University Plaza Hotel

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A ghost called “The Colonel” is said to haunt this hotel, seen by almost all the staff between midnight and 4 a.m. He is usually seen in the ballroom and back hallways and appears as an older man dressed in black. Folks speculate that in life he was a decorated Civil War hero and may have owned the plantation that once stood where the hotel stands now.

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333 John Q. Hammons Pkwy.
Springfield, MO 65806
United States

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37.20772863461852, -93.2832931280791
Greene County, Missouri
Nearest Towns:
Springfield, MO (1.0 mi.)
Battlefield, MO (8.0 mi.)
Brookline, MO (8.1 mi.)
Fremont Hills, MO (10.0 mi.)
Strafford, MO (10.1 mi.)
Willard, MO (10.4 mi.)
Nixa, MO (11.4 mi.)
Republic, MO (12.4 mi.)
Lon, MO (12.4 mi.)
Ozark, MO (13.6 mi.)

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  1. I am currently employed at the hotel as the assistant guest service manager. I received a call from room 904. I picked up the phone and said “guest services how may I assist you”, the voice of what sounded like a little girl harshly said my name and then hung up. A little spooked and a little annoyed I began searching my system to see who was staying in the room. Nothing came up. I checked several different reports. No luck. Another call from 904 came in, I said “guest services, can I help you with something” the voice said “no” I said “okay” and the voice said, almost as if making fun of me “you can hang up now”. I just stood there frozen for a few seconds and then the voice hung up. I decided to go up to the 9th floor to tell the little girl not to mess on the phones. We don’t have a room 904. It doesn’t exist. I’m fairly new and was unaware. My hands started to shake and I got all sweaty. I rushed to the elevator. The other front desk agents and I have been terrified all day!

  2. My mom and grandma currently work at the hotel and have had things fall of the shelves and radio stations flip to a completely different one. So, I would say this hotel is most definitely haunted.

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