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1. Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens
Sightings of a young woman and phantom footsteps abound at this former mansion built in 1890, which was the setting of two gruesome murders in 1970. A 17-year-old girl who was living in the building at the time was brutally raped and strangled to death, then her 18-year-old friend who stumbled upon the scene was shot by the killer. The murders remain unsolved.
2. The Oxford Hotel
Built in 1891, Denver's oldest hotel is also one of the most haunted. A man wearing an old post office uniform is said to hover in the Cruise Room muttering about "the children," and the faint image of a woman has been seen in room 320, where are a husband once murdered his wife upon discovering her there with her lover.
3. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Since 1892 the historic Brown Palace Hotel has had plenty of time to accrue quite a few guests of the paranormal persuasion, including a baby heard wailing from the basement, the unexplained sound of a non-existent string quartet practicing their pieces, and the ghost of an old railroad worker who routinely walks through walls.
4. Hotel Teatro
The old Denver Tramway Building was built in 1911, and in 1997 restorations began to transform the structure into a luxury boutique hotel. Construction crews reported the occurrence of many strange incidents, including unexplained voices and the spirit of a mechanic who died in a tragic accident in the basement who now wanders the hallways of the hotel trapped in time.
5. Denver Public Library
Employees at the Denver Central Library tell tales of a restless and agitated spirit who haunts the basement, frightening library staff and even allegedly shoving staff members on patrol. Rumor has it that one employee was so taken aback by the disgruntled ghost that he quit his job and never looked back.
6. Molly Brown House Museum
Constructed in 1894, the home of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown” has a plethora of paranormal phenomena, which include phantom footsteps in the ballroom, doors that open and close of their own volition, an angry butler who lurks near the staircase, a ghostly woman in Victorian clothing, and the scent of smoke wafting from the attic and basement from Molly's dead husband J.J. Brown.
7. Croke-Patterson Mansion
Today the Patterson Historic Inn is a lovely bed and breakfast, but in the 1970s when construction crews began renovations, they reported an abundance of eerie activities. Night after night the job site was repeatedly vandalized, so they placed two guard dogs on the grounds to secure the property, but the workers returned to find that the dogs had jumped to their deaths from the third-story window. The spirit of a little girl buried deep beneath the basement floor is also rumored to haunt the not-so-hallowed halls.
8. Cheesman Park
One of Denver's most infamous locales to hunt for ghosts is undoubtedly Cheesman Park, a former cemetery where bodies were grossly mistreated and unsettled spirits roam the grounds forever in search of their final resting place.
9. The Buckhorn Exchange
The Mile High's oldest steakhouse got its start as a nitty gritty saloon where gamblers, rounders, miners, and gunslingers used to wet their whistles and shake the gold dust off their shoes. According to reports, some of those adventurous spirits still hang in the balance, belly up to the bar, and laugh and guffaw when no one else is around.
10. Mary Reed Hall
Ghostly figures seen reading in the dark, cold spots felt in otherwise warm rooms, and unseen hands that shove university staff are just a few of the paranormal phenomena that occur at Mary Reed Hall at the University of Denver. But there are a whole host of eerie incidents that have been reported all over campus, so put on a brave face and go see the spooks for yourself.