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The story of Sauer’s Castle.
Sauer’s Castle is
located at 935 Shaunee Road, in Kansas City. This once beautiful
mansion was originally purchased by Anton Sauer as it was a fit
place for his family to live. Anton and his wife, Francesca,
immigrated to New York in 1858. It was there that they spent the
years of the Civil War helping to build Anton’s various businesses.
Francesca died in 1868 and at the same time, Anton was sick with
tuberculosis. For business purposes and due to his illness, Anton
moved his five children and himself to Kansas City.
Once in Kansas, Anton met his second
wife, Mary and fell in love. Mary had two daughters of her own and
she was also a widower. Needing a home, Mary’s family took Anton to
see what is now the Sauer mansion. Anton purchased it, knowing that
it would be big enough to fit his family and any children that he
and Mary would have, which ended up being five more. Anton built a
lookout tower onto the mansion so that he could see the road where
wagons often passed and the folks travelling in those wagons, who
weren’t always kind-hearted.
Once all construction was finished on
the castle in 1872, Sauer moved in with his family. It was very
grand, and much nicer than what you would find in other castles in
that day. Sadly though, Anton died seven short years later in 1879,
leaving his family with sadness but much wealth.
In the 1930s, the mansion had obtained
a reputation for being haunted. It was at this same time that the
Sauer family sold the property Paul Berry. Because it was thought of
as haunted, the mansion suffered much vandalism and looters. Paul
lived there only with his dog as a companion and he was constantly
fixing windows and making other various repairs that were needed due
to the vandals. Paul Berry lived in the Sauer Mansion until he died
Bud Wyman purchased the mansion along
with his son, Cliff Jones, and daughter-in-law, Cindy Jones. There
hope was that they could restore the mansion to its former beauty
and pay for the repairs by offering tours of the property. They were
prepared to dress up in 1800s garb and make everyone who visited
feel as though they had truly stepped back in time. However, just
one year later in 1988, they sold it to the current owner, who is in
the same family line as the family who had originally built it.
The new owner also wanted to restore
the mansion to what he knew it could be. However, he has faced many
problems, including a dishonest caretaker who was stealing property
worth a lot of value from the property. It was easy enough to get
away with these crimes as the owner does not live in Kansas and so,
is not in close proximity to supervise. Also because the owner lives
in another city, the building provides a nice opportunity for more
trespassing and vandalism. This is a big problem made even bigger
without a proper caretaker. Another problem about not being on-site
very often is that he has very little time to make the improvements
that he wishes to make.
The owner also has had challenges with the city when dealing with
the property as the city once took the owner to court to try and
obtain ownership of the property, seeing as how it became a
historical landmark in 1977. Because the owner won, the city now
resents him and makes it an even bigger challenge when he does try
to make improvements to the property.
However, the days of the mansion being
rumoured as haunted may not be so off the mark. Neighbours and
people passing through the community have reported strange
happenings on the property. These include lights moving about the
property as well as in the watchtower, and noises such as laughing,
crying and shouting have been heard coming from within the house
when no one was inside. A woman is also commonly seen walking around
the property as well as standing in the watchtower. This woman is
thought to be one of the Sauer women.
Former owners had also been known to
experience certain degrees of paranormal activity within the
mansion. It’s reported that the reason the Jones’ only lived there
for a year was because they could not stand living with this
activity. Cindy Jones had many feelings about living in the spooked
mansion and at times, she was extremely frightened. She would also
hear strange noises on many occasions. Cindy had also heard strange
noises coming from the attic that could not be explained by any
other cause. When she and her husband Cliff went up to the attic to
investigate, there was no one there. She also often said that the
fireplace grates would rattle violently all by themselves and that
she could sometimes hear a woman’s voice singing.
Bud Wyman, Cindy’s father-in-law, also
experienced strange activity on the property. Cindy was preparing
for a wedding that she was holding for a friend outside on the
property. Bud was occupied in the library, taking down the ceiling
in the library to replace it. It was then that a wedding picture
floated down from somewhere that Bud was never certain. The picture
was that of one of Sauer’s great-granddaughters who had died on the
same day of the wedding that Cindy was preparing for.
When the Jones’ were the occupants,
they hired a team of psychics to come in to investigate the
property. These psychics determined that the most paranormal
activity happened in the attic. They also found photographs that
showed spirit orbs within them.
No one knows if this castle is still
haunted but it’s believed to be so by many. It is also possible that
people may just believe it’s haunted due to it’s reputation and the
fact that it has such a spooky appearance.
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