Legends of America

Follow the links to the various pages of Legends of America

The Old West Legends of America Outhouse Madness Ghostly Legends Outlaws Old West Saloons Rocky Mountain General Store Legends Photo Store The Book Store Route 66 Native Americans The Old States - Back East

Legends of America    |    Legends General Store    |    Legends Photo Shop 


Legends Of America's Facebook PageLegends Of America's Twitter PageLegends on Pinterest

Legends Home

Site Map

What's New!!


Content Categories:

American History


Ghost Stories

Ghost Towns

Historic People

Legends & Myths

Native Americans

Old West

Photo Galleries

Route 66

Treasure Tales


   Search Our Sites

Custom Search



About Us


Article/Photo Use

Copyright Information


Facebook Page




Privacy Policy

Site Map

Writing Credits


We welcome corrections

and feedback!

Contact Us


Legends' General Store

Old West/Western

Route 66

Native American

Featured Items

Sale Items


CD's - DVD's

Nuwati Herbals


Wall Art

Custom Products

and Much More!


  Legends Of America's Rocky Mountain General Store - Cart View


Legends' Photo Prints

Legends Photo Prints and Downloads

Ghost Town Prints

Native American Prints

Old West Prints

Route 66 Prints

States, Cities & Places

Nostalgic Prints

Photo Art Prints

Jim Hinckley's America

David Fisk (Lens of Fisk)

Specials-Gift Ideas

and Much More!!

Legends Of America's Photo Print Shop - Cart View


Family Friendly Site













Fort Riley, Kansas - Page 3

<<  Previous  1 2 3  Next  >>

Post Headquarters TodayLower Parade Field – For many years people have reported seeing a lone rider who gallops madly across the field in the morning, only to disappear as quickly as he appeared.


Main Post -- In this old building, people have often seen the ghostly figure of an old nurse.


NCO Club - Ghosts are said to haunt the doors of this club. An MP reported that a ghostly force jerked the door he was guarding open; the door was locked.


No. 1 Stable – For years soldiers on night duty have reported seeing a man in old-fashioned clothing ride through the stable and then disappear. Years later, when work was being done to the stable, the skeletons of horse and rider were found in an old ravine.


Post Cemetery -- In the summer of 1855, a woman named Cornelia Armistead died of the cholera epidemic that was raging through the fort. Cornelia was the second wife of Major Lewis A. Armistead of the Sixth United States Infantry Regiment. As the cholera epidemic had already begun by July, 1855, Armistead feared an outbreak among his troops and left Fort Riley, heading southwest. However, after traveling only nine miles, the disease took hold among his men and the unit was forced stop. In the meantime, the epidemic was raging through Fort Riley, leaving in its wake as many as 125 men, women and children dead. On the very day that Major Armistead returned to the fort, his wife had died. A few years later, when the Civil War broke out, Armistead was killed in 1863. Since his death, Armistead has often been seen kneeling at his wife's grave. Upset and weeping, his ghostly presence is wearing a dark blue uniform and clearly wishes to be left alone, if approached.

Quarters 124 – This house is reportedly haunted by a woman who drowned herself in a well on the fort grounds in the 1860’s. Over the years, residents have reported hearing loud noises during the night such as someone dragging a wooden box up and down the stairs. At one point it was so bad that a priest was called in to do an exorcism. At first, the ceremony was successful, but apparently the ghost returned several years later. However, nothing has been heard from the ghost recently.

Trolley Station -- In July of 1855 cholera was diagnosed at the fort and by the end of August, most of the Fort was dead. A woman named Susan Fox lived with her step-father in a small frame building across the creek from the trolley station. Engaged to be married soon, she was home alone for several days when her father was away and her fiancée in the nearby town of Pawnee City caring for the sick. 


Contracting the horrible disease, she died alone in her home on August 30. Her finance discovered her body after he returned to the fort and she was buried in her wedding dress in a small grave near the railway bridge to the trolley station.


After her death, the residents of the house described many strange occurrences. Her fiancée was quoted as saying at the time "It was a difficult passage for her, and Susan came back to her old home several times demanding to be let in."




Residents often reported hearing strange noises and shrieks. On another occasion, a maid ironing in front of a window was so frightened seeing Susan staring in at her that she threw the iron through the window.

The Post Commander, so irritated by the complaints and disturbances paid (out of Fort funds) for a priest from Junction City to perform an exorcism. Afterward they razed the building to ensure Susan's hauntings would stop. But, still she is seen on many parts of the Fort, and especially around the trolley station, looking for something, or someone she lost.


These stories are but a fraction of the many haunting tales of Fort Riley. Each year the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley provides and Ghost Tour that tells the many tales of this historic, and apparently, extremely haunted post. Books are also available at the Fort Riley Museum that gives the details of these many apparitions.


© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated February, 2014.


Fort Riley Trolly Station Today

Trolley Station Today, Kathy Weiser, October, 2006


Also See:


Forts of the American West

Haunted Forts & Battle Grounds

List of Old West Forts


Fort Riley Barracks in the 1920s

Fort Riley Barracks in the 1920s, courtesy of

Betty Daniel Gudat of San Antonio, Texas


Inside the Fort Riley Barracks - 1920s

Inside Fort Riley Barracks in the 1920s, courtesy

 of Betty Daniel Gudat of San Antonio, Texas


<<  Previous  1 2 3  Next  >>

From Legends' General Store

Kansas - The Sunflower State - From Ghost Towns to Old West Forts, Haunted Places and Route 66, to interesting people including explorers, outlaws, and Native Americans, to great places to visit with Scenic Views, Quirky Roadstops, and historic landmarks, you'll find lots to see and do when you visit the Sunflower State.

Kansas Historic Book Collection - 35 Historic Books on CD

Kansas Historic Book Collection

 - 35 Historic Books on CD


 Buy Product

Kansas Postcards

Kansas Postcards




Kansas Prints, Products & Commercial Downloads

Kansas Photo Prints, Products &


Prints starting @ $2.99


Discoveries...America, Kansas

Discoveries America Kansas DVD


Buy Product


                                                            Copyright © 2003-Present, www.Legends of America.com