THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       COLORADO   ARBY’S (COLORADO SPRINGS) When you think about the most haunted places in your town, your first thought probably isn’t a local fast food joint, but believe it or not, one of the most haunted places in Colorado Springs is the local branch of Arby’s. Sometime in the mid 90s, the manager was shot in the parking lot by one of her employees and it’s believed that she is the one who is responsible for some unexplained events in the restaurant. People often comment on hearing unexplained whispering in the lobby and things often seem to get moved around when nobody is in there. On several occasions, staff have put the chairs on the tables to clean the floors and then gone to another area only to return and find the chairs taken back down. Some people even claim to see the apparition of a woman in the kitchen. Staff more or less refuse to be at work by themselves. BLACK FOREST The area known as Black Forest is in an unincorporated town that lies in El Paso County, near Colorado Springs, within an region traditionally known as the “Pineries,” that once sprawled over a 1,000 square mile area. In 1991 a couple named Steven and Beth Lee moved to the area from Louisiana along with their two sons in order to purchase a secluded two-story log home off Swan Road surrounded by untouched wilderness that was to be their dream home. The property had previously been owned by a man who allegedly had experienced intense paranormal activity there, yet he did not inform the Lees at the time because he apparently did not think anyone would believe him or he would just be laughed at. The couple’s sons soon began to complain of strange lights in their rooms, as well as what appeared to be shadows moving about, and this could’ve been chalked up to the children’s overactive imaginations if it weren’t for the fact that Steven and Beth also started experiencing the same thing. In addition, flashes of light would be seen in the forest, doors in the home closed on their own, lights or electrical appliances would turn on or off by themselves and there were thumps, bangs and knocks on the roof or walls, as well as footsteps and even phantom music that seemed to come from nowhere. More ominously was an odd chemical odor that would spring up from nowhere and pervade the house, sometimes so strong and overpowering that it stung the nostrils and eyes. Steven spent a great deal of time and money installing a state-of-the-art video surveillance system, and it was soon found that video and photography would more often than not display all manner of strange images, including orbs, streaks of light, and, more disturbingly, glowing, undefined outlines of human figures, faces, and even spectral images of animals out in the woods and near the home. it got to the point that even State Senator Charles Duke went to visit the home in 1996 to check it out. Duke was highly skeptical at the time, but his mind was soon changed when he experienced strange phenomena himself and even managed to capture on film the ghostly, smoke-like form of what looked like a dog, forcing him to concede: “There are certainly some anomalies that don’t belong there. I don’t as yet know what they are. I was shocked. I’m not a believer yet, but certainly there is something going on there. There’s certainly something unusual, there’s no doubt about it.” BOULDER THEATER (BOULDER) The original building was constructed in 1905, and began its service mostly as a musical stage venue and concert hall. It opened in 1906 as The Curran Opera House, that offered opera, musical productions, but added a screen for silent movies probably paired with an organ to play for the shows. It was financed by wealthy billboard sign owner, James Curran. In 1935, The Fox Theater Company purchased The Curran Theater, renaming it The Boulder Theater. Then in 1978, The theater was sold to Mountain Productions, who renovated the theater back into a “state-of-the-art” concert hall. On June 27th, 2008, the newly renovated little restaurant/bar reopened, with the name “The Lounge.” However, its name was changed in July to George’s Food and Drink, in honor of the Boulder Theater’s resident spirit. George Paper, who has long been an active/proactive resident observer, spectral manager and protector of the theater wanting the living to know that he is still there and wants to be a part of things. He is fascinated with light bulbs, and has been known to take them from the back stage area, perhaps to study them or somehow find the energy to install them himself. He appears as a tall man, wearing a 1920s suit and hat and for many years in the theater, staff and patrons reported seeing a man of that description disappearing into the bathrooms, leaving only a cold spot behind. He is also seen roaming the halls on his inspection tour. Recently, a burglar broke into the theater, not knowing about the spectral security force. The police found the scared, discouraged, would-be thief cowering in the projection booth afraid to go anywhere else because of the tall man who was wearing a hat that kept appearing in front of him, stopping him from stealing, as well as terrifying him. Sometimes George spends time near the bathrooms, opening and closing the door to the men’s room and the stalls inside and turning the faucets on and off. One employee who was coming down the stairs to go into George’s Food and Drink, saw the outline of a man run across the cafe and disappear. BRIARHURST MANSION (MANITOU SPRINGS) Briarhurst was built by Dr. William A. Bell in 1889 on the ruins of his former residence, which burned down three years earlier. Construction on the original Briarhurst Manor began in 1872. Dr. Bell is known by many as the “Father of Manitou Springs,” which he founded also in 1872.  