Coffeyville is located in southeast Kansas.
In the early 1800’s Coffeyville was occupied by the Black Dog Band of Osage Indians.
In 1869, settlers were living in the area now known as Coffeyville. The site was originally an Indian trading post. By 1880, Coffeyville was known as “Cow Town” because of its importance as a shipping point for cattle and the number of cattle herds in the area.
Colonel James A. Coffey relocated to the area from Humbolt Kansas to set up trade with the Indians. News of his arrival spurred business and the Osage and Cherokee tribes were amenable to working with him. Thus the city’s name was changed from Cow Town to Coffeyville in Colonel James Coffey’s honor.
Coffeyville was incorporated illegally in 1872 and then re-incorporated in 1873.
The Coffeyville Mansion was completed in 1904 by W. P. Brown. It is a 3 story, 16 room structure. Brown initially owned a lumber store, but then discovered one of the largest natural gas wells in the country.
W. P. Brown had 3 children. One of them, Violet Elizabeth survived to adulthood. William, died at age 4 and Donald died at age 11 (on November 11, 1911, no less -11/11/11).
Disembodied sounds of people as well as the sound of bowling balls striking pins in the basement where the bowling alley was once located. The smell of tobacco smoke when no one is smoking has also been reported. Also, apparitions of a man have been reported.
The museum director of the Brown Mansion has had no personal experiences with paranormal events, however other people in the community have noted some strange events. In particular, during a time when the Brown Mansion was unoccupied and closed to the public, people observed strange lights on the property.
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