Scary Stories Surround UMKC’s Epperson House | New
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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – When you look at the abandoned old Epperson House on the UMKC campus, it’s easy to imagine what it might have looked like in the last century.
Construction of the large estate was completed almost 100 years ago and some believe those who occupied the house all those years ago may still be here.
Chris Wolff is a campus worker and a history buff. He gives campus tours and one of his favorite stops is the Epperson House.
“People are fascinated by the macabre, the dark side of history,” Wolff said.
Uriah Epperson made his fortune as an insurance underwriter. The house on the hill was one of the largest Kansas City had ever seen. Construction began in 1919 and took four years.
“There were 48 rooms, a pool in the basement,” Wolff said. “Mr. and Mrs. Epperson each had their own suites.
The Eppersons never had children, but they did have Harriet.
“He and his wife met Harriet Barse, a local musician who played the organ in their church,” Wolff said.
They considered her to be a girl and even ordered a large pipe organ for the mansion. Unfortunately, Harriet never played there. Wolff told us that before she arrived she fell ill and died on an operating table from surgical shock.
But, is Harriet playing it now? Some say you can hear it sometimes – low notes from a mansion resonating organ.
The history of mysterious music is just one of the legends surrounding Epperson House.
There is also the story of a campus security guard in his patrol car, parked behind the house.
“He was finishing his report when another car ran into the driveway and hit him,” Wolff said. When he went out to check, he saw nothing at first. But then, “there were skid marks on the ground where his car had moved eight inches.”
There are also tales of ghostly hands appearing in doors and a mysterious light with its own mind. The lights of the tower, closed for a long time without entry, turn on and off by themselves.
So the next time you pass Epperson House at 52nd and Cherry, look up and see if the tower lights are on. So ask yourself who is up there.
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