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The Story Behind Colorado’s Most Haunted House Will Give You Nightmares

You’ve seen the movie, taken the home tour, and maybe even watched the Broadway musical… but how well do you really know the Unsinkable Molly Brown and her allegedly haunted home?

Born in Missouri in 1867, Margaret “Molly” Tobin lived a modest childhood along the Mississippi River with her Irish immigrant parents and six siblings. After she turned 18, Tobin moved to Leadville, Colorado, which is where she met and married her husband, James “J.J.” Brown. After nearly ten years of marriage, J.J.’s mining engineering experience paid off as he launched a substantial ore seam that sped up area mining production; the family soon gained a great amount of wealth and bought their large Victorian home in Denver.

As time went on, Molly Brown made more of a name for herself through her work as a philanthropist, socialite, and by the fact that she survived the sinking of the Titanic. Brown died in her sleep in 1932 at the age of 65.

What makes this twentieth century legend’s house so haunted?

According to tour guides, museum workers, and tourists alike, the home will inexplicably smell like J.J.’s pipe smoke at random times, have light bulbs mysteriously undone, and even have furniture rearranged by what appears to be a spirit wearing a Victorian dress. In addition, claims have been made that the ghosts of Molly, J.J., family members, and past guests can be seen wandering the halls of the home, while others have felt cold spots in strange locations.

Is the house really haunted? Or do our senses play tricks on us? Let us know your thoughts and share your experience!

Annie
Annie is a wife, mom, new homeowner, and blogger with a love of God, family, and chicken nachos (in that order).