Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

So, I’ve taken another hiatus even though I said I wouldn’t…but this time I’m REALLY going to try not to. One just never knows how crazy life is going to be. The last year has been the hardest, scariest & most challenging year I’ve had in a long time.

Speaking of crazy, I just spent a night in one of the most haunted locations in America! Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.  There’s been many articles and Paranormal Shows galore that have shared the history, so I won’t get into too much detail here, but check out the website below for a pretty detailed overview. Basically, this place started with very good intentions, and ended in tragedy.

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/trans-allegheny-lunatic-asylum/

So, last week, I set off for the 24+ hour car ride to Weston, WV with a fantastic mash-up of Haunter Paranormal & PRISM Colorado.  The drive was rough and long, but we made the best of it. I’d be fine never driving through Kansas again, though…even if it was an adventure. I should have kept track of how many gas stations we stopped at while driving there & back. We had lots of fun and laughs outside of the investigation…but I know you’re here for the ghosts!

Sunday, the day before the investigation, our group decided to do a couple of different tours at the asylum!  I chose to opt out of the paranormal tour and did the criminally insane & historical tours.  When I go into investigations I don’t want to know too much about specific spirits that people think are there. In my humble opinion, that gets people hyper focused on specific things that might or might not happen, rather than just going with the flow.  Both tours were great & very informative.  It’s strange to say, but the building during the day feels almost peaceful.  It’s full of natural light, and is so quiet. Also, very massive. I cannot stress that enough.  After walking around the buildings during the day time I was super ready for the investigation!  

Monday night we arrived, set up and were eager to get started.  We had a wonderful guide for the night, Rhia, and she helped us set up our equipment in the best “hot spots”.  The 8 of us split off into groups and went to different parts of the building, and holy cannolis! This place is wild.  Some of the coolest experiences are as follows:

  • In “Lily’s” room, we weren’t getting any action, but the three of us felt like we were being watched from the hallway.  I got up to go look out the doorway, and tried talking to whoever might be there. There was a small “ting” from down the hallway in response to my question, and I asked that they do it again to let me know they were there.  As soon as I asked, the “ting” happened again.  Except it was right by me, so I got a little spooked.  Here’s the video clip since we were on Instagram live! If you listen with headphones, you can hear the sound.
  • Moments later Holly, Audrey and I went out into the hallway to try and communicate more.  As we were standing there, Audrey heard a noise and pointed towards the nurses station.  We all stopped and looked behind us. Out of nowhere Holly’s flashlight lid (which was in her backpack in the other room) came flying and hit the floor in front of us.  That was probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced.
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CP2B1qQlZG2/?utm_medium=copy_link
  • I wandered off alone at one point, and could hear footsteps (some caught on IG Live) and a strange noise from the room next to me, which made me jump. 
  • There were so many footsteps, weird movements in peripheral vision, and knocking. 
  • Two other members had strange mimic-like experiences in Dean’s room.  Dean was most likely autistic and was  brutally murdered. 
  • Holly and I ventured off into the “decrepit room”, which is an area that not too many people investigate.  The first level we played with the phasma box and weren’t getting too much so we decided to go down to the second level. We opened the door and the second we did we both felt a very strong, not very nice energy. It was like walking into a brick wall. So of course we ventured in!  We could feel someone standing behind us, while there were noises in front of us.  We caught some interesting stuff on the phasma box too.  That was probably the most scared I was all night. Sitting there on the floor I was absolutely terrified & frozen in place.  We eventually decided to get up and try and see the lobotomy room before we had to start tearing down.  We found it, but also got lost in the meantime. Being lost in an asylum at 4AM with Holly was such a fun experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed this trip. Amazing time, with amazing people! Hopefully I’ll have some amazing evidence to share.  Check out @haunterparanormal, @prismcolorado & @paranormalprincess7 on instagram. 

By the way, There is also an amazing little shop in Weston called Appalachian Oddities! The owners are very kind and have some really neat things in the shop.  Make sure you check them out if you’re passing through. 

Thank you to Devon & Haunter Paranormal for this amazing experience!!

Wild West – Haunted Colorado!

