There are two
legends that pertain to Bone Hill. One tells us the story behind the name
"Bone Hill," which originated in Indian lore long before the town of Levasy,
Missouri was ever
established. Many years ago, the Indians would stampede the buffalo and
slaughter them on this hill, leaving the bones to bleach in the sun. The
first settlers to arrive in the area found arrowheads, flint scraping
tools, and bleached buffalo bones in large quantities.
The second legend
revolves around a buried
and an unearthly light that appears upon the hill. Before the
Civil War a farming family came to the area, along with their slaves, and
settled on the hill. Soon, they had their slaves build a stone fence
which completely surrounded their acreage. When
warfare was at its bitterest in 1862, the farmer sold his acreage for
gold and supposedly buried it somewhere along the stone wall.
The family then
moved away promising their neighbors that they were going to return in
seven years. They were never seen in the vicinity again, but in the
seventh year, in 1869, a mysterious light was said to be seen hovering
above Bone Hill near the stone wall.
the legend, the light continues to appear every seven years. Some say
it is the ghost of the farmer coming to claim his buried fortune.
Now letís say
that I am old enough to maybe have been involved, as a youngster, in a
few ghost chasings. Iím not saying that I believe in the legend -- we
just thought that one of the farmers was having a little fun. I saw
the light appear, then disappear and then show up in another area. We wanted to find out who was behind all of this, but never caught up
with them. Edwin F. Borgman of Levasy was born on that farm and in
1939 he stated, "The light appears for a fact, I've seen it. It puffs
up like a glow, and goes away. But there is nothing whatever to the
buried treasure story. I've never been able to find how that thing
started." He also contended that if there had been gold buried there,
he would have known about it. Borgmanís father bought the farm in
nothing we can find as to who owned the land in 1862 when the treasure
was supposedly buried. Nor can we find who owned the property
during the next 16 years before H.H. Borgman purchased the land.
Geologically, Bone Hill consists of slate and limestone and is just
west of some earlier soft coal mine areas. It is theorized that the
mysterious light might be the result of gases oozing from seams in the
"slate ribbed hillside".
The light, if
it is still doing its "seven year glimmer" would have last appeared in
2002 with the next appearance scheduled for 2009. I have been there,
with a camera, waiting until dark to take pictures but I didnít see
anything. Friends Iíve talked to havenít recently seen anything
either, so maybe the ghost found its gold and has moved on. Believe it
remains of the stone wall, built by slave labor, can still be seen one
and one-half miles south of Levasy on the west side of H Highway. Levasy,
is approximately 25 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri
on U.S. Highway 24.
Stone wall built by slave labor near Levasy,
Missouri. It is here that the
is said to be buried and the mysterious light hovers above. Photo
By Bob Wynn