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May-Stringer House

maystringer Address  601 Museum Ct.
Brooksville, Fl 34601
Phone  (352)799-0129
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May-Stringer House was built in 1855 by John L. May. Legend has it that as many as 8 ghosts roam the property.

 

Claims include cold spots, mists, shadows, and disembodied voices. The location does offer private investigations on Friday and Saturday nights for a fee by appointment only.Private investigations are offer as either a 2 hour individual tour or a late night 6 hour group tour. Please contact the location at the above phone or email to schedule an investigation.

Mark Twain House and Museum

 MarkTwainHouse Address  351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone  (860)247-0998
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Website www.marktwainhouse.org
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Whaley House Museum

whaleyhousemuseum Address 2476 San Diego Avenue
San Diego CA 92110
Phone (619) 297-7511
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BSR Paranormal

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Location Fort Wayne, IN
Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
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Northern Bound Souls

Contact Name Jim Achey
Location Cressona, Pennsylvania
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Northern Bound Souls exists to help those in need of assistance in the arena of suspected paranormal activity. We understand that unexplained phenomena of a type generally associated with “ghosts” and “hauntings” can cause stress, discomfort, and fear. We provide assistance for those individuals, families, and businesses
experiencing what they feel is paranormal activity. We do this by attempting to document and identify the causes of the activity, including any possible physical and/or self-explanatory causes, such as high electromagnetic fields, naturally occurring structural expansions and contractions, or any other possible legitimate explanation.

True Hauntings Pennsylvania Paranormal Investigations

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Location Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Phone (570) 317-0823
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The Ghost of Chloe

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Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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ghostchloeOur story begins sometime in the 1800’s on a plantation near St. Francisville, Louisiana. Like many southern plantations of this time, slaves took on many of the duties on the farm and in the home. This plantation was no different than any of the others. The owner at the time, Judge Clark Woodruffe, had chosen a slave girl by the name of Chloe to serve as the governess for his two girls.

Chloe tended to the day to day activities of what ever the Judge’s daughters needed. After some time the Judge became very fond of Chloe. He began to make sexual advances towards the governess. Chloe did not really want to go along with his advances, but you have to remember at this time pretty much anything was better than being sent back to fields to hard labor and discipline, so she complied. This went on for some time and she began to get the feeling that he may have began to get tired of her. She feared that he would find someone new and she would be stripped of her “freedoms” and be sent back to the fields.

Her fears got the best of her, so she decided to see what she could find out by eaves dropping on the day to day activities in the house.

Story has it that she would sneak up to the doors and listen through the key hole. Its unsure of how long this went on, but one day the Judge caught her. After talking with Chloe he was so furious that he chopped off her ear. From that day forward she wore what has become her recognizable green turban. Sadly enough her fears of being sent back to hard labor didn’t cease.

Chloe began to thinking of ways that she could make herself seen as an asset and was needed in the house. She devised a plan to take oleander, a poisonous plant that grows in the south, and bake it into a birthday cake. She figured that that the family would get sick and she would be there to nurse them back to health. She felt that this plan would make her valuable again.

Chloe decided to go through with her plan so she gathered just enough oleander leaves to make the family sick and baked the cake. After dinner she brought out the cake for everyone to “enjoy”. It’s unclear if the Judge had any of the cake, but the rest of family definitely partook in it. Immediately after eating the cake the judges wife and two daughters fell to ground in agony. She helped the family to the beds and began to take care of the family. Despite all her efforts the daughters and mother (who was also pregnant) died.

It didn’t take long for the news of what happened to spread between the other slaves. Now it’s know if Chloe told someone, or they put two and two together and figured out that it was her that made them sick, but they decide to take care of the problem before the Judge took it out on all of them. Story has it that late one night they got together and captured Chloe as she slept. They proceeded to hang her from one of the oak trees on the property till she was dead. Supposedly they then they cut her down, weighted her body down with rocks and threw her into the Mississippi River.

Guests have stated that they have woke up in the middle of the night by what seems to be a slave girl with a green turban on her head. She has also been seen in numerous places on the grounds. Something is definitely going on there, but it’s not known if it is Chloe. To be honest, they are not sure that Chloe ever existed. From what I can tell there is no record of anything going on at the Myrtle’s Plantation involving this girl. I’ll leave the mystery for you to find out.

Allen Marston

Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, Inc.

Contact Name Chris Petry
Location Orlando, Florida
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Our goal is to gather and collate data that will hopefully someday lead to a better understanding of ghosts and hauntings. In the process of pursuing that goal, we also wish to aid any individuals having problems dealing with or understanding a given paranormal situation. We hope to do this by educating them as to the true nature of their situation and giving them information and understanding to create a livable resolution for the person and/or the spirit. We will also assist people who cannot live with their situations or put them in contact with trained professionals who can assist them. We are open-minded to all theories and methods used in this field and know that the field of paranormal sciences is not an exact science. Everyone in the field of paranormal research learns as they go and with education, training, and better methods of research we hope to find answers to the age old question of, “What happens to us when we die?” Hopefully, in the end, we will collect the necessary evidence using field-tested methods to prove the theories that are vital to bringing the subject of ghosts and haunting into the field of mainstream science.

