Haunted Places in Vista, Missouri



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    Cottey College

    Nevada, Missouri

    39.9 miles from Vista, MO

    Cottey College, founded by Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard in 1884, has a piano-playing ghost. The spirit is thought to be that of Vera Neitzert, a student from 1920 who perished when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking candy. Her ghost has been seen in Main Hall and the ...


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    University of Central Missouri

    Warrensburg, Missouri

    53.3 miles from Vista, MO

    Rumored hauntings at the University of Central Missouri range from Hawkins Hall, where strange occurrences are attributed to a student who hanged himself, to Diemer Hall, where a bathroom sink has turned on by itself. Also noteworthy are North Ellis, where an alarm clock has flown across the room and ...


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    Hotel Bothwell

    Sedalia, Missouri

    55 miles from Vista, MO

    The third floor of this 1927 jazz-era hotel is hopping with the spirit set! Besides seeing numerous ghosts, guests have reported unexplained voices and personal objects that mysteriously go missing in the night.


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    Bass Country Inn - Campus Inn

    Springfield, Missouri

    55.9 miles from Vista, MO

    Formerly the Bass Country Inn and before that, Howard Johnsons, the Campus Inn is home to a ghost called Carl. His apparition has been seen in the hallways and in the kitchen. Objects also are said to fall off the shelves when no one is there. A female spirit is ...


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    Drury University

    Springfield, Missouri

    57 miles from Vista, MO

    Drury University began in 1873, and was built on land that was both Indian burial grounds and a Civil War battle area. One ghost here is that of a little girl who lived here before Smith Hall was built. She perished in a fire when she re-entered her burning home ...


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    Pythian Castle

    Springfield, Missouri

    57.2 miles from Vista, MO

    The haunted castle was originally a senior citizens' home and orphanage built by the Knights of Pythias in 1913. It's said to be haunted and has been featured on TV shows. Ghost tours and other events are offered at the castle, now privately owned.


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    Fort Scott

    Fort Scott, Kansas

    57.6 miles from Vista, MO

    Fort Scott, originally Camp Scott in honor of General Winfield Scott, was established in 1842. It is restored as a historic site, and is rumored to be haunted. Ghostly soldiers and officers are seen on the lawn, around the courtyard, in the cell blocks and in the stables. They have ...


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    Gillioz Theatre

    Springfield, Missouri

    57.6 miles from Vista, MO

    Gillioz Theatre, which opened in 1926, is rumored to have been haunted by a ghost boy since the 1960s. The child's apparition has most often been seen around the area of the restrooms.


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    Landers Theater

    Springfield, Missouri

    57.7 miles from Vista, MO

    Landers Theater, aka Springfield Little Theater, was built in 1909 and was renovated in 1970. It is said to be haunted by several ghosts. One is a janitor who perished in a 1920 fire. His apparition is seen in the balcony watching rehearsals. Another is an African-American man who was ...


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    University Plaza Hotel

    Springfield, Missouri

    57.8 miles from Vista, MO

    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 ...


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    Walnut Street Inn

    Springfield, Missouri

    57.9 miles from Vista, MO

    The hauntings at this 1890s-era inn building occur in one of its three buildings called the Main House, which has six rooms. The Rosen Room is haunted by the ghost of an elderly woman who has been spotted many times there and in the hallways.


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    Southwest Missouri State University

    Springfield, Missouri

    58.4 miles from Vista, MO

    Southwest Missouri State University's Freudenberger House, or Freddy House, built in 1959 and named for a Latin professor who taught for 45 years, has a female ghost affectionately referred to as the Dorm Mom. She's most often spotted on Floor 5.


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    Phelps Grove Park

    Springfield, Missouri

    58.9 miles from Vista, MO

    Phelps Grove Park has a ghost known as the Bride under the Bridge. According to local legend, a just-married couple lost control of their car here, killing them both. The ghost is seen evenings under the park's third bridge, holding the hem of her gown. She has only darkness in ...


