October 27, 2016
The election may not be the only thing haunting Grand County this Halloween. Legend has it that there has been a numerous amount of paranormal activity throughout the county for years.
Let's start with the always-creditable information found online in forums. According to ghostsofamerica.com, a lady that hovers above the ground can be found along the Fraser River early in the mornings. An anonymous user reports that the lady roams the river crying, but pays little attention to those that spot her. According to the post, even if she sees you looking at her, she just goes about her business roaming and crying. Perhaps she's having trouble finding affordable housing.
Another report tells the tale of two innocent snowboarders traveling through Granby who decided to stop and rest at an undisclosed hotel, but rest they would not. The author, known simply as Jesi, reflects that his friend began crying uncontrollably and he was aware of an active unseen presence in the room. "The motel room seemed overwhelming, and although I tried I could not rationalize the sounds that seems to be coming from everywhere" (always check the dosage of THC edibles before consuming, and remember to start small). Jesi reports seeing a ghostly pair of buckskin chaps come into view and a foggy image of the apparitions face: a male with greasy hair; a cowboy it seemed. Jesi, waited out the night and the two left early the next morning, Jesi claims they were followed by the ghost back to Fort Collins, but not longer haunted when they told the ghost to leave.
The Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake has its affairs with the afterlife as well. Hauntedcolorado.net explains the story of a friendly old lady that wanders the corridors and plays a bit of trickery on guests by hiding and moving things. She has also been known to open and close doors. Legend has it the lady used be a bit of a drinker, not uncommon in Grand County, and one day her husband disappeared never too be found. Some say they have seen him too. According to the Rapids Lodge website, the Lodge has had about 30 owners, and their history includes gambling, prostitution, and bootleg liquor. In the 1950's the second floor of the historic building was a casino and the third floor was a brothel. There was an emergency buzzer located under the front desk, so that folks upstairs could be alerted when the law stopped in. On hearing the buzzer, staff and guests cleared the building via the back doors. When some remodeling was done the slot machines were buried behind the Rapids Suites Building and are still there today, according to the website.
Crooked Creek Saloon
You will never drink alone at the Crooked Creek Saloon knowing that a former Lady-of-the-Evening known only as Rosie may be accompanying you. According to an article in the Sky-Hi News by Teresa Hill, after losing her parents in 1898, Rosie began a new "profession" at the Crooked Creek. In the Great Blizzard of 1909 Rosie and a few stranded customers and employees caught the building on fire while stoking the wood stove and the building burned to the ground. No one really knows who was inside with Rosie that day. What is now the Crooked Creek Saloon was rebuilt in the same location, and some say a few of the original guests haven't yet left. According to Hill's article, ever since the "Creek" opened, patrons and staff have claimed to see ghostly apparitions, more so when the wind blows and the temperature drops. Most of the sightings have occurred in the back dining room near the stove where the fire started.