located at 605 McClellan Avenue is said to continue to host a is said
to continue to host a previous resident. The ghostly apparition of a
man with a mustache and goatee once appeared in the fireplace in the
middle of a burning fire. When the fire died out, the face continued
to linger at the back of the fireplace. The apparition has also been
seen in one of the bedrooms and once in the bathroom with an
old-fashioned razor and shaving cream. At other times loud footsteps
up and down the stairs, doors slamming shut, scratching noises and
loud crashes throughout the house are heard. Residents also report icy
cold spots in various parts of the house.
a duplex located
at 12 and 14 Summer Place is the oldest house on the base and is said to be
haunted by several ghosts. Built in 1832, the residence has been
occupied continually since it was erected. The number of ghosts who
haunt this old residence has given it the reputation for being the most
haunted house in the State of
Kansas. The most prevalent ghost is that of a woman with long hair who rushes at
people with her fingernails clawing in attack. Said to have been the
victim of violence long ago, her ghostly presence lingers within the
apparition is that of an elderly woman who is often been seen chattering
in the corner. A third ghostly specter is that of a young girl who
is often seen throwing a tantrum. And, as residents are trying to
sleep, they often report being rousted by an old man in a nightshirt with
The Sheridan House
at 611 Scott Avenue is said to be haunted by the vengeful spirit of Mrs.
Sheridan, wife of
General Philip H. Sheridan. In 1869,
General Philip H. Sheridan left his wife on her deathbed as he
traveled to Chicago on business.
The houses in this area are haunted by a kind woman in a black woolen
dress and shawl. At one time this woman was supposedly the
nanny/housekeeper who lived in the attic of one of these old homes. The benevolent spirit is said to look after the families in the area by
trying to help with domestic chores, such as doing the dishes and making
beds. Also drawn to children, she looks after them and tries to calm them
when they are upset.
told his parents that this nice lady would read stories to him before he
went to sleep and at one time a mysterious book was found in the child’s
room that didn’t belong to the owners. However, the ghostly spirit
evidently feels some animosity towards other babysitters or grandmothers
that she considers competition. These people often report feeling a
firm push out of the upstairs nursery by unseen hands. At one time
the residents of 16 Sumner Place were so unnerved by her presence that an
exorcism was conducted in the house. The lady in black left the
residence, only to take up her duties again next door at 18 Sumner Place. Witnesses have also reported seeing her ghostly figure looking out of the
-- The ghost of a woman by the name of Catherine Sutter has often been
reported walking among the tombstones of the cemetery. In the fall
of 1880, Catherine, with her husband and two children stopped at the fort
on their way to Oregon territory. One day, her husband sent the
children out to collect firewood, but they never returned.
It has long
been thought that the two children – Ethan and Mary, may have wandered
near the river where they were lost in the current. Though a search
party looked for the children for three days, they were finally given up
for dead. The Sutters stayed on through the winter, hoping against
hope that their children would be found. Catherine became a familiar
figure at the fort as she spent many hours walking through the snow
calling out to her children. After all those endless hours in the cold,
Catherine contracted pneumonia and died that winter. She was buried
in the cemetery at
Desolate, Hiram Sutter returned to his home in Indiana in
the spring. However, just a short time later, he received a message
that his children were alive and well. Swept into the river, Ethan and
Mary were rescued by a group of Fox
who took care of them until spring when they were returned to the fort.
However, Catherine obviously didn’t get the message that
her children were safe and sound, as she continues to walk the fort in
search of her missing children. Wearing an old calico dress and black
shawl, she is often observed carrying a lantern and calling out in the
However, her apparition, wearing an old calico dress and
black shawl, is still seen desperately searching for her lost children.
Sometimes she is observed carrying a lantern, while other times just her
voice can be heard, calling out from the darkness.
Another ghost reported in the cemetery is that of Chief Joseph, a proud
leader, who was incarcerated here in 1877.
have also been reported as walking through the nearby woods.
Fort Leavenworth is located two miles north of the city of
on Highway 73 in the northeastern corner of
of America, updated October, 2015.
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