Haunted Places in Derby, Kansas



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    Kansas Aviation Museum

    Wichita, Kansas

    6 miles from Derby, KS

    Employees at the museum say they have heard slamming doors, old-fashioned music, and happily chatting voices, and they even have seen the apparition of a man in a 1940s hat. Among the 40 old planes here is said to be least one haunted one: A yellow crop duster is said ...


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    Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview

    Wichita, Kansas

    10.5 miles from Derby, KS

    Some strange occurrences reported in this hotel include lights that flicker only in the guest rooms (not the hallways), and violently shaking doors. Also, the furniture is rearranged within seconds of a person leaving a room.


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    Central Plains Novelty Store

    Wichita, Kansas

    10.5 miles from Derby, KS

    This original historic building is over one hundred years old, and the staff here have reported many instances of paranormal activity. Staff and customers have reported smelling perfume when there is no one around and hearing disembodied footsteps on the upper floor. Strange lights and figures in period clothing have ...


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    Belle Vista Cemetery

    El Dorado, Kansas

    30.3 miles from Derby, KS

    Ghost tourists who stop around the grave of Clara Wiley, a woman who was murdered in the 1900s, find that their cameras seem to malfunction. The cemetery also is said to be haunted by a ghost called Two Moons, whose bones were said to have been dug up during the ...


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    Wilbur's Grocery Store

    Potwin, Kansas

    30.4 miles from Derby, KS

    This historic building is now a grocery store, but was a former orphanage and home for wayward women. People working here have reported objects moving around by themselves, feeling cold spots and smelling coffees when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Beaumont Hotel

    Beaumont, Kansas

    41 miles from Derby, KS

    Allegedly haunted by a cowboy called Zeke who was shot and killed by the innkeeper in its stagecoach heyday. People claim to see the apparition of a cowboy, hear the jangle of spurs and also claim that objects move on their own.


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    Reno County Museum

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    50.2 miles from Derby, KS

    The buildings that make up the Reno County Museum are both over 100 years old. There were several deaths recorded in the Rosemont apartment building,one of the buildings that became the Reno County Museum. Former staff and visitors have reported hearing strange noises and seeing the apparition of a little girl ...


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    Fox Theater

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    50.4 miles from Derby, KS

    Doors slam late at night, theater seats lift and lower as if someone unseen is using them, and in 2001, the glass from a fire extinguisher panel broke by itself when no one was around.


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    Doctor W.B. Jones House

    Florence, Kansas

    50.5 miles from Derby, KS

    This historic abandoned house was built in 1879, and was formerly the residence of a doctor and his family. People have reportedly seen the apparition of the doctor staring down at them from the upper floor of the house. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Hutchinson Municipal Court

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    50.6 miles from Derby, KS

    At this city courthouse, the fifth floor is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman. Her apparition in white has been spotted, and she is blamed for slamming doors and files that appear to have been moved or tampered with.


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    Hutchinson Public Library

    Hutchinson, Kansas

    50.9 miles from Derby, KS

    Ida Day Holzapfel, according to local lore, is the ghost who haunts the library. The former librarian, who began working here in 1915, may never have left. She is said to reside in the basement, watching over her beloved library. She left in 1954 to become a catalog librarian for ...


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    Poncan Theatre

    Ponca City, Oklahoma

    59.1 miles from Derby, KS

    One of Ponca City's oldest buildings, the theater is the site of disembodied footsteps, disappearing apparitions, and the sound of Native American drums. To add to the eerieness, a stain on the ceiling resembling blood is said to mysteriously reappear whenever it is scrubbed clean or painted over.


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    Wildmead Cemetery

    Nickerson, Kansas

    61.8 miles from Derby, KS

    Legend has it that this cemetery has a guardian, one who may appear as a woman, a light, or even a demon. Those who visit the cemetery because they have family buried there will be protected by the guardian. But those who come only to cause trouble? Beware!


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    101 Ranch

    Ponca City, Oklahoma

    64.8 miles from Derby, KS

    The 101 Ranch was a cowboy hangout in the early 1900s, and legend has it that ghosts remain here from that time. Will Rogers was among its guests. Witnesses say melancholy cowboy melodies and residual phantom voices can be heard around the site.


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    Safari Mark's Bar and Bistro

    Sedan, Kansas

    66.1 miles from Derby, KS

    Dating back to 1904, the historic 'Bradford Hotel' is now a bar and bistro called 'Safari Mark's'. The place is said to be haunted by the ghost of Andrew Eaton (otherwise known as Indian Slim), a local character who had a reputation as a gambler and a champion horse ...


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    Elcado Cemetery

    Peru, Kansas

    75.5 miles from Derby, KS

    A reported misty white figure that flits through the trees as well as unexplained voices, laughter, and chain-rattling make this an eerie spot, and a hangout for town teens.