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    Springfield National Cemetery

    Springfield, Missouri

    60.4 miles from Vista, MO

    The 1860s Springfield National Cemetery is home to some lingering spirits of Civil Wars soldiers, according to those in the know. Some of the gravestones here are known to glow, and orbs and other anomalies have shown up in photographs.


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    Avilla, Missouri

    Reeds, Missouri

    60.4 miles from Vista, MO

    Shadow Folk are known to haunt the old abandoned part of this historic village along Route 66. The shadowy people can be seen walking along the street and going about daily business, usually from the corner of your eye. The Avilla Death Tree is haunted by Civil War-era bushwhacker Rotten ...


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    Historic Castle House

    Brumley, Missouri

    64.6 miles from Vista, MO

    The Historic Castle House is a 165 year-old Queen Anne Victorian that's been restored and now functions as a "haunted" bed and breakfast. Activity includes lights turning on and off by themselves, cold spots, footsteps, whispering and whistling noises, and some visitors claim to have captured ghostly pictures on ...


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    Kendrick Place

    Carthage, Missouri

    65.2 miles from Vista, MO

    Kendrick Place, or Kendrick House, was built in 1849 and is said to be haunted, perhaps by a slave woman who was hanged from a nearby tree dring the Civil War.


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    Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast

    Carthage, Missouri

    67.2 miles from Vista, MO

    The ghost in residence at this early-20th-century house is said to be a male whose cigarette smoke smell fills the dining room and parlor when he is around. The spirit is thought to be that of Albert Carmean, a former owner in its early days.


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    Prosperity School Bed and Breakfast

    Joplin, Missouri

    72.8 miles from Vista, MO

    A school in its olden days, this building stood empty for three decades before it was renovated into an inn. During the time it was empty, it became known as a hot spot for haunts. TV's Ghost Hunters has caught an image of ghost children running down a hall; shadow ...


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    John Walsh Mansion

    Monett, Missouri

    74.8 miles from Vista, MO

    House has at least 3 paranormal residents. A man in formal dress is often glimpsed, especially in upper bedroom areas. A small child most likely female is also present and likes to play with the household dogs. A middle age woman visits the "music room' part of the ...


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    Missouri Southern State University

    Joplin, Missouri

    75.5 miles from Vista, MO

    Missouri Southern State University has a ghostly Dark Lady who is known to move objects and create cold spots. Some also maintain that the Billingsly Student Center is haunted.


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    Longview Mansion

    Lee's Summit, Missouri

    76.1 miles from Vista, MO

    Longview Mansion, built in 1914 by millionaire lumberman Robert A. Long, is said to be haunted by Long's daughter, Loula Long-Combs, a renowned horsewoman. Her apparition has been seen and heard riding horseback on the property, and her bed is sometimes in disarray in the morning as if she had ...


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    Peace Church Cemetery

    Joplin, Missouri

    76.9 miles from Vista, MO

    This cemetery dates back to the mid 19th century, but has been more or less abandoned for the past three decades. Its most famous "inhabitant" is probably Billy Cook, who killed six people during a 22-day criminal rampage between Missouri and California in the early 1950s. He was ...


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    Oak Hill Cemetery - Witch's Grave

    Galena, Kansas

    81.9 miles from Vista, MO

    Legend has it that there is a grave of a witch toward the back of this cemetery, and some claim that apparitions, voices, and strange sounds will come from the area, especially around the hour of 3:33 a.m.


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    Oliver Anderson House

    Lexington, Missouri

    83.9 miles from Vista, MO

    The 1853 Oliver Anderson House is believed to be haunted by ghostly soldiers who fought Civil War battles on and near the site.


