we heard the sounds of silverware clinking on plates, then a cacophony
of voices, combined with music from a bygone era. I should
also mention that there was
electricity being provided to this residence at the time. The
sounds began to swell and before long, the entire house was filled
with the din of what we later thought to be a party or a ball of some
kind. The three of us then proceeded to set a land speed record
for exiting a home during a crisis.
later, this very same house was purchased by a wealthy writer, whose
name I can't mention. Afterwards, several parties were held
there. One night, during a particularly raucous evening, a young
woman ran from this house screaming. Once her friends caught up
with her and asked her what had happened, she told her friends
that the "figure” of a miner had materialized by the fireplace. Others later reported seeing a '”distinguished” looking Victorian era
gentleman at the top of the stairs.
when I was researching the eccentric inventor Nicola Tesla, I came upon an
article that described how the unconventional electrical genius had
conducted a number of experiments in
same writer who had purchased and was living in the house at the time,
confirmed it was, in fact, Tesla’s residence at one time, where he had
prolific inventiveness and eccentric lifestyle, Tesla was known to
maintain a rather high social profile. His experiments in physics also
upheld the belief and possibility of life after death.
Could it be
Nicola Tesla, himself, that remains in this house?
Submitted by Mike Warden, January, 2006
Legends Notes: Nikola Tesla was
an inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer
originally from Croatian Krajina who later became an American citizen.
Tesla was best known his contributions and inventions in electricity and
magnetism in the late 19th and early 20th century.
After his demonstration of wireless radio
communications in 1893, he was widely respected as America's greatest
electrical engineer. However, Tesla was an eccentric man, prone to making unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims
about possible scientific and technological developments. After making a
number of these wild claims, he began to be ostracized and regarded as a
mad scientist. He died impoverished in January, 1943 at the age of 86.
Back in the early '90's my girlfriend and I were traveling in
Creek. I was
an avid admirer of Nicola Tesla, and living in
I felt it would be almost criminal not to venture down to
find his old house. The drive from Denver/Colorado Springs/Manitou/Cripple
much longer than we expected, and we arrived about 10 at night.
here really wasn't
anyone around to tell us where, exactly, Tesla's house was (although we
had heard it was still standing.) We drove around the residential streets
for nearly an hour hoping to find some placard or some kind of guidepost
to no avail. After about an hour, we pulled to the side of a street and
seriously considered heading back to Denver admitting failure.
Just then, as we were
scanning the dark silhouettes of the surrounding houses, the near side
of a two-story house on the next block lit up as though a huge arc light
had been aimed at it. We both saw it, then scanned the area looking for a
streetlight or anything that could have produced the light.... nothing!
Knowing Tesla's genius
was in electricity and lighting, we both felt satisfied that this was his
way of saying he was there, and "welcome to my home." The light
disappeared as quickly as it appeared, and we drove home satisfied we had
found the house we were looking for.... with a little help from Mr. Tesla.
Charles Byrne, Denver,