Along with its other attractions in 1896, Niobrara, Nebraska claimed its own haunted house. About five miles south of Niobrara near the bank of the Niobrara River, and at the mouth of a large canyon was a frame house that stood there for many years. It was known as the “old Freeze place.”
The house was occupied by a man named Bruce and he claimed the house was haunted. Several people had spent the night there, more out of curiosity than anything else, and they all returned with similar reports. The ghost hunters were awakened in the dead of the night by extremely loud rapping at the door and then on the roof. Upon opening the front door everything seemed quiet and nobody was seen. The rattling of horses hoofs along the road toward the river seemingly in large droves could also be heard, but no horses had ever been sighted.
In the early years when horse thieves were so troublesome in this area and along the Niobrara River, the frame house was thought to be a rendezvous for them. The owner, William Freeze, was taken into custody by a vigilance committee. He was to be hanged—and it would had been accomplished hat it not been for the prominent men in Niobrara who interfered and saved his neck. That in connection with the other mysteries about the place gave it quite the history.
Are the horses of the bandits and outlaws still heard on the banks of the Niobrara on quiet moonlit nights? It could be worth a camping a trip---or a rafting trip down the river.
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