Denver Public Library – Library staff report that the basement hosts a resident spirit who doesn’t appear too happy. Some have reported that they have been shoved by this restless entity. The legend continues that one security became so frightened when patrolling the basement, he quit his job and today, the library is patrolled in groups of two.
Hotel Teatro – Occupying the old Denver Tramway Building, built in 1911, the site was also the first location of the Evans Mansion, home of John Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor. When the streetcar became obsolete, the building was utilized as the University of Colorado’s downtown campus and later as the Denver Center for Performing Arts. However, in 1997, restoration began to turn the building into Denver’s premier luxury boutique hotel. When the major renovations began on the building, construction crews began to experience a number of strange occurrences. One group who heard voices coming from an office went to inspect, only to find no one there. Today, there is allegedly the ghost of a mechanic who has been seen walking down the hallways with tools in hand before mysteriously disappearing. The “tool man” is thought to have been a mechanic who once worked on railcars in the basement of the building. Tragically, he died in an accident while he was at work and is seemingly “trapped” in time.
Josephina’s Italian Restaurant – Located in Denver’s historic Larimer Square, Josephina’s is housed in a century old building that once sported a popular speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Legend has it that the spirit, known as Amelia, was married to the shady character who owned the illegal tavern. When their daughter, Ginger, began to date a boy that her father didn’t approve of, he used his underworld connections to kill him. However, the hit man took out not only the boy, but also their daughter, Ginger. Amelia was sitting in the rear of the speakeasy when she heard the news. Today, this area houses the women’s restroom, where the mirror has been broken so many times; staff no longer considers it a coincidence. Other odd things also occur on a regular basis such as liquor bottles that seemingly turn over by themselves, chairs that inexplicably move from one side of the room to the other and many who are said to glimpse or feel her presence.
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.
Lumber Baron Inn – Located in the historic Potter-Highlands neighborhood, this 1890 mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant who amassed a fortune as a lumber jack. The 8,500 square foot home fell into terrible disrepair over the years and was converted into apartments by the 1970’s. In 1991, the abandoned and condemned building was saved by the current owner and today serves as an elegant bed and breakfast. During its times as a rundown tenement, a 17 year old girl was raped and murdered in the building. A friend, who stumbled upon the murder, was also killed. Today, the elegant mansion is said to have experienced a number of hauntings and paranormal activities, one of which is the frequent sighting of a ghostly woman. Read More HERE.
Molly Brown House Museum – This three-story Victorian house, built in 1894, was once home to Margaret Brown, who became known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” when she survived the Titanic’s sinking. Today, her home is said to be haunted by her husband J.J. Brown. Never allowed to smoke in the house during his lifetime, he seemingly rebels today as pipe smoke is often smelled lingering in the attic and basement. In the dining room, chairs are often known to move on their own accord and a ghostly woman in Victorian garb as been seen. The specter of Molly’s adored cat has also said to lurk about the building. Near the first floor staircase, some have reportedly seen an angry looking butler peering at himself in the mirror. Other phenomena includes cold spots felt throughout the house, doors that open and close of their own accord, the sounds of footsteps in the upstairs ballroom, and misty apparitions are spied in various places.
Oxford Hotel – Built at the crest of the silver boom in 1891, the five-story brick structure was designed by leading architect, Frank Edbrooke, who would later also design the Brown Palace Hotel. Having survived the silver panic and the Great Depression, the hotel was remodeled in the Art Deco style in the 1930’s. The oldest hotel in Denver, it continues to cater to travelers today, as well as at least a couple of restless spirits. One bartender reported that in the Cruise Room, a lounge that sits frozen in time since its Art Deco facelift in 1933, a man sat down at the bar wearing an old fashioned post office uniform. After ordering a beer, he reported muttered something about how expensive it was. Then as he continued to sip on his beer, he was heard to quietly make other odd comments, such as, “the children,” and “I have to get the gifts to the children.” When he left, the bartender went to pick up his “empty” bottle, only to find it was completely full. Reportedly, the spirit is that of a postal worker who was delivering Christmas presents to nearby Central City in the early 1900’s. However, neither he nor the gifts ever arrived. The next spring his decomposed body was found with all the gifts still in his possession. Another tale of the Oxford alleges that a young woman was murdered by her husband in room 320 when he caught her there with her lover. In this room visitors are said to have sometimes see the faint image of a woman standing in the room, as well as others who have captured on film what appears to be a woman’s face.
Red Rocks Amphitheater – Nestled in the Rocky Mountain Foothills fifteen miles west of Denver, the Red Rocks Amphitheater provides acoustic perfection not duplicated anywhere in the world. Here, along with the many performers who please crowds of thousands, also lurks the spirit of man from another Colorado era. Often seen standing on the “restricted” side of the railings, is a grizzled looking old man thought to have been one of the many miners who once traipsed these foothills in search of their fortune. Described as about 5’5” tall, with a beard, dirty brownish hat and a bottle in his hand, he shows himself for just a few moments for he vanishes.
Yet another legend also persists of a wild, headless woman, who is said to brandish a bloody hatchet is often seen riding a horse throughout Red Rocks. Galloping at night, she is seemingly intent on stopping any mischief or illicit romance that might be taking place upon these grounds.