In the high country beyond Pike's Peak is
Cripple Creek Mining District, dotted with historic mine shafts,
head frames, and tumbling down miners' cabins. Not only might a
visitor find a "taste" of gold fever in this historic district, but
may also experience their hair rising on the back of their necks as
they "bump" into one of the many ghosts that reportedly roam the area.
Like many other mining
towns of the
is said to be
extremely haunted. Given its rich history, complete with mining
accidents, floods, fires, lawlessness, and bloody battles between mine
owners and labor unions, it comes as no surprise to learn of the many
ghosts who continue to linger in this once thriving city. In
fact, there are so many tales of spirits wandering this historic town,
that at one time boasted one homicide per day, some say it is the one
of the most haunted cities in the United States.
Colorado Grande Casino
Fairley Brothers and Lampman Building
at 300 East Bennett Avenue now houses the Colorado Grande Casino and
Maggie’s Restaurant. Here, you may not only enjoy a little
gaming and some great food, but you might just get a glimpse of a
ghost as well.
the turn of the century the three-story brick commercial building
housed a variety of businesses, including a drug store, a millinery,
an engineer, a lawyer and more. It’s rock-faced corner stones,
recessed center entryway, and decorative molding made it one of the
finest places in town for retailers to display their merchandise and
offer their services. Over the years, the building also housed
medical offices, a Masonic Lodge ballroom, and a mortuary.
addition to the sounds of slot machines heard throughout the building
today, many have also heard the "ghost” of Maggie, who has reportedly
been lingering throughout the building for decades.
Usually appearing on the top two floors of the building, the sounds of
her high heeled shoes are often heard echoing in the halls.
Described as about 25 years old and dressed in turn-of-the-century
clothing, she wears a white shirtwaist, a long cotton skirt and
high-heeled boots. The young beauty, with her hair piled atop her
head, is known to leave behind the scent of her rose perfume even when she
reported that singing and dancing is sometimes heard emanating from the
old ballroom, as well as the sounds of Maggie’s lilting soprano voice
heard singing an Irish accented concertina.
At the casino, security guards have often reported seeing "Maggie” along
with a gentleman friend playing the slot machines after hours. She
has also been caught on tape by the security cameras. However, after
being viewed and stowed away, the tapes mysteriously vanished.
Hotel St. Nicholas
a hill overlooking
is the Hotel St. Nicholas. Originally built as a hospital for the
many people flooding the region in the late nineteenth century, the
Sisters of Mercy opened the St. Nicholas Hospital in 1898. The
building also served as lodging for the Sisters and a school for students
in its early days.
In 1901, a
second hospital was opened by
County, located in what is now another historic inn - the Hospitality
House. To compete, the Sisters claimed their facility to be
"thoroughly equipped with all modern improvements, beautifully located
with the best physicians in the district in attendance."
years, the hospital served the many prospectors and families of the area
and expanded to include a ward for the mentally ill. However, when
mining played out, the hospital closed its doors for the last time in the