Institute of Spectrological Research

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Location Sacremento, California
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Study anomalous spectrological phenomena, by documenting links between phenomena that has been associated with the activities of Ghosts, to a once living human being.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

waverlyhills Address 4400 Paralee Dr
Louisville, Kentucky  40272
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Edgewood Plantation

Edgewood Plantation Address 4800 John Tyler Memorial Hwy
Charles City, Virginia 23030
Phone (804) 829-2962
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The oldest building on this property was built in the 1700’s. The home was built in 1849. The home has Civil War ties as well. There have been many deaths in the home including children and at least one suicide. Claims include apparitions, doors slamming, disembodied voices and sounds, as well as many EVPs. The property does organize public ghost hunts and offers private investigations. To book a private investigation please contact Tabitha Ramseyer at 804-829-2962 or 765-283-7419.

The Ghost of Marie Laveau

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Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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10620666_10152372045261576_1170317444348853306_nWhen I decided to write this article, I thought it would be a straight forward synopsis of the Voodoo Queen’s life and ending with with what is believed to her ghost. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. While doing my research I learned that this lady is wrapped in mystery and the truth is hard to pull out.

The first mystery is her actual birth year. Everything that I found leads to the month and date of September 10, but this is where the variances begin. I first found the date of 1784 and began to write this article. While checking sources I began to find a few other dates as well. I came to the conclusion that she was born somewhere between 1783 and 1801. Okay, no big deal as for that time records were probably poorly kept or possibly got lost/destroyed along the way.

The next thing that stumped me was the actual birthplace as well as to who her parents were. The mother wasn’t too hard to find as all the reference material I found stated that her mother was Marguerite Darcantel. The father on the other hand wasn’t as easy as I kept finding two different possibilities of a father. The first was Charles Laveau, a wealthy white creole plantation owner. The second was a free man of color who had the last name of Laveaux, sometimes cited as Charles also. Her birthplace went along with the differences of the father. While most things cited she was born in New Orleans, a couple stated she was born Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

The mystery doesn’t stop there. Some say that she was brought up as an educated woman that learned the art of hairdressing which was very prestigious at the time.

Other sources say that she never learned to read or write. All do say however that she was brought up as a devout catholic, which would lead one to believe that she could actually read and possibly write.

The story starts to even out a little about these aspects of her life. On August 4, 1819 she married a free person of color of Haiti, by the name of Jacques Paris. The couple then moved to the French Quarter of New Orleans. The couple was together until he went missing and presumed to be dead in 1824.(Although there is some evidence that he deserted her). Presumably she was left with two children as well.

After the disappearance she is believed to have become a hairdresser to many prominent women in New Orleans. Some say this lead to part of her fame. She also would go to the prisons and minister to the ones on death row, as well as care for sick people in her home.

Somewhere around 1826 she entered into a common law marriage with Louis Christophe Dumesnil de Glapion. This fellow was a very prominent member of the New Orleans society. There is a little discrepancy as to how many children they had. It’s just safer to say that they had anywhere from five to fifteen kids. They remained together until his death in 1855. At this time she stopped hairdressing and raising her family was one of full time jobs.

Most feel that it was at this point she began to infuse her Catholic upbringing with her voodoo roots to make it more acceptable to upper class of clients that she would soon take on. She would go on to making a very comfortable living selling gris-gris, magical items, and spells as well as telling fortunes and curing ailments. One articles I read suggested this: “Some scholars believe that Laveau’s feared magical powers of divination were actually based on her network of informants which she developed while working as a hairdresser in households of the prominent. As she visited her clients (mostly white) she listened closely to their gossip. She also appeared to excel at obtaining inside information on her wealthy patrons by instilling fear in their servants whom she either paid or ‘cured’ of mysterious ailments.” -womenhistoryblog

The same article also had this to say:

“Once the news of Laveau’s powers spread, she overthrew the other voodoo queens of New Orleans. She acted as an oracle (a person who predicts the future), conducted private rituals behind her cottage on St. Ann Street in the French Quarter, performed exorcisms and offered sacrifices to spirits. Oral traditions suggested that the occult part of her magic mixed Roman Catholic beliefs, including saints, with African spirits and religious concepts.” -womenhistoryblog

She continued her legacy up until she died in 1881. Or did she? She has been spotted outside of home on St.Anne St numerous times. After hurricane Katrina it is said that she was seen on her front porch weeping because of the state the city she loved was in at the time. It also said that a thick black mass has been seen above her home accompanied with the smell of sulfur. She has also been spotted outside of her supposed tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1.

Many feel that she is still at work. Visitors to her tomb draw three X’s on it’s wall and make their wishes known to her believing that she will still carry on her life’s work. Whether true or not she remains as one of New Orleans most famous and powerful women.

