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Northern Colorado's "Real" Haunted Houses
"Real" Haunted Houses to Visit in Colorado
I being a person from Northern Colorado, my friends and I would get together during halloween and go visit supposed locations of hauntings. If you're thinking about visiting Fort Collins, co. I have a few places, you might want to go to scare yourself a little or someone your with :).
During our adventures, we would typically document via video. Unfortunately I have no idea where the disks are, otherwise I would post them. We thought it was fun, to roam around acting like we were those folks on the Discovery Channel, with the british accents, acting spooked at every little thing. A few of the places, I would recommend to visit are: Bingham Hill Cemetery or the Goat Farm. Unfortunately Boltz Jr High and the Old Fort Collins High School, are first illegal to get in during the hours in which the "hauntings" take place, and secondly the Old Fort Collins High School has been Re-done.
BingHam Hill Cemetery: It's located in La Porte (North of fort collins) off of Overland trail, unfortunately I can't remember the exact address; However, if you find yourself heading north on Overland trail, after about 5 minutes of driving, you can take a left on one of the roads (there aren't many) and it's to the immediate right a sign which will say "Bingham Hill Cemetery" a small one and a wooden fence, with a huge tree overhanging it. The history behind this graveyard, is supposedly (This is the rumored version) all the people they caught whom were murderers, rapists, theifs, etc... were burried here, along with an entire church that was plagued. Also a small farm family that preyed victim to a serial killer. Rumor has it, although I have never seen it, that when you're walking along the erie path on it's way to the cemetery, you'll come across this tree. It's very obvious which one it is, for it overhangs on the path and is about the scariest looking tree you've ever seen. The rumor is, on a full moon (or is it when the moon disappears?), at the time 3:33, you can find a girl hanging by a nuise from this tree. Most people speak of the little girl, having "seen" her sitting in one of the fenced graves, or on the bench, or skipping along the path. I have personally been to this graveyard 8 times, to me it's not scary, although creepy. My friends who have gone with me have claimed to have seen things, but who knows. If you're looking for a fun creepy time, this is definitely a place worth visiting during halloween.
Goat Farm: This place is located off of Horsetooth, if you follow horsetooth as far east as you can, you'll run to a corner where an old, burn down farm stands with the ugliest tree you have ever seen, the tree is called, "Hell Tree" for ominous purposes of course. The story behind this one, is in the early 1900s or a little before, a man who owned this establishment was a goat farmer, he had hired hands of course like anyone else. He discovered one of these hired hands stealing a goat one evening, so he hung the person. The next few days he discovered the other hired hands were planning on killing him for having hung their friend, so he hung those people as well. All which were hung from the tree which is right next to the house. Having started to lose his mind, he heard rumors about a mob that was going to head his way to apprehend him, tar and feather of course, then let the police take him into custody, let the bank take his house and his wife and 2 daughters were to be thrown out onto the streets. This made him snap, so he went home, took a 12 gauge shotgun to his wife who was in the bath at the time, went into his daughters rooms and suffocated them both, then went outside and hung himself from the tree. After that, no one wanted anything to do with that house and just left it. Years later, the house strangely caught fire, which investigators explained that it had started from the bathtub, lead into the girls bedroom, then consumed the rest of the house. Ironically, the tree no longer produces any leaves; however, still continues to grow. It is said on a dark night, you will find the owner and his hired-hands hanging from this tree, and the daughters crying in the house. I have been here as well, several times, and have yet to see anything, but the place seriously creeps me out, if you ever happen to go here, be aware cops do drive by from time to time. But it's a great story to tell a few friends then take them with for an adventure. A creepy halloween one!
Old Fort Collins High School: It is located off propsect and college in fort collins, supposedly someone threw themselves off the tower on top of this school. Having been in it, before it was re-designed, this place was the creepiest. Having been the home of bats and dark shadows that crept up. I would of course, sneak in... There were several key locations to observe in this place. One was the Music hall, ampitheatre, mini audtiorium (whatever you want to call it) It was said, that on certain occasions you could hear a young man yelling and screaming in this auditorium. I having been in there, never heard of such things, but did witness the shadows moving in strange ways, in a pitch black room it's hard to think that shadows can move. If you really wanted to creeped out, there was a ladder next to the stage on the right side if you're look at the stage. You climb up this ladder, into a room, with of course profanic writings on the walls, but the weird part was the fingernail scratchings on the walls. Now if you took the stairs to the basement, and only one set of stairs would get you there, you would come to a dungeon like room, with peoples names on the walls with "So and so is going to die" in red of course for the dramatic effect. The windows in the basement always had hand-prints all over them as if done by a young child. If you could get on the roof, easiest done by going through the auditorium and instead of going into the room, climbing a little higher, then going through the crawl space then to a second ladder a bit smaller and finding yourself getting on the roof. Here you would walk to the Tower, of course you need to be able to jump or go with 3 people to get onto the higher lvl that lets you walk to the tower. If you walk to this tower, there's a door underneath, you open it and walk in, then another old ladder that's made out of wood from hundreds of years ago most likely, which then you climb to the tower. Inside, under the tower it's full of peoples names as part of senior high dares most likely, doves, bats, spiderwebs etc... The whole experience is pretty creepy,but it's not the same anymore unfortunately and I'm not that young anymore.
Boltz Jr High: It's rumored that you'll hear a person in the halls at night, foot steps, but never any sightings. That's about it.
Hopefully these are a few good campfire stories to tell people. Of course, most of the time rumors are best served as dessert, a little flavor added can only make a story a bit more exciting.
Good luck you thrill seekers, maybe someone could tell me any of their stories. And ya, I have been to the stanley hotel, the basement is the creepiest part of it.
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