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    Bird Creek School

    Pawhuska, Oklahoma

    76.8 miles from Derby, KS

    The old one-room schoolhouse for Native American children was built in the early 1900s. Legend has it that if you write your name on the blackboard and leave, when you come back later, the board will have been wiped clean by unseen hands.


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    The Devil's Washboard - Donmyer Road

    Gypsum, Kansas

    77.2 miles from Derby, KS

    The Devil's Washboard, a group of three steep hills along Donmyer Road, has a harrowing history. Reports say that in the 1950s, seven local teens were racing in a car when they slammed into the bank, killing some or all of them. The wrecked car was placed upon posts at ...


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    Constantine Arts Council and Theatre

    Pawhuska, Oklahoma

    79.6 miles from Derby, KS

    The historic building is haunted by the spirit of Sappho Constantine Brown, the daughter of a former theatre owner. Workmen refurbishing the building during the 1980's were the first to encounter her apparition, which was often accompanied by light footsteps. The sounds of a phantom brawl has also been ...


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    Labadie Mansion

    Copan, Oklahoma

    82 miles from Derby, KS

    The rumor mill tells of a man who murdered his wife here in 1935, which may be the spark for the odd happenings. Only a wall and the foundation still exist, as the once beautiful mansion has been ravaged by time and 2 fires. Some witnesses say their flashlights suddenly ...


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    Flower Pot Mountain

    Medicine Lodge, Kansas

    82.4 miles from Derby, KS

    There are many different tellings of the legend of Flower Pot Mountain, so the story will differ depending on whom you speak to. However, some versions involve a ghost with a hidden diary, a gnarled tree, and a Native American massacre of pioneer settlers who once thought the Indians to ...


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    Achenbach Memorial Hospital

    Hardtner, Kansas

    84.1 miles from Derby, KS

    Reported occurrences that seem to speak for the hospital being haunted are many, including 1) The first-floor men's room is said to always be 15-20 degrees colder than the rest of the building; 2) Witnesses describe a feeling of being watched by something unseen; 3) Bloody footprints can be seen ...


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    Rocky Ford Bridge - Bird Bridge

    Emporia, Kansas

    84.6 miles from Derby, KS

    Legend has it that a preacher and his mistress drugged his wife and killed her by pushing her car over the side of the bridge. Now, they say, her screams can be heard and her ghost walks to shore from the water. A film is reported to have been made ...


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    Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse

    Enid, Oklahoma

    86 miles from Derby, KS

    Staff at the children's museum, housed in a historic warehouse, have reportedly received phone calls from within the building after the place has closed down for the night. Upon investigation, the museum is empty. Submitted by Callum Swift


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    Old Gaslight Theatre

    Enid, Oklahoma

    86 miles from Derby, KS

    The old theatre has now closed down. However, the place is apparently still haunted by the ghost of a man known as 'Alton', the former owner of the adjacent mercantile. Witnesses say his footsteps can still be heard throughout the building. Submitted by Callum Swift


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    Garfield Furniture - Grand Avenue Hotel

    Enid, Oklahoma

    86.3 miles from Derby, KS

    The 1898 Grand Avenue Hotel, now a furniture store, is possibly haunted by the apparition of John Wilkes Booth. He stayed at the hotel in 1903, and committed suicide through strychnine poisoning under the pseudonym David E. George. The owners of the place say that the room he died ...


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    Knox Building

    Enid, Oklahoma

    86.3 miles from Derby, KS

    Dating back to 1921, the historic building is now occupied by a symphony orchestra. The music director has reported encountering the apparition of a workman known as 'George', whom he once greeted after mistaking him for a maintenance worker sent to repair the faulty elevator. Alas, upon calling the ...


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    Pawnee Bill Museum Ranch

    Pawnee, Oklahoma

    87.5 miles from Derby, KS

    Pawnee Bill himself and other ghosts have been detected by visitors here; his image is said to eerily appear in a painting on the second floor. A fierce chill has been noted in an upper bedroom, and May Lillie, Pawnee Bill's wife, is believed to haunt her favorite chair near ...


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    The Cottage House Bed and Breakfast

    Council Grove, Kansas

    87.9 miles from Derby, KS

    This historic hotel dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, and was formerly a boarding house and apartment block prior to its restoration and conversion to a bed and breakfast inn. Rumour has it that the building houses some ghostly tenants that never left, but reports are very generalised and ...


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    Dewey Hotel Museum

    Dewey, Oklahoma

    89.6 miles from Derby, KS

    Visitors to this 1899 hotel-turned-museum have supposedly felt a male presence in an upstairs bedroom, possibly that of town founder Jacob Bartle's. Submitted by Callum Swift


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    Frank and Lola's

    Bartlesville, Oklahoma

    89.9 miles from Derby, KS

    Located in the 1910 Buford & Son Building, this historic bar and restaurant is rumoured to be haunted by a female spirit dating back to when the premises served as a brothel. Legend says that the ghost is that of a murdered prostitute named Estelle, who has been seen ...