I hope you have enjoyed this and it inspires you to go out and do your own research on this remarkable woman.

Allen Marston

Allen Marston

Director / Chair Health & Safety at Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research
Allen grew up in a small town in Southern Virginia. His interest in the paranormal began as a young child after his parents told him of some experiences that they had over the years involving UFO’s and Ghosts. He began reading every thing about the paranormal he could get his hands on, thanks to his mother. As the years went by he had many experiences and feelings that he could not explain. One day he found out about a group in his area that was actually conducting paranormal investigations in his area and attended a public investigation with this group. He was totally hooked and began doing investigations with this group. After some time he and another member decided to leave the group to gear towards conducting more scientific investigations. Allen is co-founder of Apocalyptic Paranormal Investigation & Research where he specializes in audio and EVP. His team is the first to ever investigate the buildings of the Appomattox Court House Historic Park, where the surrender of Civil War occured. He has a passion for the paranormal and strives to bring all teams together to hopefully find concrete proof of the fringe sciences. When Allen is not working as a professional firefighter, you can find him spending time with his wonderful family, working other jobs to make money, creating artwork or finding more places to investigate.
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Atchison Paranormal

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Location Atchison, Kansas
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Investigate ghostly claims and try to bring validity to the stories of our town and surrounding area.

Historic Kempton Hotel

537042_694650703896540_1663776985_n Address 204 Spring Street
Terry, Montana 59349
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Rochester Paranormal Researchers

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Location Rochester New York.
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Paranormal – Ghosts/other. Use of spiritualist mediums. Scientific and evidence based orientation.

Genesee Valley Paranormal Investigators

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Ghost hunting, debunking , research of the paranormal.

WAID Paranormal

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Investigate claims of paranormal activity including ghosts, demons, poltergeists. We also perform blessings and cleansings.

Historic Sotterley

1964789_827655877250099_2052808855_n Address 44300 Sotterley Lane (P.O. Box 67)
Hollywood, Maryland 20636
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Villisca Ax Murder House

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Villisca, Iowa 50864
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Gaither Plantation

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Mansfield, Georgia 30055
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Trinity Paranormal Investigators

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Investigate known haunted locations, try to capture EVPs, use the Spirit Box, REM Pod etc… “We don’t provoke or disrespect spirits/ghosts.”

Old Depot Museum

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Selma, Alabama 36703
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Shadow Pack

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Ghost Hunters of Southeast Texas (GHoST)

Ghost Hunters of Southeast Texas (GHoST) Contact Name Reichal Winn
Location Southeast Texas
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Our mission is to aid any individuals having problems dealing with or understanding something they believe to be paranormal activity.  We will do this by educating them as to the true nature of their situation and giving them the information and understanding to create a livable solution for the person and the spirit.  We will also help those who may not be able to live comfortably with their current situation through our means or put them in contact with another trained professional who can assist them further.  Our second goal is to  gather and study data that will help lead us to a better understanding of the true nature of what  ghosts and hauntings are. In the end, we hope to collect the necessary evidence and proven theories that will be recognized by the scientific community and that will help bring the subject of parapsychology into mainstream science.

Positive and Negative entities and their misconceptions in the Media

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By Eric Jobes,  Guest Writer

As Paranormal Investigators we all know when dealing with intelligent hauntings, there are two types of entities; Positive entities and Negative entities. Positive entities are typical spirits that were nice in life and when they died they stay on this plane. They for the most part are still nice, sometimes pretty mischievous, or just neutral when it comes to spirit to human interactions. Negative entities on the other hand can be further broken down into sub categories such as human and inhuman. Human negative entities are people who were mean or evil before they died and continue to be so after they are dead. Inhuman negative entities are spirits who are not human and are usually very malicious towards humans, Demons and Elementals are typically examples of inhuman spirits. Now with this being said not every positive entity is going to be a Casper the friendly ghost or Nearly Headless Nick, just like not every negative entity will be like Saeki (The Grudge) or the red faced man (Insidious). In most cases positive and negatives entities manifest themselves as shadow people. The media and pop culture need to make these things exaggerated to help bring in big bucks in the movies. If they made a movie about realistic investigations it probably wouldn’t sell as well as they wanted. That being said entities in either category should never be taken lightly, they should be treated respect and caution respectively.

Colorado Ghosts – Part IV

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by Deb Anderson

We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when we’re not doing residential investigations.

Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local places that we can get to in one weekend,

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407, where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard operating even though it is not running at the time.

Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway at night even when there are no children registered at the hotel.

Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals, transients and epidemic victims there.

In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the Riverside Cemetery.

Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many of the graves were looted.

Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them. One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and appearing in mirrors.

A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming from under the ground.

Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held in the house in October and tours are given daily.

Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work with the ghost.

Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees. Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number 13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The Shining.

Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange floating lights. Edward Linehan of National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity in the area.

One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. The phantom of the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly whistle.

At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive, dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107 hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle, are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. It is most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal Creek.

