Creepy April 12, 2021
11 Spine-Tingling Hauntings Said To Be True In Utah
A good ghost story will give you chills up and down your spine, and Utah has plenty of spots that are supposedly haunted. Here are 11 of our favorite spine-tingling tales.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. The White Lady of Latuda
The little town of Latuda was a booming mining town at the turn of the 20th century, but in 1927 an avalanche ripped through town, killing several residents. A woman in a white dress is often seen wandering around the vacant buildings here. Many people believe that she's the widow of a miner who died.
2. The Young Girl's Ghost At Moon Lake
If you go camping at Moon Lake in the High Uintas, you might run into the ghost of a young girl. Several campers have reported that she appears in broad daylight, soaking wet and shivering. As they try to give her assistance, she disappears right in front of them.
3. Clem, The Civil War Soldier At Fort Douglas
Fort Douglas is said to be the home of several ghosts, but Clem is the most-often seen. He's thought to be a Civil War soldier who was murdered by a disgruntled private at the fort in 1899. Clem is short and stocky, and has a beard. He's often seen wandering amongst the headstones at the Fort Douglas Cemetery.
4. The Unsettled Souls At Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 125,000 people, and more than a few are said to roam through the cemetery years after their burial. Visitors report hearing footsteps, seeing orbs, and hearing the cries of babies. Some have even seen children running around the cemetery, who disappear into thin air when approached.
5. The Ghostly Children at Murray Park
Sometimes ghost stories pop up in unexpected places. Murray Park is a beautiful park with shady trees, plenty of grass for picnics, and four different playgrounds. People at the park report seeing a young boy and his little sister on the playground, and both seem distraught, but the kids disappear when people approach.
6. The Ghostly Horses At Dead Horse Point State Park
The legend of Dead Horse Point State Park is a horrifying tale. It's said that cowboys were poaching horses from the native people in the area, and drove the horses to the natural corral on the peninsula of land that sits far above the Colorado River. Then, the thieves abandoned the horses, who died of thirst. Campers at the state park report hearing the stamping of hooves and whinnies of horses late at night.
7. The Ghost Of Holken Olsen, The First Owner Of Shooting Star Saloon
Utah's oldest continuously-operating bar is said to be haunted by its original owner. Holken Olsen was apparently quite a character, and he owned and operated the bar all the way through Prohibition. Several of the staff throughout the years have claimed to see him, and say that he often turns the lights on after they leave.
8. The Other-Worldly Spirits In American Fork Canyon
American Fork Canyon is beautiful, but many people claim that it's full of unexplained paranormal activity. Timpanogos Cave is said to be haunted by spirits who brush up next to people during the cave tour, and visitors sometimes hear thundering footsteps running toward them on the trail leading to the cave. Ghostly hitchhikers plague drivers who take the road late at night.
9. The Restless Spirits At The Salt Lake City-County Building
It might seem odd to find ghosts at a municipal building, but some of the people who work at the Salt Lake City-County Building swear that it's haunted. It's thought that at least five different ghosts haunt the halls and offices here, including two children, a previous Salt Lake City mayor, and a past judge.
10. The Ghosts At Utah's Most Famous Ghost Town
Grafton is Utah's most famous ghost town, and it was the site of several tragedies over the years. Visitors who wander through the cemetery report hearing chilling screams, the sound of babies crying, and the eerie laughter of children.
11. The Purple Lady At The Denver & Rio Grande Depot
If you visit the restroom at the Denver & Rio Grande Depot, you may see a lady dressed in purple in the mirror. She's said to be a woman who got into an argument with her fiancee on the train platform. She took off her engagement ring and threw it onto the tracks, then immediately regretted her actions and climbed down to retrieve it, when she was struck by a train and killed. She's seen in several different spots throughout the depot.
What do you think about these ghost stories? Are any of them true?
If you’re ready to explore some of these spots in person, take our
Ultimate Terrifying Southern Utah Road Trip, and check out the Ultimate Terrifying Northern Utah Road Trip, too! Address: Latuda, UT 84526, USA Address: Moon Lake, Utah, USA Address: Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, UT 84113, USA Address: 296 E Murray Park Ave, Murray, UT 84107, USA Address: 200 N St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84103, USA Address: 270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Address: UT-313, Moab, UT 84532, USA Address: 7350 E 200 S, Huntsville, UT 84317, USA Address: American Fork Canyon, Utah 84004, USA Address: 451 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA Address: Springdale, UT 84767, USA