Wyoming August 21, 2017
We Checked Out The 7 Most Terrifying Places In Wyoming And They’re Horrifying
When it comes to hauntings and eerie places, you’ll hit the motherlode when you visit Wyoming. Among the spooky spots we’ve looked at around the state, some stand out as being more terrifying than others. Need proof? Here are seven scary places that will give you the creeps long after you’re miles away from them.
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. Gebo Ghost Town
Located north of Thermopolis, Gebo was the largest town in Hot Springs County at one time. It used to be a thriving mining town but now all that's left are the remains a few buildings...and the cemetery. Most of the bodies buried there are those of children and babies. One grave is chillingly marked with a crib frame, and many people claim to have heard the disembodied wails of a baby. You can read more about Gebo in our full article
2. The Occidental Hotel, Buffalo
When it was built in 1880, the Occidental resembled a barn more than a luxury hotel, but it was one of the most popular spots in the state. Today, you can still rent a room in the historic hotel, but be forewarned of it's reputation as the most haunted place in Wyoming. Visitors and employees have reported seeing apparitions and some guests claim to have been awakened by an unseen force. Learn more about the Occidental's history
in our feature article.
3. Kane Ghost Town
Like many ghost towns in Wyoming, Kane started out with promise. Situated between Lovell and the Big Horn River, it was a busy shipping hub with the railroad running through it. Sadly, it had already become a ghost town when the rising waters of the Big Horn Lake creeped up and overtook it. Kane now sits underwater and claims only one resident, a ghost, naturally. Learn more about this creepy place in our full article
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4. Fort Laramie
This old fort is a national historic site, and it's gathered plenty of supernatural baggage on its journey through the centuries. Initially a trading post and eventually a military base, some of the buildings are still intact today while others, such as the old hosptial, are in ruins. The barracks and many of the other buildings at the site as well as the grounds themselves are said to be haunted. You can read more about the history and the hauntings in our article
5. Wyoming Frontier Prison, Rawlins
Some of the most violent criminals in the state's history were housed at this prison, now a museum. It's thought that many of them left behind negative psychic energy, and that some of the prison's inmates may never have left. Whether or not that's true, a tour of areas like the death house and the gas chamber is disturbing. Want to know more? Read all about it in our full article
6. North Platte River
Sometimes a place gets the reputation of being haunted because of the reporting of numerous and varied experiences, and many times they may not seem related. However, there have been several reported sightings of a death ship on the North Platte River over the years, raising the possibility that this area is one of the truly haunted places in Wyoming. Learn more about it in the full article
7. The Smith Mansion, Wapiti Valley
This abanoned mansion along Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Highway got its start as a dream home for a builder and his family and ended up an eccentric obsession. No one knows what drove builder and engineer Francis Lee Smith to continue construction on the home, adding on balconies, additional floors, and terraces to the house once it was complete, but it was the death of him. Does his ghost still attempt to continue the work he started in life? Possibly, but there are few things as frightening as an abandoned home, especially one as strange as this one.
to find out more in our full article
What is the most terrifying spot you’ve visited in Wyoming?