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1889 McInteer Villa

1889 McInteer Villa

1301 Kansas Avenue
Atchison, Kansas
66002 United States

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The History

The McInteer Villa is one of Atchison's most unique residences. Built in 1889-1890 for John McInteer, an Irish-borne pioneer businessman of Atchison, KS. His fortune was made manufacturing high-quality harnesses and saddles and investing his wealth in real estate. The large, impressive brick residence was constructed at an estimated cost of $14,000. The architect has not been identified, but the builder was Owen E. Seip, a long-time Atchison contractor. John McInteer's first wife, Alice died in 1892. He married his second wife, Anna Conlon, a widow with three sons, in 1895. After McInteer's death in 1902, Anna continued living in the home until her death in 1916. During her ownership, the house was home to large numbers of her Conlon relatives, including many children. After 1916 until about 1925, her brother, Judge Charles J. Conlon, a prominent Atchison lawyer, and his family made it their home.

For the next 25 years, it was a rooming house. In 1952 the McInteer Villa was purchased by Ms. Isobel Altus, a retired professional violinist and an eccentric, according to her Atchison neighbors. She was even rumored to have been an FBI Agent. She was known as Goldie during her times, but today, she is known as "The Witch" by the property owners and their guests. She lacked the financial resources to follow through on her desire to restore the house and in 1969, shortly before her death, she sold it to George Gerardy, who had started to rehabilitate it. The McInteer Villa is still one of the most unusual and picturesque houses built in Atchison.

Further from these chronicles, the Haunted McInteer Villa in Atchison has a very secretive history! Through research, some have discovered the McInteer Villa was also previously used for funeral ceremonies and the dead would be laid out for viewing in one of the great rooms. These walls have also witnessed much tragedy. Nine documented deaths, including one suicide, have occurred in this masterpiece property. This haunted mansion is proudly on the Historical Registry.

Prior to the current owners, the Adkins, the previous owners kept this location's hauntings discreet and off-limits to all. Sure enough, they could not stifle the incredible spectral activity it demonstrates. This house is considered one of the beautiful and structurally designed houses. It also sits in a town that is known as the Midwest's spookiest location, if not in the USA. Today, the haunted doors are now open wide for all to explore and Ghost Hunt!

The Hauntings

It is rumored that the former resident of the house, Isobel Altus' (Goldie's) spirit still resides here. Her apparition has been seen dressed in black. Since the home sits across from what was the Franklin school, years ago children would reportedly see her apparition when they would pass the house walking to and from school. To make things a bit creepier, an original rocking chair still sits at the very spot where she was found dead (for over 24 hours) with the pistol sitting on the table next to her. The rocking chair has been witnessed to rock back and forth on its own. Many passersby describe seeing her sitting in her rocking chair watching the world.

There is a variety of paranormal classical activity here, probably due to the number of entities that are lingering in its space. ​​lights turning on and off in the tower, which does not have electricity and figures seen in windows when no one is at home. A speaker was thrown off the counter and boxes moving right before our eyes. Some admit to personal experiences, including times when they have felt someone’s hand on their shoulder or have felt a hand playing with their hair.

You may hear the unexplained sounds of doors slamming throughout the night, or hear disembodied footsteps walking down the hallway on the second floor. Some feel uneasy on the second-floor floor, as though they are being watched by unseen eyes. Items tend to be moved from one location to another. Creeks of doorknobs slowing turning and lights turning on and off are often experienced. There will be dramatic changes in temperature. And the echoes of disembodied voices of a female have been heard. Recently an accompanied male voice has been heard within several rooms on the second floor. The door to one of the sitting rooms upstairs opens on its own and a shadow figure has been spotted as well. There is a scent of a powdery woman's perfume and the hint of cigarettes has been reported.

As you enter the attic you will become overwhelmed with the heavy presence of the spirits that still linger here, if you dare to enter the basement, you will soon understand why the new owners refuse to enter down there! With reports of doors closing, heavy footsteps from rooms that are no longer in use, and phantom smells--it is just a small fraction of the paranormal that has been encountered here.

Are you brave enough to undertake a lone vigil? The property claims have lots of spirits, including children.

This property has been featured in the several consecutive annual "World's Largest Ghost Hunt" and for a very good reason!


Some more chilling reads about haunted Kansas...


Haunted Kansas Paperback – October 31, 1997 by Lisa Hefner Heitz (Author)      Ghosts of Kansas Paperback – April 28, 2010 by Beth Coopers (Author)     America's Most Haunted Road Trip: Your Travel Guide to America's Most Haunted Sites (Volume 1) Paperback – February 25, 2016 by Marie Catherine Tiel  (Author)



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Date added: Jun/13/2019 | Last time updated: Jun/13/2020

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