Charles B. Leach House

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Charles B. Leach was a lumber baron who built this Queen Anne Victorian home in 1887. Beginning in 1915, the house was used as a home for unwed mothers and later a women’s shelter. It was in operation until 1990. The house is believed to be haunted because of mysterious footsteps, shadows, phantom laughter, and figures that show up out of the corner of your eye in the foyer.

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308 Garfield Avenue
Kansas City, MO
United States

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39.1107749, -94.55725000000001
Jackson County, Missouri
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  1. I know this house well. Its true that this place is haunted. I knew the owners steve and Charles. They talked of hearing a baby crying from the ballroom area.

  2. I guess a lot of these old houses are haunted in Northeast. I live in a house built in 1888 about 6 blocks east of this house and have been told by others who lived here that they have seen the resident ghost in this house. I personally have not seen the “man ghost dressed in 1800 clothes with a top hat” — but have smelled cigar smoke and felt a funny presence at times. I am trying to get help now so we don’t loose one of the old historic houses in Northeast. Who knows what we could find out before it is gone forever. A lady who lived here in 1930’s wants me to save it and we have stayed in touch. But I have tried to get help from the City of K.C. to no avail yet as of 2-25-17. Any ideas for help would be greatly appreciated since it is all I have to live in.

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