Seeking a fright? Here are six stories from the Western History and Genealogy (WHG) blog archives that mix mystery with local history.
Between 1902 and 1904, three Denver newspapers referred to a residence located on the corner of 19th and Grant as a "haunted house." In 1904, the Rocky Mountain News even sent a reporter to a séance performed at the home. [CLICK TO READ STORY]
Jessie Adeline Cole Phelps's poem "Skeleton and Ghost" details how a boarding house owner's visit from a ghost at her breakfast table led to the discovery of a skeleton in her cellar. The poem mentions the names of real Denver people and places. Was this a work of fiction or Phelps's telling of a paranormal encounter? [CLICK TO READ STORY]
A game of cards gone bad results in a shot from a pistol and later, a lynching of the shooter. Soon after, the Rocky Mountain News declared, "Georgetown has a haunted house," when the doors in the home closest to where the lynching occurred open and slam on their own — and a man with a rope around his neck is seen wandering the property. [CLICK TO READ STORY]
In interviews, Russell Hunter said that his paranormal experiences while renting a Denver home near Cheesman Park in the late 1960s became the basis for the 1980 Hollywood horror film, The Changeling. Read the details of Hunter's alleged paranormal encounter and the history of a home said to have inspired a horror flick. [CLICK TO READ PART 1 - PART 2 - PART 3]
Wish to read more? May we suggest:
- GHOST HUNTER’S GUIDE: WHO LIVED IN MY HOME?
- Haunted Colorado: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Centennial State
- Ghost Hunters Live From the Stanley Hotel (DVD)
- Castles of Colorado: Scandals, Hauntings, and Tales of the Past
- Ghosts of the Colorado Plains
- The Ghosts of Denver: Capitol Hill
- Spooky Colorado: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore
- The Haunted Heart of Denver