He left for England to marry a woman named Cara Scovell, who agreed to live with Dr. Bell in Colorado as long as her children were born in England. Under Mrs. Bell's direction, Briarhurst Manor became the social center of the community, hosting the internationally famous of the day. Today, five acres of the original Briarhurst estate is a restaurant and event venue that seats over 400 guests and features fine Colorado cuisine. The Briarhurst has an almost magical quality from the moment you arrive in the parlor catching a glimpse of its grand stair case. That is where, some say, children from days gone by have been seen running chasing a ball and then suddenly disappearing. The master bedroom is one of the most active areas in the mansion for paranormal activity and Briarhurst guests have reported seeing small footprints leading out the door and down to the bedrooms where the Dr. and Mrs. Bell's children slept. Other eyewitness accounts include hearing chimes in the upper floors or in the basement. Some visitors claim they have been bumped, touched or tugged at. Others have said they've heard strange noises and voices, experienced drops in temperature, and music playing. The downstairs dining room is used as the restaurant today and over the years, many patrons have reported seeing children - apparently those of Dr. and Mrs. Bell - playing outside. Many diners claim to have seen a little red haired girl in a bonnet amusing them while they eat. Others have said they've seen the ghost of Mrs. Bell and an unknown skelatal-like woman in white roaming throughout the estate. Briarhurst president Ken Healey claims to have experienced many ghostly encounters, including disappearing wine bottles, and glasses that seem to multiply when nobody is around. In 2012, the mansion was visited by the SyFy channels, Ghost Hunters TV show. THE BROADMOOR HOTEL (COLORADO SPRINGS) In 1890, a wealthy Prussian Count, by the name of James Pourtales ventured out West to carve out an appealing parcel of land that could be used to cater to the ever-increasing upper class of Colorado. Along the way, the Count developed a partnership with another couple, Spencer and Julie Penrose.  As time passed, Julie frequently stayed at the hotel’s penthouse while her husband was away on business. He passed in 1939, but Julie lived there until 1956.  In a much undiscovered and unpublicized event, a week prior to her death, Julie supposedly went missing in a heavily wooded area by the lake.  She was found unrobed, shaking, and not fully aware of how she had gotten there or where she’d been.  Seven days later, she passed away. Hospitality staff at the Broadmoor, notes that chief among activity in the hotel is the penthouse, the exact one that Julie Penrose stayed in all those years.  Lights turning on and off, deep cold spots and objects moving on their own are the principal reports. Other times, guests who stay in the penthouse report being watched in their own rooms and feelings of dread.  One guest reported having awoken in the night to have the covers peeled back and the feeling of someone dragging them by their foot out of the bed. The staff notes that a woman in a period 1930s dress has been seen floating down the hallways and up the front staircases at night, almost certainly a confirmation that the ghost is indeed Julie Penrose.  There have been cases of multiple spirits being seen in the penthouse floor area which suggests there are more than Julie Penrose haunting the Broadmoor.  The most conclusive ending is that spirits of the victims from the casino fire of 1897 somehow still inhabit the building. BROWN PALACE HOTEL (DENVER) Opened in 1892 by Henry Cordes Brown, the hotel has never closed, not even for a day, though it has undergone numerous renovations throughout the years. Brown originally left his Ohio home in 1860, planning on striking it rich in California, but as his family passed through Denver, his wife liked the city so much, she reportedly said to him, “Mr. Brown, thou may press on to California if such be thy wish. I shall remain here.” One legend is that of a Denver socialite who lived in room 904 from 1940 to 1955. Later, when the hotel began to offer tours, the story of her life and heartbreak over a lost love were related to the visitors. Strangely, the switchboard suddenly began to receive calls from room 904 but this was impossible, as at the time, the room was undergoing renovation and had no furnishings, lights, carpet, or telephone lines. One night an employee heard strange sounds coming from the room and walked in to find a formally dressed string quartet practicing their music.  Stunned, he said to the musicians, “You’re not supposed to be in here,” only to hear a nonchalant reply, “Oh, don’t worry about us. We live here.” Another employee encountered the apparition of a man dressed in an old-fashioned train conductor’s uniform who appeared for just a moment, then disappeared through the wall. The spirit was also seen at the current location of the airline ticket office, which once housed the railroad ticket office. Other reports include the frequent sighting of a uniformed waiter who is seen in the service elevator, cheerful children who are known to gallop in the hallways, and a baby’s cries often heard in the boiler room. CAVE OF THE WINDS (MANITOU SPRINGS) The Cave of the Winds in Williams Canyon north of Manitou Springs has been a visitor attraction since 1881. Before then, the Native American people who frequented the mineral springs at Manitou knew of the open gorge that holds the cave's main entrance. The Jicarilla Apaches in New Mexico reported in 1960 that they believe the Cave of the Winds is home to the Great Spirit of the Wind, and that anyone entering the cave could become twisted in both body and mind by the swirling movement of the wind passing through the open gorge. The reopening of the historic Manitou Grand Caverns section - closed to visitors from 1907 until 1980 - to public lantern tours has resulted in numerous reports by staff, visitors and cave explorers of spooky happenings. In the Grand Concert Hall, the largest chamber in the known cave system, and nearby Lover's Lane, visitors have reported apparitions, strange mists, unexplained sounds and unusual lights in photographs. Staff in the historic early 220th-century gift shop on the rim of Williams Canyon have noted unusual and unexplained events, including phones ringing from unattached extensions, intercom calls from within the Cave of the Winds when no one is inside, and items moved or missing. The caverns were featured in an 2012 episode of the Biography Channel series, My Ghost Story. CENTRAL CITY MASONIC CEMETERY (DENVER) The cemetery lies about 35 miles west of Denver in an area that was once known as ‘The Richest Square Mile on Earth’. It came into use in the 1860s and although it is now decaying and damaged, this is more wear and tear over time than vandalism. Like many cemeteries, it is also said to be incredibly haunted. There is a local story which says that every single 5th of April and 1st of November, a beautiful lady in a black satin gown comes to lay flowers on the grave of one John Edward Cameron. The story that goes along with this apparition is a sad, but somewhat romantic one. John Edward Cameron was a much-desired bachelor and all of the local girls were eager to snare him. However, he never showed interest in any of them as he had eyes for only one woman who who still visits him to this day. He died on November 1st, 1885 of paralysis of the heart and the lady would plant a rosebush by his grave which would bloom every Spring. She would also visit on the anniversary of his death and lay a bunch of columbines on his grave. She stopped visiting in 1888, but a few years later she started making her twice annual visits and has done so ever since. Is her presence here on April 5th, her returning to tend the roses? CHEESMAN PARK (DENVER) Cheesman Park is one of Denver's oldest neighborhoods. In 1859, the Mount Prospect Cemetery opened on 160-acres of land in the brand-new city of Denver. At the time, cemeteries were similar to today’s parks; they were where people would go on walks or have weekend picnics so the land that was chosen for the cemetery was some of the most desirable open space in the area. Mount Prospect was busy for years, but as new cemeteries were built closer into town, it became a less practical burial place. By the 1880s, it had become run down and the city wanted to turn it into a park but because of a provision with the land sale, Congress had to approve of the transition, which they did on January 25, 1890. At that point,  more than 5,000 bodies that were buried there needed to be moved. The city offered the families of those who were buried there a free plot at another graveyard but after several years, only about 700 bodies had been moved. To finish the task, the city hired an undertaker named E.P. McGovern. His contract was for $1.90 per coffin, so he came up with a sinister plot to make more money. He would dismember bodies and then split up the parts into different coffins leaving body parts and discarded coffin pieces strewn about the park. One workmen named Jim Astor claimed that he felt a ghost perching atop his shoulders and was so frightened that he threw down a stack of brass nameplates that he had looted from old coffins and ran for his life, never returning. People who lived in the homes nearby began to report strange occurrences in their houses and confused spirits who knocked on their doors and windows throughout the night. In the darkness, low moaning sounds could be heard over the field of open graves, a sound that can still sometimes be heard today. The city knew they had to do something so McGovern was pulled off the job after he had removed about 1,000 of the remaining bodies and rather than hire someone else to finish the job properly, the city simply pulled out the remaining headstones. It’s estimated there are around 3,000 bodies still buried under Cheesman Park and as a result it’s commonly recognized as one of the most haunted places in the state. Ghostly encounters are reported in the park and at several of the surrounding homes. In fact, the horror film The Changeling was inspired by the paranormal activity the writer experienced while living in a mansion in Cheesman Park. Many people who come to the park speak of feelings of oppression and sadness, even in these peaceable surroundings. Others still claim to occasionally sight the misty figures, strange shadows and apparitions of the dead. These ghostly images wander in confusion, perhaps wondering what has become of their final resting places. COLORADO GRANDE CASINO & HOTEL (CRIPPLE CREEK) Home of Maggie’s Restaurant, guests sometimes catch a glimpse of Maggie herself while staying or dining there. Often times at night, music and disembodied voices can be heard from the ballroom, slot machines clinging and clanging after hours and the hotel’s security cameras have actually caught Maggie wandering inside in her period clothing. After being filed away, the tapes mysteriously disappeared. The property was also featured on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures Cripple Creek episode. There are some local exhibits inside, some which relate stories of famous criminals, most notably, a man who was convicted of cannibalism and a 12-year-old boy convicted of murder. CRIPPLE CREEK Cripple Creek is a town where it seems almost every building has claims of hauntings. The Hotel St. Nicholas was originally built in 1898 as a hospital for prospectors and their families. Over the years it was expanded and began accepting  the mentally ill. It was closed down when the population started to dwindle as the gold rush came to