Do you believe in ghosts? The city of Ogden sure is rich with ghost stories – enough to make believers out of the skeptics, perhaps. This town has a rich history that includes some pretty wild times and even some violence. Read these 11 ghost stories and see if you agree that Ogden is the most haunted city in Utah.
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1. Ben Lomond Suites
Ben Lomond Suites was built in 1927, and employees and guests have many ghost stories to tell. Many deaths have occurred there over the years, including an employee who fell down the elevator shaft of the hotel that was on the site previously, a murder victim and several suicides.
The most famous ghost story here is that of a mother and her son, both of whom reportedly haunt the 11th floor. The mother was staying at the hotel for her honeymoon, but she drowned in the bathtub in room 1102. Guests report the bathtub faucet turning on and off by itself, and a haunting presence in the room. The woman's son came to collect her things, and he stayed in the adjoining room, 1101. Depressed and distraught, the man committed suicide. Guests in this room report cold spots, a creepy feeling, and some even say they've seen the ghost himself. You'll find Ben Lomond Suites on the corner of Washington and 25th Street.
2. Union Station
Union Station was the site of a horrible disaster in 1944. The Bagley Train Disaster killed 48 people. One woman, though to have died in the wreckage, is said to roam the halls on the second floor. Several people have claimed to see her, though she only speaks to men.
3. Gray Cliff Lodge Restaurant
As you walk toward Gray Cliff Lodge Restaurant, you might see the figure of a man in the front window. As you get closer, he vanishes. Restaurant patrons and staff have reported that this ghost is sometimes seen in the dining room - he appears to be a pleasant, middle-aged man.
4. Ogden High School
Students and janitors report hearing footsteps in the halls in the evening hours, after school is out for the day. Some claim to hear laughter and state that items in certain rooms have been moved during the night.
5. Ogden City Cemetery
The story of Florence Grange is an old legend in Ogden. Flo is rumored to have died when she was hit by a car, or by choking on a piece of candy, or (most likely) from the Spanish Flu. However she died, folks say she's still present in the Ogden City Cemetery where she's buried. If you approach her gravesite in your car and flash your lights, Flo will appear and walk toward your car...vanishing before she reaches it.
6. Tinseltown Theaters, Newgate Mall
There's a rumor here that two people who worked for the theater that was here previously committed suicide years ago. Current employees report two dark shadows that plague them in the theaters while they're cleaning. They hear growling noises and thumps. Workers in the projections room have reported that they've been trapped in there when the door apparently locks by itself.
7. Weber State University
In 1993, a student at Weber State University was in a student grievance hearing when he pulled a gun out and started shooting. An on-campus police officer shot the man, who later died from his wounds. Students report feeling as though they're being watched here, and some claim to feel cold spots and hear unexplained noises.
8. Ogden Canyon
Ogden Canyon is beautiful, but it can also be deadly. Many people have died on the winding canyon road, and some may still be hanging out here. Some drivers report seeing a woman in white walking along the road, who disappears as their cars get near. Others say there's a male hitchhiker in the canyon who, when you pull over, will pound on your passenger window and scream before vanishing.
9. Bellshire Hospital
Bellshire Hospital was once a psychiatric hospital, though it's been closed for years. Like all asylums, this place is rife with ghost stories. Alleged experimentation on patients, along with abuse give this place a creepy vibe. People report hearing screams coming from the vacant building, and seeing shadows at the windows. One ghost hunting team reported that they saw the ghost of a young girl descending the staircase.
10. Aultorest Memorial Park
Wander through Aultorest Memorial Park and take a bunch of photos. When you look at them later, you might see people that were definitely not there while you were photographing the area. Visitors also report seeing headstones glowing and say that some headstones never get cold - when it snows, the snow melts right off the gravestones, even though others nearby are soon covered in inches of powder.
11. Historic 25th Street
You'll find ghost stories up and down Historic 25th Street, which has a sordid, violent past. Before it's revitalization, this street was once notorious for prostitution, drinking and gambling, and was considered the murder capital of Utah. The shops and buildings here are connected by underground tunnels. If you dare to venture into the basements of the shops, you might hear screams, or even see full-bodied ghosts.
Do you think that these places in Ogden are haunted? Have you ever seen a ghost in this city? If so, share your story with us!