Even the dead

tell stories…

The Secret They Don’t Want You to Know

Off limits to the public until recently, the attic of Union Station is known as one of the most mysterious and haunted places in Kansas City. The Station’s walls hold a century’s worth of secrets — secrets that, if they got out, would chill Station visitors to the bone.  
 
Those who dare to walk the echoing halls and galleries by night — or even on a quiet afternoon — may get more than they bargained for, for this grand old landmark has a darker history than anyone today imagines. Many tales of horror have faded into history. Others have been covered up by bureaucracy. But secrets, like bodies, won’t stay buried forever, and even the dead have stories to tell. If you listen, you may hear them.
 
If you hear a newborn baby wailing, or children’s laughter; when you catch a shadow from the corner of your eye; when a figure rounds the corner and slips out of sight…you may have met one of the ghosts of Union Station. Their stories are many, like the travelers who have passed through.

The Ghosts of Union Station Speak

Mary Stilosovic was only 19 when she became a ghost of Union Station. Now she haunts its grand halls forever, seeking the baby she lost…

Bobby Niffen spent his short life trying to decipher messages from the ghostly dead. Little did he know that he would one day join them as they walk the echoing halls…

With both the Great War and WWII in her past, Union Station has seen her fair share of tearful partings, but few more heartbreaking than this…

…and the haunted tell their tales

I was told not to talk about this, but…

When I first started working here, I was introduced to everyone else on the cleaning crew, and after I’d been working for a few days I noticed this woman I hadn’t met. I always ran into her in the bathroom. She’d come in with a broom and a dustpan and a bottle of window cleaner, and we’d smile at each other as I passed her on my way out. One day I asked [my boss], “Who’s the woman I keep meeting in the bathroom? I don’t think I met her yet, and I only ever see her in the bathroom.” Half-jokingly I asked if she had some kind of bathroom-only duties. [My boss] turned white as a sheet and looked a bit sick. I asked her what was wrong. At first she tried to brush me off, then finally she admitted that I had perfectly described [an employee] who worked there way back in the early 2000’s. One day in the middle of her shift she’d had a heart attack and died, right there in the very bathroom where I kept meeting her. I guess the “phantom cleaning lady” is a well-known phenomenon; she comes into the bathroom, then simply disappears if you look away.

— Union Station employee

Was it a ghost? Or something worse?

Have I ever seen a ghost at Union Station? I don’t know if this counts as an actual ghost, but it sure scared the crap out of me. I was walking up the stairs [ from the grand gallery] and this woman pushed past me and almost knocked me over. It was so rude, not to mention I could have fallen down the stairs and got hurt. I was furious. I turned around to say something to her, like “watch where you’re going” or something and she looked up at me from the stair below and it absolutely chilled me to the bone. Like, literally. It was like the temperature suddenly dropped to below freezing, even though it was summer. And when she looked at me, her eyes were solid black. No iris. No pupil. No anything — just solid black. It really, really freaked me out. I looked away — just for a second — and when I looked back she was nowhere to be seen. Scary.

— Justice Haiune, Union Station patron

Creepiest thing ever

“I know a little girl laughing doesn’t sound scary — I mean, you see tons of kids at Union Station. Not a big deal, right? So this was on a cold, icy night in the middle of winter and the place was dead empty (no pun intended). And then I heard this little girl laughing. I mean really laughing. Rofl laughing kind of laughing.  And I thought, what? I hadn’t seen another person in like half an hour. I thought maybe somebody’s kid had got lost, and I kept waiting for some frantic parent to come along, but nobody did. So I decided to find this laughing kid. And I followed the sound till I came to—get this—a supply closet. And I could hear this little girl just laughing her ass off from inside the closet. So I opened the door…and there was nobody there. And I never heard the laughing again. It was the creepiest thing ever.

— K. L., Union Station employee since 2011

Was it a ghost? Or something worse?

Have I ever seen a ghost at Union Station? I don’t know if this counts as an actual ghost, but it sure scared the crap out of me. I was walking up the stairs [ from the grand gallery] and this woman pushed past me and almost knocked me over. It was so rude, not to mention I could have fallen down the stairs and got hurt. I was furious. I turned around to say something to her, like “watch where you’re going” or something and she looked up at me from the stair below and it absolutely chilled me to the bone. Like, literally. It was like the temperature suddenly dropped to below freezing, even though it was summer. And when she looked at me, her eyes were solid black. No iris. No pupil. No anything — just solid black. It really, really freaked me out. I looked away — just for a second — and when I looked back she was nowhere to be seen. Scary.

— Justice Haiune, Union Station patron

Haunted history…

These are just a sampling of the stories surrounding Union Station. Those in the know have stories too bloodcurdling to share here, and some have been warned to keep silent. A little investigation on the web, however, uncovers a treasure trove of tales from people who have been in the wrong place at the wrong time and encountered the phantom occupants of Union Station and its environs.
The Attic KC would like to invite you to experience for yourself what we have to offer. For a limited time, we have been allowed full and exclusive access to the top floors of Union Station — the hidden secret heart of this grand old building, a storied location once known as the place where the spirits slept.
 
If you’re looking for the typical Halloween haunted house, The Attic might not be for you. We’re more than funhouse scares and creepy noises in the dark.
 
Our ghosts are real.
 
Our history is valid.
 
And we invite YOU to come and meet the ghosts of Union Station.

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