Longview Mansion #2
Date: January 21st, 2012
Address: 1200 S.W. County Park Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081
Phone #: (816)761-6669 Website: www.longviewmansion.com
Participants: Jason Kupzyk, Mike Hunter + 3 investigators
Staff Participants: Tucker Marshall & Wife
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent Solar X-Rays: Active Geomagnetic Field: Quiet
Description: Longview Farm was the country estate of Kansas City lumber baron and philanthropist, R.A. Long.
(1850-1934). Long’s city home was Corinthian Hall, now the Kansas City Museum. He also built the city’s
first skyscraper, the R.A. Long Building at 10th & Grand, as a headquarters for his Long-Bell Lumber
Company. Longview Mansion and 50 other farm structures were constructed in just 18 months between
1913 and 1914. More than 50 Belgian craftsmen and 200 Sicilian stonemasons were among the 2,000
workers employed to turn 1,780 raw acres into the “World’s Most Beautiful Farm”. Long’s daughter,
Loula (1881-1971) and her husband, Robert Pryor Combs, lived at Longview. For 65 years, Loula
competed in and won international horse shows in New York, Canada and England. She became known
as the Queen of the American Royal and was inducted into the Madison Square garden Hall of Fame.
All of her prize winning animals were raised and trained at Longview Farm, including her favorite horse
“Revelation” who is buried in front of the old show horse arena, now Longview Farm Elementary School.
The farm employed 200 people. There were 51 buildings on the property including a race track that
seated up to 1,000 people; giant sparkling greenhouses; handsome barns with wood pegged floors
for prize cattle and hogs; a police and fire department; a hotel for men; housing for employees; a
church, and community newspaper! Besides horses, Longview was known for its pure bred Jersey
dairy cattle that provided pasteurized milk for the region, and for its greenhouses that produced prize
winning roses and other flowers. Ahead of it’s time, this self sustaining community had electricity,
filtered water, steam heating, and indoor plumbing. The Mansion was the jewel of the property. A
massive 22,000 square foot structure, it boasts 48 rooms, 6 fireplaces, 14 bedrooms and 10 baths.
It also claimed the first central vacuum system west of the Mississippi!
The ghost stories reflect the idyllic life of Loula, for she operated the property as a mature woman
after her father's death, until her own, in 1971. People who have since worked at Longview tell of seeing
her drift along the land accompanied by a "cloud" of animals. Hoof beats are also said to be heard, as if
she were riding past. Some have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of her in the half-dark of the
indoor ring, which causes reluctance of some employees to enter this area alone. Once when the home
was open several days for tours, during a special event, people working there reported that her bed would
be in a state of disarray each morning, as if it had been slept in. A security guard who was working at
the Longview Mansion had several experiences which included seeing the apparition of a woman float
down the hall. One of his jobs was to make sure that all of the doors upstairs were shut. He often found
them open after checking earlier that they were closed. He also experienced several cold spots and the
smell of perfume. A tape recorder was set up in the northeast bedroom which was believed to be the
bedroom that Lula Combs stayed in while she was in a coma for several months prior to her death. An
EVP was recorded in this room which sounds like a female voice singing. There were also several
recordings on the tape which sounded as if boxes or furniture were being moved across the floor.
Investigator: "Saw picture lift up and fall on table,heard voices, and saw a human form on the stairs when the lights were on."
Jason: "The extent of my personal experiences this time was limited to hears some odd sounds."
Investigator: "The second investigation at the mansion was just about the same as the first. There was not much activity that I could account for
in real time but when I started going over the evidence I was sorely mistaken as I caught more the second go around then I did the
first. A couple of things happened that were more than likely not paranormal but they leave you wondering and scratching your
head. The first was in the same room just off of the kitchen where I was sitting with two investigators. I could hear people in the
room next to us just having a conversation that no one else could hear. The second was in the main office on the second floor.
There was a poster about 24 by 24 sitting on a table and it appeared to be pushed over as I walked by it. Whose to say that it
wasn’t a breeze that knocked it over as I was walking by. The only other thing that happened that night was 100 percent not
paranormal but frightened me just the same as I had never heard it before in my life. an investigator and I were in the main office on the second floor and a horrific screaming and whaling started going on outside and lasted for several minutes. It sounded like a bunch of young girls were running around yelling at the top of their lungs, but it just turned out to be a group of coyotes that had caught a deer. Regardless it was pretty bone chilling to witness."
Conclusion: With all of the evidence that we have caught at this place we feel that we can conclusively say that it is
haunt. We look forward to investigating more in the near future.