|City/Town: • Copan|
|Location Class: • Residential|
|Year Built: • N/A|
|Year Abandoned: • N/A|
|Status: • Abandoned • Gutted|
|Photojournalist: • Billy Dixon • Johnny 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.