Kansas has a long list of ghost towns that were once either booming cattle towns, stops on the Oregon Trail or just got surrounded by bigger towns.
That could be one reason why Kansas is also a hotbed for ghost sightings across the state.
BetKansas.com took a break from Kansas sports betting and utilized GhostsofAmerica.com to compile the amount of ghost sightings across the state of Kansas. After determining the number of sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities for ghost sightings. On the website, you can find the description of each sighting for certain towns.
Kansas Cities You’d Most Likely See A Ghost
Wichita Leads the Pack
The site has six Kansas cities that have at least 23 ghost sightings, with Wichita coming in at No. 1 with 36. Salina ranks second with 34, followed by Garden City at 26 and three tied at 23 — Manhattan, Hutchinson and Fort Riley.
With Halloween fast approaching, the state’s tourism offices aren’t shy about promoting their city’s ghostly connections to help bring in some extra visitors.
VisitWichita.com recently blogged about the town’s many haunted areas, including the Delano District, the Old Cowtown Museum, the Orpheum Theatre, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and the Kansas Aviation Museum. Slamming doors, seeing shadows looking out of windows and moving objects are sure to send chills down the spine of even those who don’t believe in ghost stories.
TravelKS.com, which promotes the state's casinos and their Kansas sports betting apps, also promotes the state’s ghostly connections with a story titled “13 Spooky Locations to Make Your Blood Run Cold.” The list starts at Fort Leavenworth, which is No. 10 on the list above, calling it one of the most haunted military spots in the country.
That list includes stops in Hutchinson, Wichita and several other places not in the top 10 listed on the GhostsofAmerica site. So, if seeking out a ghostly good time is your idea of fun as we get close to Halloween, Kansas seemingly has lots of places to give you a little extra frightening time.