Though the old mining towns of Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk adopted gambling as an industry, Victor didn’t. Instead, the town, which once boasted 20,000 residents, remains as an inhabited ghost town with a population of 400.
It’s the perfect spooky setting for the first-ever Spirits of Victor Paranormal Convention, which will bring together experts on UFOs, Bigfoot and, of course, ghosts, for talks, ghost-hunting tours, and even a witching-hour seance during which guests might encounter Eddie, the spirit said to haunt the Victor Hotel’s elevator, which crushed him. A series of workshops and tours will last into the night, and you just might come away with some ghost stories of your own. “I just thought it would be a really great way for people to network and meet other people who are equally as weird as we are,” says founder Stephanie Waters, a longtime ghost aficionado and author of Haunted Manitou Springs and Ghosts of Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak.
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The convention begins at 9 a.m. at the Victor Community Center, 201 Second Street. Admission is $5 to attend, with an additional $5 for each class or workshop. For a full schedule and to register (which is required), call 719-291-2409 or visit www.coloradoghosttours.net.
Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m., 2012