Haunted Denver - Mile High Ghosts
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Denver, Colorado in 1875.
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the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver
is not only one of America’s most beautiful cities, but is also one of
Originally founded in the
Territory in 1858, the first settlement was established on the banks of
the South Platte River. With the area's rich mining resources, the city
grew quickly as land parcels were often traded for grubstakes.
became a separate territory in 1861 and a couple of months later, Denver
was incorporated on November 7, 1861.
Initially catering primarily to the miners, Denver was filled with
gambling halls and saloons, but quickly expanded to include a host of
other businesses including livestock trading and a supply point for
destinations west. In 1865, Denver became the capital of the
By 1890, Denver had grown
to be the second largest city west of Omaha,
second only to San Francisco.
only does Denver
have a long and rich history, but the past has left in its wake, a
plethora of ghosts that are said to roam its historic streets and
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. To read more about the
Palace Hotel, 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.
Once the neighborhood of
wealthiest citizens, Capitol Hill continues to wear its decadent
image with honor, blending the past with the present, as ancient
Victorian mansions and contemporary condos and apartment complexes
dot the neighborhood. Also here in this historic neighborhood, are
a bevy of ghosts.
Ghost tours of
the area tell of numerous entities who continue to inhabit this
historic neighborhood. At the old Governor’s Mansion, ghosts
are said to walk the halls, at the State Capitol buildings, a
phantom woman in a long dress is often known to appear.
At one location, a house once stood that was the inspiration for the 1980
horror film, "The Changeling." Though the
ghostly tours offered of Capitol Hill vary, they often include the State
Capitol, Grant-Humphries Mansion, the
Molly Brown House.
During the 19th
century, this park was a cemetery for decades. Though intended for
the masses, the graveyard ended up being mostly for outlaws, pauper’s and
the diseased. When it became overgrown and a terrible eyesore, the
city made it into a park. However, as many as 2,000 bodies are said
to remain buried here and the restless spirits continue to roam the park
and the surrounding neighborhood. To read the whole story of the park's
haunted past, click HERE!
Colorado Capitol in 1906.
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Croke-Patterson Mansion at the time it was
built in 1892.
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
According to the legend
Thomas B. Croke, only entered the palatial mansion one time and was so
emotionally shaken by "whatever” was there, that he never returned. Just two years later it was sold to
Patterson, who’s family kept the home for several decades.
next several years, the building served many purposes, including a dance
studio, a radio station, and a boarding house before it was converted to
an office building. During the renovation to office space in the
1970’s, construction crews began to experience a number of strange
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.
When a séance
was held to determine who was haunting the building, they found it to be
the spirit of a little girl whose body was supposedly entombed in the
cellar. However, when the basement was excavated, they found a
hidden chamber was found, filled with sea sand, but no remains of a little
A ghostly image has
often been sighted gliding up and down the main floor stairway and
otherworldly voices have been heard here as well. Thomas Patterson,
former owner of the home, is said to have been spied numerous times in the
courtyard between the mansion and the carriage house.
building still served as an apartment building, occupants on the lower
levels were known to complain about wild parties taking place on the third
level. But, when these parties were investigated, they would be met with
only silent emptiness.
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