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Greeley was founded in 1868 by the agricultural editor of the New York Tribune, Nathan C. Meeker. Encouraged by his editor's words, "Go
West young man, go West," Meeker organized Greeley as the fulfillment of his utopian dream where everyone could work together for the
common good. He named the new settlement after his editor, Horace Greeley.

Greeley is approximately 64 miles north of Denver (a little over an hour.)

                                         Annual Event  

Spirits of Greeley's Past:  Cemetery Tour of Linn Grove Cemetery                      

Held annually in August

                                            History Alive!    “Spirits of Greeley’s Past"

Greeley's past will come alive today at historic Linn Grove Cemetery.

The third annual "Spirits of Greeley's Past," will be presented by the City of Greeley Museums.

The Silent City Theater Troupe presents shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that "bring alive" several memorable people in Greeley's history. The
program combines history, theater and a little walking. Tickets are available at the gate.

Featured characters this year are Ralph Meeker, son of Greeley's founder, and a newspaper man himself; Maud Meeker, Ralph's cousin and a
dedicated feminist; banker, businessman and philanthropist John Petrikin; Jared Brush, early rancher and politician who became lieutenant
governor; Thomas Macy, sailor, doctor, coroner and mortician; and David Boyd, who arrived in 1870 with the first Union Colonists, survived
plagues of grasshoppers, and wrote an historic account of the Colony's first 25 years. A surprise featured spirit is Mary Kornman, a Hollywood
child star from the "Our Gang" series who later appeared in movies with John Wayne and Bing Crosby.

Linn Grove Cemetery is at Cedar Ave. and E. 18th St., Greeley.

(970) 350-9220

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                             Meet some memorable folks from Greeley's early history

Following a very successful program last summer, “Spirits of Greeley’s Past” returns to focus on six different people who lived in Greeley in the
19th Century.  The Silent City Acting Troupe presents shows at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. that “bring alive” several long-time residents of Linn
Grove Cemetery.  Tickets are available in advance or at the gate.  Call 350-9220 for more information.

Costumed actors portray Daniel and Nancy Carpenter, William Henry Farr, Rosene Meeker, Dr. Jesse Hawes, Psyche Boyd and Guililimus Law,
all people who were active in Greeley before 1900.  They were chosen for the interesting and varied lives they led and their importance in early
Greeley's history.  Actors are stationed at the gravesite of their character and present a 10-minute summary of their lives.  Following a short time
for questions and answers, visitors move to the next grave with a spirit guide.  

“We believe this is an excellent way to learn the stories of some of Greeley’s earliest residents,” says Chris Dill, Museums Superintendent.  
“Having these people tell their own story makes a big impression.”

Visitors are asked to bring a lawn chair and water bottle. Parking is at the east end of Linn Grove Cemetery, near the white admissions canopy.  
Refreshments are served there after each performance.

Advance tickets for the 11:00 and 2:00 shows are available (beginning April 19) at Selma’s Store at Centennial Village, 1475 A St., or (after July
1) at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St. They will also be sold at the gate.  Tickets are $3 for kids 6-11, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults.

Linn Grove Cemetery is at Cedar Ave. and E. 18th St.  You may enter from either street and proceed east to the parking field.  

For more information call 350-9220 or e-mail


Barbershop of horrors

Greeley Tribune article
Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Because of its location -- across the street from the well-haunted Weld County Courthouse and also close to the site of Greeley's only lynching --
it's not surprising to learn that people believe the Coronado Barber Shop is haunted.

But "George" is a friendly ghost.

Located in the half-block long Coronado building, the barbershop is owned by Stephanie Hayes, and Raeanne Meeker works in the shop.
They've been there for 16 years and said they've both had "George" experiences.

"I had some customers in here one afternoon," Hayes said, "and suddenly we heard 'CRASH!' I went to the back room and found a hammer lying
on the floor. It'd fallen off a shelf, and there was no one around, and no other way into that room.

"That hammer wasn't touched by anybody for six months," a laughing Hayes said.

