Labadie Mansion REVISITED

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City/Town: Copan
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: N/A
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedGutted
Photojournalist: Billy DixonJohnny Fletcher

Never have I seen a location spark so much excitement, mystery, tragedy & the paranormal as I have with Labadie mansion.
It is just remains of an old stone mansion sitting on top of a hill yet a brave many make the trek to the top of that hill in hopes of seeing the unexplained, to scare their loved ones, or to have one heck of a party.
The Labadie mansion still stands proud braving the elements & years of vandalism. Maybe it is something unexplained that keeps that structure standing.
I have heard from many longtime locals that their relatives from as far away as California to even Florida have heard about Labadie mansion & how to get there when they visit.
Many paranormal websites list the mansion as one of their favorite places to visit.
It causes a storm of controversy with locals & will continue on for years to come with numerous versions of the spooky tale. Changing each time it’s told.

Much tragedy tended to surround the Labadie family in the early 1900’s. Accidental deaths were common leaving room for exaggeration as the years passed.

The Labadie’s were a ranching family who owned a farm somewhere along the Caney River. Frank and Samantha Labadie had three sons, George, John and Paul. Their daughter, Mrs. Lola Thurman, died in 1933 just two years before her elderly parents died.

A story entitled “The April Fools Ghost,” was submitted to Green Country Living in 1980. It told a fictional tale of three teenage boys who went searching for the old Labadie House. They had heard that the house was the site of a tragic murder. In the story they believed that Mr. Labadie had gone insane on April Fools Day and thrown his family out the third story attic window before committing suicide himself.

The story stirred up mixed emotions among family members still living in the Bartlesville area. Frank’s nieces, Blanche Labadie Mounts and Winifred V. Labadie, decided to write a letter to the editor to set the record straight.

On April 1, 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Labadie were found dead in their home. They had been asphyxiated by carbon-monoxide fumes from a gas burning stove with poor ventilation. The couple had just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with all their friends and family. Frank was 75 years of age and his wife was 68 when they died. The so called haunted house from the GCL article was actually owned by their son George which Frank and Samantha never lived in.

“We are sorry to disappoint the thrill seeking public but there were no murders, no suicide, just a case of accidental deaths,” the women said in closing.

An old photograph shows the Charles L. Labadie family in 1927.
While the GCL and the Labadie nieces hoped to “lay to rest” all the myths and legends, the tale continues to be told, changing a little with every repetition. After two fires the stone fireplace is the only thing still standing among the debris of the dilapidated home. The sight is met only by malfunctioning flashlights, strange invisible people shouting the names of all those present, odd smells and strange animals rushing through the darkness and vegetation just out of sight and reach. Though the most terrifying of all is when the fireplace sudden begins to blaze at the top of the hill bidding farewell to the frightened guests.

One teen stated, “This is our entertainment, and I will attest that it is much more fun than going to the mall or movies.”

Whether these myths and others like them are the concoctions of teenage imaginations, mere optical illusions or truth is still to be discovered. But beware to those thrill seekers brave enough to find the truth for the twist at the end of the road may be more than bargained for and the truth may find peace at last for those families still affected by the mysterious legends.

Thanks to: http://okwustudents.net/advweb/swears/?p=9 for the excerpts from their story

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Rob Rowe
Rob Rowe
8 years ago

I would love to visit that place, it looks awesome. I guess it doesn't have a carbon monoxide detector fitted in it.

RuralVFD
RuralVFD
8 years ago

I was informed by a local sheriff whilst out in that area, that as of the first of the year (2012), anyone caught trespassing out on the old property will be subject to arrest and fines. Apparently, they have had too much vandalism and people leaving trash and settings fires up there and are tired of it. I was told they will be doing regular patrols of the area because of it. I thought perhaps at first he may have well been joking to ward me off from being out there, however he was quite adamant that the land owners… Read more »

Angel of Death
Angel of Death
Reply to  RuralVFD
8 years ago

This is another Lie,, I know the sheriff of Osage Co, and there have never been any arrest in or around the Labadies Mansion ,, and upon me and my group doing an investigation out there, I call the OSD and let them know we will be out there and they say ok,,, reading the bullshit before I did show the OSD this crap and they laughed,, The response from them was they have beeter things to do then to drive the back roads to of Osage Co dirt roads over an old mansion in ruins,, nothing of value is… Read more »

