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The Haunting of Atchison Street
Atchison , Kansas

Posted by Hauntings Admin on 08/08/2010

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About Atchison Street

Location:

Atchison Street runs east-west and intersects with North 10th Street in Atchison, Kansas. The street runs just south of the Amelia Earhart Museum.

History:

Atchison, Kansas is known as one of the most haunted places in America due to its ghost-story heritage, aptly portrayed in Lisa Hefner Heitz’s book Haunted Kansas (1997), published by University Press of Kansas.

Atchison, Kansas has a population of about 10,000 people. It was named for David Rice Atchison, a U.S. Senator from Missouri who first conceived of the idea to establish a pro-slavery town in Kansas. Senator Atchison was a big proponent of slavery and popular sovereignty, an interesting tidbit, about the roots of this community. It was the original ending point of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, which certainly gave the town a good start in its early days. The city was incorporated on August 30, 1855.

Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison and annually in July a festival is held in her honor. The festival draws between 30,000 and 50,000 people.

Atchison Street was once known as Ferry Street. It leads down to the Missouri River banks.

According to Legends of America (Weiser, 2010), many years ago, a woman was riding her carriage down the hill along Ferry Street (now known as Atchison Street). She lost control of the buggy and the horses and ended up in the river, ultimately freezing to death.

Paranormal Reports:

Reports of a disembodied female voice near the Missouri River at the bottom of Atchison Street.

Other Related Haunts:

As one of the most haunted cities in America, Atchison has a lot to offer paranormal enthusiasts. Check out Jackson Park, the Waggener House or the North 3rd Street House in Atchison if you want to learn more about other haunts in the area.

Resources:

Weiser, K. (2010). Legends of America. Retrieved August 8, 2010 from http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ks-hauntedatchison.html

Wikipedia (2010). Atchison, Kansas. Retrieved August 8, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atchison,_Kansas

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