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INVESTIGATE THE HISTORICAL HOTEL SAVOY IN KANSAS CITY BUILT IN 1888

We are fortunate to be able to get into the Hotel Savoy in Kansas City for our next Meetup since they have never let a paranormal team investigate this location. This building has had a huge amount of paranormal activity in over 125 years and there are many murders, rapes, suicides throughout this time period. We will have investigators from our R.I.P. TV SHOW to conduct this amazing event. If you would like to book a room at the Hotel Savoy for the night you can call[masked], the rooms have been remodeled to look like the early 1900's and are awesome and includes free breakfast. Please let them know you are there for this event. Rooms are going fast so make your reservation asap. Check out the history of this place and also do your own research about the hauntings in this historical location. We will be breaking into teams and investigating the hot spots throughout the Hotel. You must be 16 or older to attend. Don't miss out on this awesome event.  
A Brief History of a Kansas City Landmark
by Valerie Lee

 

With Kansas City's building boom, population growth, and prosperity of the late 1800's, luxury hotels became very popular.  The Hotel Savoy was built on the corner of Ninth and Central streets in 1888 by the Arbuckle Brothers of the Arbuckle Coffee Company.  It offered turn-of-the-century elegance to political and stage personalities as well as cattlemen, grain merchants and travelers heading west.  Architects for the building were S.E. Chamberlain and Van Brunt & Howe.  The original east wing was constructed in 1888.  In 1903, it was remodeled and the west wing was added along with The Savoy Grill dining room.  Imported marble and tile, brass fixtures and stained glass are some of the original features of the hotel decor.  Art Nouveau style stained glass in the skylight was designed in Kansas City by Frank Anderson for the hotel lobby.

At the turn of the century, The Savoy was the first hotel seen by travelers as they came from the old Union Depot.  It was a luxury hotel, with a rooftop garden, ballroom, Italian tile floors, marble walls, a stained glass skylight and carved oak woodwork.  During those early years, The Hotel Savoy served such celebrities as Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Marie Dressler, W.C. Fields, Will Rogers, Lillian Russell, Sara Bernhardt, and John D. Rockefeller.

In 1903, The Savoy Grill dining room opened, with an exclusive Men's Grill that did not serve women.  That restriction was soon changed.  In the early years, The Savoy's clientele dined on such delicacies as prairie chicken and buffalo steak.  After the dinner hour, tables were pushed aside for music and dancing late into the evening.

Over the years, The Hotel Savoy's most enduring feature has been The Savoy Grill restaurant.  Dating from 1903, it is the oldest restaurant in Kansas City, with stained glass windows, high beamed ceilings, lanterns that were once gaslights, and an enormous carved oak bar.  Booth No. 4, known as the presidents' booth, has been host to Warren Harding, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan.

The original Grill Room is surrounded by The Savoy Murals, painted by Edward Holslag in 1903 when he was in his early thirties.  Those murals depict the pioneers' departure from Westport Landing and their journey along the Santa Fe Trail.  Holslag, who was a pupil of The National Academy of Design and John LaFarge, is represented at the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.  The Savoy Grill Murals have been included in the Smithsonian Institution's "Bicentennial Inventory of American Paintings."

The Hotel Savoy and its well-known dining room enjoyed the fruits of Kansas City's business boom through the late 1890's and into the turn of the century.  With the depression era of the 1930's, and later the trend toward suburban living, came hard times for The Savoy.  The hotel was in a serious decline by 1960 when Don Lee, a 27 year old member of a vetern restaurant family, purchased The Savoy Grill restaurant.  In 1965, Lee became convinced  that The Hotel Savoy had economic potential and purchased it from Jack Fox, an investor and member of a family active in the downtown garment industry.  When Lee bought the hotel, in part to safeguard his restaurant lease, The Savoy was in bad condition.  It was using only approximately 80 of its 200 rooms, mostly for transient guests.  

