Legends of Colorado

Colorado holds many legends, especially in Colorado Springs. As much as we would like to tell you all the legends each state holds, we narrow it down to 4 or 5 at a time. Here are some that intrigued us regarding Colorado.

Aurora – Third Bridge Third Bridge is a hot spot for the local high schoolers to gather and hang out. Legend has it, a car of students were killed in a car accident on this bridge. It is also said this is close to where a Native American massacre once took place. It is told, if the students get too rowdy or loud, ghost drums can be heard and they will get louder as they become closer. Some locals have also reported the spirit of a man on a horse being seen.

Colorado Springs – Adam’s Mark on Cascade – Formerly The Antlers Hotel

Renovations always seem to rile up the spirits.

There are three noted spirits that reside in this historic renovated hotel.

There is a male who likes to hang out in the bar area known as Judge Baldwin’s, a female, dressed for a night on the town, who is seen coming down the back stairs, and a young girl who likes to visit various guest rooms.

Denver – Denver Public Library

A reminder that new buildings can become haunted, too.

 Library’s are full of great stories…in books. This library holds it’s own real ghost story.

Some say there is a ghost that resides in the basement of the Denver Public Library. This spirit doesn’t play nice. It has been know to scare security guards – one has actually quit due to the experience, as well as shoving people really hard as they walk.

The library isn’t that old. Built in 1995, the library holds a great amount of books. So many, not all can accessed. Some are kept in the lower level. The large basement holds some of the more rare and precious books.

The malevolent entity is said to be a former library. This librarian loved his work and these rare and precious books dear to him. Upon his death, they say this is where his spirit went to “live”. Among being violently pushed, some have been hit by this spirit.

Fort Collins – Hell Tree

Hell Tree looks as creepy as its name sounds.

Hell Tree is located on the east side of Ft. Collins. This is tree has a bloody and notorious reputation. There is a “No Trespassing” sign that hangs at this location and is surrounded by a chain linked fence. There is a decrepit house house on this land that once belonged to a hateful old man, Jim Strang. The house was built in the 1800’s.

The ancient cottonwoods gnarled branches were once used to hold slipknots for lynching. Long ago, the roots were drenched in blood for those Strang murdered.

Although there is no valid documentation to support the legends of the property, it is told Strang would hang farm hands he believed were stealing from him. Given the age of the house and the era he lived in, unfortunately, this was conventional for the time.

Over time, with most legends, people make the more colorful and add to the legends to make them more interesting when being told.

It is unknown how many lives were taken by Strang, but eventually he was the one left hanging at the tree. Some believe it is by his farm hands. Other say Strang kills his family and then hung himself on the cottonwood branch where he had taken other lives, in what seemed as a murder-suicide.

 The hangings eventually caused a revolt in which Strang found himself hanging from the very same tree. Some stories even have Strang killing his family and then hanging himself in an apparent murder-suicide.

People claim they can see silhouettes of people hanging from the tree. There has been no proof any of this existed. If nothing else, the story alone is a haunting in itself.

Unfortunately, without documentation, most of this can be dismissed. After all Fort Collins has had its share of documented vigilante justice. When James H. Howe drunkenly murdered his wife, a mob hung him in front of the courthouse. Newspapers and town historians have documented this and corroborate the story. No such evidence exists for the Hell Tree and the abandoned goat farm.

Westminster – Pillar of Fire

You can’t go on looks alone, but this place just looks haunted.

Don’t let Pillar of Fire mislead you. Without reading anything, I am not sure what I expected, but definitely wasn’t expecting this to be a Christian Church. Pillar of Fire doesn’t sound necessarily friendly to me.

In 1901, the church was found by Alma White or Bishop Alma White as she was known by her followers. Originally, it was named Pentecostal Union. 

Upon separating from her husband, she renamed the church “Pillar of Fire”.

Due to the church member’s enthusiasm, people often referred to the them as holy jumpers or holy rollers.

The name actually comes from a biblical passage:

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” Exodus 13: 21-22

Although no actual proof has been found, it is said the spirits of murdered victims dwell here from years long ago. There is a ghostly mist in the cemetery and faces can be seen in the towers.

What Colorado haunts have you experienced yourself? We love pictures if there are any you’d like to share! You can email us at jbrown.guitarsgearandghosts@gmail.com. If you wish to remain anonymous, let us know how you’d like for us to sign your story on our blog!






The Fort Collins Hell Tree

Denver Public Library


Adam’s Mark – Antlers Hilton

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