Haunted Breckenridge, Colorado
A Skiing Town...With Spirits
One of the most premier skiing towns in the state of Colorado is Breckenridge. With its hundreds of ski runs, upscale resorts, swanky restaurants and shops, it's no wonder thousands of people visit Breckenridge every year. But these are the affairs of the living...what of the dead? Believe it or not, Breckenridge is actually an extremely haunted place in the Rocky Mountain region. Its history dates back to its establishment in the 1800s during the big Gold Rush. Prospectors flowed into the town in search for gold, many coming away empty-handed, some staying and making a life for themselves. Then in the 60s, skiing was introduced to the small mining town and changed its vibe forever.
Keeping in mind that hundreds (if not thousands) of years before the white man settled in Breckenridge, Colorado, the native tribes occupied the land. One such native tribe was the Ute people. They were known for their hunting and navigating skills and traveled through the Rocky Mountains often. Do some of their souls still haunt the hills in Breckenridge?
While the town seems to have a very general and boring history, if we look deeper we find Breck has a dark side. There are ghosts in the mountains and in the town...just waiting for the next naïve skiier to come along...
Haunted Buildings in Breck
There are literally hundreds of buildings in Breckenridge that are also on the National Registration of Historic Landmarks. This is because many have been preserved since the time of the prospectors in the 1800s and early 1900s.
Perhaps the most haunted of all is the Brown Hotel. The Brown Hotel is now a music venue and club but has served as a hotel and restaurant since its establishment in 1868. Since its establishment, thousands of people have stayed within its walls. Locals claim a ghost by the name of Mrs. Whitney haunts the hotel to this day. The story goes that one night Mrs. Whitney was murdered, shot to death, by her lover. Supposedly he knew she was sleeping with him for money, which made him very angry, and so he took her life...leaving her trapped at the historic Brown Hotel for eternity. One little girl claims to have seen the ghost wandering around her hotel room and refuses to step inside the hotel since the incident. There are drafts, cold spots, and sounds of people walking around at night when no one is there. Also, Mrs. Whitney's ghost is said to get angry and break glasses on occasion.
Possibly Breck's most famous specter is Sylvia of The Prospector Restaurant. Sylvia was a woman who lived in the building in the late 1800s, a widow, who was looking for a man to take her late husband's place and to take care of her. The story goes that she never found herself a new suitor and died in the building, alone and sorrowful. She can be seen only by men in the building to this day, perhaps still looking for a man to be her husband.
Of course the cemetery located in Breckenridge is said to be very haunted. And why wouldn't it be? With its history of buried prospectors, potential cowboys, and town officials, the cemetery located at Broken Lance Rd and State Highway 9, boasts hundreds of graves and dozens of ghosts! Miners are said to rise from their graves and head out to the hills still looking for gold. Individuals involved in Freemasonry since the early 1900s are also buried here, perhaps still keeping their magical rituals and secrets, even in death.
Edwin Carter's Haunted Cabin
Edwin Carter came to Breckenridge in the mid-1800s, in search for one thing...gold. What he found was something even more important...a solitary and natural lifestyle. Edwin Carter went from prospector to naturalist and built his cabin in Breckenridge, Colorado. There he hunted, fished, and practiced taxidermy (as you can see in the photo to the right). They said he was concerned all of the wildlife in the area would disappear and so he went to work preserving the ones he could. His collection held over 3,000 artefacts. His cabin is still standing to this day and has been renovated in recent years and is still a museum nestled among the Rockies.
But what about Edwin Carter? After he died in the early 1900s, did he find peace? Or does his soul still haunt the old Carter Cabin in Haunted Breckenridge, Colorado? Edwin was a mysterious man. There isn't a whole lot known about him and there are only five known photographs of Edwin Carter in existence today. Some say there's a creepy vibe inside the cabin...others say its a warm and inviting energy. Either way, Edwin Carter's ghost is thought by some to still roam between the walls of the cabin, protecting and preserving the local wildlife...even in death.
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