an end. It has since been converted into a hotel with room 11 in particular, being extremely haunted making it a must-stay for paranormal enthusiasts. Two women who checked into the room claimed they slept with the television on because they were so uncomfortable there. One of the them felt something sit on the end of her bed but could not see anyone there. The following morning her friend said that she had awoken to see a shadow in that exact spot, but hadn’t said anything as she thought it was just her eyes playing tricks on her. Another active hotel in Cripple Creek is the Palace where a lady in a nightgown is often seen walking around the halls carrying another nightgown. Then there is the Imperial Hotel which is said to be haunted by George Long, who used to run it. He was apparently murdered by his disabled daughter in revenge for him keeping her locked in her room. She hit him with an iron skillet and he fell down the stairs to the basement which is now the hotel’s Red Rooster Bar. His presence is felt in the hotel and the security guards have reported hearing him playing the slot machines at night. CROKE-PATTERSON MANSION (DENVER) The Croke-Patterson mansion initially belonged to Thomas B. Croke. According to legend he only entered the stunning 1890 residence once and vowed never to return as something within the confines of the home chilled him to the core. The house went on to be the family home of Thomas M. Patterson whose family stayed in the home for multiple decades before transferring ownership. The building has served as everything from a radio station to a dance studio and has a history of paranormal activity and bizarre occurrences. Over the years people have seen the ghost of Thomas Patterson wandering the home. People have also performed work in the home only to find it undone the following day. Two guard dogs were found dead after being left alone in the home one night when they apparently leaped from a three-story window to their deaths. People have heard footsteps, knocks on walls, disembodied voices, and even babies crying. The mansion has also been the scene of multiple suicides and other strange occurrences. Whatever the cause for the unusual activity is, the Croke-Patterson mansion remains one of the most haunted hotels in Denver. EVERGREEN CEMETERY (COLORADO SPRINGS) Evergreen Cemetery existed before the town of Colorado Springs was formally founded in 1871. There are records of people being buried in the cemetery from the 1860s and it’s considered one of the most haunted places in Colorado Springs. The majority of the paranormal activity that is reported here seems to be centered on the small chapel that was built in the cemetery in 1910 that was intended to be used for funeral services and storing the caskets ahead of burial, but the building ended up falling into a state of disrepair after the demand for services in the chapel declined. It then became storage space for maintenance workers, many of whom have reported seeing dark figures in the basement area when they go down to there to retrieve supplies. One such experience led to a segment of the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story where a worker filmed a door open and close itself. These stories have been corroborated by a representative of the National Register of Historical Places who was given a tour of the chapel when the cemetery manager attempted to secure funding and listed status in 1992 in order to restore the building. When the representative toured the building to evaluate it for designation as a historical place she experienced a negative force passing through her entire body prompting her to make a hasty exit. GOLD CAMP RAIL TUNNELS (COLORADO SPRINGS) There are 3 tunnels in total, one of which is sealed off by huge gates and is not accessible to vehicles. Various stories surround what haunts the tunnels, but the story behind what’s haunting the third tunnel is the most unsettling. Years ago, it’s is said to have collapsed when a school bus crashed into it, killing the driver and all of the children aboard. No one is really sure what happened, but the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and slammed into part of the rock. While the tunnel collapsed, it’s unknown whether the falling rock crushed the bus instantly or simply trapped it inside. Today hikers report hearing laughter in the area and cars able to get close enough have found tiny hand prints in window condensation. People report tugging on their clothes and finding scratches on their skin with no recollection of abrasive impact during their hike. It’s been said one of the best ways to test for ghosts in the area is by parking your car in neutral in the second tunnel at night. You will feel something pushing against their car, often enough to slowly move the vehicle uphill in the tunnel. Many have also reported seeing hand prints in the dust covering their trunk and some claim to see the figure of a man walking to the back of their car to give it a push. GRANT-HUMPHREYS MANSION (DENVER) Part of the mystery behind this allegedly haunted mansion involves the suspicious death of a man who lived inside. Originally built as the home to Colorado’s third Governor James Grant, by 1917 the home was inhabited by oil man and philanthropist Albert E. Humphreys. One evening, Humphreys was said to have left the dinner table to “clean his gun,” only to be found moments later with a gunshot wound to his head. He died the following day. Whether his death was an accident, a homicide or a suicide remains up for debate as some believe the circumstances surrounding the shooting were more ominous. Humphrey’s restless spirit is still said to haunt the third floor but according to other reports, up to four other ghosts have made the mansion their home. Perhaps some are from the disrupted and desecrated graveyard in