Wyoming October 17, 2018
10 Reasons That Wyoming Is The Most Terrifying, Spookiest State
Leaves are changing, snow is falling, pumpkins are freezing on front porches. It’s spooky season in Wyoming, and while everyone is getting their ghost stories ready to tell on Halloween, we thought we’d drum up a few reasons why Wyoming is truly the spookiest state in America.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. It truly is the wild west.
Way out here, you really get to know what it's like to be alone. If your car breaks down, good luck calling for help without cell service. Sometimes, just living out here is creepy enough, and you don't even need a ghost to make you feel a little haunted.
2. Our most charming town is also home to our most haunted saloon.
The Occidental Hotel and Saloon in Buffalo is located on one of the state's most picturesque Main Streets. Perhaps that's why a former resident has decided to stick around and make appearances to those who stay here in the night.
3. Our history was carved by outlaws.
It's hard to find any towns in Wyoming that don't have a history of cattle rustling, street shootouts, bank or train robberies, and other outlaw activity. Fremont County was once one of the most dangerous places in America, way back when.
4. Wyoming's Ghost Towns are actual ghost towns.
Kirwin and Gebo are just two famously haunted abandoned towns in Wyoming. Kirwin is home to insane paranormal activity, and Gebo's haunted graveyards are rumored to be the source of strange singing and wailing you can hear from the town's battered buildings, when the wind blows just right.
5. The Sheridan Inn is famously haunted.
The Sheridan Inn was a favorite spot of Wyoming big wigs, like Buffalo Bill Cody. People loved the Sheridan so much that they refused to leave - even when their bodies were no longer here. One Sheridan Inn employee still haunts his old job, making sure guests truly get what they paid for.
6. Even our top tourist attraction is oozing paranormal activity.
Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn was built partially on an undiscovered, unmarked graveyard. I think I understand why the disturbed spirits decided to stick around - this impressive, massive architectural wonder is certainly an upgrade from a sulphur-filled shallow grave.
7. Heart Mountain's tormented prisoners still demand their stories be heard.
One of the most haunted places in the world is Wyoming's Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. This former Japanese Internment Camp is a bone-chilling reminder of what happens when we let xenophobia and racism craft policy, and those whose lives were upended by separation from their families and homes have returned in the afterlife to be sure nothing like this ever happens again.
8. Oh, and all of the Forts are haunted.
Fort Bridger, Fort Laramie, Fort Kearny... each one of these abandoned Army posts has ghost stories of their own. Some are haunted by officers who never wanted to leave their posts, while others are plagued by emigrants who never made their way to the West Coast.
9. Of course, Casper is home to a friendly ghost!
Casper's Wonder Bar is one of the state's most haunted establishments. Guests are constantly seeing spirits, hearing sounds, and experiencing the inexplicable. The Wonder Bar is one of Wyoming's favorite bars, and you can certainly blame these paranormal happenings on
some sort of spirit.
10. And if the ghosts don't get you... the wildlife will.
Bears, rattlesnakes, moose and elk jumping in front of your car... we've got a lot to keep an eye out for in Wyoming!
If you love the idea of Wyoming’s creepiest places, gas up the car and head out on
This Haunted Road Trip That Will Lead You To The Scariest Places In Wyoming. Be warned – this trip is only for the bravest of them all! Also, watch out for mule deer in the barrow pit.