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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Colorado

When most people think of the Centennial State, they think of the mountains and mediocre sports teams, so they are often surprised to hear that Colorado is plagued by the paranormal and home to countless creepy and downright haunted places. From regular haunted houses complete with elaborate costumes and over-the-top stage makeup to a former-prison-turned museum to the actual Gates of Hell, there is something for every paranormal preference, many of which are available to explore year-round. If you are ready to delve into the world of the paranormal, disturbing, and sometimes graphic, read on as we explore a few of Colorado’s most terrifying and haunted places.

5 Creepy Facts About Colorado

1. Colorado is home to the notorious United States Penitentiary, Florence Administrative Maximum Facility (or USP Florence ADMAX), which has housed the likes of Timothy McVeigh (the Oklahoma City bomber), Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (one of the Boston Marathon bombers), and Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber).

2. One of the most infamous cannibals in American history is Alferd Packer, the Colorado Cannibal. To survive a harsh Colorado winter, Packer was alleged to have eaten 5 of the men he was traveling with, though nobody knows if he murdered them beforehand or if they had passed away due to the elements.

3. The Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade is one of Colorado’s most beloved festivals but do you know where it got its start? Just as the “Coffin Race” part of the title implies, a Manitou Springs resident by the name of – you guessed it! – Emma Crawford slid down the side of Red Mountain and into town after the ground housing her coffin endured years of rain and other harsh weather conditions.

4. Cheesman Park may be one of the most popular parks in Denver, but it is arguably the most haunted, as it was built over a cemetery. How you ask? Once known as the Prospect Hill Cemetery, the City of Denver hired E.P. McGovern to exhume the bodies, place them into new coffins, and then move the coffins to a new location, which he managed to bypass by purchasing multiple child-sized coffins, chopping up the bodies to make them fit, and throwing dismembered body parts around the grounds.

5. If you think the government is corrupt today, you have never heard the story of the Ludlow Massacre, in which then-Colorado governor Elias M. Ammons called in the Colorado National Guard to open fire on miners and families of Colorado Fuel and Iron, who had been on strike for several years due to unsafe and sometimes deadly working conditions. On April 20, 1914, 11 children, 4 women, and 4 men were killed at the hands of the Guard, leading to the Colorado Coalfield War where mining union members attacked the guards at other Colorado camps and set fire to company buildings, resulting in the death of 30 more. After the 10-day Coalfield War, President Woodrow Wilson sent in Federal Troops to disarm both sides and end the bloodshed.