501 Ohio Drive, Holton, KS

(785) 364-3151

Status: Historical Haunted Hotel

It is Unclear if Paranormal Investigations can be Booked or Not

All the Original Website Locations are Either Expired, Out of Date or Dead Links Now


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This hotel was built by AD Walker in 1889 who named it for his daughter Josephine; she was only 4 months old at the time.

This hotel was in continuous operation longer than any other hotel west of the Mississippi when it closed in 2010. In 2011 it was opened again and in 2020 the current owner, Sara Fox, bought the hotel and modernized it.

Both political figures and celebrities have stayed here during it’s long history including the 22nd President Grover Cleveland, Robert Louis Stevenson – author of Treasure Island and even Kirstie Alley.


Paranormal Activity

This location bills itself as the most haunted hotel in Kansas.

In the past there have been a number of paranormal events at this location every year but they don't seem to be hosting them in 2023. Also in the past you could have book your own overnight investigation through the website but all links are expired or dead links now.

Hopefully paranormal events and investigtions will return in the future.

The Buffalo Room is considered the most haunted – there is photographic evidence captured in this room on the hotel’s website – and therefore the most booked. There is a bell in a closet in the room that is known to ring with absolutely no interference by the living.

The apparition of an old man who is said to be very grouchy haunts the John Wayne Room.

Josephine, herself, is said to haunt the entire hotel and can be found all over the building. The ghosts of children are said to haunt the basement.

In the Carrie Nation Room the legend is that a woman hung herself in the closet. There are numerous records of people being forced to leave the room clutching their necks and having difficulty breathing.

Other Reported Activity: shaking beds; electrical disturbances; disembodied voices; phantom footsteps; shadow figures and possibly shadow people; phantom laughter and other unexplained sounds and feeling of being watched and not being alone.