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One Tank Trips: Pythian Castle offers bone-chilling experience

Use one tank of gas to visit the Pythian Castle
Pythian Castle
Posted at 5:00 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 08:11:10-04

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Pythian Castle was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias.

Members of the fraternal organization built the structure to serve those in need within their order, along with widows and children.

In 1942, during World War II, the United States military took over as owners, and now the 40,000-square-foot fortress in Springfield, Missouri, holds century-old stories.

Some of those stories include ghosts and spirits of those who once roamed the halls.

The castle hosts history tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners and even weddings. Find a full list of tour schedules on its website.

The Pythian was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 7, 2009.

Located 164 miles from Kansas City, this road trip to the Pythian Castle took two hours and 40 minutes.