Sauer’s Castle


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 in 1986.

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.

Sauer's Castle

Sauer’s Castle

Sauer’s Castle

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