the park area who find accommodations at the mansion more to their liking. Perhaps former residents or other people with a connection to this mansion have also decided to move in and make themselves at home. HAND HOTEL BED & BREAKFAST (FAIRPLAY) If you are in search of haunted accommodations in Colorado, the Hand Hotel Bed & Breakfast in Fairplay might be what you are looking for. The hotel has 11 rooms and each one of them has its own ghost story to tell. This is a regular spot for paranormal investigators and the level of activity there is said to be off the charts. There is a mix of benevolent and malevolent spirits residing in this particular property with the stories ranging from a pair of mischievous twin girls hanging out in the kitchens to a demonic dog terrorizing the basement. One of the most common sightings is Grandma Hand who haunts the room named for her. Guests know that Grandma is home when her chair starts to rock back and forth all by itself. HOTEL COLORADO (GLENWOOD SPRINGS) The Hotel Colorado was built in 1891 in the home of the world famous Glenwood Hot Springs. Guests and staff have reported many experiences throughout the years, most notably between the hours of 2-4 am. People have often reported seeing the elevators moving from floor to floor with no passengers in them and the inexplicable smell of cigar smoke. In the Devereaux Dining Room, people have reported the smell of perfume and the sounds of dishes being moved around. The apparition of a young girl in Victorian clothing has been seen playing with a ball throughout the hotel. Perhaps the most chilling report is of men being woken up by the apparition of a woman as the screams of a woman are often heard throughout the hotel, believed to be of a chamber maid who was involved in a love triangle and was murdered by one of her lovers. The room in which the woman was believed to have been murdered was a guest room that has now been turned into a storage room in main part due to the history of paranormal happenings occurring there. On the third floor activity seems to be the highest with guests and staff reporting unexplained knocks on doors, apparitions, strange unidentifiable smells, sounds, lights turning on and off in the middle of the night and TVs changing their own channels. In 1982, the hotel was undergoing some renovation work, and one of the jobs was to replace the wallpaper in room 551. The following morning after putting up the wallpaper, all of it had been rolled neatly on the floor. The paper was re-applied, but it was again found on the floor the following day. After a few more attempts, some wallpaper samples were left on the bed overnight. Upon returning to finish the job the following morning, staff found all the samples on the floor, apart from one roll. The sample that was left on the bed was applied to the walls, and there were no more issues with the wallpaper after that. HOTEL JEROME (ASPEN) One of the most haunted places in Colorado is the Hotel Jerome. Room number 310 is said to be haunted by the spirit of a little boy who tragically died when he drowned in the hotel’s pool who often appears to guests wet and shivering and will then vanish suddenly, leaving behind a trail of wet footprints. Room 310 was the room that his family stayed in 1936 when he died. The ‘Water Boy’ as he is known is by no means the only spirit on the third floor and some of the staff refuse to work up there because of the hauntings and a malevolent presence. Some of the other ghosts that are said to make their home in the Hotel Jerome include Katie Kerrigan and Henry O’Callister. Katie was an attractive young woman who worked at the hotel as a maid. Male guests noticed her and paid her plenty of attention which made some of the other maids jealous and resulted in malicious pranks being played on her. However, one of the pranks went very wrong. She was told that her pet kitten had fallen through the ice on the nearby pond and drowned and when she ran down to check she too fell into the freezing water. She was rescued and brought back to the hotel, but later died of pneumonia. She often appears in the rooms and turns down the sheets just as she would have in life. The maids working at the Hotel Jerome today often come in and find that their work has already been done for them. Henry O’Callister was a gentleman who made his fortune working in the mining industry who moved to Aspen and promptly fell head over heels in love with a Boston heiress names Clarissa Wellington. The planned to marry, but her father forbade it. Clarissa returned home to Boston leaving Henry alone in Aspen where is said to have died of a broken heart. He can still be heard wandering the halls of the hotel at night sobbing over his lost love. HOTEL TEATRO (DENVER) Hotel Teatro occupies what was once the old Denver Tramway Building built back in 1911. In 1997, the old building was transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel and it was during these renovations that the first reports of paranormal activity began to surface as construction crews working on the new hotel started to experience a variety of strange things including disembodied voices. The most commonly sighted spirit at the Hotel Teatro is a mechanic who is seen walking the halls carrying his tools which earned him the nickname ‘The Tool Man’. It is believed that he is one of the mechanics who worked on the rail cars in the basement while the Tramway was still in operation. He apparently died on the job in an accident and is now tied to the building in death. IMPERIAL HOTEL (CRIPPLE CREEK) George Zweck, a Prussian immigrant, began to build a hotel in downtown Longmont in 1880 and completed it in 1881. Longmont did not have a dedicated water supply in 1881, so Zweck had the building’s architect design three large brick cisterns that were filled manually by bringing