Something in the Wind: Spirits, Spooks and Sprites of the San Juan

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Colorado has some great ghost stories, and this book contains spirits, spooks, and sprites that are a colorful lot of characters. MaryJoy Martin brings them vividly into focus as she describes the San Juans marvelous mix of cultures, from ancient Puebolans, migratory gold seekers to the hungry immigrants straight off the boat. Woof and warp, these tales weave a unique tapestry that matches the mystery and majesty of the mountains. The majority of the tales originated before the 1920s, most going back to the gold ...

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Overview

Colorado has some great ghost stories, and this book contains spirits, spooks, and sprites that are a colorful lot of characters. MaryJoy Martin brings them vividly into focus as she describes the San Juans marvelous mix of cultures, from ancient Puebolans, migratory gold seekers to the hungry immigrants straight off the boat. Woof and warp, these tales weave a unique tapestry that matches the mystery and majesty of the mountains. The majority of the tales originated before the 1920s, most going back to the gold rush days and earlier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871089137
  • Publisher: Pruett Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/17/2001
  • Series: Pruett Series
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryJoy Martin lives in Montrose, Colorado. She is known to some as the "Ghost Lady of Central City." She writes for the San Juan Horseshoe, an alternative newspaper, and is the author of the book Twilight Dwellers.

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Storytelling was the path to the heart, from the heart, and this collection of tales demonstrates the beliefs of the times, the heart of stories, the hopes and dreams and fears of the men and women who called the San Juan mountains home. I not only desire to preserve their heart stories, that oral tradition that is nearly lost, but also hope readers will use this book to explore the haunted sites and to court the possibility of brushing up against the realm of spirit.  —- from the Preface by MaryJoy Martin

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Table of Contents

Preface, Introduction, Chapter 1 - The Gaping Grave, Chapter 2 - Music in the Mountains, Chapter 3 - The Unholy Throng, Chapter 4 - Waiting for the Stage, Chapter 5 - An Open Door, Chapter 6 - The Swinging Lantern, Chapter 7 - Demons and Darkness, Chapter 8 - The Shadow of the Rope, Chapter 9 - In the Bowels of the Earth, Chapter 10 - Dead Frog Walking, Chapter 11 - A Cold Spot in the Corner, Chapter 12 - Guardians of the Ancient Way, Chapter 13 - Women in the Wind. Bibliography

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