Haunted Forts & Battle Grounds

GhostGhosts of the Alamo

Camp Floyd & the Stagecoach Inn, Utah

Castillo San Marcos, Florida

Drum Barracks, California

Alcatraz, California

Fort Brown, Texas

Fort Dodge, Kansas

Fort Douglas, Utah

Fort Knox, Maine

Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Fort Phantom, Texas

Fort Riley, Kansas

Fort Scott, Kansas

Fort Warren & the Lady in Black, Massachusetts

Wilson Creek & the Bloody Hill Ghosts, Missouri


Officer Barracks at Fort Scott, Kansas

Officer Barracks at Fort Scott, Kansas

Old Forts and battlefields, like so many other historic places across the nation, tend to have their share of ghostly tales.

Historic Forts varied in type, from military posts to fortresses established by fur trading companies to private enterprises built solely to protect the pioneers within.

But, without a doubt, they all have their tales of hardships, death, disease, and suffering emigrants passing through. The history of these forts, coupled with the violence and tragedy so often accompanying them, provide a ripe atmosphere for dozens of ghost stories.

Probably one of the most haunted forts of the Old West is Fort Riley, Kansas. This still-active fort has dozens of tales, including hauntings at the cemetery, in old General George A. Custer’s house, right on the parade grounds, and more. In fact, it is so haunted that the active military base provides annual ghost tours in October.

At old Fort Brown in Texas, now part of the University of Texas/Texas Southmost College Campus, a number of unearthly spirits like to make themselves known.

Yet more ghosts lurk in a number of old forts, and I’m sure we’ll find more as we continue to research these historic places.


© Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated July 2023.


Guardhouse at Fort Brown, Texas

Guardhouse at Fort Brown, Texas

Also See:

Forts Across America

List of United States Forts

More Ghostly Legends

Soldiers & Officers in American History