Buffalo Ranch Haunting in Colorado

By Jason Homola

I grew up at the Genesee Buffalo Ranch just west of DenverColorado. My Father is still the caretaker of the ranch and lives in the two-story house, built by the Patrick family in the 1860s. Headed west from Missouri, the Patricks, along with their five boys, built the house and operated a stage stop on Genesee Mountain.

I remember when we moved into the house, the former caretaker lived in a house trailer in the back yard. His wife would not set foot in the main house because she saw strange things and said the house was haunted.

When I was about 12, I remember a night when my mother was upstairs, screaming hysterically, as our dog barked loudly at the wall. My Dad and I ran upstairs to see what the commotion was all about. When we arrived, she related that she had seen a floating, glowing green ball go down the hall and disappear through the wall. I slept with the covers over my head for the next several weeks!

The next haunting came about six months later, a night that still feels as if it happened yesterday. As I was sleeping, my father woke me up and asked me if I could hear music in the house. Barely, I could make out the faint sounds of a fiddle or violin.

Dad had already checked all the radios and they were not turned on. We searched for the source of the music and went downstairs, where you hear the music coming from the upper story and vise-versa. When we went outside, we could still hear the music coming from the house. We continued to hear the haunting music a couple more times that same year.

A few years later we received a book from a local historian, describing the complete history of the house and the Patrick family, information that was unknown to us until we read the book. The first murder in Jefferson county happened in our front yard in the 1870s, when one of the Patrick brothers shot and killed another brother in a dispute over a dog! The brother that he killed was known to be very lazy and the only thing he liked to do was sit around and play his fiddle!

When I read this and remembered the fiddle music during those nights, a cold electric sweat ran through my body. We also found out that the father of the boys is buried somewhere in the yard but there is no marker.

The house has been peaceful now for several years and hopefully, the Patricks are now at peace.

I still get a chill when I hear fiddle music!

Updated October 2019.

About the Author: Jason Homola loves the Old West and spending time relic hunting and bottle digging. He also likes early military and outlaw history and most recently, has become involved in western reenactments.

Also See:

Colorado Ghost Stories

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Ghost Stories Across America

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1 thought on “Buffalo Ranch Haunting in Colorado”

  1. I lived in that house with my grandparents, Josiah Judson and Laura Grace Winslow from 1958 to 1963. Old highway 40 still existed and the road from the house ran all the way down to the highway. I walked down the road to catch the school bus to Golden, Colorado schools. My grandfather worked for the City and County of Denver. He also maintained city and county parks in the area as well as taking care of the buffalo and the Genesee Mountain shelter house. He also parked cars for Red Rock Amphitheater events and Evergreen Lake ice skating. They named a parking lot Judd parking lot at Red Rocks. The house still had a coal kitchen stove that we actually cooked on. The house was also heated by a coal oil stove. I helped prisoners from Denver cut wood up behind the shops. Also built fires and used the bellows in the old blacksmith shop. I have many, many stories about my 5 years living there. It was a very old house, but never did I ever experience any noises or happenings that could be construed as a ghost.
    Legend back then was told about the Patrick family flooding the road so they could charge people to pull their wagons out when they got stuck.

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