Allan
Allan
9 years ago

i think the idea of the place is amazing but the story on it how somethings are true and fake i know i will never go there out of respect for the family and there land i went to the graves onlything i did and i put flowers out there cause there wasent any there and paid my respects for the family that lost there lives long ago amazing pictures and id like to see the place but to many people took stuff from there and i dont want to be the blame for stuff and i like to leave… Read more »

Davona Crane
Davona Crane
9 years ago

okay i went there i am 14 teen it was carzy i heard a cry and a yell the i ran and the hell out of there well i am saying that i cant stop thanking about is so way is the i keep dreaming a about a fimly and a girl whos in a room crying and saying do it i well do
any thing she crying the i see a men then a wake up

Vlad
Vlad
9 years ago

I’ve been there 3 times, and I swore I’d never go back, when we first arrived at the graves my windshield wippers turned on by themselves, and I notices on my milage the last miles were 666, coincidence I thought, when we left the windshield wipers wouldn’t turn off until we got to Bartlesville and stopped at a Quick Trip, the second time we went up there it started storming really bad, we couldn’t see what was in front of us, we turned back and it just so happened that it was only storming in the Area, (not so bad)… Read more »

miles
miles
9 years ago

I am a family member and take care of the labadie cemetary and would like to see parent and kids teach or show some respect for the family they have stole the head stones knocked them over leaving beer bottels which are not good on a lawn mower so please don't tear the gate up again or leave your ghost stories in a book because this place means alot to this family so stay out

Justin
Justin
Reply to  miles
9 years ago

i would love to go metal detecting on the property.If an Heirloom is found it will stay with Whomever is in charge of the property,Who do i Contact and how?

Angel of death
Angel of death
Reply to  Justin
8 years ago

The Mullendors are the Owners,,, follow the road from crybaby bridge to the cemetery come to the you will come to the Mullendors ranch across the street.

Chase Labadie
Chase Labadie
9 years ago

some osu students did a documentary about 15 years ago on local legends and the labadie house was included in that. I have the tape somewhere. might see if i can dig it up and put it online. As far as most of the stories said on the place, my grandpa would tell you that most of them are nonsense. but he's very conservative in his views.
-Chase Labadie

gary
gary
Reply to  Chase Labadie
9 years ago

my book is based on facts not fiction. I feel that the years of slander of a man and his family have gone on long enough. i like many others grew up with the legend however it has changed dramatically since i first heard it in 1979. my intentions are to tell the true story because to be quite honest the legend thats currently online is rediculous.

LALANI SHAILER
LALANI SHAILER
Reply to  Chase Labadie
8 years ago

HELLO CHASE, WE HAVE ALOT IN COMMON…..MY GREAT,GREAT GRANDPARENTS OWNED LABADIE MANSON AFTER THE DEATHS IN 1934. THEY WERE DELAWARE-CHEROKEE AND HAD BEEN IN BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH FRANK BEFORE HIS DEATH AND THE LABADIE FAMILY 'S SURVIVING MEMBERS AFTER THE DEATHS. MENTIONED IN THEIR WILL WAS A DISPUTE OVER WHO HAD RIGHTS TO THE MANSION AND IT'S ASSETS….. OIL AND A DEWEY CEMENT COMPANY TO BE EXACT AS WELL AS OIL TUBE PRODUCTION… THE DISPUTE CAUSED A SERIOUS FAMILY FEUD IN MY FAMILY WHICH I BELIEVE IS WHERE THE "LEGEND" EVOLVES AND MERGES 2 SEPARATE FAMILY TALES OF WOE INTO… Read more »

Kim
Kim
Reply to  LALANI SHAILER
6 years ago

Lalani….contact me….

Ashley Gerard
Ashley Gerard
Reply to  Chase Labadie
1 month ago

Hello Chace my great grandmother was Winnifred Labadie please contact me.

gary
gary
9 years ago

Its common knowlege how the labadies died. as for cora and mr. bowers that has taken much research.
there are numerous individuals who have been to the mansion and the fifteen hundred acres it sits on
however; how many of those individuals have spend hundreds of hours of research on this legend… i have
my novel will shed new light on this legend, when completed mr. yeazel pick up a copy I think you will find it intersting thank you

wayne yeazel
wayne yeazel
9 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Labadie were found dead in their home. They had been asphyxiated by carbon-monoxide fumes from a gas burning stove with poor ventilation. Now, I been up there three times over the year and the first wo times right below the hill there was a two story log house that the Labadie live in right before they had the new house built. Now I don't think the cabin is still there anymore. But, the real stories from the papers said that they did die from asphyxiated not from a gas burning stoves but, it said that (if you… Read more »

