Show-Me Ghosts

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Missouri has a history of unusual phenomenon and ghostly sightings. Check out these reportedly haunted sites for a look at the unexplained side of the Show-Me State. Yes, we encourage you to see these sites at night, chicken.


A. The Lemp Mansion Experience

There is no place in St. Louis with a reputation as ghostly as the Lemp Mansion. Built in the late 1860s, it has served as many things over the years, but it has never lost the claim to being the most haunted place in the city. In fact, in 1980, Life magazine called the Lemp Mansion: "One of the ten most haunted places in America."

Find out why Lemp Mansion is famous from ghost to ghost. Haunted Tours, a Mystery Dinner Theatre and other supernatural themed events are scheduled. See the website for details, schedules and reservations.

In addition, the Lemp is home to a full service restaurant, four overnight guest suites and a museum.

Haunted History Tours with Betsy Belanger: $35.

B. The Elms Hotel and Spa

Stay the night at this historic, circa 1912, 153-room hotel and spa. The Elms has seen its share of strange incidents. Some are attributed to a member of housekeeping staff who never truly left, others to an unlucky gambler who may have met his end in what's now the indoor pool area downstairs.

C. Pythian Castle

Built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage in 1913, the structure was later owned by the U.S. Military for more than 50 years. The Paranormal Task Force and the Ozarks Paranormal Society have certified Pythian Castle as a haunted site. Strange noises, unexplained voices and floating orbs have been reported in the past. Private and public investigations are offered.

D. Missouri State Penitentiary Tours

There are several different ways to experience the ghosts of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Pursue ghostly adventure on a two-hour tour or a three-hour ghost hunt. Learn how to recognize paranormal activity during a three-hour ghost hunt class. Or go all-in with a five- and eight-hour public overnight investigation.

Minimum age for ghost tours and class is 14; minimum age for overnight investigations is 18.

E. River Walk Gallery

The River Walk Gallery hosts some of the area's most talented artists and, apparently, a ghost or two. Residing in the oldest home in New Madrid, circa 1840, the gallery is a ghostly hot spot on the local Chamber of Commerce's annual ghost tours.