By the 1970's, The Savoy Grill was experiencing good business and The Hotel Savoy had become a residential hotel.  On December 30, 1974, The Hotel Savoy and The Savoy Grill were entered in the National Register of Historic Places, indicating that The Savoy was considered worthy of preservation.  In the mid 1980's, the area along Ninth Street was revived.  Investors began developing older buildings into residential and entertainment centers.In 1985, Don Lee began renovating The Hotel Savoy, turning existing rooms into luxurious Bed and Breakfast suites.  Each room is finished in Victorian turn-of-the-century style, uniquely decorated and filled with antiques from within the hotel.  Because of The Savoy's historical appeal, recent movies such as "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" and "Cross of Fire" have filmed scenes here.

During renovation of the hotel, old letters and artifacts have been found.  These items narrate The Savoy's legacy.  For example, a paper decribed how the famed magician, Harry Houdini, was locked in a Savoy phone booth by a clever traveling salesman.  A 1938 recording of "Stompin' at the Savoy," by Bennie Goodman and Count Basie, was located and now hangs in The Savoy's Bed and Breakfast dining room.  Letters from the Prohibition era were found.  The Savoy, being in Missouri, helped people who wanted liquor in Kansas.  A letter from a Kansas real estate, loan and insurance man read: "Kindly send me the good stuff.  I am laying in a little supply before the (national) bone dry law goes into effect."  The Savoy shipped him four quarts of Sherwood Rye.  This luxurious hotel was constructed in the year 1888 by the brothers that owned and operated the Arbuckle Coffee Company. It was designed with the socially elite in mind. This magnificent structure incorporated a garden on the roof of the building, tile floors designed by the Italians, an exquisite ballroom, and more. It is said that notable personalities such as Teddy Roosevelt, W.C Fields, and John D. Rockefeller resided at the Hotel Savoy at one point or another of the history of the building. If you are interested in haunted places in Missouri, you will enjoy the paranormal activity that is said to occur in this structure.

The first spirit that is said to haunt the Hotel Savoy is a lady that is known as "Betsy Ward". Betsy was a resident at the hotel and passed away while in the bathtub. Many believe that she passed away due to a sudden heart attack. There are many that state that she did not die in the tub, she actually died while in bed in the room. Her room number was "505". Witnesses have observed the show turning on and off all by itself in the room, and have heard music coming from inside the room when there was no person inside to have been responsible. In addition to these incidents, doors on the inside of the room have been opened seemingly on their own. In a renovation that occurred within the room, a gun was found to be sealed within the wall. All of these events contribute to the haunting tales of the room.

On the fourth floor of this haunted place in Missouri, there is an incident in which witnesses observed what appeared to be a full body apparition of a man who had passed away, identified as "Mr. Lightner". The witness account took place in the latter part of 1987. An individual who was taking the widow, Mrs. Lightner, a little bit of sugar as requested heard her speaking to someone. A neighbor of the widow was with the neighbor. When the door opened, they were both quite amazed to witness a full body apparition of a man that appeared to be dressed in attire that was common in the 1930s. The spirit saw them and simply vanished right before their eyes. It was then that the widow expressed the fact that it was her deceased husband that they had just witnessed.

When it comes to haunted places in Missouri, there are many rumors, legends, and myths floating around. However, in the case of the Hotel Savoy, witnesses who actually observed the spirits in the room are still available to relay their stories. Many strange phenomenons have taken place in the hotel. In one such incident, a man that was employed by the hotel often found his belongings spread out and disorganized - despite the fact that he had them put away and organized. He often experienced extreme cold in the night hours and an occasional cold spot during the day. He often expressed the fact that he knew that he was not alone, and it was suspected that it was the deceased Fred Lightner as the man was the same neighbor that took the widow some sugar.

In addition to this, several other types of phenomenon have occurred within this haunted hotel. It is not at all unusual for individuals to hear unexplained noises, experience unusual smells, or feel that they are not alone while walking within the structure. It is not believed that the spirits at the Hotel Savoy intend to do any harm, but it is rumored that perhaps these spirits have unfinished business or that they are unsettled and that prevents their spirit from moving on. If you are seeking haunted places in Missouri, and are interested in capturing paranormal events firsthand, you are likely to thoroughly enjoy visiting this haunted hotel. There are many more haunted stories about this Hotel.                    

