Ghosts of Fort Collins

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From reports of a figure in the old firehouse bell tower to whispered rumors of apparitions seen in basements and tunnels underneath the city, Fort Collins is filled with disturbing and unnatural occurrences. In Old Town, pictures fly off walls, ghostly noises ring out through passageways and specters pass through brick walls. Tour guide Lori Juszak and her team take readers on a trip through the Choice City’s most chilling hauntings and legends. Meet the guest at the Antler’s Hotel who never checks out and dance...
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From reports of a figure in the old firehouse bell tower to whispered rumors of apparitions seen in basements and tunnels underneath the city, Fort Collins is filled with disturbing and unnatural occurrences. In Old Town, pictures fly off walls, ghostly noises ring out through passageways and specters pass through brick walls. Tour guide Lori Juszak and her team take readers on a trip through the Choice City’s most chilling hauntings and legends. Meet the guest at the Antler’s Hotel who never checks out and dance along to the unexplained music in the Museum of Art. Watch out for the ghost at the Armadillo Garage and beware the spirits of the underground morgue!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495190
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 719,471
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 6.08 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

The Juszak family owns Fort Collins Tours, Inc. Together, they researched, developed and implemented the Haunted Fort Collins Ghost Tours and Historic Fort Collins Tours.
Lori Juszak, MBA, teaches at Front Range Community College and is an avid museum and history buff. She spends a good deal of time around and underneath Old Town Fort Collins leading tours and exploring the history and hauntings of the area. She also teaches classes in paranormal studies and parapsychology.

Chris Juszak, who provided the majority of the photos for this book, holds a bachelor's of science in computer science.
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Table of Contents

Preface 5

Introduction 9

Cemetery Hauntings

Fort Collins's First Cemetery and the Legend of the Civil War-Era Ghost Dancers 13

Hotel Hauntings

The Lady of the Linden Hotel: She Appears Only to Children 16

The Northern Hotel: A Mother Returns for Her Child's Ghost 20

The Antler's Hotel and the Boarder Who Would Not Leave 22

Ghosts of the Holiday Inn Holidome 24

Bad Housekeeping Ghost in a Local Hotel 24

Bars and Bistros with Ghostly Guests

BeauJo's Pizza and the Avery Family Murder Speculation 26

Ivan the Hungarian Ghost and His Penchant for the Ladies' Room 29

Starbucks: An Odd Encounter with a Victorian-Era Woman 33

Armadillo Restaurant: A Lynching in Larimer County 34

Armadillo Garage: A Cursed Property? 38

The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Armadillo 44

Choice City Butcher and the Haunted Butcher Block 45

Starry Night: Who Is the Lady in Pink? 47

The Walrus Man and the Town's Most Prolific Spiritual Portal 49

Jilly Bean Java: Mother and Children Haunt the Old Underground Morgue 57

Happy Lucky's and the Gambler's Ghost 58

Moe's BBO: The Blackboard Apparition and Her Flying Spatulas 61

The Town Pump: The Oldest (and Tiniest) Bar in Fort Collins 63

Café Ardour and the Ghost of Madame Marie LaFitte 64

The Wild Boar and Its Playful Spirits 66

Old Town Businesses: Some of Our Favorite Haunts Frank Miller's Extraordinary Life (and Afterlife): Nature's Own Ghost 69

The Welch Block Fire of 1880 and a Poltergeist in the Present-Day Building 71

The Ghost of Trimble Court 74

The Old Town Art and Framery and the Bootlegger's Ghost 76

Happy Jack and His Long Stay at Old Grout 79

Vortex Alley 81

Déjà Vu and Our Local Firehouse 83

Local Ghosts Around Town and in Rural Areas

Suicide by Dual Gunshot Wounds in library Park 86

The Frat House Haunting 88

Ghost Dancers of the 1800s 91

An Encounter with a Ghost Horse and Rider 94

The Ghost Who Took a Dip in the Swimming Pool 96

Old Fort Collins High School and Odd Paranormal Sights 98

Beloved Ghosts of the Railroad Station 99

Legends of the Area

The Hell Tree 101

What Lies Beneath Old Town: The Legendary Tunnels 103

A Speakeasy Frozen in Time 105

The Arapahoe Legend of Horsetooth Rock 106

Waiting Until the Cows Come Home 107

Conclusion 109

About the Author 111

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