Monday, July 26, 2010

A Historical and ghostly Birthday

Our weekend found us very busy...we traveled an hour to a small town historical called Atchison Kansas to celebrate my daughters 12th birthday as well as Amelia Earhart's birthday. My daughter loves the fact that she shares a birthday with such a historical figure. Amelia would have turned 113 years old on Saturday, while in Atchison we took the opportunity to visit her childhood home she was born in and live in with her Grandparents.

Atchison is also known as the most Haunted town in Kansas. Since my daughters and I love love anything haunted we had to look up some of the most haunted houses in Atchison and then go sneak a peak. First on our list was Sallies House, we first learned about Sallies House on the show "Most Haunted" several years ago. Sallie was a 6yr old little girl who got sick in the middle of the night with severe abdominal , her mother took her to the doctors house where he also ran his practice. Sallie required surgery right away for appendicitis, sally panicked at the sight of surgical tools and the Dr. was forced to hold her down and administer ether. In his haste the Dr. did not wait for the anesthesia to take full effect. Sallie awoke during the initial incision and began fighting and wresting against the pain. Before she died, she was said to have looked at the doctor with both fear and loathing, and remains within the house to this day.

After Sallies House we then traveled to the "Gargoyle Home" also known as the "Waggener House". This turn-of-the-century home was built in 1884-1885 by B.P. Waggener, who was a lawyer and politician in the Atchison area in the late 1800’s. While gargoyles are usually erected to scare off evil spirits, legend has it that Waggener accumulated his wealth through a deal with the devil and the gargoyles were constructed in honor of the pact. It is said that the house is afflicted by an evil curse. One homeowner, who attempted to remove the gargoyles, fell to his death on the staircase. 

Here is a closer picture of the Gargoyles. They are very demonic looking Gargoyles, In my opinion I don't care how much I love a house...I would never by a house with Gargoyles on it.
As I sat outside these houses I was secretly hoping I would spot some kind of ghostly figure, but unfortunately there were no sightings that day. We ran out of time and could not find Molly's Hollow but on our next trip to Atchison we will be sure to find Molly's Hollow.

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