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Ten Most Haunted Places in Colorado


It's Friday the 13th — a day like any other to those immune to superstitions, but one fraught with potential peril for those with a more spirited personality.

The latter group will love the website HauntedPlaces.org, which not only allows visitors to search for haunted places by state, but also ranks those in each state.

So...what are the most haunted places in Colorado? Well, they're widely scattered, with only one in Denver proper making the cut. In contrast, Canon City boasts two, and communities such as Victor, Manitou Springs, Durango and Penrose also represented.

We've collected and photo-illustrated the top ten, which feature HauntedPlaces.org text and links to each page. Click on them for much more information.


Happy Friday the 13th, everyone — and try not to get spooked.

Number 10: VICTOR HOTEL
Victor, Colorado

This 1899 building was originally a bank, but it also was a storage area for the bodies of those who died during the winter when the ground was too hard for burial. Now that it is a hotel, the haunts have come to stay. The 4th floor, where the bodies were stored, is said to be very active with voices, footsteps, and apparitions. Also, a ghost named Eddie haunts room 301 since he fell down the elevator shaft, and the elevator is said to open and close all by itself.

Number 9: MUSEUM OF COLORADO PRISONS
Canon City, Colorado

The Museum of Colorado Prisons is rumored to have some lingering spirits. Cold spots and a phantom tobacco smell have been reported in the old laundry room, and Cell 19 is said to be haunted by a female prisoner who passed away there. Photographs have shown ghost orbs and the sound of coughing has come from the empty cell.

Number 8: LUMBER BARON INN AND GARDENS
Denver, Colorado

The building was apartments in the 1970s, and during that time, a 17-year-old runaway girl and her friend allegedly were murdered here. Footsteps have been heard, and the apparition of a 1920s-era flapper girl also has been seen here.


Number 7: BED AND BREAKFAST AT HISTORIC ONALEDGE
Manitou Springs, Colorado

This historic bed and breakfast is haunted by at least three spirits, which are seen in various guest rooms of the stately manor house. The first is that of a woman in a pastel dress, who appears to oversee what goes on in the bed and breakfast. The second is a polite young boy in a blue suit, who often talks with guests before vanishing. The third apparition is a portly man in a suit, who has been seen wandering the ground of the house as well as in hate hallways. Cigar smoke generally attributed to him is seen in various sections of the bed and breakfast.

Number 6: STRATER HOTEL
Durango, Colorado

This historic hotel was built directly on the railroad in the late nineteenth century, and is believed to be haunted by many apparitions. People walking through the alley adjacent to the hotel have seen the ghostly figure of a man in a white shirt standing on the railroad tracks, who vanishes suddenly. The other apparition mainly seen in is a railway engineer in period clothing walking through the hotel lobby. Staff at this historic hotel refuse to work alone on the upper floors due to reports of a menacing shadowy apparition and a transparent lady in white.

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