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

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xo

Tuning Into Our Radios

So this excerpt is in reference to T.C. Lethbridge hearing footsteps outside his door every night while he was staying at a house in Cambridge.  Now I’ve discussed receiving sets and telepathy a little bit before, but I’m going to discuss a little bit more, as I really can get behind this idea. Again, it’s not the end all be all, but I do think Lethbridge was onto something.

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TC Lethbridge

“I have little doubt that steps of this kind are a telepathic phenomenon and I just happened to be on the right wavelength to receive them. I may have only received a part of the projection. Had my receiving set had a slightly different tuning, I might have seen the tramping figure and not heard him. Or I might have felt him as a ghoul and neither seen nor heard anything. These things appear to differ from dreams in which you hear, see & feel. They differ again from the psychometric pictures. One evidently receives them on a very narrow band and this has to be most accurately tuned in to for any reception to occur at all. The phenomena suggest to my mind that the world may be crammed with projections of this kind and we can receive only those in that narrow band to which our bodily set happens to be attuned. This would explain why many people never seem to have any extra-sensory perception at all. They may just be unobservant, but perhaps they are tuned into wavelengths which nobody ever uses.”

Are we born tuned into these specific wavelengths? Is it something we develop over each of our individual lives? It’s hard to say but I tend to lean towards the idea that we are born tuned into them and that we can tune into others with work & meditation.  Some may just have more of the propensity to do so. I like his idea that some people are naturally tuned into wavelengths that aren’t really used and perhaps that’s why some people have no paranormal experiences in their lives. The chances are slim that someone will want to pursue the answers if they have no questions.

Personally, I know that as a child I was very tuned into things, and still am. My mom tells me stories of the things I used to see and say. For example, the night my grandfather died (before she received the call) I was in my room and she heard me having a full conversation with him. I was just chattering away like he was sitting in there with me and just a few minutes later she received the call that he had died on the operating table.  I had no idea he had even been in surgery or anything, and neither did she. Now, I wish I remembered this happening but the memory must be tucked away in my brain along with all the other memories of a very young child. It’s always weird to me how we don’t remember so much of our young lives. Maybe snippets or pictures here and there, but so much of the detail is lost or forgotten.

Are there things constantly squawking at us trying to get our attention and we just simply can’t hear them? Are we sometimes projecting things subconsciously that others can pick up? Maybe this plays a part in residual hauntings as well.  Over the years I’ve heard/read countless stories of people claiming they hear or see things at very specific times. Whether it’s a lady in a white dress descending the staircase at midnight every Wednesday or footsteps passing by doors at the same time every night. Not everyone sees or hears these things, so maybe specific people are tuned into the wavelengths of the imprinted energy left behind by former living beings. Most residual hauntings appear to be just that, and nothing intelligent that may be trying to communicate a message.

Also, I would think that this can play into witchcraft. Witches most likely are born with a higher receiving set, or have worked very hard to open up.

Our minds are capable of so much that we do not understand, and I think that the world is also a place filled with many mysteries that maybe we aren’t supposed to know the answers to…but that will never stop me from trying to understand.

xo

The Dreaded Red Circle

This is a short one, and it may ruffle a few feathers, but I’m going to address the dreaded red circle. I see so many pictures that people post of a grainy black room…with a circle or two placed where they see “faces” or “figures” or the “ghost of Marilyn Monroe” and it’s so hard to take them seriously.

Sure, maybe you do see the faces there! The human mind tries to make sense of what it sees. It wants to organize things into shapes and patterns. This is called pareidolia. The definition according to Webster’s Dictionary is “The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.” So, looking at clouds, inkblot tests…or staring at a grainy picture of a dark room often lead to pareidolia. There are also plenty of other explanations…reflections, dust, bugs, camera glitches etc. Not to say that there aren’t paranormal things caught on camera or film, but it’s alarming how many people jump straight to “IT’S A GHOST!!”

I remember growing up I was terrified of the paranormal happenings I experienced, but would also often scare myself. I’d lay in my bed and stare into the doorway and if I stared long and hard enough I could start to see shapes or figures in the darkness. Try it. Try turning off all the lights and staring into a corner or a doorway and you’ll see what I mean.

People using this as “evidence” always hurts a little, because people already don’t take the paranormal community seriously.  Believe me, I understand that it’s so hard to prove that spirits exist. You know what you see and experience and you can’t always prove that to others…but the red circle really is not the way to go about proving that we’re not all a bunch of crazies.  

Here are few examples of pareidolia I pulled from the internet.

Credit: Spooky Marion
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New Zealand Strange Occurrences Society

At the end of the day, if you have to draw a circle around something in a photo, it’s probably not anything. Please, please stop sharing these photos as actual evidence. Always try and debunk things and find rational explanations. It’s so important for what we do, and for the answers that we are seeking.

Stay vigilant. Stay educated. Stay aware.

E-mail me at paranormalprincess7@gmail.com if you have any questions or points of discussion.

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

Third Bridge — Colorado

Some of the most interesting stories I hear from people are urban legends…and I always wish so badly they were real.  Most of the time there isn’t anything to back up these crazy stories, though. I visit places and people share all the stories of the people that passed away or committed suicide in building and how they MUST be haunting the place. It makes for great spook factor, but post investigation research usually doesn’t turn up any record of these events.  I’m going to share one of my favorite Colorado urban legends and probably more in future posts 🙂

Third Bridge – I think this one is my favorite because I’ve heard this one for my whole life, and everyone seems to have different accounts of what happens at Third Bridge. It’s a VERY popular place for teenagers to hang out and try and scare themselves. I’ve investigated the area and I’ll share my experiences as well. Below are some of the claims that I’ve heard.