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    Jesse Creek Cemetery

    Bartlesville, Oklahoma

    90.5 miles from Derby, KS

    This abandoned and overgrown cemetery is reported to be near Haunted Hill and Circle Mountain off CR 2700, and lies in an open field near an abandoned landscape business. Folks report that those who try to use digital cameras to take pictures here find that their cameras are not working ...


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    Cherokee Strip Museum

    Alva, Oklahoma

    93.2 miles from Derby, KS

    The upper two floors of the museum have been bricked up, and it is believed the ghostly activity has shifted to the lower floor of the museum building. Ghostly voices have been heard, cold spots are felt and a piano in the reception area plays by itself. Ghostly apparitions and ...


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    Old Abilene Town

    Abilene, Kansas

    94.4 miles from Derby, KS

    This recreation of "Old Town Abilene" features mock gunfights, shopping at the "General Store," and if some people are to be believed, ghosts! In fact, the "Ghost Tours of Kansas" company listed Old Abilene Town as the most haunted spot in the state in 2012. We don't have ...


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    Rivendell Book Store

    Abilene, Kansas

    94.8 miles from Derby, KS

    Bookstore owners have reported shadowy figures, the unexplained sound of jingle bells at Christmastime, and books that seemed to be pushed off of shelves by unseen hands. It is reported that, appropriately, one of the books that fell off the shelves was called "Living with Ghosts."


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    Student Union - Atherton Hotel

    Stillwater, Oklahoma

    99.1 miles from Derby, KS

    Folks have reported seeing shadows or mysterious glows, and lights will turn on by themselves. Doors lock or unlock by themselves, and cold breezes may be felt.


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    Witch's Grave - Hillside Cemetery

    Skiatook, Oklahoma

    105 miles from Derby, KS

    Among its late 1800s and early 1900s graves, Hillside Cemetery is said to house a witch's final(?) resting place. Legend has it that those who tamper with her grave have suffered dire consequences from life ruination to demonic possession. Also, the ghost of a teen who wrecked his car nearby ...


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    Midland Railroad Hotel

    Wilson, Kansas

    110 miles from Derby, KS

    Built at the turn of the twentieth century, this historic hotel was the site of an inferno in 1902 that gutted the building, and it has been established that several guests perished in the blaze that took place. Guests staying on the third floor have reportedly smelt smoke and ...


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    Alma Cemetery

    Alma, Kansas

    114.4 miles from Derby, KS

    Visitors here may see orbs and mists, some which have occurred in photographs. The Devils Chair is also a thing of legend. Folks say those who sit in it will be cursed by the ghost of an evil farmer who refused to sell his land to a city for the ...


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    Postoak Cemetery - Sparky's Graveyard

    Sand Springs, Oklahoma

    116.8 miles from Derby, KS


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    Gilcrease Museum

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    117.2 miles from Derby, KS

    Nighttime security guards and other employees reportedly have witnessed a ghost that roams the halls in the museum.


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    Mohawk Park and Golf Course

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    118.3 miles from Derby, KS

    Mohawk Park is reported to be full of "little people" who can be heard talking and moving throughout the area, although they are invisible. The park is also said to be home to an 8-foot-tall Deer Lady--half woman, half deer--who may appear standing on her hind legs. On the golf ...


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    Cain's Ballroom

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    118.8 miles from Derby, KS

    Built in 1924, the historic Cain's Ballroom is a concert venue that has hosted such acts as the Sex Pistols, Van Halen and the Ramones. The building is believed to be haunted. Cold and hot spots, orbs that show up in photos, and lights that turn on and off have ...


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    Brady Theater

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    118.9 miles from Derby, KS

    Brady Theater, a public assembly facility since 1914, is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of opera singer Enrico Caruso, who performed there in 1920. Local legend has it that it was here that he caught the cold that led to his 1921 death by pleurisy.


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    Tulsa Spotlight Theatre

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    119.7 miles from Derby, KS

    Some say those who visit the second floor alone or with only one other person may hear footsteps in the costume room. The basement is also said to be a bit eerie, with strange scratch marks on the walls and, as some witnesses have reported, a faint sound of phantom ...


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    Tyrrell Hall - University of Tulsa

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    120.9 miles from Derby, KS

    Tyrrell Hall, located in the center of the University of Tulsa, is one of the three original buildings on the campus, which predates the city itself. Until recently, it housed the university's school of music since the university's establishment in 1894. The building is comprised of a ground ...


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    Philbrook Museum of Art

    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    121.7 miles from Derby, KS

    At this art museum, some say the statues' eyes follow you, and if you look closely, you may notice their heads actually turn! Reports also mention lights that turn on by themselves up and down the hallways when no one is there.


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