Meeker said one of her experiences -- besides hearing the ghostly footsteps like everyone in the building has heard -- involved a set of hair
clippers. "At the end of the day, we take out the clipper blades to clean and change them," Meeker said. "But that day, I came to work and the
clipper blades were back in the clippers. I'm sure I took them out the night before, and no one else was here."

Hayes said for a long time, people referred to the spirit as 'the ghost.' "But I thought it was time to give him a name," Hayes said. "That's when we
decided on 'George.'"

The location of the shop -- 918 9th Ave. -- puts it right across the street from the Weld County Courthouse, which has been rumored to be
haunted for years. Custodians have reported ghostly figures stepping out of a large clock on the first floor, ghost faces appearing on clock faces
throughout the buildings, and one case where a woman saw the ghost of a child beside the judge's bench in one courtroom.

In addition, if there was ever a spirit that could haunt anything, it would be W.D. French, a ne'er-do-well who was arrested for murder on Dec. 29,
1889, and was pulled from his cell and hanged that night by a group of masked men.

The hangin' tree, which was rumored to have died shortly after French was lynched, was located next to the courthouse, directly across the
street from the Coronado Barber Shop.

And it appears, Weld Sheriff's Deputy Dan Stapleton may be the only person to have actual contact with "George."

"A few years ago," Stapleton explained, "I was upstairs in the building using the telephone in an office. No one else was in the room, but
someone shoved me from behind. I turned around, and no one was there."

Stapleton, a 22-year veteran with the sheriff's office said some people don't believe in ghosts. "But," Stapleton said, "they've never been shoved
by one."

                          Employees at law office hear bumps in the night - and day

Greeley Tribune

Mike Peters,

October 31, 2003

It was a Saturday just a couple of weeks ago when Ashlee York came into the downtown Greeley law offices to do some paperwork on a weekend
when no one would be there.

That's what Ashlee thought, anyway.

No one was there. No one human, that is.

In the register of downtown haunted places, the law office of Dickson, Grant and Souvall at 821 9th St. hasn't reached the ghostly proportions of
others, but for Ashlee, that Saturday was enough.

"I came in and turned on the light, and thought I heard some people talking," Ashlee said this week. "I went to my mom's desk to do some work,
and I could still hear a man and woman talking and the woman laughing very loud."

Ashlee said she called her mother, Suzanne York, a paralegal with the firm. While Ashlee was on the phone, she could hear the voices even
louder, just outside the office door and around the corner. In the small hallway, that means the talking couple was less than 10 feet away.

She put down the phone, walked to the office door and looked. The talking stopped and there was no couple.

"Then it got weirder," Ashlee said later, as if anything could make the story weirder. "I heard the noise of a toilet seat being raised." She checked
the restroom and found one toilet seat was up, but no one was in the building with her.

Suzanne said there have been other strange noises in the building in the years she has worked there. When in the basement offices, sometimes
a desk chair being rolled around on the floor upstairs can be heard - when no one is in the office. There also have been sounds of doors
opening and closing, and other things that go bump in the night - and day.

Although the offices are located between two busy restaurants, the office employees don't hear the noises through the thick walls.

Peggy Ford of the Greeley Municipal Museums researched the building, but she was unable to find reports of deaths. She said it was built in
1907 by a painting/wallpapering business and through the years served as grocery stores, drug stores and a candy store known as the Palace
of Sweets. Before the law offices moved in, the store was H&P Surplus.

While that particular building hasn't any previous record of ghosts or untimely deaths, it's located in a ghostly neighborhood:

• About 100 yards to the southwest is the Weld County Courthouse, reputed to be haunted by spirits who live in the clocks, a shadow seen
behind a judge's bench, and the laughing voice of a little boy.

• A block to the east is the Best Western Regency Hotel, built near the original site of the Chief Theater, which people claim was haunted before
it was razed for the hotel. Employees of the hotel today claim the Chief Theater ghost - a woman dressed in white - now occupies the third floor
of the hotel.

