atchison,
Kansas has offered Haunted Atchison Trolley Tours by the Chamber
of Commerce in September and October.
The tours are so popular that motor coach tours supplement
the trolley and they are still unable to to handle the demand. The 1 hour
ghost tours are offered Friday - Saturday evenings in September, and additional
evenings through October. The tours leave the Visitor Information Center
in the 1880 AT&SF freight depot at 200 S. 10th Street.
This reporter first took the Haunted Trolley Tour in 2004.
The tour was fun, but would have been more effective if the guides provided
all the commentary instead of the slightly cheesy tape recording.
The Haunted Trolley Tour changes from year to year and
different locations are visited. A tour guide said they could do three
days of tours with different haunted locations in Atchison.
We have done this tour twice on different years, but no
one reported seeing a ghost during either tour. While the guides describe
some of their own experiences with Atchison's many haunted locations, they
didn't say that there were ghost sightings on previous trolley tours.
Haunted Atchison keeps getting bigger every year. Other
Haunted Atchison activities in 2014 include spirit communications, history
& mystery guided walking tour, private home visits (including the famous
Sallie House), on site investigations, "Supper with the Spirits," paranormal
class, children's ghost stories, murder mystery dinners and a haunted cemetery
walking tour (September 27; October 4, 11, 18 & 25; November 1). Advance
tickets are required.
The trolley tours sell out early, so contact the Atchison
Chamber tours as early as possible at (800) 234-1854, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $13 for all ages,.
The fall events in Atchison go on and on visit the Atchison
Chamber of Commerce web site for details and to purchase tickets.
Remember these are mostly private homes. Do not trespass.
||The first house on the 2004 tour was the McInteer Villa
on Kansas Avenue. It was built by Irish Immigrant, John McInteer in 1890.
John was a skilled harness maker.
Among the activities reported in this house are lights
in the tower which has no lighting, ghostly figures appearing in the tower
windows and in family photographs. When things are active, there are footsteps,
other noises and doors slam shut.
The guide on my 2007 tour was a friend of the family who
then lived in the house and had personal stories to share.
The McInteer Villa is just one of 24 buildings in Atchison
on the National Register of Historical Places. Many of the homes are included
on the tour of haunted houses.
Different angle of the McInteer Villa.
||One of the most famous haunted Atchison homes is the
Balie (B. P.) Waggener home on N 4th Street. Built in the mid 1880's by
a railroad attorney and politician. Legend is that Waggener became wealthy
through a pact with the devil and the gargoyles were place on the roof
to honor the pact. The second owner of the home is reported as attempting
to remove the gargoyles, but fell to his death on the staircase.
When the Travel Channel did a segment about haunted Atchison,
Kansas, they brought paranormal investigator Sueanne Pool and Verle Muhrer
to the Waggener home. Pool and Muhrer walked around the home and claimed
to have felt the presence of ghosts and picked up the presence of ghosts
on their special equipment.
The Atchison Daily Globe says that the "current owners
– Paul and Marsha Adair – say that the figures are not gargoyles, but griffins
that watch over the house."
The B. P. Waggener home is another building on the National Register
of Historical Places.
This vacant lot in the 1100 block of Riley Street was
once a road house. The road house may have been the eastern terminus of
the Pony Express during the last few months of its brief existence.
Some people report hearing the sound of fiddle playing
and dancing coming from this location.
|The Old Hoof & Horn at the Riverhouse
Restaurant was a part of the 2007 Tour. (It is now the Pepper Mill &
During a visit in 2007, I asked my server about the ghost,
and she told me that a female ghost has been seen in the ladies rest room.
She hadn't see the ghost, but had experienced a mirror flying off the wall
and breaking, and a cell phone flying of a table and across the room.
The Riverhouse has closed and been replaced by the Pepper
Mill & Co.
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