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Haunted Places book review: Ghosts of Colorado by Dennis Baker

Visit the colorful spirits of Colorado.
Courtesy of Schiffer Books

Ghosts of Colorado


Looking for a Rocky Mountain high spirited adventure? “Ghosts of Colorado” (Schiffer Publishing 2008) will sweep you up to the mountain tops and back down into the foothills as you meet the most intriguing ghosts along the way.

Author Dennis Baker compiled 43 chapter locations, that include over 140 ghost tales throughout Colorado, to take you away on a colorful, ghostly tour of the state’s most revered haunted locations. Some of the names and places you will recognize from scores of TV programs such as the stately Stanley Hotel. Who can ever forget the terrifying scene when the door to Room 217 was axed by a character in Stephen King’s book, “The Shining”. During King’s stay at the hotel, it was said he gathered dozens of ghostly tales about the hotel from employees and staff. Learn which rooms may or may not have permanent ghostly guests.

This reviewer, having lived in Colorado for several years exploring the back roads, mountain resorts, and historical places, could appreciate revisiting several favorite haunted locales. The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs has always been a favorite. The grand hallways only leave more room for the spirits to promenade during the night. Glenwood Springs and its mineral waters is the last town where Doc Holliday resided, and he is buried somewhere in the nearby hillside cemetery.

Digging deep into the metropolis of Denver you will enjoy spending the night at the 1892 Brown Palace Hotel, especially in haunted room 904. Visit the Unsinkable Molly Brown museum and perhaps you will run into Titanic survivor Margaret “Molly” Brown. Have a picnic in old Cheesman Park—but beware it was built over an old cemetery where neighbors often see ghosts roaming the walkways after dark.

As a youngster, this reviewer was intrigued with the old Silver Cliff Cemetery up in the silver mining mountain towns west of Denver. Watch as lights dance about the old historic headstones. Baker lists several old Colorado graveyards where spirits seem to gather on a regular basis.

After living in Fort Collins, Colorado in the 1970’s it was great to “revisit” its haunted locations such as the eerie Bingham Hill Cemetery, Centennial High School and hearing the legends of the Hell Tree.

The stories in "Ghosts of Colorado" are short but informative enough to get you started on your own research. There are dozens of black and white photographs to illustrate the buildings and landscape surround the haunts.
Grab your travel dear, load "Ghosts of Colorado" into your backpack, and take off on a spooky Rocky Mountain adventure!

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Haunted Places Examiner: Debe Branning

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