Colorado Ghosts – Part III

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by Deb Anderson

Denver- Belle Worden’s House- The ghost of John  Fitzgerald haunts the whorehouse where he was murdered.

On March 19, 1884, he was stabbed to death as he lay  sleeping in the bed of a prostitute.

His lifeless body was thrown into cherry Creek and found  by a group of boys two months later.  Madame Bell Worden and two of her employees were sent to jail for the  murder robbery.  The phantom of  Fitzgerald has returned to make sure the place would never again be a house of  ill-repute. The house is a private residence at 578 Holiday Street.

Bombay Club-Owner Greg McAllister says he serves cowboy  ghosts as well as living guests in the 1895 saloon.  The Bombay Club is located at 1128 Grant  Street.

Bradmar-The haunting of this Tudor mansion began when a  ceiling beam was split by a ghost.  The mansion was built in 1920 by George Gano, when he died; Hubert Work  bought the house and married Gano’s widow Ethyl.

Many years before her death, Ethyl told friends and  relatives that when she died she wished to lie in state before the  fireplace.  She promised that on  that night she would split a certain beam on the ceiling above her coffin.  The beam split just as she had  promised.

After the Works died, no one lived in the house until  1962, when it was purchased by Dr. Robert Bradley and soon after moving in; the  Bradleys experienced ghostly presences, levitating objects, odors, and moaning  sounds.

Dr. Bradley consulted renowned psychic Arthur Ford who  identified the spirits as Ethyl and Hubert Work.  Bradley wrote a book about the  experiences and finally the house was sold in 1980.  The people who bought it couldn’t stand  the paranormal activity and moved out shortly after.  It is still a private residence at 4100  South University Blvd.

Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion-The haunting began in  1970 when tenant’s offices were remodeled.  The often heard typing in the building at night and when they brought in  two Dobermans to guard the place, the found them the next morning dead on the  sidewalk, the animals had been so frightened of something they jumped from a  third floor window.

In the same year, a baby died in the third floor nursery  and the distraught mother committed suicide.  The mansion was then turned into a  museum at 428 East 11th Street.

Denver Courthouse-In 1900, every night for a week at 3:00  AM, the ghosts of departed souls walked the hallways accompanied by the stench  of brimstone.  Not one but dozens of  spirits were reported by night watchmen and janitors and one of the ghosts was  the courthouse elevator operator who had fallen to their death down the elevator  shaft.

The courthouse is located on the corner of 16th  Street and Tremont  Avenue.

Grant-Humphreys Mansion-This old house is said to be  haunted by five ghosts, one the former owner, A.E. Humphreys.  Humphreys died on May 8, 1927 from a  suspicious gun accident despite being an excellent marksman.

A séance sponsored by radio station KNUS contacted  several ghosts.  The Grant-Humphreys  Mansion is located in the Cheesman Park area and ghost lectures are held in  October.

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center-Ghostly laughter and  music have been heard coming from this community theater building late at  night.  The ghost also likes to mess  up workers desks and move their personal belongings.

Molly Brown House-The ghost of Molly Brown wanders her  former home, which was built in 1889.  Molly survived the sinking of the Titanic and died in 1932.  Her husband James Joseph Brown’s ghost  has also been detected in the home as visitors sometimes smell cigar smoke in  his study.

Molly Brown House Museum is located at 1340 Pennsylvania  Avenue.

Peabody Mansion-This house was built by Colorado Governor  James Peabody at the turn of the century and haunted by later residents.  It is rumored a woman was brutally raped  in the basement and that someone committed suicide in the bathroom.

Whatever the cause of the disturbances, many people feel  bad vibes here.

Reynolds Cottage-This historic house is haunted by Madge  Reynolds who had an adulterous affair with Denver Post owner Fred Bonfils.  She collapsed and died in her bedroom  after a horseback ride with Bonfils.  Ever since, her ghost has been seen roaming in the rooms on the north  side of the house.  The house is a  private residence on Logan Street in the Capital Hill area of Denver.

Fairplay-Buckskin Cemetery-J. Dawson Hidgepath came to  Fairplay to find gold and a wife, but only found tragedy in 1865.  His broken, lifeless body was found at  the bottom of the West side of Mount Boss where he had apparently fallen while  trying to prospect the mountainside.

Soon after, the bones of the wandering lothario were  found in the bed of a dance hall girl in the town of Alma.

Believing some prank had occurred, the citizens of  Fairplay reburied the bones in the Buckskin Cemetery. Time and time again, the bones would find  their way to the house of some fair lady.

By 1872, Dawson’ bones were the talk of the territory,  and in a last attempt to rid themselves of the wandering bones; someone threw  them into an outhouse where they seemed to have stayed.

Alma is two miles east of Buckskin Cemetery though not  much is left of the town.  Buckskin  Cemetery is in the town of Laurette eight miles northwest of  Fairplay.