I recently took my mom to another fun (potentially haunted) location here in Colorado! Buffalo Bill’s grave site. Yes, he’s actually buried there. It was a really neat little place that was great for a day trip. Tucked away near Golden, Colorado, Buffalo Bill’s Grave site & museum are crucial to keeping Colorado’s history alive. It made for a great mom/daughter date! We had lunch, browsed the gift shop & even met some people who had traveled from other states to come and visit.

I’ve lived in Colorado all of my 28 years, but had never taken the time to learn about this history. I always thought he was just a sharp shooting trouble-maker in the old west. It turns out Buffalo Bill was actually quite the opposite of a trouble maker. He was born in 1846 & died in 1917.  During his time, he was known for hunting buffalo (hence the name), fighting in the Civil War, and later in life he became quite the showman. His show ran for many years, & even featured Annie Oakley in his “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West” performances. I’ll leave a link to PBS’s biography about him. It’s definitely worth the read.

Now, I’ve heard whispering over the years that he still haunts his grave. Obviously it’s hard to do an investigation during the day when there are a ton of people in and out…but the place had an exceptionally peaceful feel to it and I think the only spirit there is the spirit of old Colorado. But who knows, maybe Buffalo Bill pops in occasionally for a rare sighting!

I tend to believe that most spirits don’t stick around their graves, and mostly frequent the places that they lived and enjoyed life, or sometimes the places where they passed. Graves and funerals are some sort of catharsis for the living, not for the dead. I’ve never really understood graves, and have never really been to visit the graves of my passed loved ones. Do you really want to believe they’re hanging out in such a sad place? And that you will too one day? Nah. No thanks.




https://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/buffalobill.htm


Independence Ghost Town – Colorado

Hey guys! I’m super sorry for the lack of updates. I was asked to be a part of a really cool podcast so I was focusing on getting my first episode out. https://open.spotify.com/episode/648WeBLJspsHracy3CpXgI)

Last weekend I spent 4 days camping with some of my favorite people, and it turns out that we were staying right by Independence Ghost Town. I’d heard of it, but always thought it was too far for a day trip. I was pretty dang excited to say the least. Ghost towns have a special place in my heart. Not so much because I believe they’re haunted, but they are filled with the spirits of Colorado’s past. It sounds cheesy, but you can close your eyes and really picture how it was to live there a hundred years ago.

The town of Independence was founded as a mining town in 1879…supposedly on July 4th! Obviously, this is where the name comes from.  Eventually the town came to life, but was very short lived, as many mining towns were. Boom or bust!!!

According to the Aspen History website “During the winter of 1899 the worst storm in Colorado’s history cut off the supply routes to Independence. The miners, who were running out of food, proceeded to dismantle their homes to make 75 pairs of skis and to escape en masse to Aspen. They made light of their adventure by making it a race of the Hunter’s Pass Ski Club—entry fee: one ham sandwich.”

Can you imagine this place during the winter??

Being there and seeing the vast canyon area with the remnants of a small town was breathtaking…but this is in August. How in the world did people manage to live there during the winter? As it stands now, the pass is closed down for a good portion of the year, and that’s with plows and salt. The people were probably stuck there for many months, dealing with elements.

I’m happy to say that there are still buildings standing that have been well preserved, minus the absolute IDIOTS who carve their initials or Twitter handles into things. Nobody cares, Mike from 2006!

It was interesting walking around because there is so much broken glass on the ground everywhere! One of the ladies who works there said some of it is from when the town was populated, but also during the 1970’s people from Aspen used to go and party there. I’m assuming this was before the town was really being preserved. There were a lot of other artifacts found, though.

Colorado is such a wonderful place to live, and there is just so much history here. The ghost town of Independence was like stepping into a time machine and if you ever have the chance to visit, I would highly recommend it.

Inside what was once the general store! It’s been rebuilt but using the same wood from the original building.
In front of one of the miners cabins


https://aspenhistory.org/tours-sites/independence-ghost-town/

Dearwood Ghost Town

This is just a short entry about a really neat little ghost town my mom and I went to visit last weekend! There are a lot of great ones in Colorado but many of them require a half a day to get to, so we found this little gem that was a little closer to Denver.

As I searched and searched for a fun place, I came across Dearwood, CO. It came to life in 1910 thanks to Oliver T. Jackson and was a thriving African American community! It grew into a sustainable place with churches, a gas station & homes. Unfortunately during the Dustbowl & Great Depression in the 1930’s, the town was mostly abandoned.