            

                                                                                                  

 

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  • Michael Allen D.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

    2 · January 3, 2014

  • Mary T.

    I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!! Looking forward to many adventurous times together..

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Michael Allen D.

    Merry Christmas to you too and to everyone in this meetup group you guys are the best!!! :)

    3 · December 25, 2013

  • Mary T.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone..may you have a joyous and blessed day with family and friends! !

    2 · December 25, 2013

  • Mike D.

    The Rip Hunters Team has received an awesome Christmas/Holiday gift this year. We have accepted a 10 episode TV Show offer from the top Producer in the country tied to the top Networks in the country. We could not be more excited and happy for this next adventure we are about to start. We will be traveling around the country investigating the unknown and helping people with unexplainable paranormal activity. This will be a show like no other show you have ever seen and we thank everyone on the Meetup group because you all are a big part of what we have accomplished in the past years. We will be able to discuss all the details in the next 30 days. This does not change anything about our Meetups, they will continue as usual because our members are very important to us. This will just help us get into some great locations to investigate.

    2 · December 19, 2013

    • Mary T.

      That is AMAZING!! So excited for the group..and to be a part of this awesome group of people!!

      December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Check out the new video on our you tube page
    http://www.youtub.com/watch?v=774xGZxlsYw

    December 15, 2013

  • Mike D.

    What a great way to share the Holidays is to take a friend or family member to a Rip Hunters Investigation as a Christmas gift. I will be announcing the next Meetup in a couple of days. Also the members Ghost and Paranormal Hunting Store is an awesome place to pick up super deals on your new ghost tools at www.ghostandparanormalhuntingstore.com­ . There is a special going on so just type in the promo code on the home page to get your Holiday Discount. We hope you all have an awesome holidays and we will see you at the next Meetup.

    2 · December 1, 2013

  • Michael

    I would recommend that our next meetup/RIP be at the historic Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, MO. Very long history, and Channel 9 did a Halloween special there some time ago based on some of the haunting stories. Just a suggestion!
    Happy Thanksgiving all, and to all a great meal and fellowship with friends and family!!!!!

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Go to youtube and look up savoy hotel evp

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Check out the new youtube site R.I.P. Hunters Orlando some of the Evps are posted also on the Rip hunter site

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • Helen

      Can you post a link?

      November 28, 2013

  • Mary

    Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and be safe in your travels!!

    1 · November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy thanksgiving everyone

    4 · November 28, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Happy Thanksgiving and see you at the next Meetup coming soon.

    4 · November 28, 2013

  • Michael Allen D.

    That must have been Dominique.

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Mike Damsel

    I was woke up a few times from something tugging on my bedspread but then something crawled in bed with me and try to spoon me and I got a huge energy jolt. It left quickly when I jumped up and asked it to come forward. Very cool

    4 · November 26, 2013

  • Gerri S.

    Can't wait to hear how well Mike slept in 520 last night. It was very active when everyone was in the basement. And yhere was an evil man there too.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Mike D.

      I was woke up a few times from something tugging on my bedspread but then something crawled in bed with me and try to spoon me and I got a huge energy jolt. It left quickly when I jumped up and asked it to come forward. Very cool

      3 · November 26, 2013

  • Michael Allen D.

    I'm glad this turned out to be a good experience for everyone, hopefully I will be able to make the next Kansas meetup I'm really looking forward to meeting the Kansas group

    3 · November 25, 2013

  • Angela Matthews J.

    Interesting investigation. Had a good time.

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Michael

    Well, I believe everyone that attended this can say that my experience was quite eye-opening to say the least. Freaked out is an understatement - during the room-502 session talking with Eric, the 6 year old boy spirit. Eric spoke directly to me, touched me, and repeatedly begged to go home with me. He identified with my cross necklace as it was something that meant a great deal to me.
    I was touched, and we ended our session and moved on to the next session..BUT later, HE asked for me by name, and someone came to get me to return to ROOM 502. I did, and he was fearful of the male spirit presence that had been taunting us and him throughout all 3 of the teams' sessions. It felt that I was being called to - and I did, take off my necklace and hung it in the corner where he was sitting. I physically could not stay, but was told by Dipika that he then joined his Mom, and moved on - to a better place, with no fears.
    I share, unexplainably. And hope you are touched as well.
    Michael

    6 · November 24, 2013

  • Mike D.

