Ten Most Haunted Places in Colorado

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Evergreen, Colorado

At this inn originally built in the early 1900s, many ghosts are said to walk. The top floor is home to two: Jessica, a chambermaid who was murdered by her stable-hand lover, and the stable hand himself, who committed suicide after committing the dastardly deed. On the second floor lives Carl, the ghost of a man who killed his wife after learning she had had an affair. On the third floor lives a little boy ghost who can be heard running in the hallways late at night. Cold breezes are said to be felt going up the stairway to the third floor. Also, the forest surrounding the area is said to be full of the ghosts of Native Americans.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

At this 1893 hotel, witnesses say that the elevator works by itself, doors open and close on their own, and there is a phantom smell of cigat smoke in the lobby. The apparition of a little girl in Victorian clothing has been seen on the staircase, and if that weren’t enough, the ghost of a murdered chambermaid is said to materialize in the Devereux room at night.

Canon City, Colorado

Reported to be vacant and in disrepair, this 1888 hotel building is said to be the home of some playful ghosts. Past guests have seen the ghost of a young girl playing with a ball in the hallways. It’s said that the ghosts liked to play tricks on the guests and staff, such as hiding objects, turning the lights or the TV on and off, and stacking up the chairs when no one is in the room.

Cripple Creek, Colorado

This historic inn was the first in the township of Cripple Creek, and is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a miner who frequented the inn back when it was a gambling parlour. It is believed that he died in a fight on the upper floor of the inn, and has been seen by passer-bye as well as by guests at the inn.

Penrose, Colorado

The eerie ruins of the old 1861 Glendale Stagecoach Station are said to be haunted by a gray lady, Kathleen Cooper. Katherine was singing in 1877 when gold prospector Julian LaSalle first met her, and they fell in love. But Julian had business to attend to, and left on the stagecoach with Katherine’s words calling out that she would wait for him. They corresponded through the winter and made plans for their wedding, but Julian never showed up on the appointed day. He had been robbed and killed by highwaymen along the way. Katherine wouldn’t touch food or drink after this, and so died a self-imposed death. But her ghost has been seen at the station, a sad gray apparition in a wedding dress, still awaiting her beloved Julian.

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