Here is a neat snippet from an article I found (link at the end). George Junne is a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado,

“While Jackson spent his time marketing the community and working in Denver, his wife, Minerva, acted as the town’s “judge, jury and executioner,” according to Junne. She ran the town’s day-to-day operations, and ran them tightly. “When she snapped her fingers you jumped,” Junne says.

In promotional pamphlets, Jackson touted the community’s rich soil and view of the mountains. Always on the lookout for newcomers to town, he made clear they were looking to grow. He never stopped thinking up new ways to make Dearfield succeed and fill its coffers, Junne says. Even Prohibition offered Jackson an opportunity.

“For a while this town was known as ‘Beerfield’ because he was bootlegging here,” Junne says. “He needed to make money to keep things going. The people all around here knew about it and they gave the nickname.”

It makes me sad to think about how quickly this town came and went, but it’s also really cool that this wonderful piece of African American history still stands for people to visit and hopefully educate themselves. Imagining what it was like 100 years ago is always fun and I hope the spirit of Dearwood can continue to live on!

I will say that it most definitely didn’t feel haunted. It almost had a light and happy feel to it. I guess I always thought ghost towns were supposed to be spooky and all, but most definitely not Dearwood! It sounds like during it’s brief history that it was a happy place of empowerment and success. Who knows, your neighborhood may someday be a decrepit ghost town that people come and visit.


https://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/post/forgotten-piece-african-american-history-great-plains

E-mail me anytime at paranormalprincess7@gmail.com!

xo

Satan And The Hellfire Club

History is absolutely fascinating…especially Irish history! When I was in Ireland last year I had the most incredible 10 days of my life. During my solo journey I spent a couple days in Dublin and of course had to hop on a tour of the Hellfire Club! (No, this was not the same one that Ghost Adventures investigated).  The double decker bus was super spooky and a ton of fun. The bus ride was about 45 minutes but the guide kept us entertained with much of the & legends.

The building from the outside!!
  • The club was founded in 1735 by Richard Parsons, a known dabbler in black magic.
  • Dublin’s Hellfire Club was a place for wealthy young gentlemen to drink, gamble, hire prostitutes, even, allegedly, engage in Satanic worship.
  • The best-known Hellfire club story is the one in which the Devil himself appears. A stranger had joined the members at a game of cards. At some point one of the card players dropped a card on the floor. As he bent down to retrieve it he noticed that the stranger had cloven hooves instead of feet.
  • Another tale concerns a young farmer, curious to find out what went on at the meetings. Climbing up Montpelier Hill one night, he was invited in by the members of the club and allowed to witness the night’s activities. He was found the next morning trembling and terrified. Tradition says he spent the rest of his life unable to speak; unable even to remember his name.

Now, it’s hard to say if some of the old tradition is accurate, but during times of strong religious rule there were most certainly rebels that practiced Satanic magick, and/or other extremes. It’s also interesting to note that there are stories from many different traditions that talk about “someone” showing up with hoofed feet or chicken legs. It seems to be a telltale sign of the Devil, so who knows, maybe there is a grain of truth to the stories out there. I like to think there is ;). A friend of my grandmother swears she saw a man with chicken legs when she was out dancing one night and spent much of her life in fear that he would return to find her since she laid eyes on him.

The hike up to the structure was absolutely stunning, green & perfectly warm. I didn’t feel strange or any sense of dread, but I was also just happy to be in the place I always felt was my home. Ireland is just so incredible! During my actual time in the structure I did feel a little off, though. Unfortunately over time people have graffitied it and caused damage. There was definitely an eerie vibe that wasn’t just due to the building’s age. We were allowed to walk around and explore, so of course I did! A couple of areas caused me to become overwhelmed with unexplained anxiety…I wish more than anything I’d been able to sit down and center myself to see what I could feel around there as I do believe the place to be haunted…by what, I do not know.

Who was wandering these halls 200 years ago??

May I add the absolute scariest part of the place was the giant spiders.

Some friends I’ve made in the paranormal community recently did an investigation there! I’ve included a link to their Facebook below.

https://www.facebook.com/eire19/
https://dublin.ie/living/articles/the-hell-fire-club/

xo