Walking down the hallways of the Carl Junction Primary School or visiting the site where Central High School in Springfield stands, you may encounter an assortment of odd happenings, weird tales, and scary legends. In this article, you will learn about some of the haunted stories and paranormal wonder attached to the school system throughout Missouri.
At Carl Junction, the Carl Junction Primary School is filled with mystery, as odd noises, unexplainable footsteps and voices have been known to take over the night. Sometimes, the sound of shutting doors can be heard about the area, but usually after 12, strange happenings are quite common.
The same is true for the Old Elementary School Caboose located in Russellville, which has a tradition of its own that occurs on the night of Halloween. When the night of ghosts and goblins arrives, there is the ghost of an elderly man who once lived in a caboose a long time ago that haunts the area. He died in the caboose and now spends the afterlife appearing on Halloween night with a whittling knife in his hand. Legend has it; he will throw the knife at you, as well as open and close the door to the caboose when daylight is surrounding his domain.
The Kemper Military School and College that once thrived in Boonville is now shut down, but a wealth of paranormal incidents and legends were connected to the site. For example, the ghost of a female cadet was spotted jogging around the track, where she then disappears at the site close to where she was murdered. She often appears close to the Old Bridge as well. Within the A Barracks, the doorway sometimes reveals the ghost of a Civil War soldier, who always appears in black. Once known as the barracks for female cadets, the location is filled with scary occurrences. Windows open and close on their own, and doors slam without warning. Shadows appear in the hallway and unexplainable footsteps trail about the stairs.
The C Barracks of Kemper Military School and College also has their own set of unexplainable footsteps that plague the vicinity. As workers refurbished the barracks, the footsteps would drive them crazy, yet they could never find a cause for the noises. As dirt and dust covered the floor, footprints could not be found to give a reasonable explanation as to why they heard footsteps. The D Barracks of the school served as home to a ghostly figure that could be seen standing by the window at nightfall. This particular piece of the school was closed down because it was said haunted by the ghosts of cadets who lost their lives in the infirmary because advanced medication was not available to them during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Springfield is also home to the Reed Middle School, which offers an interesting experience when visiting the balcony on the 4th floor. When touring the area, you should stay still and quiet, so that you may hear the unexplainable footsteps that randomly occur. Some witnesses have even claimed to hear low murmurs when in the area.