Writing Nag is a pseudonym of blogger Patricia Biro. She writes about home and garden, finance, creative writing, and vintage collectibles.
Founded by General Palmer
Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 by William Jackson Palmer and has grown to be the second largest city by population in Colorado. Located at the base of America’s mountain, the majestic mountain of Pikes Peak that Katherine Lee Bates made famous, the city and the surrounding area is a beautiful place to explore even if you don’t believe in ghosts.
Historic Colorado Springs
The beautiful, historic and tourist-friendly city of Colorado Springs was built on gold and silver mining and had a second life in the 20th century as tuberculosis patients filled the city for the cure. Because of this historic Colorado Springs has plenty of interesting stories. And while it doesn't have the haunted aura that some New England towns and cities do, there are plenty of ghost stories in the area. There are tales of murder, ghostly apparitions, haunted hospitals, unexplained sounds and images that are unusual and unexplained.
Whether or not you believe that this historic Colorado city at the base of Pikes Peak is haunted or not it's fun to learn about the legends of this Old West town.
Discover the history, legends, and stories of this historic city by looking for a walking tour of the city. Come October many cities offer a historic ghost tour which is popular with ghost hunters, history buffs, fans of the paranormal, locals and tourists alike. Read more about the haunted places here or take a walking ghost tour and listen to local historians and/or experts in the paranormal entertain you with stories of ghostly encounters.
Haunted Colorado Springs
City of Colorado Springs
- City of Colorado Springs - HOME
City of Colorado Springs - The Official web site for the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A Ghost Tour in Colorado Springs
Historic City Auditorium
One October I was reading the local paper and came across an advertisement for a ghost tour. It was being held at the Historic City Auditorium and it was hosted by P.U.R.E. Paranormal, a local paranormal investigative group. Although at this time I had never been on a ghost tour, I am a big history and paranormal fan and it was close by and close to Halloween so I thought why not!
The group was small and most of us didn't know what to expect. At the start of the tour we were handed EMF detectors and small flashlights. We were given a quick explanation of how EMF detectors work and went on our way following the tour guides through the darkened hallways and the many rooms and places not usually open to the public.
Built in 1923, the City Auditorium has had a dark past which I was unaware of until this tour. We learned that in 1936 a caretaker, John Evans, was found bludgeoned to death in the caretaker's apartment. He was unrecognizable when found and his murder was never solved. In this very space, the tour guides explained this story, told us of the many sightings of this man, strange noises coming from the apartment and then used the flashlights to ask the spirit energy yes or no questions. We were encouraged to ask our own questions too and many participated.
At one point the city auditorium was also a speakeasy and two members of the mob were reported to have been burned alive in the massive boiler located on the lower level. Shadow people are regularly seen sitting in the bleachers and whispers are heard in the "toy room" located in the basement. This is also the home of the Lon Chaney theater. I didn't know what to expect when I went on my first ghost tour, it was a fun and interesting evening with other fans of the paranormal. Although I didn't detect any ghosts on the tour, I did learn some fascinating information about this city landmark and how a ghost investigation works.
Haunted Manitou Springs
Close to Colorado Springs at the base of Pikes Peak is beautiful Manitou Springs with its own haunted past and unique characteristics.
Emma Crawford Festival
Manitou Springs is the home of The Emma Crawford Festival which includes the yearly Coffin Races. The legend is that Emma Crawford moved to Manitou from the east coast, like thousands of others, for the cure for tuberculosis. Tragically she died too young in 1891. Her final wish was to be laid to rest at the top of her beloved Red Mountain. Her fiancé honored her wish but the unstable granite wore down over the years and in 1929 a rainstorm washed down most of her remains. Locals insist that Emma Crawford still haunts Red Mountain. The festival is looking to continue the tradition of the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in 2022. Plan your visit to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs!
In 2004, a permanent gravestone was laid at Crystal Valley Cemetery to honor her life and her contribution to the history of Manitou Springs.
Miramont Castle is also worth a visit for its architectural beauty and history. This amazing once private home then sanitarium run by The Sisters of Mercy now offers tours where you can view more than 25 highly appointed Victorian rooms. It also hosts Emma Crawford's wake in October.
Visitors as well as volunteers and board members of the museum report apparitions of young children and men and women in Victorian clothing, unexplained voices, footsteps when the museum is closed to the public, cold spots, items being moved, and activity in the fourth-floor servants quarters.
Walking Tours and Historical Tours
I find that the best way to learn a city's haunted history is a walking tour. It's great to read about a haunted location, even better to pound the pavement or drive around in a hearse with other fans of the paranormal and learn the stories from people actively working in the paranormal field. I've always been a big fan of tours and seek out walking and unique historical tours in whatever city I travel to, so far I have never been disappointed. Learning the true stories and the interesting details behind the legends of haunted places always intrigues me.
Both Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs host history walking tours, and much more year-round. You don't have to wait until Halloween!
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Colorado Springs History, Pikes Peak Region History
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum builds a lasting connection to the Pikes Peak region by preserving and sharing our cultural history.
Helen Hunt Falls and Gold Camp Road
Although I've never seen an apparition on my visits to Helen Hunt Falls and Gold Camp Road, I find that there are a lot of ghost stories and talk of EVP's specifically around this area. Many of the stories are urban myths of mysterious screams and noises in the tunnels. Locals insist that if you drive or walk through the tunnels you will have a supernatural experience. Psychics that visited have backed up their claims.
Helen Maria Hunt Jackson was an American writer in the 19th century who became a Native American activist. Helen Hunt Falls was named in her memory and many Colorado Springs locals report on strange happenings, unexplained voices and spirit activity here.
My only experience is that many of my photographs from the day I visited have what I believe are orbs throughout the images.
4075 N. Cheyenne Canon Road
Phone: (719) 385-6086 (summer only)
Although the original Helen Hunt Jackson home was torn down there is a beautiful reproduction exhibit of some rooms of her home in The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
Helen Hunt's grave can be found in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
© 2014 Writing Nag
Have you ever visited a haunted location in Colorado Springs?
Writing Nag (author) from Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 10, 2014:
Thanks Writer Fox I enjoyed researching the haunted history of this beautiful city.
Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on September 09, 2014:
I have been to all of the places you mention here and never knew about the haunting tales. I enjoyed this and voted up!
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on August 29, 2014:
How exciting to go on a tour like that!
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on August 29, 2014:
I've been to Colorado Springs, but until now I didn't know about its 'haunting' past. I now live in Savannah, GA which has many ghost stories and regular ghost tours. I may have to take one of those sometime. I DO believe in ghosts!
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on August 25, 2014:
I so love it when ghost tales are actually tied to history. I've never been on one of these tours but I think I would love it. I'm going to have to check into seeing what's available where I am. Neat idea for the scary season, much better than a prepared haunted house. I don't do those anymore.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 24, 2014:
Wow, I love a good ghost tale so thoroughly enjoyed reading this and seeing the video. Thanks.
Donna Cook on August 23, 2014:
I've only done the cog train in Manitou Springs. Sounds like a great reason head back!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 23, 2014:
I lived in the Springs a few years and never saw anything haunted but a walk about Manitou looking for ghosts sounds like fun!
Ann from Yorkshire, England on August 23, 2014:
I'd love to visit - thanks for sharing
Colin323 on August 22, 2014:
This looks a beautiful place. I pass on the ghosts though! I'll stick to seeking spirits in a bottle of single malt.
wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on August 21, 2014:
Very interesting! I've always been interested in the paranormal and have had a few experiences ... one informative and none scary.
justholidays on August 21, 2014:
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Makes me want to get some chills in Colorado Springs...