As the night progressed, the streets of Old Town were not only alive and vibrant with celebrants of the local bars and restaurants, but the spirits who inhabit those places got in on the action as well. At one location on the haunted route, our group encountered an angry past “proprietor” of a long ago brothel on College, which is now a very popular watering spot, who in his ghostly form told us to “…move along…MOVE ALONG!” Which we obliged. This particular spirit is one of the most active on our tour, and his moods are unpredictable. Grace says, “He knows full well that I can take him to other side, and he DOESN’T like it!” As the historical guide on tour, I’ve actually had my own encounter with this brown- suited man while Grace and I were researching our route, and he didn’t like me either!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
(***Please note that photos for this post are random Old Town photos taken for their aesthetic qualities and do not necessarily represent those businesses to which we have talked.***)
In the months that Suzy and I have been researching and conducting our Historic Haunted tours, we (mostly Suzy!) have talked to many business-owners downtown in Old Town, Fort Collins, CO. When asked, most of them tell us about their experiences in dealing with unexplained happenings in their store/office. They tell us about what their employees have seen and reported to them too.
They talk about items in their business being moved overnight while the store is closed and supposedly empty. Items have disappeared, only to reappear again in a few days. They tell us about noises heard by them, employees, customers and guests. Often, they are repeating stories that have been told for years and years in their space. It is common, too, for them to talk of what the previous tenant reported when they took over the space as the new tenant. Many report sightings of ghosts - dressed in the garb of the ghosts’ time.
One establishment, for some time, was unable to be open, according to the stories - during the day - because things unexpectedly and without explanation would fly off the shelves. They were afraid customers would get hit by flying objects. When we started our research for our tours, we talked to the ghosts in that establishment and found the one responsible - and found out why he was throwing things.
It is VERY common to hear these stories in Old Town.
What is even MORE common is the fear that public knowledge of possible hauntings will drive away customers – or that someone will think they are crazy or making it up. Suzy and I are always very respectful of the wishes of business owners. Suzy has asked many owners/managers if we can bring our tours INTO their business to talk about the hauntings. No one has ever agreed to this. Some get downright angry.
I see their point. As a Ghost-Whisperer, I was dealing with ghosts when ghosts weren’t cool. :)
So I know that, these days, ghosts ARE cool – they’re trendy and much sought-after. Many people tour the country (and world) specifically in search of ghost/haunted tours. We have entertained those on our tours who have been on haunted tours all over the planet. And look at the MANY! ghost-hunter reality series on TV right now – people are hungry for this type of information!
So not only do ghosts NOT run off customers, they currently BRING IN customers! Our tour members want to go to the buildings we include on our tour and go inside them to see if, perhaps, they can see the ghosts! They are going to frequent those establishments more frequently than those NOT on the tour, just because they are curious. They, therefore, are probably going to spend some of their money in those establishments, because they will want to spend as much time in there as possible.
So while I understand the old stigma of not wanting anyone to know that YOU know that your building is haunted, I would encourage business owners to not only embrace the new understanding and interest in ghosts and hauntings, I would encourage them to USE this knowledge to increase their sales and customer flow.
For example: Does the Stanley Hotel http://stanleyhotel1-px.trvlclick.com/ in nearby tourist attraction Estes Park, CO profit from its reportedly haunted status? You BET it does! It advertises ghost tours right on its main website! It was made even more popular, because it was used as the setting for Stephen King's book made into a movie, The Shining.
I say Fort Collins Old Town http://www.coloradoinfo.com/fortcollins/oldtown businesses should jump on the proverbial haunted/ghost bandwagon and milk it for all it is worth! :) It can only HELP business!
To all of the business in Old Town, I extend my gratitude for all your patience and kindness extended to Suzy and myself. :)
As the Ghost-Whisperer half of our Haunted History After Dark team, it is with great pleasure that I announce the move of my office to an OLD TOWN location! I am happy to be across the way from the Old Post Office Building which is in Oak St Plaza. This historic building is on our haunted historic tour because of the many ghosts which still populate its halls – especially upstairs. On our tour, we usually talk to at least two of the resident ghosts in this building – sometimes more come forth.
In the summer, this plaza is the location of free concerts http://www.downtownfortcollins.com/events.php/detail/376/4 where people hang out and listen and visit and enjoy the beauty of downtown and the summer weather. It is a wonderful summer venue.
Our office is now located at 140 Oak St, just off the Oak St Plaza. We are in the Oak St Mall, which is across the street from Jay’s Bistro http://www.jaysbistro.net/.
Jay’s is the scene of an excellent atmosphere, some tasty grub and some even tastier tunes provided by Mark Sloniker and guests http://marksloniker.com/ . Check out his schedule for more info on days and times and specific guests!
Just a couple of doors down from us is the also tasty Taj Mahal http://tajmahalfortcollins.com/default.htm . Definitely worth your attention! Yum!
Downstairs we have the Oak Street Café,
Body and Spa Rituals http://www.bodyandsparituals.com/
Body and Spa Rituals http://www.bodyandsparituals.com/
Namaste http://mysalonnamaste.com/ and much more! Come by and check out all the possibilities for fun!
As you walk in the front door, you are treated to a beautiful pathway through the middle of the shops.
I do readings here (upstairs in Suite 270) on Saturdays between noon and 5pm, and also by appointment. Other times and days are available too – just contact me to set up an appointment, or set one up through our website at: http://www.coloradopsychics.com.
Suzy and I also offer personalized historic, haunted services if you are a downtown business and want to know the history of your building/space, to know if you have ghosts (most of the old buildings downtown DO), and perhaps want those ghosts cleared out and taken to their real home. Contact us to make an appointment or just to discuss your situation: email@example.com
As always, it is a pleasure to share info with you. I look forward to seeing you on a tour! Stay in touch and hope you are enjoying all Fort Collins has to offer for summer fun!
Friday, June 3, 2011
This day in Fort Collins June 3rd, 1874. By this year, the town had moved west and south from the location of the Fort north of Jefferson Street, to accommodate new settlers moving into the area. These adventurous folks were mercantile and drug store owners, educators, physicians, and those looking to start a new life far from their home in the east or Midwest. The railroad had not yet come through yet, and the population would have been roughly around 800 occupants. The livestock and cattle industry was one of the biggest producers of revenue in this small but increasingly thriving town. Manhattan Creek west of Red Feather held promises of fortune for prospective silver miners as well. So, who was this young man with “smooth rounded cheek”? Who was the girl in the photo in the pearl case? And what was the bloody event that left him “…dead in the street of the city at night.”? Was he a cowhand for one of the big ranchers of the day? Was he a hopeful miner wishing to take a dowry back home to a prospective bride, only to be met with despair? Or just a drifter traveling through? Does he still walk the streets of Old Town in search of his past and the future that was brutally taken away from him? Is this young man one of the spirits "...who is dying to meet you..." on the Haunted History After Dark tour? Possibly, he has a story he’d like to tell YOU.
Join our ghostly walking tour of Old Town and find out. Tours run Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30 P.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. YOUR HAUNTED JOURNEY STARTS AT DUSK!