Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO
The famous Stanley Hotel sits at 7500′ above the mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Built by F.O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley steam engine, in 1909, the hotel is probably best known as the setting for Stephen King’s tale of the supernatural “The Shining”. King himself wrote most of the novel at the hotel and based some of it on his own experience there. Only small portion of the film version was shot there, although the latter mini-series was shot in its entirety
The hotel is notoriously haunted – crazy haunted, according to many of the staff there – and is a favorite site for many paranormal groups around the world. The Music Room is reputedly to be amongst the best hotspots.
We investigated the Stanley in July 2009, along with a few friends from Full Moon Explorations. We didn’t capture very much evidence, unfortunately, although we did experience one odd photo abnormality shooting on the third floor. First photo below shows what appears to be a misty cloud in front of the lens, the second photo is essentially the same shot, taken merely seconds later. We weren’t sure what to make of it.
Denver Firefighters Museum - Denver, CO
The Denver Firefighters Museum resides in what was once Denver’s main downtown fire station, near Tremont and Colfax Avenues. Built in 1909, the fire house was in service until 1975, and has been a historical museum since May, 1980.
There are stories of disembodied voices, footsteps, faucets turning themselves on and off in the bathrooms and odd occurrences in the offices downstairs, attributed to “Tom”, the last horse wrangler employed by Denver Fire Department, who spent his last years living in the building.
We have caught a number of EVP’s at this location, one of the best came in “Caleb’s room”, a small closet area in the museum basement. Caleb was allegedly a 19th century miner who died and was buried on the spot that occupies this small closet’s floor. Although his body was moved (no one is quite sure), the staff say that Caleb makes his displeasure known when the closet door is opened and left open.
The EVP can be heard quite clearly after my greeting here, although we’re not quite sure what it says. It is NOT my voice, nor the voice of the female volunteer who was in the closet with me. Judge for yourself.
We also captured what sounds like children’s voices saying “smoke” (about about 4 secs into this clip) and “fire” (at about 5 seconds). Very faint.
Delaware Hotel – Leadville, CO
The historic Delaware Hotel in Leadville, CO was the center of business and social life during Leadville’s heyday as a silver mining money machine in the 1880′s. Built by the Calloway brothers, merchants from back East, in 1886, the Delaware is a slice of pure Victorian elegance and an essential landmark of Leadville history. The lobby area has a terrific antique shop, and the rooms vary from cramped and cranky, to spacious and luxurious.
Paranormal claims include the presence of a male spirit on the third floor who only appears to females, disembodied voices in a couple of the rooms on the second floor and various movement of objects on the ground floor around the lobby.
While we didn’t capture any solid, recorded evidence, we did have one experience which we found interesting.
In our room on the second floor (#11), we left our EMF meter running on the counter facing the bed. We watched some television (which was suspended on a metal bracket above the counter) until about 11:30 or so, and we both fell asleep. At about 12:30AM, the EMF meter, which has an audible alarm during periods of high activity (> 2 milligauss), went absolutely crazy, flashing and beeping for a period of about 90 – 120 seconds. It woke both of us up. Then it stopped.
Later, at about 3:13 AM, it sent off again in a similarly frenzied event, waking Sharon up. During this second period, Sharon reported that she heard the floorboards inside our room creaking as if someone were walking across the floor. That lasted about 15 seconds – 5 or 6 steps, heading from the door toward our bed. Then it stopped.
Fascinating place, and we hope to go back again soon.
Historic Adams House – Deadwood, SD
Built in 1892, the Queen Anne-style home with its oak interiors, hand-painted canvas wall coverings, stained glass windows, thoroughly modern 19th century plumbing, electricity and telephone service and original furnishings sat silent for almost 60 years after W.E. Adams’ death in 1934, when his second wife Mary Adams closed the doors. Mrs. Adams left everything intact from the sheet music in the piano bench, the books in the library, the china in the pantry, to the patent medicines in the bathroom, the gilded settee in the parlor and even the cookies in a cookie jar. The home was purchased by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission in 1992.
While our friends from Full Moon Explorations captured a couple of extremely faint auditory signs they believe are EVP’s, our evidence did not reveal anything we regard with high confidence as evidence. We did capture a couple of shots with apparently moving “orbs” – we are typically reluctant to state that this represents solid paranormal evidence, but including here for your judgment.