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Union Station

Posted in Missouri with tags on May 22, 2010 by Haunted History Blog

A postcard manufactured by Genuine Curteich depicting haunted Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, opened on October 30, 1914 as the second largest train station in America. The depot was built by famed architect Jarvis Hunt and served as a hub for both passenger and freight rail traffic throughout the Midwest.

The building is noted for its three large chandeliers, each weighing 3,500 pounds, and the Grand Hall Clock, which has a six foot diameter face. The station encompasses a total of 850,000 square feet and features 95 foot high ceilings.

Union Station made news headlines on June 17, 1933 when four unarmed FBI agents were gunned down by gang members attempting to free a captured fugitive named Frank Nash. The bloody event came to be known as the “Union Station Massacre” and it is believed that both Nash and one of the gang members died in the gun battle as well.

The Massacre has since spawned a number of ghost stories at the depot, several of which include the spirit of Frank Nash. Security guards have reported seeing a headless man on surveillance cameras reminiscent of Nash, whose was riddled with so many bullets during the shootout that his head was severed.

In one instance, a security guard witnessed the headless man sitting on a bench in the station and sent his coworker to investigate. When the coworker entered the room, he reported that it was empty even though the headless spirit could still be seen on camera.

Guards also claimed to have noticed a woman in a black dress walking down the stairs who disappears at the foot of the Grand Staircase. Phantom travelers with suitcases, mysterious train whistles, and unexplained screams have also been documented at the depot.

Today Union Station is home to Science City, an interactive science center with more than 50 hands-on exhibits, as well as a theatre and diner. The depot continues to serve commuter rail traffic with daily Amtrak service to both St. Louis and Chicago.