water up from the nearby St. Vrain River. The hotel’s heating was provided by coal-fired stoves, and furnishings were some of the finest European imports. The Zweck Hotel was reluctantly sold in 1894 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Allen and the Allens immediately changed the name of the hotel to the Imperial. Their family turned a profitable investment and managed the property for the next 50 years. The Imperial changed hands a few more times, and finally shuttered its doors as a lodging property in 1971. Today, the building serves mainly as residential apartments. Residents have reported hauntings in the Imperial Hotel for years, particularly the feeling of a presence and the voice of a little girl have been heard in a 2nd floor residence. An officer of the Civil War era wearing a Confederate uniform has been seen many times in and around the coffee shop, but the reason for his visits is unknown. The spirit of a young girl, who has never been seen, has spoken to patrons and one server who frequently opened the shop in the morning by herself saw a spirit of a man leafing through the shop’s magazine and newspaper collection on three separate occasions. He disappeared into thin air when he was spotted. MOLLY BROWN HOUSE (DENVER) Molly Brown lived a charmed and unusual life by surviving the sinking of the Titanic which named her the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. She loved to travel and during one of her voyages, received word that a family member was sick and she had to immediately return home. The first ship that she was able to book passage on happened to be the Titanic. For the remainder of her life, she relished any opportunity to entertain high society friends with embellished tales of how she rowed a lifeboat for 7.5 hours to safety. Her house in Denver was built in 1889, although Molly and her husband James Joseph Brown didn’t live thereuntil 1894. When Molly died in 1932, her home was split into 12 separate apartments and in 1958, the house was run as a gentleman’s boarding house before being leased to the city to serve as a home for wayward girls. In 1970, the house was purchased and restored to its former glory and is now operated as a museum. There are several entities said to haunt the Molly Brown House including both Molly and her husband JJ. It’s said that their daughter Catherine Ellen who died young due to disease also haunts the location as the blinds in her room go up and down of their own accord. There are at least 6 other spirits in the building and a number that seem to come and go much as Molly’s many guests would have done while she was alive. MUSEUM OF COLORADO PRISONS (CANON CITY) The structure shares a stone wall and armed towers with a prison that has been in continuous operation since 1871. With over 140 years of history, the cell house has two floors: 30 inmate cells on the upper level, and archival storage, original kitchen, and isolation cells on the lower level. The building was originally a women's prison constructed in 1935. Tourists sometimes get up close and personal with some of its former residents. People have reported orb sightings, distant voices, and other weird phenomena including the lingering smell of tobacco in the old laundry room. Cell 19 is said to be haunted by a female prisoner who passed away there. Perhaps some of these odd happenings can be traced back to some of the prison’s notorious past inmates including a convicted cannibal and a 12-year-old jailed for murder. There has also been the sound of coughing reported coming from an empty cell. OLD GLENDALE STAGECOACH STATION (CANON CITY) The station was built in 1861 and its eerie ruins are rumored to be haunted by a “Gray Lady” named Kathleen Cooper. In 1877, Cooper was singing there when gold prospector Julian LaSalle first met her and soon the two fell in love. Julian had business to attend to and he left the station while Cooper waited there for him. They kept in touch throughout the winter and made plans for their wedding, but Julian never showed on the big day. He had been robbed and murdered by highwaymen along the way and after learning of this, Cooper wouldn’t eat or drink, eventually dying a self-imposed death. Her ghost has reportedly been seen at the station, a sad gray spirit in a wedding dress, still awaiting her love. OXFORD HOTEL (DENVER) In lower downtown Denver is a luxurious and historical boutique hotel that opened back in 1891, the Oxford, which has provided its guests with exceptional accommodations for more than a century. The Oxford also offers its guests the opportunity to experience ghost sightings and other unusual activity. There are two primary ghosts that appear to be here and one is that of a former postal worker. It is said that he vanished in the winter during the 1930s and his body recovered with all of his mail parcels in the spring. This spirit likes to visit the Oxford’s bar and have a beer. The strange thing is, although he appears to drink it, after he leaves his glass appears full again. Another ghost encountered is primarily seen on the 3rd floor. Conflicting stories say a woman murdered her lover before committing suicide in Room 320 but others claim the reverse occurred, that a man killed his cheating female lover. In any event, strange things occur to single men who are booked in that room. Bachelors claim that someone pulls on their arm when they are very much alone and while sleeping, sheets are ripped off the bed. There are others who stay in the hotel who claim the feeling of being watched, have heard what sounds like wood breaking, and the sensation that someone was walking behind them. PIONEERS MUSEUM (COLORADO SPRINGS) Pioneers Museum was built in 1903 and was once home to the former El Paso County Courthouse. Pioneers portrays the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region