Ghosts of Route 66

Route 66 is littered with legends and tales, some of which take on a ghostly nature.  Along our travels of the historic Mother Road, we’ve bumped into a fair share of haunted hotels, ghosts lurking in restaurants and a few that seem to like to take a leisurely walk down old Route 66.

If you know of a ghostly tale in one of the many historic places along Route 66, please email it, and we’ll be happy to feature your story on Legends of America.

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Illinois

The Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Illinois


Chicago’s Flapper Ghost of the Roaring Twenties

Ghosts of Historic Springfield

Ghosts of the Rialto Theatre in Joliet

Haunted Cigars & Stripes in Berwyn

Haunted Inn at 835, Springfield


Off the Path – Devil’s Promenade & the Hornet Spook Light

Ghosts of the Bethlehem Cemetery, St. Louis

The Lemp Mansion, St Louis, Missouri

The Lemp Mansion, St Louis, Missouri

Ghosts of Greater St. Louis

Haunted Bissell Mansion in St. Louis

Haunted Springfield

Lemp Mansion – St. Louis

Tribute to the Trail of Tears – Jerome

Off the Path –  Union Missouri Haunting

Wilson Creek & the Bloody Hill Ghosts


Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

Ghosts on Oklahoma’s Route 66

Ghosts of the Tulsa Little Theatre

Haunted Belvidere Mansion in Claremore

A Haunting in Bristow

History and Haunting of the Gilcrease Museum

Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City


Ghostly Natatorium – Amarillo

 New Mexico 

The Ghosts of Albuquerque

Haunted Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque

La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe

La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe

More Haunted Places in Santa Fe

La Llorona in Albuquerque

Haunted Luna Mansion in Los Lunas

Oatman, Arizona Hotel Sign

Oatman, Arizona Hotel


Ghosts of the Oatman Hotel

Ghosts of the Hotel Weatherford in Flagstaff

History & Haunting of the Navajo County Courthouse

Monte Vista Hotel in Flagstaff

Museum Club’s Unearthly Guests

Red Garter Bed & Bakery Haunting


Ghosts of Calico

Haunted Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica

Haunted Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena

Suicide Bridge on Route 66

Route 66 Postcard Color Book, available at Legends General Store.

Route 66 Postcard Color Book, available at Legends General Store.

For over all there hung a cloud of fear,
a sense of mystery the spirit daunted,
and said as plain as a whisper in the ear,
“The place is haunted.”     

  Thomas Hood

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated January 2024.

Also See:

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Ghost Stories

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