Colorado Ghosts – Part II

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by Deb Anderson

Alamosa-the  Luther Bean Museum is the site of a UFO sighting that left a horse named Snippy  dead with unusual holes in the ground around the  body. On September 9,1967, the three year old gelding was found  with all the flesh on its neck and shoulder carefully removed and the  internal organs were missing, yet the rest of the carcass was intact.  The  hoof prints of two other worse is turned away from Snippy’s tracks, and headed  back toward the ranch house.  No other tracks were found around the  carcass.

Brown’s Park-Brown’s Hole-the ruin of Butch Cassidy’s cabin  where he and the wild Bunch hit out is rumored to give visitors.   Sensations of being drawn back in time by the powerful emotions of the  individuals who rode through this Valley.  Brown’s Park is in the extreme  northwest corner of Colorado in Moffat County, near Maybell,  Colorado.

Central  city-the Masonic cemetery is said to harbor the ghost of a lady in black  satin dress that has been seen placing blue Columbine flowers on the grave of  John Edward Cameron.  Cameron died of “heart paralysis” on November 1, 1887  at the age of 28.  A beautiful woman in black attended the funeral and  reappears every April 5 and November 1 to put flowers on his grave.  No one  knows who she is, but she is rumored to be a  ghost of a former lover who  committed suicide after Cameron wed another woman.  On November 1 (no year  given), over a dozen people gathered at the grave hoping to get to glimpse of  the ghost.  Then at sundown, she appeared and lay flowers on the grave as  two men tried to grab her, she vanished over the top of the hill.  Ever  since people been trying to catch the faithful wraith on Cameron  Monument.

Chivington-Sand Creek-After fierce fighting here on November  29, 1864, the phantom of the gray wolf appeared to Cheyenne women and children  to lead them to safety.  Colonel John Chivington led the Third Colorado  Regiment in the bloody attack on Chief Black Kettles camp at Sand Creek.   The mysterious animal escorted the few survivors all the way to another  Cheyenne camp near the forks of the Smoky Hill and Republican rivers.  Sand  Creek is also rumored to have a phantom teepees and the sounds of children  and women that appear in the fall near November 29.  Chivington is 28 miles  north of Lamar in Kiowa County.

Colorado Springs-Black  Forest hauntings-Paranormal activity in a two-story log cabin began  when Stephen Lee purchased it in 1992.  Lights flashed through it  sounded like people stomping across the roof and they would hear chains  rattling.  One night they awoke and heard orchestra music.   Strange things started happening every day.  Their two boys complained of  weird lights and shadows in their rooms.  Lights and appliances started  turning off and on by themselves and pungent odors burned family members eyes  and throats.  The sheriff stopped responding to their pleas for help so the  leaves hired private investigators to try to find out what was going on.   They noticed that photographs and videotape taken in certain locations of the  property had strange light streaks running through them and sometimes  translucent faces appeared on the film.  To this day red, yellow, and white  forms are seen and recorded as well as apparitions of an old lady, a little  girl, a burly man dressed in 1800s clothing, and a “flying dog” not to mention  hundreds of forlorn faces seen floating in the mirrors of the house.  So  far, there are 4000 photographs and 400 videotapes supporting the validity of  this case.  The Black Forest area is directly east of the Air Force  Academy, the haunted property is in El Paso County 15 miles north east of  Colorado Springs. ( Www.haunted-places.com)

Dead Man’s  Canyon-Colorado Springs-this can it is haunted by the ghoulish Phantom of a man  with an ax in his four head.  The ghost of William Harkins has haunted the  area since 1863 when he was murdered by a gang of Mexican religious  fanatics.  Over the years dozens of people have reported being chased by  the angry phantom near his cabin on Little Fountain Creek.  Some have  fired bullets at his ghastly shade and one mother struck him in the ear for  scaring her son.  It took a few seconds before she realized the man with an  ax in his head was a ghost.  Dead Man’s Canyon is 10 miles south of  Colorado Springs, follow Highway 115 through the canyon toward Canon  City.

Cripple Creek-the  Dunn  Building-This building is to be a funeral parlor, but Mrs. T. F.  Dunn turned it into a boarding house.  Her presence is still felt in the 11  original rental rooms and her footsteps are often heard scurrying about as  she attempts to clean them up.  Legend says another spirit in the building  is a miner killed in an explosion at the Mamie R Mine.  Late one night,  while the undertaker was preparing the body, the dead miner began to moan in  pain.  Not wanting to delay his job or cancel preparations, the mortician  injected morphine to quiet the man and continued his work.

Fairley  Brothers and Lampman Building-this block square building is home to a ghost  locals call Maggie, who wears a white shirt waist with a long brown dress and  high heeled boots.  Witnesses say Maggie appears to be in her late 20′s and  keeps her shoulder length brunette near hair pinned up.  Contractors,  employees, and visitors have all detected Maggie’s ghost walking in the second  floor corridor or dancing in the third floor ballroom.  The red brick  building is on the corner of Third Street and Bennett Avenue in  Victor.