and features permanent exhibits on the history of the area and changing exhibits on topics of broad interest. Many claim that the museum is haunted by a former manager who was shot and killed in the late 50s by an employee over a dispute regarding the employee’s pay. Apparently the security guards patrolling the museum at night tend to avoid the manager’s former apartment due to a sense of “unease” there. RED CHIEF MOUNTAIN (MANITOU SPRINGS) Back when tuberculosis was common, the afflicted traveled to Manitou Springs seeking the healing springs and mountain air. A young woman named Emma Crawford made the trip in hopes of a cure as well. Sadly, she succumbed to the disease at the tender age of 19. Her last wish was to be buried on the summit of nearby Red Mountain, so her fiancée, along with 11 other men, carried her remains to the summit for burial. After years of stormy weather and erosion, her remains eventually washed down the side of the mountain into town. Because of this unsettling occurrence, many still believe that Emma haunts the mountain today and some even claim to have seen her. Now there are trails on the side of the mountain to visit the site of her grave and a stop in the Manitou Springs haunted cemetery will reveal an unmarked grave in remembrance of Emma. Annual coffin races are held in her honor down Manitou Avenue every October. RIVERDALE ROAD (THORNTON) Sometimes referred to as the most haunted road in America, this small stretch of asphalt outside of Denver is the source of many a terrifying tale. Rusty metal gates were previously left behind from a mansion where a man who was never caught or went to trial supposedly became possessed by the devil before burning down the house and killing his family. These became known as the Gates of Hell and although the structure is now gone, the paranormal activity has not abated. There is a spirit of a woman who may be the wife who died in this fire and when she's seen in the area, it’s always in a white dress with her attention focused on the path. She’s said to be looking for her children or husband. She sometimes appears in driver’s rear-view mirrors looking as if she’s seeking help. Those who felt compassion for the young woman and pulled over to help have experience terror when she vanishes just as they open their passenger door. It’s also said that the road was built on Native American burial grounds and been the site of many tragic accidents. For hundreds of years, there have been stories about Native American shape shifters roaming the land and sometimes they do so on the road as well. Reports of headless animals left behind, strange chanting, figures appearing then disappearing from sight and bloody hand prints spattered on signs have all been reported in the area. One jogger decided to take a run along Riverdale Road one day and was struck and killed by a car. It’s said he also haunts the road as people passing through on foot have heard a loud heartbeat and at times running footsteps. Slaves lived in the area as well and it’s said that on some nights when the moon is full you can see their bodies hanging from the Cottonwood trees. One driver in the 1970s was zipping down the road at high speed, lost control and was killed. Now if you drive down the street at any time, a phantom Camaro with one working headlight might pull up behind you, challenging you to a race from the beyond. ST. CLOUD HOTEL (CANON CITY) Built in 1888, the St. Cloud Hotel is a registered historic landmark in Cañon City which former guests report to be haunted. The apparition of a young girl has been seen in the hallways playing with a ball and it is said that the other ghosts like to play tricks on the staff and visitors alike. TVs and lights will regularly turn off and on again, chairs will be found stacked inside unoccupied rooms, and objects will regularly go missing. Unfortunately, the hotel has become a bit of a ghost itself, having closed in 2007 and fallen into disrepair since. As of 2015 a local foundation was trying to raise funds to revitalize the St. Cloud. ST. ELMO GHOST TOWN (ST. ELMO) St. Elmo, founded in 1880, is known as 'Colorado's original ghost town.' People were drawn to St. Elmo because of the abundance of gold and silver mining and at one point there were around 2,000 people in St. Elmo, but that quickly changed as the mining industry began to fade there. The railroad stopped running in 1922 and the town was all but abandoned. An elite family named Stark moved there in 1881 and attempted to keep the town alive. Mr. Stark worked as section boss for a mine and owned the general store and the Home Comfort Hotel. After the mining industry disappeared, the family also began renting out cabins. One of the two Stark children - Annabelle - who passed in 1960 is said to protect her property to this day as her ghost has been seen numerous times in St. Elmo. Not long after her death, children playing in a room in the hotel claimed they felt they were not alone as the temperature dropped 20 degrees and all of the room's doors slammed shut. They never played in that room, or any room in the hotel again. On another occasion, a skier saw a woman in a white dress in the second story window of the hotel even though no one was registered there at the time. The skier then realized what the ghost woman was staring at. He saw people were snowmobiling which is illegal in St. Elmo and after the skier informed them of this, the phantom woman nodded, turned away and vanished as if thanking him for helping her watch over St. Elmo. STANLEY HOTEL (ESTES PARK) There isn’t a paranormal or horror fan alive who hasn’t heard of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. If you can’t quite put your finger on why you know the name, then perhaps the words ‘Here’s Johnny!’ will refresh your memory. The hotel is, of course, the one that inspired Stephen King’s classic novel The Shining and it’s said to have been written at least partly while he and his wife were staying at the hotel. Guests and staff alike have experienced countless examples of paranormal activity that occur within the hotel. There are many spirits here, but the two most active seem to be former owner F.O. Stanley and his wife Flora. It is said that even in death, Flora enjoys sitting in the ballroom playing her piano which was a gift from her husband in celebration of the hotel’s grand opening and still has a place of prominence in the ballroom. Some have witnessed the keys moving on their own while others have actually seen Flora sitting at the piano. Room 418 is one of the paranormal hot spots in the hotel and it is a mecca of paranormal activity. This is the room in which Stephen King stayed and he is just one of the many guests who say that they have seen and heard children playing here in the dead of night either inside the room or just outside the door. Another room with a reputation for strange occurrences is Room 407. There is a spirit here who loves flicking the lights on and off and there have been reports of a face in the window seen by people outside looking up at the room. Throughout the hotel, there are reports of footsteps, disembodied voices, and other strange unexplained sounds, especially on the fourth floor. THIRD BRIDGE (AURORA) Also known as the Ghost Bridge, it is no stranger to the macabre with its dark and haunting history. This stretch of road is often the site where the sounds of drums and horse hooves can be heard and of multiple deaths due to a car accident and a homicide. Back in June 1864, the Hungate Massacre occurred Nathan Hungate, his wife Ellen, and two daughters were scalped and killed by Indians. What spurred this massacre is still unclear, but some evidence suggests that Nathan was the instigator having killed one of the tribe’s members for stealing a horse, which then prompted them to attack Nathan and his family. It’s also said to have ignited the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred on November 29, 1864, just months later. Legend says that those spirits from the massacre haunt Third Bridge, even to this day. In June of 1997, a group of 15 kids ranging in age from 11 to 16 decided to pay a visit to the Third Bridge, in hopes of experiencing paranormal activity. Prior to their departure for the bridge the older teens had reportedly bought the younger kids alcohol which they brought with them in the cars. The trip quickly turned deadly when one of the two cars lost control, traveling between 65 and 70 miles per hour, and crashed into a creek at the bridge. Two of the youths tragically died, including the driver’s sister, while the others were severely injured. Some people who visit report seeing a young girl, hearing screams, and noticing cars that disappear when approached, while others have experienced car trouble when they arrive at the bridge and some claim feeling a pair of hands on their backs. More recently, in June 2010, Randy Wilson was heading back to Colorado after stopping in Montana to visit some relatives, but never made it home. His body was found about a mile away from the Third Bridge, having been suffocated by a bag with a belt wrapped around his neck. Two men found his body in a grassy area across the street from where his car was parked. VICTOR LOWELL THOMAS MUSEUM (CRIPPLE CREEK) The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum has had its fair share of unusual activity. A young boy named Jake seems to wander through the rooms and sometimes makes noises that rattle the nerves of staff and visitors. Upstairs in the museum area, the glasses of Lowell Thomas have been reported moving from their resting place in one display room to another. Paranormal investigations of the basement in recent years revealed some interesting images – one in which appears to be a uniformed man standing among the shadows. Contractors working in the basement and upstairs have reported unexplained presences and in past years, several staff members have refused to venture to the upper level where the voice of a small girl has been heard. WINDSOR HOTEL (DEL NORTE) According to current co-owner Steve Whitehead, the Windsor is the oldest hotel in Colorado. Enterprising citizens constructed the establishment in 1874 with local masonry and bricks. The building expanded three times by 1888 and operated until the late 1970s, when it closed and sat empty for the next fifteen years. Whitehead reported he has witnessed a rock fly out of a door he’d just opened while conducting a tour during building renovations. No one was in that room at the time. A housekeeper said she watched undisturbed clothes hangers start to move – swinging, stopping, swinging again. The radio also suddenly came on and lights switched on and off in Room 210 while she worked in there. A guest staying in Room 204 reported hearing someone vacuuming in the hallway at 1 am. and was about to peek out her door to chastise the employee responsible but the noise stopped, only to begin five minutes later. The most often reported site of paranormal activity is Room 209, where hotel guest Maud Heinz committed suicide in 1906. She’d arrived by train one morning, checked in under an alias and then purchased a .38-caliber revolver and cartridges, returned to her room, and shot herself. She’d left a note, revealing her true identity, so the story soon came out that shortly before her death, she’d had a lover’s quarrel and decided to end her life. In the century since then, guests report hearing and sometimes seeing her. They recount awakening in the middle of the night to see Maud peering down at them and one overnight guest reported he awoke to hear her scream. RETURN TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE SOURCES AND TEXT