Trip Ideas: Show-Me Ghosts
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.
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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 and lounge, six overnight guest-rooms, and a museum.

Tours: $20.

3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis MO 63118, 314-644-1814
Hours: Tours: Mon., 7:30 p.m. ~ Times for other events vary.
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 the 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.
401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs MO 64024, 800-843-3567
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours
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 Ozark Paranormal Society have certified Pythian Castle as a haunted site. Strange noises, unexplained voices and floating orbs have been reported in the past.
1451 E. Pythian St., Springfield MO 65802, 417-865-1464
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
There are a couple of different ways to experience the ghosts of the Missouri State Penitentiary. You can explore MSP at night and learn the history of strange and unusual occurrences behind the walls. Or, go on a full-fledged paranormal investigation: It starts with the standard tour, and then you spend the night at MSP to investigate paranormal activity.
115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City MO 65101, 866-998-6998
Hours: Jefferson City CVB Office: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Hart-Stepp hosts some of the area's most-talented artists and, apparently, a ghost or two, too. 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.
711 Waters St., New Madrid MO 63869, 573-748-5304
Hours: For after-hours tours, contact the New Madrid Chamber of Commerce at 877-748-5300. Tours available groups for 10 or more.