The Mamie R. Mine-The  ghosts of three minors haunted the depths of this gold mine for several  years.  The men all died in separate accidents in 1894.  Minors  reported encountering their phantoms in the main shaft, at the 375 foot level  and in the isolated dress in the deeper recesses of the mine.  One ghost  carries his severed arm over her shoulder and another like to write in the or  buckets.  It was said the mine was also possessed by mischievous sprites  called Tommy Knockers.  The Earth spirits cause beams to give way and  explosions go off prematurely.  After several unexplained accidents  and ghost sightings, the mine shutdown in 1895.  It is located on Raven  Hill in Cripple Creek.

Palace Hotel-this old  hotel is haunted by the presence of one of the original owners, Mrs. Kitty  Chambers who likes to keep candles lit and placed in certain spots, just as they  were when the Palace Hotel first opened.  Mrs. Chambers died in room three  of the hotel in 1908 and is said to haunt the room.  That doesn’t stop her  from turning up all over the hotel and she may be responsible for turning down  beds in other rooms and stealing all the keys to room nine as well.  The  Palace Hotel and Casino is located at 172 Bennett Ave., Creek. Www.palacehotelcasino.com

Colorado Ghosts – Part I

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by Deb Anderson

We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to  investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when  we’re not doing residential investigations.

Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already  know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local  places that we can get to in one weekend,

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his  wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is  Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407,  where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have  reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard  operating even though it is not running at the time.

Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently  seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the  room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway  at night even when there are no children registered at the  hotel.

Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount  Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals,  transients and epidemic victims there.

In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The  city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not  claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the  Riverside Cemetery.

Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to  fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many  of the graves were looted.

Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return  unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them.  One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the  graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses  and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and  appearing in mirrors.

A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for  an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies  were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness  and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming  from under the ground.

Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the  Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen  problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site  was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes  held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her  husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the  Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband  have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held  in the house in October and tours are given daily.

Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called  the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military  officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several  times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out  of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original  Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions  reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at  the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the  glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year  period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and  inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work  with the ghost.

Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is  haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace  walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees.  Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key  Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection  was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys  has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number  13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The  Shining.

Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among  the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are  encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial  buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth  Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower  carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is  mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was  formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is  painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their  architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected  all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in  Chaco Canyon, New  Mexico.

Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the  ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over  the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by  silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights  are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian  legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to  become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange  floating lights. Edward Linehan of  National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of  blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it  disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not  reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these  inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity  in the area.

One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place  on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison.The phantom of  the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly  whistle.

At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive,  dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of  people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several  trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt  and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like  dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107  hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad  finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents  which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle,  are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison. It is  most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal  Creek.

Colorado Ghosts – Part 4 by Deb Anderson

We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when we’re not doing residential investigations.

Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local places that we can get to in one weekend,

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407, where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard operating even though it is not running at the time.

Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway at night even when there are no children registered at the hotel.

Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals, transients and epidemic victims there.

In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the Riverside Cemetery.

Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many of the graves were looted.

Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them. One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and appearing in mirrors.

A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming from under the ground.

Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held in the house in October and tours are given daily.

Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work with the ghost.

Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees. Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number 13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The Shining.

Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange floating lights. Edward Linehan of National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity in the area.

One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. The phantom of the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly whistle.

At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive, dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107 hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle, are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and Gunnison. It is most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal Creek.

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Colorado Ghosts – Part 3 by Deb Anderson

Denver- Belle Worden’s House- The ghost of John  Fitzgerald haunts the whorehouse where he was murdered. 

On March 19, 1884, he was stabbed to death as he lay  sleeping in the bed of a prostitute.

His lifeless body was thrown into cherry Creek and found  by a group of boys two months later.  Madame Bell Worden and two of her employees were sent to jail for the  murder robbery.  The phantom of  Fitzgerald has returned to make sure the place would never again be a house of  ill-repute. The house is a private residence at 578 Holiday Street.

 

Bombay Club-Owner Greg McAllister says he serves cowboy  ghosts as well as living guests in the 1895 saloon.  The Bombay Club is located at 1128 Grant  Street.

 

Bradmar-The haunting of this Tudor mansion began when a  ceiling beam was split by a ghost.  The mansion was built in 1920 by George Gano, when he died; Hubert Work  bought the house and married Gano’s widow Ethyl.

Many years before her death, Ethyl told friends and  relatives that when she died she wished to lie in state before the  fireplace.  She promised that on  that night she would split a certain beam on the ceiling above her coffin.  The beam split just as she had  promised.

After the Works died, no one lived in the house until  1962, when it was purchased by Dr. Robert Bradley and soon after moving in; the  Bradleys experienced ghostly presences, levitating objects, odors, and moaning  sounds.

Dr. Bradley consulted renowned psychic Arthur Ford who  identified the spirits as Ethyl and Hubert Work.  Bradley wrote a book about the  experiences and finally the house was sold in 1980.  The people who bought it couldn’t stand  the paranormal activity and moved out shortly after.  It is still a private residence at 4100  South University Blvd.

