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5 of the Most Haunted in Colorado USA: Phantoms of the Centennial State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Colorado are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Centennial State!

Stanley Hotel

Estes Park, Colorado

Haunted Stanley Hotel

The original owner of the hotel, Freelan Stanley, designed and constructed it in 1909. Stanley was the inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile. It is a majestic mansion in the scenic Rocky Mountains. Despite the Stanley Hotel's grandeur and opulence, it was probably destined to remain obscure until a famous guest changed its future, Stephen King. Staying in room 217, he was spectrally inspired to author "The Shining". King did not write the novel there, nor was the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie filmed there, but the TV version of The Shining was filmed here.

Stephen King stayed in Room 217, which was the site of a tragic accident in 1911, where Elizabeth Wilson, a housekeeper, was nearly killed with a gas leak explosion. After she died in the 1950s, strange, unexplained activity started taking place in that room, including lights switching on and off by themselves and doors opening and closing.  Another influence for King's experience is the ghost of a small child who has been spotted on the second floor calling out to his nanny multiple times, including by Stephen King.  The haunts are not limited to what Stephen King experience here.  While some spots are more spiritually active than others, guests have reported strange occurrences such as shadowy figures, eerie laughter, flickering lights, and items moving on their own just about in any room in the massive property.

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Baldpate Inn

Estes Park, Colorado

Haunted Baldpate Inn

The Baldpate Inn began with Gordon and Ethel Mace and Gordon's two brothers, Charles and Stuart Mace. In 1911, the Maces decided to homestead and build upon the property upon which the Baldpate stands. It was completed in 1917. Both Ethel and Gordon continue to stay at the Inn even today. Staff and guests have seen an apparition of Ethel in her old room and she likes spending time in the Key Room. There is also a storage room where she likes to sit in a wing-backed rocker before a fireplace. Ethel is also known for spilling mixed drinks, while some tend to fly off of tables. Gordon doesn't like guests smoking and has been known to smash their cigarette or their cigarette packs come up missing.

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Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

Denver, Colorado

 Haunted Brown Palace hotel and Spa

Henry Cordes Brown, a real estate mongrel, spared no expense when he built the Palace Hotel, opening in 1892. In the hotel’s early days, there was a tunnel connected the Brown Palace to a building across the street that was a gambling den and brothel at that time.

The San Marco Room is one of the hotel’s main dining room back in the day, big bands played and entertained the guests here. One night an employee heard music coming from the room and walked in to find a formally dressed string quartet practicing their music. What he discovered was a musical band that appeared to be practicing an assortment of musical pieces. While a bit surprised by his findings, he calmly informed the band that they had to dismiss themselves from the location.  He told them, “You’re not supposed to be in here,” and they replied, “Oh, don’t worry about us. We live here.” They appeared to be solid and real, and not ghosts. The spirits then informed him that they lived at the establishment. Shortly thereafter, they simply vanished!  There have been reports of another apparition of a man dressed in an old-fashioned train conductor’s uniform appear then disappear through a wall, sightings of a uniformed waiter in the service elevator, cheerful children heard in the hallways, and a baby’s cries heard in the boiler room.

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Grand Imperial Hotel & Restaurant

Silverton, Colorado

Haunted Grand Imperial Hotel and Restaurant

The Grand Hotel, formerly known as the Thomson Block, was built in 1882 by W.S. Thomson, a perfume importer, and mill owner. Completed in 1883, in just under ten months, it was truly "Grand", becoming known as the largest single standing structure south of Denver.

With a long recorded history of 140 years plus within a property that has seen and experienced many uses, there is no doubt this place offers much for the thrill-seekers! Many have claimed that the spirit of Dr. Luigi roams through the halls of this majestic hotel. His story while alive is sad, sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Room 314. He is known to make unexplainable noises on the second floor. Another report says guests have seen Luigi's apparition in the lobby.   There is also the phantom of a woman who makes herself known with her spectral singing voice and aroma of perfume she leaves behind.  Oh yes, there’s the old miner. He likes to visit the old bar at the imperial and orders a drink, decades after he tragically died here. And then, there’s the bartender, who haunts the theater in the basement and likes to play tricks on those he deems disrespectful.

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Holy Cross Abbey Monastery

Cañon City, Colorado

Haunted Holy Cross Abbey Monastery

The monastery originally named Holy Cross was completed in 1925 by the Benedictine Monks.  The Abbey functioned as a boy’s school, a college, a seminary, and a boy’s camp.

Walk through the maze of dark corridors and feel the spectral energy that continues to linger at the historic Abbey Monastery. Stories of spirits at the monastery include Brother Mark, who was the leader of the glee club. He used to sit up in the bell tower and play the organ in the afternoons. Now, the automated carillon plays hymns around noon. But sometimes the carillon plays not at the appointed time as if someone is playing them. You may also come face to face with apparitions of former monks that are spotted wandering the halls.  There is a secret tunnel in the basement that connects the monastery to the Ullathorne Hall. It was used to discretely cross between buildings. Today the secret apparently is divulged by the spirits that remain here, for it is where the darkest and heaviest reports of spectral activity have been documented.

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More reads about haunted Colorado...


Spooky Colorado: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore First Edition by S. E. Schlosser  (Author), Paul G. Hoffman (Author)     Haunted Colorado: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Centennial State (Haunted Series) Paperback – July 11, 2011 by Jr. Stansfield, Charles A. (Author)     Ghosthunting Colorado (America's Haunted Road Trip) Paperback – September 13, 2016 by Kailyn Lamb (Author)


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