Haunted Weekend in St.
September 12-14, 2014
Expanded to Include Two Nights, More Hauntings & Two Ghost
Haunted Weekend in St. Joseph, Missouri
September 12-14, 2014 / Friday - Sunday
St. Joseph, Missouri -- Lodgings at the Holiday Inn
Expanded with More Ghosts,
More Outlaws & More Fun!
Join American Hauntings' Troy Taylor and Missouri History &
Hauntings' Ginger Collins-Justus for a weekend event in one of
the Missouri's Most Haunted Towns -- home to the Pony Express,
Jesse James and the Glore Psychiatric Hospital museum! It's a
full weekend of outlaws, graveyards, the Pony Express, asylums and spirits, followed by a ghost
hunt on Saturday night at the Glore museum. The weekend includes
admission on all of the tours, two ghost hunts and two-nights
lodging at the Holiday Inn in St. Joseph. Spots for this weekend event are limited and will
fill up fast -- so don't miss out on our expanded return to St.
$400 Couples Price / $350 Single Price
($100 Deposit Due Now / Remainder Due Before Trip)
Click Here to Register for this Weekend Event!
|You Asked for More! And
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Haunted Weekend in St. Joseph
Ghost Hunt & Dinner at the Pony Express Museum!
A special PRIVATE night at the haunted museum includes a
self-guided tour, haunted history, a
full dinner and then an after-dark ghost hunt of the
* Mt. Mora Cemetery Tour &
A PRIVATE tour of the historic burial ground and then the
funeral museum at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith Chapel, which includes
the case that held the remains of Jesse James!
* Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home
See what True West magazine calls "one of the greatest western
museums in America" and then see the house where Jesse James was
killed -- including the bullet hole that's still in the wall!
* Haunted Wyeth-Tootle Mansion
Take a PRIVATE tour of this historic mansion and see unrestored
portions of the house that aren't open to the public! You may
even experience the resident ghosts for yourself!
A PRIVATE tour of the museum, followed by a ghost hunt that
lasts until 1:00 AM! See "State Lunatic Asylum No. 2" and then
we'll shut down the lights and lead a search for the lingering
spirits of the hospital turned museum!
Lodging at the Holiday Inn
Newly Expanded Weekend from American Hauntings!
Our Haunted Weekend in St. Joseph
will begin at the Pony Express Museum on Friday night with a
private, after-hours tour of the museum, a fried chicken dinner
and then a nighttime ghost hunt of the building, which was the
site where the Pony Express began. Plans for the Pony Express were spurred by
the threat of the Civil War and the need for faster
communication with the West. The Pony Express consisted of
relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a
2000-mile trail. It began in 1860 and in time, the Pony
Express had more than 100 stations, 80 riders, and between 400
and 500 horses. The express route was extremely hazardous, but
only one mail delivery was ever lost. Over the years,
lingering rumors claim that spirits of the past haunt the old
site -- find out for yourself!
Mr. Vanderlinde, built his wife this mausoleum and laid her
inside it on saw horses. For many years, one could peer inside
the mausoleum and see Maud's remains and legend has it, her body
never decayed. The mausoleum, the oldest in the cemetery, was
in poor condition, and recently, the cemetery keeper made some
major repairs and sealed it up completely, except for a small
vent near the top. No one can see inside it now. So whether the
spell worked or not, no one can say....
Saturday, we'll be taking a private tour of historic Mt.
Morah Cemetery, which is filled with the remains of
eminent St. Joseph residents of the past, as well as
strange stories like that of the tomb of Maud Vanderlinde, who died in the middle 1800s as she and her
husband were passing through the city to the west. Her
young husband was said to be very distraught about her
death. He went to a local Indian Medicine Man and begged
him for some spell or magic that would keep Maude's body
from decomposing. Supposedly, the shaman performed this
We'll also visit a local funeral home that contains a funerary
museum with artifacts from the past, including the wicker basket
that once held the remains of outlaw Jesse James.
We'll also be visiting the Patee House Museum, which started as
one of the grandest hotels in St. Joseph. True West magazine
calls the place "one of the greatest western museums in America"
and it's jammed full of items from St. Joseph's heyday, as well
as pieces of amazing Americana like an original carousel from
the 1800s and an entire steam train. Also located at the museum
is the former Jesse James house, where the outlaw was murdered
by a member of his own gang. The history of his life and times
is chronicled in the house and the morbidly curious can still
see the bullet hole left in the wall after Jesse was shot.
|We'll also take a tour of the famous
Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, one of the grandest of the old homes in
the city. With three floors, a tower and more than 40 rooms, it
stands today as one of the best examples of St. Joseph’s late
19th-century wealth and opulence, featuring stunning woodwork,
hand-painted ceilings and imported stained glass. In 1879,
William and Eliza Wyeth hired architect E. J. Eckel to design a
mansion resembling the castles they had seen on the Rhine River
as they were traveling in Germany. What they received was a
43-room Gothic mansion of the Gilded Age -- which now comes
complete with ghosts!
See the mansion and then get access to some of the off-limits
sections of the house. Do the spirits of the past still linger?
Find out for yourself!
||On Saturday evening, we'll be visiting
the famous Glore Psychiatric Museum, which chronicles the more
than 130-year history of what was once "State Lunatic Asylum No.
2." The first hour of the evening will be a tour of the museum
and a look at the history of Missouri's state asylums -- then
we'll be shutting down the lights until 1:00 AM for a ghost hunt
of this chilling site!
The asylum opened in November 1874 with 25 patients. Dr. George
C. Catlett was the hospital's first superintendent. Demand
caused rapid growth. The original 275 beds filled quickly. An
additional 120 beds were added, and then another 350. Relatives
who could no longer provide for their family members' special
needs admitted most patients. A devastating fire in 1879 only
temporarily slowed that growth. When the hospital reopened in
1880, it became a sanctuary not only for the mentally ill, but
also for tuberculosis patients, syphilitic patients, alcoholic
patients, and patients with physical disabilities.
By the early 1950s, the patient population had grown to nearly
3,000, which made the hospital one of the largest employers in
St. Joseph. It was not until the 1970s that the hospital began
to downsize in order to concentrate on treating the mentally
ill. Patients who suffered from physical illnesses were
transferred to other hospitals for specialized treatment.
The Glore Psychiatric Museum is named for its founder George
Glore, who spent most of his 41-year career with the Missouri
Department of Mental Health nurturing its collections into
arguably the largest and best single exhibition explaining the
evolution of mental health care in the United States. It has
since been named one of the "most unusual museums in the U.S."
Join us for this fascinating history and hauntings
weekend and see a side of Missouri that you've never seen