Visitors flock to Independence’s stunning historical sites for a chance to walk through their living history. But by night, brave travelers choose to join a Paranormal tour through these storied places’ shadows, for a chance to see the unseen and to reach out to the lives that once filled these walls.
Spooky sights await those who are courageous enough to take on the Paranormal Path in Independence. Whether you think spirits can send messages to the living or that it’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus, we dare you to tour the reportedly haunted 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home & Museum to find out for yourself. Visit the historic sites on our Paranormal Path, where the doors are open to believers and non-believers alike. But don’t worry—that chill through your bones and tingle down your spine is just our ghostly souls welcoming you to their haunted grounds.
Home & Museum
Part jail and part family home, the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home & Museum is an impeccably preserved look at 19th-century life in Independence. While the jailer and their family lived in a well-appointed home right on Historic Independence Square, behind the residence are a dozen limestone cells that housed notorious criminals like Confederate leader William Clark Quantrill and outlaw Frank James, older brother of Jesse James.
Tours of the jail provide an inside look at the home and the cell block where convicts were held. Keep your eyes and ears open as you walk in the footsteps of the former inmates—some visitors have reported feeling nauseated and cold, while others have heard male voices and growls. You may even see the ghost of jailer Henry Bugler, whom armed men shot and killed in the doorway while attempting to break out prisoners.
Tour each location and mention the Paranormal Path for a chance to collect custom-designed stickers inspired by each of these iconic places.
We challenge you to visit all of our haunted hot spots, and then brag to your friends that you conquered the Independence Paranormal Path.