ANGEL OF DEATH
ANGEL OF DEATH
Reply to  wayne yeazel
8 years ago

THIS IS A BULLSHIT COVER STORY THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN WRONG MANY TIMES, THE CABIN WAS THE SALVES HOME NOT THE LABADIES. KNOW YOUR HISTORY.I HAVEN'T LIVED HERE MORE THEN A YEAR AND I FIGURED IT OUT LMAO AND MOST OF YOU ASSHOLES LIVED HERE YOUR WHOLE LIVES WITH FAULTS STORIES.

the secret about point and shoot digital camera
10 years ago

Hello there, I have been following your webpage for handful of weeks and I locate it fascinating. How can i subscribe it?

gary
gary
10 years ago

i went in the small house and it was dark . i have been to the labadie house at least twenty times. the first time was in 1979.
i can honestly say for the most part it was mostly uneventful ,however; on a couple of occations something strange did actually happen making me question my own beliefs. currently im working on a novel and have been for the last year and a half. its about the legend and my personal experiences there. with some luck it will be in print by spring.

Jennifer
Jennifer
Reply to  gary
5 years ago

Please let us know the name of your book. I grew up here and have rode up that hill a many of times on horse back. It made me sad when it burned. I saw it before that happened to the old home, and I have saw it once after the fire. I call it a home, because a family once lived there that was part of the history of our state.

gary
gary
10 years ago

in 1983 the small house at the bottom of the hill was more frightening than the mansion. did you go in it?

C
C
10 years ago

Thinking about going up there soon,Can you drive straight up to it? or do you have to park somewhere a quarter mile off? Is there anybody to watch for that might run me off?

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
Reply to  C
10 years ago

You can't drive up the hill. my sugestion is to park up the gravel road quite a ways (so not to attract attention) there will be a cattel gate blocking the entrance to the road to the house there is a fork in the road. take the left fork & you will find a trail (that used to be the road) to the top of the hill.

Laura
Laura
10 years ago

I went to the family plot tonite and just a bit further to the crybaby bridge. Tho the cemetery was peaceful and quiet, the bridge however was much different. A friend and I heard a woman humming as if to soothe a baby. We did not hear a baby cry as is the story but both of us heard the woman humming. Many of my friends have seen Catman in this area. These are people I have known for years and lies don't come from them. Also the look on their faces when they told me was pure fright. I… Read more »

Eden
Eden
10 years ago

I moved to Bartlesville in 2006. The first "party" i was invited to was at the Labadie Mansion, a bunch of kids were going to make a fire in the house, drink and whatnot. Let's just say there wasn't to be any partying up there that night. I've only visited that house twice since that night. There is "something" out there. Strange wild noises, gusts of wind out of nowhere, and fires starting by themselves really can't happen right? I get the goosebumps just thinking about it.

Mackey
Mackey
10 years ago

I grew up very close to the old place, and even did my drivers ed training near there in 93. I grew up with Catman legends, even Catman vs Sasquach stories, LOL. Since then I have gotten to know some of the Labadie family members but I have never asked them about the stories. At least some of them are of Osage Indian descent, but that doesnt seem to factor into the legends of the house. I will have to go up there one day again and take my son when he gets older. There was definitely something in those… Read more »

Samantha
Samantha
10 years ago

I grew up in this area, lived very close to it, went to girlscout camp on adjoining property, and *always* heard the story about the Labadie's son. I agree, it may just be an excuse to snuggle closer to your girlfriend, but it had to have come from somewhere 😉

Thunder/Lightening
Thunder/Lightening
10 years ago

When I was a kid we would drive out to the Labadie Mansion. Generally on cool spring evenings. You know the kind where you can see your breath, and a bonfire is perfect instrument for telling ghost stories. We would; of course, bring our own spirits and the manifestation of “Catman” would begin. “Catman” was according to the legend the son of Charles Labadie. Again, according to the story the Labadie’s had a son that was… well “mental”. In that day and time having a family member that… let’s say wasn’t right was an embarrasment. Again according to the story,… Read more »

Alex Martin
Alex Martin
10 years ago

My paranormal team and I would love to investigate this location. Simply amazing.

Rachel Horsley
Rachel Horsley
Reply to  Alex Martin
10 years ago

be glad to take you there.

zadea
zadea
10 years ago

Very nice, good job.

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