1858 Garnett House Hotel - Visit 2

Location Information

Date: 8 October 2022     Type: Residential Museum

Location Title:1858 Garnett House Hotel

City/State: Garnett, Kansas

Investigation Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Status: Analysis


Weather Information

Sunrise: 7:26 AM   Sunset: 6:56 PM

High Temperature: 65 °F   Low Temperature: 37 °F

Sky Condition: Fair  Wind: South at 0 mph

Humidity: 65%   Precipitation: 0.0 in

Lunar Phase: Full  % disk visible: 99%

Solar X-Rays: Normal   Geomagnetic Field: Quiet

Pressure: 29.35 mmHg  

Investigators Present

Jennifer Sprague

Sarah Crowe

Lindsey Kadri
Neshela Duke

Team for the Investigation_edited
Team for the Investigation_edited

Lindsey, Jennifer, Neshela, Sarah

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photo by Jennifer

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Painting of the Man Reported in the House
Painting of the Man Reported in the House

photo by Jennifer

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Team for the Investigation_edited
Team for the Investigation_edited

Lindsey, Jennifer, Neshela, Sarah

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Doll Falling ReactionGarnett House Hotel
00:00 / 00:51

It has been reported that this doll falls out of her chair for no obvious reason. While we did not catch it on video, we did capture Jennifer's reaction on Sarah's recorder. 

Submitted by Sarah

Strange SoundGarnett House Hotel
00:00 / 00:15

Jennifer, Lindsey, and Sarah all heard a strange sound upstairs.

Submitted by Sarah


The Garnett House was built in 1858 by D.W. Houston and was opened as a hotel by Hiram Tefft in the fall of that year. The building sits at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Walnut in Garnett, Kansas. The building was the first hotel in town and had several additions built onto the building. It was said that Mrs. Houston refused to move into the original structure due to its swaying in the breeze. The hotel became known as The Garnett House and the Lighthouse Hotel due to its bright lantern on the top floor, which could be seen for miles at that time. It is the only surviving antebellum structure in Garnett, Kansas.

As a hotel, the building has witnessed and participated in many events in its 160-year history. During the time known as “Bleeding Kansas,” it is said that the famous Abolitionist John Brown hid escaped enslaved people in the attic of their home. This is said to have happened around 1859, just before the American Civil War.

During the 1870s, the town of Garnett became a crossroads of cowboys; settlers headed West and citizens. It became the scene out of the Old West with saloons, brothels, and gunfights in the streets. During this time, the hotel hosted some of its most famous guests. The guest list includes famous lawmen Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Wild Bill Hickock. It also contains renowned scout Buffalo Bill Cody who was traveling with Hickock at the time. Belle Starr, the favorite female cowboy shooter, was also a hotel guest. The famous outlaw Jesse James was rumored to have stayed here under one of his many aliases.

After this time, the hotel became a more prominent private residence, and modern hotels began to appear in the town of Garnett. In the early 1950s, the building became the Doctor’s Office of Dr. Robert Stevens and his wife, Dr. Julius-Stevens. They treated patients in the old hotel up until the 21st Century. 

Investigators Notes

Jennifer, Lead Investigator: 

On this investigation, we started with reviewing a video tour given by Rob, who is always a great host!
The equipment we used this night were cameras, audio recorders, a red grid light, motion-activated equipment, a white noise generator, and a rem pod.

Overall this investigation seemed pretty quiet. We did have one strange occurrence of a doll falling out of a chair which is often reported, and Sarah caught my reaction on her audio. We could not figure out what caused this as we were walking all around that same area most of the night with no instance of the doll falling.

We set up a grid light to see if we could determine any shadows, but we did not see any that night. We did not record any, as many people down the street created noise, which contaminated our recordings. 

A few members reported getting touched. And we also seemed to have our REMpod react upstairs while the white noise generator was running downstairs. 

Rob is always a generous host, and we thank him for allowing us out! 

Previous Investigations at this Location:
1858 Garnett House Hotel - Garnett, Kansas