Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2001

Nothing too spooky about Eudora

October 25, 2001

Apparently, Eudora isn't a very popular haunt at least for local ghosts.

Fans of the paranormal would be hard pressed to find mention of local ghost legends in books or Web sites, save for one entry on www.theshadowlands.net. According to the site, a woman's ghost haunts Eudora because after her boyfriend died in World War II she killed herself by jumping in front of a train.

Eudora Area Historical Society President Patty Johnston said she couldn't think of any local ghost myths either.

Steve Jansen, a Lawrence historian at the Watkins Community Museum of History, said he'd be surprised if Eudora had ghost legends but that the tunnels running underneath the Pilla house are fodder for such stories.

Nevertheless, ghosts seem to like the surrounding area. Here are a few legends from the Eudora area, some of which have Eudora connections.

Lawrence

The Sigma Nu fraternity house near Kansas University's campus, is supposed to be haunted by a servant who hanged herself in the house. The home was built in 1907 by Walter Stubbs, Kansas governor from 1908 until 1912. Johnston said Stubbs was raised in Hesper, south of Eudora.

Olathe

This haunting takes place at the NewCentury Air Center which used to be the Olathe Naval Air Station, a combat pilot training center from World War II through the Vietnam era. A pilot is supposed to haunt the aircraft hangar he hit in the late 1950s or early 1960s during a night landing in bad weather.

Paola

Stories vary about a musical haunting at Paola High School. Trumpeting sounds are said to be heard emanating from a storage room near the stage, whether they are from an overeager student or beloved band teacher.

Salina

A ghost said to haunt the auditorium of her Salina high school reportedly died near Eudora. The Kansas University student's vehicle crashed with a gasoline transport truck on Old Highway 10 between Lawrence and Kansas City.

Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth is supposed to be plagued by a multitude of ghosts, including some odd entities, like one with a penchant for flushing toilets or another who plays the harmonica. A more traditional ghost includes a woman in a black shawl who carries a lantern calling out the names of her lost children.

Sources: "Haunted Kansas" by Lisa Hefner Heitz and www.theshadowlands.net.

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