Are These Five Denver Places Secretly Haunted?

In October 2013, we shared a list of Denver's top ten "haunted" places according to, a website that purports to reveal haunted places across the country

But another source claims that there are a lot more spots where spirits like to hang. devotes several pages to "Mile High Ghosts," and while most of the locations in the Shadowlands top ten are featured, there are plenty of other supposedly spooky locations cited as well.

We've picked and photo-illustrated five more ghostly settings, featuring excerpts from text. To see the site's complete roster, click here.

Buckhorn Exchange

"Denver's oldest restaurant began its life as little more than a trading post way back in 1893. Today, the Buckhorn continues a century old tradition of serving up wild game and steaks in an old west atmosphere. According to the tales, some of the many old traders, miners, scouts, and cowboy continue to lurk about this historic steakhouse, as ethereal voices and footsteps are often heard and tables seemingly move of their own accord."

Croke Patterson Mansion

"Built in 1890 by Thomas B. Croke, this sandstone residence was one of the country’s most elegant homes. Now serving as an office building, it is also said to be one of the most haunted....

"During the renovation to office space in the 1970’s, construction crews began to experience a number of strange occurrences. After a long days work, they would often return the next day to find that the tasks they had completed the day before had been "undone.” After this had occurred several times, guard dogs were left to protect the property from what the workmen thought might be intruders. However, the next day they found the two Doberman Pinschers dead on the sidewalk after having apparently jumped from a third-story window. Once the renovation to office building was complete, employees almost immediately began to notice equipment, such as typewriters, copy machines, and telephone that mysteriously began to operate by themselves."

Denver Press Club

"A couple of spirits have been seen here, one of which who is very friendly also likes to visit the neighboring Colorado Press Association. The other ghost, however, is said to be very eerie and is most often known to lurk about the dingy boiler room in the basement."

Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

"Built in the 1920's, this building once housed city offices, a jail out back, and the volunteer department. Located in the Denver suburb of Littleton, there have been several reports of friendly spirits heard laughing and playing music late into the night. Staff also report that objects are often moved about and desks rearranged by unseen hands."

The Brown Palace Hotel

"This century old luxury hotel is said to host a number of spirits in its historic rooms and hallways. The ghost of an old railroad ticket manager walks directly into a wall, a baby is heard crying in the basement, an ethereal waiter rides the service elevator, and a long dead string quartet has been known to practice their music here."

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