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The "Richest Square Mile
on Earth" May Also be the Most Haunted Square Mile on Earth!
Life in mining towns was not easy. Many died untimely and violent deaths -
deaths from diseases, from hostile environments, from mining accidents,
from crime, and even from broken hearts. Conditions were ripe for creating
ghosts and many mining towns today claim hauntings.
also known as "the richest square mile on earth" was a thriving mining
town during the gold rush area and to this day many of it's first
residents and visitors still roam it's buildings, streets, and cemeteries.
the main intersection of town was a building housing one of these restless
spirits on it's second floor. During the late 1980's the second floor of
this building was the annex for the Golden Rose Hotel, the main building
being directly across the street from it.
Central City ,
1865, courtesy Denver Public Library
The hotel was a
replication of earlier days, all furnishings were actual gold rush era
pieces, and to preserve the historical ambiance there were no
telephones in the rooms. Guests would have to walk across the street
to the main lobby to talk to hotel personnel. With a ghost living in
one of the rooms, guests made the trip over to the main building quite
I worked in the hotel
in 1990 and 1991 until the building was sold to be turned into a
casino. Room 25 seemed to have it’s problems. Windows would open
themselves, which would not have been so hard to rationalize if they
had not had to slide up to be opened. Water faucets turned themselves
on, clothes and other objects would disappear then turn up on the bed
when the occupants got ready to leave. When the haunted room was
empty, any guests in rooms on either side would come to the desk to
report fights in the room.
I remember one guest had reported that
items were missing from his room. We assured him that our housekeepers
were extremely honest people, but he seemed to not be convinced, until
just before check-out he came in and spoke to me. He told me that his
belongings had turned up, just as I had indicated they might do. He
seemed shaken, and I again reassured him that this was not a prank
that anyone on our staff would orchestrate. He agreed readily that it
was not our staff. It seems he had already packed and was writing a
quick letter to mail on his way to his next destination. When he
turned to the bed his belongings were neatly laid on the foot of the
bed. When I remarked that it was highly unlikely that someone could
have snuck in to replace the items without him hearing them, he just
laughed. It seems that he had been facing the mirror on the desk in
his room while writing and that no one could have moved anywhere in
the vicinity of the bed without him having seen them - and no one had.
His missing belongings seem to have just materialized out of thin air.
Several times during my employment with the Golden Rose, guests in
rooms next to the haunted room came to me to report fights in the next
room. When I would just calmly smile and assure them everything was
quite in order, they would protest so furiously that I would have to
walk across to the annex with them and open the door of the room where
the “fights” were taking place. It was interesting to see the colors
the guest’s faces would turn when I opened the door revealing that the
room was indeed unoccupied, and neatly ordered with nothing out of
place or destroyed. Some guests loved it, some insisted on moving to
the main building for the rest of their stay.
When gaming was
re-legalized in 1991 the annex was sold and converted into a casino. I
went off to a business partnership running a parking lot, shuttles, and
some miscellaneous marketing. Part of this marketing involved doing
coupons for some of the casinos. Checking an order one day, I went to
Holliday’s Casino - which was in the building that had housed the
Golden Rose Annex just months before. It was early morning and when I
entered the office the secretary was quite frazzled, and was sorting a
very disordered stack of papers on her desk. She complained loudly that
the “guys” kept forgetting to shut the windows and file cabinet drawers at
night and she was many mornings faced with picking files up off the floor
and reorganizing them. She was also not pleased with the disappearance of
files, which would invariably turn back up on her desk at a later time,
but she could never find out who was taking the files in the first place.
The room the office was in? You guessed it.
Holliday’s Casino office was located in none other than the haunted
annex room. I was told that the casino was called
Holliday’s because it was believed that the ghost of
inhabited the building. He actually died and was buried in Glenwood
Colorado. Whether he actually has taken up permanent residence in
Central City ,
a town he frequented often during life, or not will probably always be a
mystery. It is no mystery that SOMEONE has decided to take up permanent
residence in that room, however.
This is only one instance of haunting in
Central City .
For people interested in ghost hunting, I would be hard pressed to think
of a better place to visit. You will find that there are scores of very
well known haunted places there, and quite a few lesser known ones as well
if you talk to residents that have lived in the area for a time.
©2005 Sally Taylor
About the Author:
Sally Taylor is an avid
gem and treasure hunter, explorer, writer, and is the owner of
Station 1, a global rockhound community website that provides
forums, articles, a newsletter, and more.
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