 

Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion-The haunting began in  1970 when tenant’s offices were remodeled.  The often heard typing in the building at night and when they brought in  two Dobermans to guard the place, the found them the next morning dead on the  sidewalk, the animals had been so frightened of something they jumped from a  third floor window.

In the same year, a baby died in the third floor nursery  and the distraught mother committed suicide.  The mansion was then turned into a  museum at 428 East 11th Street.

 

Denver Courthouse-In 1900, every night for a week at 3:00  AM, the ghosts of departed souls walked the hallways accompanied by the stench  of brimstone.  Not one but dozens of  spirits were reported by night watchmen and janitors and one of the ghosts was  the courthouse elevator operator who had fallen to their death down the elevator  shaft.

The courthouse is located on the corner of 16th  Street and Tremont  Avenue.

 

Grant-Humphreys Mansion-This old house is said to be  haunted by five ghosts, one the former owner, A.E. Humphreys.  Humphreys died on May 8, 1927 from a  suspicious gun accident despite being an excellent marksman. 

A séance sponsored by radio station KNUS contacted  several ghosts.  The Grant-Humphreys  Mansion is located in the Cheesman Park area and ghost lectures are held in  October.

 

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center-Ghostly laughter and  music have been heard coming from this community theater building late at  night.  The ghost also likes to mess  up workers desks and move their personal belongings. 

 

Molly Brown House-The ghost of Molly Brown wanders her  former home, which was built in 1889.  Molly survived the sinking of the Titanic and died in 1932.  Her husband James Joseph Brown’s ghost  has also been detected in the home as visitors sometimes smell cigar smoke in  his study.

Molly Brown House Museum is located at 1340 Pennsylvania  Avenue.

 

Peabody Mansion-This house was built by Colorado Governor  James Peabody at the turn of the century and haunted by later residents.  It is rumored a woman was brutally raped  in the basement and that someone committed suicide in the bathroom.

Whatever the cause of the disturbances, many people feel  bad vibes here.

 

Reynolds Cottage-This historic house is haunted by Madge  Reynolds who had an adulterous affair with Denver Post owner Fred Bonfils.  She collapsed and died in her bedroom  after a horseback ride with Bonfils.  Ever since, her ghost has been seen roaming in the rooms on the north  side of the house.  The house is a  private residence on Logan Street in the Capital Hill area of Denver.

 

Fairplay-Buckskin Cemetery-J. Dawson Hidgepath came to  Fairplay to find gold and a wife, but only found tragedy in 1865.  His broken, lifeless body was found at  the bottom of the West side of Mount Boss where he had apparently fallen while  trying to prospect the mountainside. 

Soon after, the bones of the wandering lothario were  found in the bed of a dance hall girl in the town of Alma.

Believing some prank had occurred, the citizens of  Fairplay reburied the bones in the Buckskin Cemetery. Time and time again, the bones would find  their way to the house of some fair lady. 

By 1872, Dawson’ bones were the talk of the territory,  and in a last attempt to rid themselves of the wandering bones; someone threw  them into an outhouse where they seemed to have stayed. 

Alma is two miles east of Buckskin Cemetery though not  much is left of the town.  Buckskin  Cemetery is in the town of Laurette eight miles northwest of  Fairplay.

Colorado Ghosts – Part 1 by Deb Anderson

            We have all wanted to make a wish list of haunted places we would like to  investigate and Colorado has enough to keep us busy for the next few years, when  we’re not doing residential investigations.

            Some of Colorado’s haunted places are famous and you probably already  know about them, but I will touch on them and we will then move on to local  places that we can get to in one weekend,

            The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is one of them; it is haunted by its owner and his  wife, F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steamer and his wife Laura.  A little-known haunt of the Stanley, is  Lord Dunraven, who actually built the hotel. He may be encountered at room 407,  where he stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses have  reported that a light in the corner turns on and off and the elevator is heard  operating even though it is not running at the time.

            Other rooms that are haunted our 217 and 401, and children are apparently  seen in room 418 and leave impressions on the bed when no one is staying in the  room. Guests who stay in room 418 complained of children playing in the hallway  at night even when there are no children registered at the  hotel.

            Another famous Colorado haunt is Cheesman Park in Denver, which began in 1858 as Mount  Prospect Cemetery and became Boot Hill.  In 1873 the cemetery was renamed City Cemetery and buried only criminals,  transients and epidemic victims there.

            In 1893 the city gave notice all bodies must be removed in 90 days. The  city hired a local undertaker to dig up the 6,000 to 10,000 remaining bodies not  claimed by family, put them in 1′ x 3.5′ pine boxes and deliver them to the  Riverside Cemetery.

            Workers hired by the undertaker broke corpses into pieces to get them to  fit into this miniature caskets, unrelated bones were thrown together and many  of the graves were looted.

            Spiritualists at the time warned workers that the dead would return  unless a short prayer was uttered for each casket, but no one listened to them.  One worker removing valuable brass coffin handles ran hysterically from the  graveyard saying that a ghost jumped on his back. People in neighboring houses  and apartments reported confused spirits wandering through their homes and  appearing in mirrors.