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    Kemper Military School - State Fair Community College

    Boonville, Missouri

    84.2 miles from Vista, MO

    The former Kemper Military School, now State Fair Community College, had a ghost of a female cadet who was killed along the track. Her apparition has been seen jogging around the track; it disappears when it gets to the spot where she was killed. The A, C and D Barracks ...


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    Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn

    Boonville, Missouri

    84.6 miles from Vista, MO

    At the Old Cooper County Jail and Hanging Barn, built in 1848, folks say the ghost of a young prisoner materializes and pounds on the old cell doors. Dark shadow figures have been seen here as well.


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    Rivercene Mansion

    New Franklin, Missouri

    85.2 miles from Vista, MO

    Built originally by a riverboat captain named Joseph Kinney in 1869, this inn is said to be haunted by a member of the Kinney family named Noble, whose ghost has been encountered by many. At age 26, Noble was killed when after falling down the grand staircase.


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    Alexander Major's Historic Museum

    Kansas City, Missouri

    85.4 miles from Vista, MO

    At the 1856 building that houses Alexander Major's Historic Museum, ghost investigators have found colds spots, voices and EVPs in several rooms of the house. The voices belonged to men, women and children.


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    Noland Road Lady in Gray

    Independence, Missouri

    85.6 miles from Vista, MO

    Noland Road is said to have a ghostly gray lady with short gray hair, especially near the Woodlawn Cemetery.


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    Bingham Waggoner Estate

    Independence, Missouri

    86.1 miles from Vista, MO

    At the 1852 Bingham Waggoner Estate, owned by Civil War artist George Caleb Bingham, visitors can get a look at its original paintings and furnishings--and, if they're lucky, a ghost. A mysterious ghost bride has appeared around or on the stairs, and orbs show up in photographs taken here.


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    Pitcher Cemetery

    Independence, Missouri

    86.1 miles from Vista, MO

    Pitcher Cemetery began as an 1830s family plot for the Thomas Pitcher family. It is also a burial spot for Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as some mass graves, one for Civil War soldiers and another for a group of pioneers who died of cholera around 1850. Orbs, strange noises ...


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    Pretty Boy Floyd's Hideout

    Kansas City, Missouri

    86.4 miles from Vista, MO

    Pretty Boy Floyd's Hideout, a home at 6612 Edgevale in Armor Hills, was the home of Vivian Mathias, gangster Verne Miller's girlfriend. It was where in June 1933, Miller and Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd planned their unsuccessful prison break for buddy Frank "Jelly" Nash who, along with two policemen, was ...


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    1859 Jail and Marshal's Museum

    Independence, Missouri

    86.5 miles from Vista, MO

    The 1859 Jail and Marshal's Museum is said to be visited by spirits, including Henry Bugler, a former Jackson County sheriff, who was killed at the jail in 1866 and has been seen in the center south cell in a blue suit. Jesse James' brother Frank was imprisoned here for ...


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    Rotary Park

    Independence, Missouri

    86.6 miles from Vista, MO

    Margie Kay, author of "Haunted Independence," believes Rotary Park to be haunted. She claims to have seen and/or felt numerous ghostly presences on the grounds - one of which is named "Old George." The western side of the park is said to harbor some particularly dark entities.


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    President Truman's House

    Independence, Missouri

    86.7 miles from Vista, MO

    President Truman's House is a Victorian 14-room home, now operating as a museum. Staff members have seen the ghost of President Truman himself inside the home, often in the living room or walking the sidewalks outside. The smell of his brandy also has been detected. President Truman passed away in ...


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    Hill Park Cemetery

    Independence, Missouri

    86.9 miles from Vista, MO

    Hill Park Cemetery is known for containing the burial site of Frank James, the older brother of outlaw Jesse James. His wife Ann Ralston James is buried here as well. Witnesses say a glowing, misty figure appears here, walking over the hill at night. Ghostly Civil War soldiers are said ...