    What a great bunch of people, it was a pleasure to have so many awesome people to investigate with. Cant wait till the next Meetup.

    4 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great location going through EVP's now...... Wow more to come. Good job on pictures keep posting them

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Gerri S.

    My daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed the entire night! Felt quite a few different things. And when I was alone in room 520 talk abut activity. Wow! Totally excited for the next one!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Kelly

    I had a great time, loved the interaction that we got. Going over my evidence now. Can't wait to see what I caught.

    3 · November 24, 2013

    • Mary

      Go ahead and tease me..lol

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Helen

    I really enjoyed meeting everybody and thought that it was a very organized event. Thank you so much for making it possible.

    3 · November 24, 2013

  • Nicole G.

    Fantastic evening at Hotel a Savoy! My daughter really enjoyed it and we are excited for the next meet-up.

    4 · November 24, 2013

  • Gerri S.

    We are so excited for tonight! I made arrangements more than a month ago just to make sure nothing would interfere with tonight. My daughter and I can't wait!

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • Mary

    I am so going to miss everyone tomorrow! I tried everything possible to change my trip of town but i couldn't...hunt good and be safe!! Look forward to meeting with everyone to go over your findings..

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet up group here are some of the basics that you need to think about bringing tomorrow night. K2, voice recorder, camcorder, flash light, mel meter, bottle water, JACKET looking forward to the investigation tomorrow

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet up group they are coming to get Mike and Dipika and take them to the studio going live soon watch check it out

    2 · November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Morning Meet up group at Fox 4 going live soon at 8:25 watch the show

    2 · November 22, 2013

  • Jamie T.

    Hi Im confused...Fox 4 news said the tour was $35 but your site says $65.

    November 21, 2013

    • Mike D.

      This is a paranormal investigation, not a tour and we will show you the differance. Looking forward to investigating with everyone on Saturday night.

      1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meet up team fox had posted a mistake on the meet for this weekend we have contacted them and it has been corrected sorry for the confusion

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Angela Matthews J.

    Was there a comment about meeting up before 9:00 to do dinner or am I imagining it? lol For some reason I was thinking we were going to meet at 6 or 7:00? Thanks

    November 19, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Check out our video invitation to the Hotel Savoy in Kansas http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eAk543b4sbgCity-

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Kelly

    I agree, it will be great everyone again. Very excited about our upcoming investigation. Also looking forward to many more in the future!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Adam P.

    Can't wait to see everyone again!

    1 · November 8, 2013

  • Mike D.

    We have less then 1 month before this awesome investigation. This is a very cool location filled with history and many spirits wanting to communicate and tell their stories. You do not want to miss this opportunity because we will be collecting some of the best evidence of the year. I can not wait to investigate with you all, you are a special group with many talents so put those talents to use. See you then...

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Team KC check out the investigation and pics from the Team orlando last night there are some really great pics plus a class a shadow person really awesome check it out on the RIP Orlando Meet up page

    October 27, 2013

  • Nicole G.

    I am so excited to investigate The Savoy! November 23rd is too far away.

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Check out our live investigation at the FOX 35 Studio in Orlando. The RIP TEAM did an awesome job. Go to RipHunters.com and click on Media and then on FOX 35.

    October 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      is there any other way to pay for this instead of the computer? I do not have a card I like to pay cash or check I do not own a computer I use a libaray one

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have put the link to the interview today with Mike, Dipika and RIP team at Fox 35 Orlando. Go to RIPHUNTERS.com the go to media tab and scroll down to Fox 35 check it out

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    neat oh I think I will go to the hotel and make a reservation looks neat

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well meet up team it is posted don't wait to long these spots will go fast

    September 25, 2013

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