Atchison Trolley Tours
200 South 10th Street
Atchison, Kansas 66002
Fridays & Saturdays in October
Haunted Atchison Trolley
Atchison, Kansas was named the "Most Haunted Town
in Kansas" in the 1997 book
Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other
Eerie Tales. For many years Haunted Atchison Trolley Tours
have been offered by the Chamber of Commerce in the fall.
In 2021, the 1 hour ghost tours are offered Friday &
Saturday afternoons in 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 in more recent years, and
no one has reported seeing a ghost during any of our 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.
The trolley tours sell out early, so contact the Atchison
Chamber tours as early as possible at (800) 234-1854, or email email@example.com.
Tickets are $10 for all ages.
Self guided tours of the Sallie
House are available through out the year on Sunday to Thursday by appointment
for $20/person and overnight stays cost $125-150/night with a two person
It is also possible to book an overnight
stay at the McInteer Villa for $300-400 for up to 10 people.
Other events are more limited in 2021, but there will
be a Haunted Weekend in Atchison on September 24-25, 2021. Activities
include Shocktail Parties which includes a tour of three historic
haunt locations including three drinks and transportation, Witches &
Wizards Brunch Tea at the Ravens Well, Curiosities & Oddities Expo,
and a Vampire Masquerade Ball. Advance
Remember these are mostly private homes. Do not trespass.
||The first house on the 2019 tour is 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 is a part of the 2019 Tour. (now closed)
During a meal at the restaurant 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 closed and was replaced by the Pepper Mill
& Co, but that restaurant closed as well.
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