Seeking out haunted places within short driving distances of home can lend itself to scary adventures during this spooky time of the year. What fun it is to poke around in the unknown territory of the haunted looking for things that “go bump in the night.”
The curious and the adventurous are kept busy exploring haunted sightings that can be found amid Missouri cities, communities, and country sides. Most everyone loves a good scare.
Old college campuses in Missouri radiate with accounts of ghosts and hauntings. Kansas City and St. Louis have many stories to tell. Ghost tours are popular and are readily available throughout Missouri. Vintage buildings and, of course, cemeteries are favorite places to haunt. A few places to consider would include: Inspiration Point in Branson reportedly has the ghost of a Confederate soldier, who appears at this outdoor theater during the nighttime production of a show about the baldknobbers, he is seen running away from the actors. In the downtown Springfield National Cemetery photographs of apparitions and orbs, and glowing gravestones have been taken.
Locally, one of the most talked about places to check out a haunting is Cry Baby Hollow, It’s just off Route DD outside of Crocker. The most often told story is of a long-ago young mother who lost her small child during a thunderstorm. Searching, she could hear the baby cry. The baby was never found and the mother disappeared. It is said that you can hear the baby crying in the cemetery. The cries get louder and louder. A mother’s image has been seen as well as orb-type lights in the cemetery and in the road.
Mitchell Cemetery is near Route E at the end of Route HH. The Mitchell family built a chapel and purchased an organ as a gift to the surrounding families. The family was murdered and was found buried in the cemetery. The chapel and the family house burned. Stories relate that you can hear faint organ music in the cemetery. It is said that if you ask a question and tap on her tombstone, Mary Mitchell will answer your question.
Most cemeteries are fun to explore. In Brumley, visit the Mt. Union Cemetery on Mt. Union Church Road. Watch for the yellow lamplight glow. Photos have been taken of this unusual light. Lonesome Hill Cemetery is just southwest of Lebanon on Interstate 44. Its haunting has blue misty lights that come out of the woods and follow people. Wilson Cemetery near Richland boasts of a variety of lights and smells as well as having apparitions and sounds. Hawkeye Cemetery is believed to have unusual lights appear. From Crocker take Route U to the Hawkeye Church. And then there is the Jefferson Barracks and Cemetery in St. Louis. At this site there are reports of paranormal activity in some of the old buildings and at the Civil War graves.
Page 2 of 2 - The town of Windyville is said to have some sort of haunting in every deserted building. There are believed to be five haunted areas in and around Windyville. They are Peppers Cemetery, Lone Rock Cemetery, the bridge on Route WW, the Windyville Store, and the old cannery factory”. Visitors say, “It is a creepy little town that seems to have been lost in time.
The 1917 Iberia Academy encompassed five buildings. The academy is on the National Historic Register. The academic building and the gymnasium are made of hand-carved stone that was quarried on the site. The last commencement was held in 1951. The campus is a favorite for serious ghost hunters.
New Madrid is considered by some to be “one of the most haunted small towns in America.” Earthquakes, floods, fires, the Civil War, and murders are just a few of the reasons that ghost investigators find this to be one of their favorite “haunts.” Literally, this is a town with a past for disasters.
Linn Creek residents tell of apparitions at two of the town’s homes. Travelers can find places to search out hauntings both in near and far places in Missouri. Before setting out on your ‘haunt’, visit www.missourighosts.net. Whether it would be lights and scents or apparitions and sounds, or just a “strange feeling”, the curious and the adventurous continue to attempt to explain the unexplained. Enjoy the hunt for haunts.