  1. The Native American Drums: Every person hears the drums. Rumor has it, there was a nasty battle with the Native Americans there many years ago and that you can still hear the battle drums, and sometimes even see a warrior spirit on his horse.  The drums? They’re oil drums. Needless to say, being out in the middle of nowhere in the pitch black the drums do sound extremely eerie…but they’re explainable.
  2. The other rumor I have heard is that there was a bus crash full of children and their spirits haunt the bridge. If you pull up in the middle of the bridge and turn off your car it will move by itself and there will be little hand prints all over.  I call BS on this one!! I’ve actually heard this exact story told about other haunted places. I think this is a pretty common legend among many creepy locations. I also have a friend and fellow investigator who was a cop in that county and there are no historical records of a bus crash.
  3. People claim to see lights and orbs in the area, which I completely believe. Regardless of the legends and rumors the place definitely has a very strange energy.
  4. Car crashes. Now this one is true and there are records of it happening in the area.  According to the cop I spoke with, most people go to the wrong bridge, as they aren’t labeled. Most of the actual activity (and one of the car crashes) is at “ghost bridge” which is the next bridge over.  In 1997, there was a crash where two girls died and then another five were killed in more recent years. Maybe they actually do haunt the area!! My heart goes out to all the people who died. The roads are very dangerous in this area so please be careful if you go to visit!

When my team went out to investigate, it was pretty quiet most of the night, minus the neighbor harassing us.  Not that I blame him, because it probably gets annoying having a bunch of teenagers hanging around your area all the time (though it isn’t illegal to be there if you are not breaking curfew, not blocking the road and not doing anything ACTUALLY illegal!) Towards the end of the night we started getting some activity on the REM Pod and K2 which is interesting because they didn’t light up the entire night and then all the sudden went crazy…and there is definitely no power source to cause that.  We also ran into a really respectful nice group of teenagers playing with a Ouija board (eek!) and the K2 went crazy while sitting on the board. We even made them all hand their phones to a friend to walk away to make sure it wasn’t picking up on that. Video below!

If anyone has been to Third Bridge please share your stories with me. Comment here or e-mail me at paranormalprincess7@gmail.com

Xoxo

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/other-teens-crashed-at-third-bridge-years-before-deadly-accident-that-killed-five

Orbs. Are they ghosts?

ORBS. IN. PICTURES. ARE. PROBABLY. NOT. PARANORMAL.

Just needed to put that out there. I think one of my biggest issues with some paranormal investigators (and paranormal buffs), is that they snap tons of pictures and always seem to catch orbs as “evidence”. I shouldn’t get as upset as I do, but there is a reason that people don’t take paranormal investigators seriously, and this is part of it. I see people share photos all the time that are clearly not paranormal, and then other people begin to share their own opinions, which then brings a bunch of arguing and debating. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is a very good chance that it is dust or a film anomaly. When you use the flash (which as investigators we are almost always in the dark), the light from the flash can reflect off the dust particles which creates the orbs in the photos. It’s probably not the lady in white or a ghost child haunting your house. I can’t tell you how much it makes me want to scream when people share this as evidence, or within the community asking “wat do you see?” or “im haunted guys”. That ain’t it, sis.

Here’s some good information I couldn’t even try to sum up for you:

According to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.- “Digital cameras have lenses with a much greater depth of field than film cameras. This means that the nearest point to the camera that is in focus is a lot closer. It also brings the ‘just out of focus’ area (‘orb zone’) closer as well. The ‘orb zone’ is so close that it is intensely illuminated by the flash. The intensity of the flash increases according to an inverse square law with decreasing distance. Indeed, if the subject of your photograph is at a distance of 5m, a particle of dust at 5cm from the camera receives approximately 10,000 times greater light intensity! This creates an ‘orb zone’ in digital cameras where the light intensity is sufficient to illuminate the faint out-of-focus bits of dust, which appear as circles of confusion (or ‘orbs’).”

So, basically you’re probably capturing dust or the occasional bug. Even after all that ranting, I do believe that there are cases where an orb can be paranormal, especially when it goes hand in hand with other evidence. I just think that most of the time people are looking for something. Whether they want to feel special or they enjoy being scared, thinking they have captured paranormal evidence gives them some sort of answers…which we all want. 

What about when you capture something on video?  In my experience, this tends to be a little bit more accurate, though there is still the possibility of bugs or dust flittering about in the night vision! I’m going to share a video from a Code 3 Paranormal Investigation.  You can see an orb actively going around a doorway. There are plenty of examples of dust & bugs caught on film all over the internet! Looking at this video that my team caught the anomaly seems to have a movement which isn’t “floaty” or just slowly hovering around the camera.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you think! I’m also sharing a photo that was taken (not on an investigation) and though this location is actually haunted, these are NOT ghosts hanging out in the photos!!

Example #1: Here is the video that was caught at the Genoa Wonder Tower (One of the coolest places EVER!!). I believe this to be paranormal, due to the way it moves and the way it correlates with other happenings of the night.

Example #2:

Example #2: Photos taken of me at a haunted location (not during an investigation)…Not a ghost. Orbs can appear different in pics, but they all sort of have this basic appearance.

I’m still kind of new at all this, so if this sounds like word vomit…well it’s word vomit with some good information in it. If there’s anything anyone wants me to discuss, please let me know!