10/1/17

The Ghosts of Yosemite National Park

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On October 1, 1890, Congress established Yosemite National Park. Exactly 127 years later, the park remains a major attraction, drawing more than 3.7 million visitors each year. Legend has it a few ghosts enjoy the site as well.

Ghost Wind

Yosemite is home to a number of breathtaking waterfalls, but the Miwok Indians believe a dark force stalks the men and women who come to marvel at the water’s beauty. Legend has it an evil wind known as Po-ho-no flows over the falls and lures unwary visitors to the edge. Once a person gets too close, the wind rushes over and sends the visitor hurtling over the falls.

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09/25/17

Ghosts of the Queen Mary

On May 27, 1936, the RMS Queen Mary set sail from Southampton, England, completing her maiden voyage in New York just a few days later. For the next three years, the ship was the height of luxury, transporting such notable passengers as Clark Cable, Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, and Winston Churchill. Its elaborate facilities included two indoor swimming pools, beauty salons, libraries, tennis courts, and more. However, the luxurious amenities didn’t last.

In 1939, the Queen Mary was stripped down and began service as a World War II troop transport ship. For the next eight years, the ship hauled tens of thousands of servicemen across the sea, earning the nickname the Grey Ghost due to its color and speed. After the war ended, the Queen Mary was refitted for passenger travel and again served as a luxury liner until retiring from service in 1967.

Now permanently moored in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary serves as a popular tourist attraction, complete with restaurants, a museum, and a hotel. Legend has it the historic ship is also haunted by the men, women, and children who died aboard.

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09/22/17

Ghost Photo: King of the Castle

Taken at England’s Barnard Castle, this photo shows a white figure lurking near the fortress’s stone walls. Could it be a ghost?

Construction of Barnard Castle began in 1095, and the ancient castle was once a favorite of King Richard III. Today, it is an English Heritage site. Video from an adjoining pub allegedly shows “orbs, figures, faces, spectral movement, and all manners of weird going on.” Check it out here.

Have you taken a photo of a ghost? Send your creepy pictures to ghostsghouls@gmail.com. 

09/11/17

7 of Colorado’s Most Haunted Places

Colorado is famous for its snow-peaked mountains, stunning river canyons, and picturesque cities, but legend has it ghosts also call the The Centennial State home. From historic hotels to healing hot springs, here are seven of the most haunted places in Colorado.

Cheesman Park – Denver

Cheesman Park was originally a cemetery, but officials eventually decided the location would be better suited as a park. So in 1893, the governing board hired undertaker E.P. McGovern to move the bodies interred there. Disorganized and greedy, McGovern and his crew cut corners and eventually sunk to the level of grave robbers. Many unknown bodies were still in the ground when construction of the park began in 1902. Approximately 2,000 souls remain there today, and legend has it some haunt their final resting place.

Confused, restless spirits reportedly wander around the cemetery, while disembodied moans and whispers frighten visitors. Tales of mysterious children who play in the dark and intense feelings of dread are also common. People who relax on the grass may find that an unseen force will prevent them from getting up.

Molly Brown House – Denver

Margaret “Molly” Brown is known for surviving the Titanic sinking in 1912. The house she and her husband shared now stands as a museum, and rumor has it the couple is still around.

Guests often smell cigar smoke, which is odd as there’s no smoking allowed in the historical museum. Could it be J.J. Brown enjoying a smoke? Molly Brown’s old room is plagued by cold spots, and her apparition has appeared creeping around corners of the house. The Brown’s daughter, Catherine Ellen, died young, but the blinds in her room reportedly raise and lower on their own.

And it’s not just the Brown family that lurks around the museum. A female apparition in Victorian dress also likes to sit at the dining room table, and even rearrange its chairs. Meanwhile, the face of a grumpy manservant appears in a mirror hanging near the first floor stairs.

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