Jefferson City, MO

Short-term vacationers: the allegedly haunted Hobo Hill House in Jefferson City is listed on Airbnb

CJ Coombs
Photo byHobo Hill House/Facebook.

The Hobo Hill House is located at 500 East Miller in Jefferson City, Missouri. This house is located in the Hobo Hill Historic District and has been beautifully renovated, so if you don't believe in the paranormal, you'll love this place. Visit here to see the interior photos.

If you are into paranormal possibilities, you might be interested in knowing this house was featured in The Dead Files in 2019 on the Travel Channel, Season 11, Episode 4, entitled Not My Child. I've never watched this show before until now. It's hosted by a medium and a retired New York City homicide investigator. The episode is available online.

When the owners, Aaron and Erin Clark were interviewed, they were credible. When their daughter who was eight when she was also interviewed, she came across as believeable.

In 2019, this home was in a House Beautiful article stating the owners say the home is actually haunted. Some might think that's a marketing gimmick, but believers might go check it out. After the owners purchased the home and started the complete restoration, they discussed the strange things that were occurring in the home. You can read the article here. After this family's experience of living in the house, they moved out and converted it into an Airbnb.
The kitchen looks too beautiful to be scary, but you never know.Photo byHobo Hill House/Facebook.

The Jefferson City Magazine's article, A family's American dream home turned horror story, almost makes me believe that something is going on in this two-story house.

The house is said to have been built around 1910 and sold to Adolph and Beulah Brandenberger, local pharmacy owners. There have been various owners since then.

When the Clarks had a medium come visit the house, they were told there were four spirits in the home and two of them were a father and son (according to The Dead Files show). Needless to say, the Clarks only lived in the home for seven months according to one source.
The staircase that unnerved the owners' dog.Photo byHobo Hill House/Facebook.

I don't think paranormal activity decides to only visit beaten down homes with broken windows. In that same breath, however, I haven't had a paranormal experience. I do know I don't want to have one either.

This historic home is a beautiful home now and the Clarks had bad experiences while living there. Because of those experiences, they couldn't choose to sell it to another family which is why they decided to rent it on Airbnb.

Some of the experiences the family had in the home included strange sounds and things turning on by themselves. Supposedly, too, contractors working on the home had experiences. They have had ghost hunters stay at the house who shared their experiences.

When the New York Times included the house in one of its articles, the owner said the first guests couldn't make it through the night and ended up leaving. Some guests claimed to smell sulphur in the home.

Hobo Hill Historic District

The Hobo Hill Historic District encompasses 500 blocks of East Miller and Jackson Streets in Jefferson City, Missouri. On January 2, 2013, this district was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes seven buildings that contribute to the designation in a chiefly residential area. One of the seven buildings is the Adolph Brandenberger House including the garage. The house is also called the Hobo Hill House.

The Brandenburger House is one of the largest in the district. It can be seen from the City Hall building. It sits up on a hill. This is a Foursquare type house made of red brick.

Hugh Stephens and Edwin R. Hogg, in addition to being prominent businessmen of Jefferson City, were also real estate developers. In 1910, Stephens sold the house on the hill to Adolph Brandenburger who owned Brandenburger Drug Store. Brandenburger lived in the house until 1915.

The next owner was a merchant named William C. Hoefer. He lived in the house until 1933. From 1938 to 1943, Mrs. Pauline D. Hoefer is listed as the owner. In 1948, J.R. West is listed as renting the home, but in 1951 both he and Pauline D. Hoefer lived in the house. They could have been related.

If you do ever visit this house, you might also consider the Missouri Penitentiary that's not too far away which is said to be haunted as well.

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