You need a crash course in the history of Denver, Colorado
The gold rush that started Denver, Colorado soon petered out, but the city found new life as a supply hub for new mines in the nearby Rocky Mountains. Add in an oil and gas boom, a militarily strategic location, and you soon have a boom town with enough money and opportunity to lure the future ghosts of Denver to their untimely ends in buildings up and down the city.
Take a whistle-stop ride through Denver’s history on a route around ‘Millionaire’s Row,’ in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The characters that built houses and often died in them illustrate the great themes and outsized personalities that shaped this spectacular city exactly one mile above sea level.
For example, the Sheedy Mansion, home of a hard-living Irishman who became Denver’s most ruthless and notorious debt collector and president of the Colorado National Bank, he was so disliked by the people of Denver that his death has barely mourned. This house holds many tales of hauntings, of people toiling unjustly for Sheedy, who perhaps roams the streets still reliving the human misery he caused.
You want something the whole family can do in Denver
The route that the standard Denver Terrors tour takes is just over 1 mile, easily walkable for even the youngest ghost enthusiasts. Your professional and capable tour guides are local experts and deliver 8 stories of the haunted histories of Denver that are suitable for the whole family.
For example, The Peabody-Whitehead Mansion is the site of many a failed restaurant, all of them dogged by the many resident spirits that won’t leave the silverware alone, and on one occasion a ghost was seen pouring a pitcher of beer down the shirt of a waitress! The mansion is so haunted it appeared on an episode of TV show Ghost Adventures where many spirits were found, especially in the dark and creepy basement.
If you have even more desire to see the places where the spooky tales of Denver’s dark side are, add the extended tour while booking your tour, this extra haunt adds another 4 haunted locations to your route, taking the ghostly wander to just over 1.5 miles.
You don’t Believe in ghosts, but are giving the supernatural a chance
Even if you aren’t convinced by the grim stories of Denver’s hauntings and take the stories with a pinch of salt, you will still be left with an insightful tour of the history and personalities that made Denver the city it is today. For example, you will hear about the good work of the gentle, lovelorn ghost of Madge Smiley Reynolds has often been seen pacing the stairs of a modest house on millionaires row, a notable social advocate for the poor and unjustly treated in Denver, she was also friendly with not one but two of the local newspaper owners, having a romantic relationship with Frederick Bonfils, the owner of the Denver Post. They would often ride together on horseback through the wild parts of Denver. The thought of her ghost waiting still to hear the clip-clop of her lovers’ horse approaching down the street is enough to melt the heart of the staunchest non-believer.
No one from Denver Terrors is going to try and change your mind about the echos of extraordinary lives through time. All we seek to do is layout the dramatic and authentic stories from the history books and the confirmed accounts of what people have seen and felt in the places where those outsize personalities lived their famous lives. The rest is up to you. We will say we have had guests and guides experience creepy sensations that they can’t quite explain many times before.
You are sure to enjoy the well-told stories of ghostly hauntings and terrifying happenings up in the cold mountain air of Denver. Even here in these peaceful surroundings, bad things do happen, and ghosts abound if you choose to be receptive to their pleas.
In Denver and Not Sure of What to Do?
Denver is a great destination, it has world-class museums, a zoo, and botanical gardens, the famous Coors Brewery, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With the mountains casting their shadows on the city’s doorsteps, there are hundreds of outdoor pursuits available. But you can’t do most of those things at night. After a day of fun, if you want to keep the good times going, perhaps after a dinner at one of Denver’s great restaurants, a wander around town is one thing you might consider. Why not take the simple extra step of joining the Denver Terrors tour and absorbing some local history, and some spooky tales at places that hold horrid stories and0 ghostly hauntings.
The entertaining and knowledgeable guides of Denver Terrors love relating the history and hauntings of their hometown. Stories like the checkered history of the Newhouse hotel, built after the Silver Crash of 1893 by a German immigrant, who christened it the Hesse Hotel. The place became notorious for bad behavior and ended up changing its name after World War II to revitalize its image and avoid anti-German sentiment. However, it soon fell into disrepair and became a half-way house, the tales of death and depravity would fill a large book, it’s cleaned up its act now but the bad energy lingers on in the many tales of hauntings at the hotel today.
You’re on a tight schedule in Denver
In Denver for the weekend and looking for one of the best attractions in the Mile-high City? Your days may be filled with one of the many things to do here, but what about the nights? If you want to get the most out of your time here in the Queen City of the High Plains, a Denver Terrors ghost tour is at the ideal time of day to be entertaining, learn about the back story of this fascinating city, and still get a good night sleep as well!
Tours last just over an hour and take in some classic sights of Downtown Denver, the Capitol, millionaires row, and Colfax Avenue’s vibrant bustle. Did you know Colfax Avenue is named after Schuler Colfax, local politician and one time Vice President of the United States? He was a founder member of the Republican Party and author of the Thirteenth Amendment (abolishing slavery). He resigned in disgrace for taking cash and stock from the Union Pacific Railroad while they were seeking support to build the transcontinental railroad that brought prosperity and growth to Denver.
Hear more about this and many other tales from the city, its residents, and their ghosts on the Denver Terrors tour.
Get an insiders look at the Denver culture
Ghosts from the past are unique to the places they haunt; each disembodied spirit is a victim of their time’s unique circumstances and their particular life on this earth. Denver is no different. Each entertaining tale of haunting and human misadventure we relate along the gentle walk of Denver Terrors gives you insight into the history, character, and events of Denver’s fascinating past.
Locals take decades just to skim the stories we will tell you on the easy route of just over one mile. All our deeply researched stories spring straight from the history books. They take on a new life every time they are told, gaining new meaning as the past lessons teach us all about mistakes that others have paid a heavy price for making.
Like the tale of the tragic robbery that claimed the lives of four honest men on the Father’s Day Massacre, at the ‘Cash Register’ Building, also known as the Wells Fargo Centre. Their ghosts haunt the vault and the spooky basement to this day. Or the tale of the Donald Fletcher House, owned by a minister turned real estate baron who fled the town leaving the locals to pay his debts. The town pulled through and changed the building’s name and eventually sold it to the Knights of Colombia. The charity’s staff often see the ghost of one of Donald Fletcher’s servants toiling still, waiting for their masters’ return.
Be a tourist in your own backyard
Being a Tourist in your home city is a welcome break that is good value. Stay at the haunted Newhouse Hotel and have dinner somewhere on vibrant Colfax Avenue, then stroll around the corner to the starting point of the Denver Terrors tour and learn something new about the Queen City of Colorado. Staycations have been around for a while, and you will often find locals on the Denver Terrors tour. They often add interesting details to stops on the tour.
Or maybe you might stay at the Grosvenor Arms apartments, which are as splendid on the inside as they are on the outside, but watch out, they are haunted in several ways. A heavy breathing ghost in the attic storage areas, research determined it is the ghost of a flapper dancer who died at a legendary party here in the 20s, the ghost playfully turns off water and outlets. Or the ghostly couple destined to be forever apart, he waits anxiously in the lobby, visible only out of the corner of your eye in the Lobby Mirror, while she stalks the 8th-floor laundry room, eternally preparing to meet her beau. Find out the stories behind these ghosts you never knew existed on your own doorstep.