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    John Wornall House

    Kansas City, Missouri

    87 miles from Vista, MO

    At the John Wornall House, built during the 1850s, soldiers' ghosts have been seen on the balconies and guarding the doors. The farm is very close to the site of the Civil War Battle of Westport, and this house was used as a temporary hospital for the injured men from ...


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    Vaile Mansion

    Independence, Missouri

    87.4 miles from Vista, MO

    People believe that the former mistress of the home still occupies it. People claim to see Mrs. Vaile looking through the window and have seen her about the property. In addition, people believe that there is left over residual hauntings and negative energy from the mansion's days as an asylum. ...


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    Epperson House

    Kansas City, Missouri

    87.5 miles from Vista, MO

    This house, built around 1920, is now part of the University of Missouri–Kansas City. It is believed to be haunted and has been featured as on of the Top 5 U.S. haunted houses on TV's Unsolved Mysteries. The ghost in residence is Harriet Evelyn Barse, adopted daughter of original owner ...


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    Mound Grove Cemetery

    Independence, Missouri

    87.8 miles from Vista, MO

    White apparitions, seemingly a woman in a nightgown, have been seen here, sometimes following visitors. The apparition disappears at the cemetery gate, as if it is unable, or perhaps unwilling, to go past it.


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    Stonewall Inn

    Lenexa, Kansas

    88 miles from Vista, MO

    At the pizza parlor, reports say that unseen hands set the chairs and tables back up after they are stacked at the end of the day.


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    New Century Air Center

    Vista, Kansas

    88.3 miles from Vista, MO

    Once the Olathe Naval Air Station, a combat pilot training center from WWII to the Vietnam War era, the New Century Air Center is now a commercial airport, industrial complex and business center. An airplane crash that cost a pilot his life around 1960 is believed to be the source ...


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    Donaldson House

    Kansas City, Missouri

    88.4 miles from Vista, MO

    Donaldson House is a 1901 mansion is said to be haunted by eight ghosts. It's owned by the Kansas City Art Institute, who uses it for studios and offices. The ghosts are said to include one friendly one and eight cantankerous ones, who aren't pleased with the students who use ...


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    Joplin Spook Light - Hornet Spooklight

    Seneca, Missouri

    89.1 miles from Vista, MO

    Joplin Spook Light, aka Hollis Light or Hornet Spooklight, is a ball of light or group of lights that appear in an area called the Devil's Promenade. The lights have been seen as far back as the mid-1800s. Legend has it that the phenomena has to do with two deceased ...


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    Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

    Kansas City, Missouri

    90.5 miles from Vista, MO

    Formerly the Hyatt Regency, the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center building has seen some tragic incidents. In 1981, two walkways collapsed onto a dance competition in the lobby, killing 114 and injuring 216. It is supposed that the hotel's occasional supernatural visitor, a ghostly woman in a tea ...


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    Concord Cemetery

    Exeter, Missouri

    90.6 miles from Vista, MO

    Investigators claim to have captured orbs in photographs taken at this cemetery, and mysterious breathing noises appear on audio recordings.


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    Union Station

    Kansas City, Missouri

    90.7 miles from Vista, MO

    Union Station's busiest time was during World War II, when 300 passengers came through per day. Its ghosts are believed to have come from this time. Suggs Mailer is the most well-known spirit here, a man whose job it was to transfer mail from underground trains to the post office ...


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    Chestnut House

    Kansas City, Missouri

    90.8 miles from Vista, MO

    Chestnut House is an 1884 Victorian Gothic house that is believed to be haunted by former tenants named the Finches, a mother and her son who occupied the home for 70 years. Both apparitions have been seen; the mother in a mourning dress and the son in a bow tie. ...


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    St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

    Kansas City, Missouri

    91.1 miles from Vista, MO

    The grand St. Mary’s Episcopal Church began holding services here in the 1800s, and it is believed to be haunted by the spirit of an early rector, Father Henry David Jardine. Father Jardine was said to be a controversial character in his day, leading to some disagreements with church members ...


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