            A huge scandal erupted and Mayor Platt Rogers ordered all work halted for  an investigation. No one was able to sort the mess out, so the remaining bodies  were plowed under and grass and trees were planted over them.

            As you walk through the park is said that you can still feel a sadness  and confusion at the site and some say you can hear a low moaning sound coming  from under the ground.

            Denver International Airport was built on land considered sacred by the  Native Americans and opened later than expected due to all sorts of unforeseen  problems. This was confirmed by experts in Feng Shui when they surveyed the airport said the site  was “full of images of death and grief”. In spring 1995 Colorado Indian tribes  held a ceremony to put their ancestor’s spirits to rest.

            Molly Brown house also in Denver was built in 1889 by Molly and her  husband James Joseph Brown in 1894. Molly had survived the sinking of the  Titanic in 1912 and become a national heroine. Her ghost and that of her husband  have been detected in the gray brick mansion since then. Ghost lectures are held  in the house in October and tours are given daily.

            Union Depot on 22nd St. in downtown Denver has the ghost of a man called  the soldier by employees who since the unmistakable presence of a military  officer in the great Hall. In the 1930s a shadowy operation was reported several  times in the station, but the confuse ghost which seem to be seeking a way out  of the building eventually found his way out. Union Depot replaced the original  Denver Depot in 1880 which was torn down because of the dozens of apparitions  reported by telegraph operators and agents who worked there. Among the ghost at  the Denver Depot was a three fingered hobo who harassed agents by tapping on the  glass petitions at ticket counters. He was seen scores of times over a ten-year  period at around 2 AM and would appear on train platforms, in the lobby, and  inside the offices of the Denver Depot. Several agents quit rather than work  with the ghost.

            Also in Estes Park, the Baldpate Inn a 12 room, log cabin lodge is  haunted by the couple who built it 1917. The ghosts of Ethel and Gordon Mace  walk the hallways of this inn and have been seen by both guests and employees.  Ethel is seen mostly in her old bedroom and a small stateroom called the Key  Room which houses the largest collection of keys in the world. The collection  was begun in 1923 when Clarence Darrow donated one of his keys. The collection of celebrity keys  has grown to over 12,000 and includes Edgar Allen Poe’s dorm room key (number  13) and Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The  Shining.

            Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez houses the ghosts of the Anasazi Indians, the mysterious “ancient ones” who suddenly disappeared around A.D. 1500. They are seen among  the ruins of their 220 room dwelling known as Cliff Palace. The apparitions are  encountered most frequently near the 23 pit houses or kivas, on the floor of the canyon. Each of these ceremonial  buildings has a hole in the floor that serves as a spirit gateway or “Earth  Naval”. In one building known as the Sun Temple, there is a great sunflower  carved in stone. Called the “Sun Shrine”, the 2 foot diameter stone flower is  mounted on an altar. Geologists say it was not carved by human hands, but was  formed by the natural erosion of a sandstone boulder. The sacred symbol is  painted on the walls of pueblos throughout the Southwest. In all of their  architecture, the Anasazi express their belief in spiritual links that connected  all things. Perfectly straight roads link Mesa Verde with its sister city in  Chaco Canyon, New  Mexico.

            Silver Cliff Cemetery near Rosita, in south-central Colorado, is said to have the  ghosts of deceased pioneers showing up as shimmering blue lights that hover over  the graves in this old cemetery. The haunting lights were first reported by  silver miners in 1882 and are still seen to this day. It is believed the lights  are the dancing blue spirits of sacred hilltop that are spoken of in Indian  legends.

A 1967 article in the New York Times caused the site to  become a tourist attraction and hundreds of people reported seeing a strange  floating lights. Edward Linehan of  National Geographic, investigated the site in 1969 and observed “round spots of  blue white light” glowing over the graves. When he approached one, it  disappeared and slowly then reappeared in a different area. The lights are not  reflections of car, train, or airplane lights as they appeared long before these  inventions were in wide use. A Geiger counter survey revealed no radioactivity  in the area.

            One last haunting you may not be aware of in Grand Junction takes place  on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison.The phantom of  the old steam locomotive, Engine 107, haunts these tracks with a ghostly  whistle.

            At the turn-of-the-century, engineers avoided the unlucky locomotive,  dubbed Dread 107. This steam engine was the instrument of death for scores of  people. On one of its first runs the train went off a trestle, killing several  trainmen and many passengers. The engine was restored to the line and rebuilt  and then struck a massive boulder, tossing passengers from their seats like  dolls. Dozens of people were killed or injured. Repaired once again, Dread 107  hit a snow slide in the Black Canyon which claimed more lives. The railroad  finally scrapped the cursed locomotive in 1909 after several more accidents  which claimed even more lives. The phantom train or rather its ghostly whistle,  are still seen and heard along the tracks that run between Grand Junction and  Gunnison. It is  most often encountered near the Gunnison River and Crystal  Creek.

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