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Dillingham-Lewis Museum and the Chicago-Alton Hotel

Location Information

Date: 01 February 2020     Type: Museum

Location Title: Dillingham-Lewis Museum, Chicago-Alton Hotel

City/State: Blue Springs, MO

Investigation Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Status: Analysis


Weather Information

Sunrise: 07:29 AM   Sunset: 05:39 PM

High Temperature: 54°F   Low Temperature: 31°F

Sky Condition: Partly Cloudy  Wind: SSW at 10 mph

Humidity: 65%   Precipitation: 0%

Lunar Phase: First Quarter   % disk visible: 45%

Pressure: 29.01 mmHg  


Investigators Present

Becky Ray

Jennifer Sprague

Angela Hodge

Miranda Stark

Julie Klos-Burch

Investigators Notes

Becky, Lead Investigator: 

Location History

Morgan Vachel Dillingham was born in 1843 to Joshua Robert Dillingham and Susan Jane Walker.  He fought and was wounded, in the Civil War.  He served with Confederate forces.  On his return from the war, he found his family home had been inhabited by the Mock family.  He married Melvina Mock.  The log cabin in which they lived is now located at Missouri Town.

Morgan and Melvina ultimately built the Dillingham home at 15th and Main, in Blue Springs, Missouri.  They owned a general “mercantile” store. He was a bank vice president/president.

Morgan and Melvina’s son, David Morgan Dillingham, was born in 1873.  He married Mary Estella Spicer in 1898. Morgan and Melvina built them a home on property adjacent to the Dillingham home. Known as the Brownfield House, it is where David and Estella raised their family.

David owned a gas station and a store. In January 1955, David was shot and killed in a botched robbery at his store.

David’s daughter, Margaret, was raised in the Brownfield House. She married Wade Brownfield. They also raised their family in the Brownfield House.

The Brownfield House was sold privately and has been beautifully restored.  The Dillingham House was eventually sold to Narra Lewis who, in 1977, sold the home to the Blue Springs Historical Society. It is now a museum and also houses the historical society.

The museum has been decorated in period pieces consistent with the styles of the early 1900s, approximately 100 years ago.

While the furnishings are not original to the home, the interior of the house nonetheless reflects the style of the early 1900s.  

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