The Haunted Cowtown Museum has a haunted reputation like no other.
As night draws in, and the street lights come on, your senses will tell you that it’s time to go “home”.
Take a wrong turn and you will find yourself facing on of the many extremely haunted buildings.
You’ll feel them watching you.
Are you ready to walk these haunted streets?
As you walk the streets at the Old Cowtown Museum you can imagine the clomp of boots on the wood walkways, the whinny of horses as they make their way through town, and the conversations drifting out the doors of Fritz Snitzler’s Saloon.
As late as the mid-1880s you might have also heard gunfire at night along with the noise from bordellos and gambling houses.
When you spend the night here with Ghost Hunts USA, you’re likely to hear more than your imagination.
Along the banks of the Arkansas River, the 54 buildings of the Old Cowtown Museum reflect life in Kansas in the late 1860s and 1870s.
Twenty-seven of these buildings are original and have been relocated to the grounds from Wichita and other sites in Kansas to recreate the history and experience of the old frontier.
There is so much history in this town that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here some tidbits about a few of our favorite buildings:
The Murdock House was among the most stylish residences of the day in Wichita and was home to Colonel Marshall M. Murdock, founder of the Wichita City Eagle newspaper. Mrs. Victoria Murdock carried out the role of a proper Victorian wife and mother. Unfortunately, only four of their eight children lived to adulthood.
Tommy Murdock died August 22, 1865 of Spinal Meningitis. Aged 4 month.
Jessie Murdock died October 23, 1867. Aged 4 years and 4 months.
Marshall Murdock, Jr died in April 1870. Aged less than one year.
Love’n Tangle Murdock* died on February 25, 1883 of spinal meningitis. Aged 8 years.
*named after a flower, Love ’n Tangle’s obituary states “the week preceding her demise was one of terrible suffering.” Love ‘n Tangle’s funeral service was held in the Murdock House.
The Jail was constructed in the summer of 1871 and was used mostly in cases where drunkenness and rowdiness erupted into violence. Activities such as prostitution and gambling, were punished by fines rather than with jail sentences. In 1874, a six cell, two story county jail was constructed.
While the drugstore is replicated, there is a desk there that belonged to Dr. Fabrique. Dr Fabrique arrived in Wichita in 1870 and joined Dr. E.B. Allen to practice medicine in a shared office with J.P. Allen’s drugstore. There are also several bottles and furnishings relevant to this time period in the building.
The front retail area of the drugstore contained the patent medicines, liquors, and related medical items. It also contains the soda fountain that dispensed carbonated “health” drinks. The back area was the prescription lab with a red glass screen that prevented customers from learning the druggist compounds and copying them.
It’s not just the 27 original, restored buildings from the late 1800’s that make Old Cowtown a beacon for paranormal activity.
There is also a 10,000-piece permanent collection of textiles, furnishings, furniture, tools, and art. Plus an amazing archival collection of photographs, letters, and documents. All of which can bring with them energy and spirit attachment.
The Murdock House:
The Murdock House, built in 1874, is rumored to have the most paranormal activity.
Investigators have reported seeing a child ghost peeking around corners and others have seen a child with pigtails peeking out from an upstairs window.
A candle was seen levitating from a candelabrum in the front dining room.
Many have reported seeing a shadow in the upstairs window and inside the residence.
The Allen Drugstore:
Investigators here have captured footsteps upstairs, K2 and Mel Meter readings, high EMF spikes, moving curtains, and lights turned on and off.
Throughout the town apparitions and footsteps have been witnessed in unoccupied buildings. Visitors have reported being touched in the Blacksmith shop. Mannequins shift unexplainably and stones have been tossed by people who weren’t there.