State House Ghost

(Deb) And we’re back. And Frank’s got a great haunting story for you next from the Capitol building right across the street. As Frank has said, we’re here at the Dillon House and the Dillon House may have a few ghosts of its own. But we’re gonna talk some about the Capitol ghost. And you know the Capitol took a long time to be built. They built the east wing of the Capitol first. Cyrus Holliday actually donated part of the land, I believe for that. But it took a long time and then of course the Capitol has just gone through this big refurbishment. If you haven’t seen the Capitol, it’s your building, come and see it and it is spectacular. It’s really wonderful. And it’s got several ghost stories actually. So, but one of the ones has a connection to the Dillon House where we are right now. (Frank) Somewhat, yea. Yea, yea. Oh wait a minute, coffee?? We don’t have any yet. That’s our ghost. (Deb) Hear that thumping? Hear that thumping in the building? (Frank) Yeah, anyway, yea we’re in the Dillon House now, it wasn’t here at the time, but in 1901, unfortunately a worker fell from the dome. And so anyway Hiram Dillon who was one of the Dillons that eventually built the Dillon House, had a story that was in the Capital Journal at the time, and so it’s kind of one of those things that…is he still there???? (Both) Come see. (Frank) Even after an incredible renovation, some things remain unchanged in the Kansas Statehouse. One of those is the ghost of a laborer who lost his life building the ornate structure. Some of the night security staff and maintenance workers swear they have heard eerie sounds and echoing footsteps. They say chandeliers sway with no breeze. Most reports of such sounds are during rainy, stormy nights. Around 1890 one worker was assigned to fastening plates on the dome of the building. According to some, he stretched his body too far to reach a bolt, lost his balance and plunged to the ground floor where he instantly died. Jack Dillon was the son of Hiram Price Dillon, who built the Dillon House where Around Kansas is filmed. Jack told a newspaper reporter in 1901 that neighborhood children were afraid of the capitol at night, afraid of seeing the ghost. From the porch of the his home on Harrison St, Jack suddenly stopped mid-story, and said, “There, you can hear the ghost at work now.” The reporter said, “Everyone listened intently and sure enough a noise like someone tapping on the dome could be heard.” “That’s the ghost,” said Dillon. “He’s there at work every night.” That worker has been heard throughout the decades, hoping to finish his job and maybe claim his monthly pay. Walk by on a rainy night and listen.

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