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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I had a much older cousin named "Lola Thurman" but she was not the daughter of the Labadies. Just curious where you got the name since none of my older relatives in Bartlesville at that time knew of anyone named Lola Thurman except for our own blood relative.

Liberty
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Liberty

Easy directions to the labadie mansion from the graveyard? We have went 3 times to find the building, but never found it. We are going tomorrow and we really want to see it! Help?

Nikki
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Nikki

This was the "hot spot" in high school. We would go out there just to freak ourselves out.

turley curd
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turley curd

We had a huge bartlesville highschool halloween party in 1966.hully gulley organized it and i was there to help decorate the night before.close to 100 drunken highschoolers were having a great time untill a jerk spread the rumor that the sheriff was on his way there.false.i went to caney for more beer came back and the older crew was still there and said no law showed up.great night and memory.

Mary Joyce Philliber Middleton
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Mary Joyce Philliber Middleton

This is very interesting. Would like to see the remains of the Manion. Mary Joyce Middleton Philliber

Ethan
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Ethan

I visited here with some friends a few years back during the day time. We came across a very strange animal in the barn that Still scares me to this day. If anybody has any similar experiences. Please share them with me.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

My dad has seen really strange things out there.

Wolfrunnee
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Wolfrunnee

I've been all over the web watching almost every sight that talks about the Labadie house and now I will break my silence. my family is from Osage and Washington Co. I am half Cherokee. If you have lived around there any time you will recognize these names, Codding's, Tuttle's, Silver's that's my family. my dad was a Bartlesville cop and my first cousin was the sheriff of Washington county. And any body that say's that d@mn place is not haunted is full of s#!t! I'm over 50 and am a key-holder from there. I worked for the Mullendore's before… Read more »

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Wolfrunner

@Angle Of Death: WOW, YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO CONCEPT OF HISTORY! LET ME MAKE SURE I READ THIS RIGHT "SLAVES" AND "SLAVES LIVED IN" THE OLD RANCH HOUSE THAT WAS TORN DOWN IN THE EARLY 50'S BY CHUB AND THE GANG! THATS THE ONE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. FIRST A LITTLE HISTORY THE OKLAHOMA LAND RUSH WAS IN 1893 BEFORE THAT WHITES DID NOT OWN LAND HERE! ALSO PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME I HAVE AN IQ EQUAL TO MY AGE OF 55 IF I'M WRONG WASN'T THE CIVIL WAR OVER BY THEN. YEA, ABOUT May 09, 1865 FEW YEARS BETWEEN… Read more »

Jamie McGuckin
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how do i go about getting my team on this location to check it out. I have been wanting to check out this location for awhile now and would really like to hunt it for the paranormal.

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Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the challenges. It was really informative. Your website is very useful. Thank you for sharing!

Ceili
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Ceili

Hi, I live in Nowata right by Bartlesville and I'm wanting to go there. Could anyone tell me what road I could find this off of?
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Angle Of Death
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Angle Of Death

Hate to tell most people out there but the story about them dying from poor ventilation was just a cover story to keep the families name in good faith,,,, Sadly to say the Mullandor's now own the Labadies Land where the mansion still stands, I have pictures of when the house still had a roof and windows, the fire was caused after there death and used to cover up the fact that there was Murder and Cheating and a child born from the slave. I have done my home work and solved the case sadly the cover up wasn't very… Read more »

Wolfrunnee
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Wolfrunnee

SEE MY POST!!!

Guest4077
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Guest4077

Can anyone tell me who owns the Labadie Mansion? I'm with a paranoraml team who is interested in investigating the area.

melissa
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melissa

The Mollendores

Brad Macgowan
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Very good written information. It will be supportive to anybody who usess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

i wannago
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i wannago

where is the house located?
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Eric
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Eric

I grew up in Bartlesville and as a kid and teenager (60's/late 60's) and have been up to the mansion a number of times. Back then the roof was still on the house and the fireplace etc where still intact. Never felt any paranormal presence, etc. We'd go inside and look around, but it was nothing more than an old abandoned house. Yes, we had heard all the stories, about ghosts/haunted house etc, but they were just that, stories. I have not been there since the early 70's and from the photos, it has changed drastically.

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