• Next to the Weld County Courthouse, in the plaza to the south of the building, is where Greeley's only lynching took place. The tree is gone
from the 1889 hanging of W.D. French, but it is said his ghost lingers about.

Whether the law offices are haunted or not, it doesn't change much, Suzanne said. "Apparently they're friendly ghosts, so we'll just keep on
working there."

                                            Gossip, ghost stories haunt Weld courthouse

Built 1917

Referred to as Neo-Classical or Classical Revival, the Weld County Court House combines classic styles of the Greek, Roman and the Baroque

Greeley Tribune

Mike Peters,

November 19, 2001

Shairon Whitman is chasing an urban legend.It's a slippery, unstoppable conglomeration of rumors and untruths. Spreading at the speed of
gossip, it is traveling faster than Whitman can control. It all started innocently enough, with a group of people who wanted to explore the idea of
ghosts in the old Weld County Courthouse at 9th Avenue and 9th Street. Now the stories and rumors have reached the point that Whitman
thinks she's in danger.

She doesn't want her photo in the newspaper, fearing someone who believes the fantastic fables might try to retaliate. "I'm afraid someone, some
crackpot, might take a shot at me," she said.

"That's how angry some of these callers are."

The stories began after Nov. 1, when a few courthouse employees and others interested in ghosts wanted to spend a few hours in the historic
building after dark, walking from room to room, trying to see if a fabled ghost might appear.

The old courthouse, a resplendent stone anchor in downtown Greeley, has been the subject of ghostly tales for years:

The ghosts of the clocks supposedly appear to custodians who work in the courthouse at night. Some said they saw faces appear briefly in the
clock faces on different floors of the building; some said they saw a ghostly figure disappear into the old grandfather clock on the main floor of
the courthouse.

The attic of the courthouse, spooky enough just because of the wooden plank walkways, brick walls and antique woodwork, has been thought to
be haunted for many years.

In one courtroom, the lights mysteriously sway in the middle of court hearings, and a ghostly shadow has been seen behind the judge's bench.

A court employee once recorded a hearing, and when transposing the audio tape later, a lawyer was interrupted in mid-sentence for about a
minute of ghostly moans, thumps and the sound of footsteps on marble. Then the tape resumed without missing a word of the lawyer's speech.

And, of course, there's "Margaret," the ghost of the elevator.It was because of those and other tales of hauntings in the courthouse that Whitman
and fellow workers and friends decided to make the after-dark tour of the courthouse.After-hours functions at the courthouse are nothing new.
Whitman, a 19-year employee of the courthouse, is in charge of most of them, including tours, banquets and college classes that visit to study
the art, architecture and history of the old building.

Mike Peters,
November 19, 2001

                                  The Chief Theater Ghost
                                                                           (aka: Hotel Ghost)

Probably the most told ghost story in Greeley, it began when employees of the old Chief Theater in downtown Greeley reported seeing the
apparition of a blonde woman dressed in a white, turn-of-the-century dress, haunting the balcony. Various origins for the ghosts have been
given, from an actress killed in the theater's early days and buried in the basement, to the ghost of Cora Rose, a woman shot in her downtown
area home in 1916. Her murder was never solved.

According to some students of ghostly legends, when a haunted building is torn down, the ghost may remain in the area, because the building
will always be the same. This is the story of employees of the downtown Best Western Regency, 8th Avenue and 8th Street, located on the same
block as the old Chief Theater. They claim to have seen a ghostly apparition on the third floor of the hotel.

                                      Sometimes things go bump in the hotel

Greeley Tribune

Mike Peters,
October 31, 2002

If you're looking for a ghost tonight, you might visit a downtown Greeley hotel -- if you dare.

Hotel workers tell of a floating apparition who goes by the name "Rosie." She could be the combination of two well-known stories in Greeley --
one of another ghost at the same location, the other of an unsolved murder.

The present-day ghost story comes from the Best Western Regency Hotel at the corner of 8th Avenue and 8th Street. Although two top hotel
managers are non-believers in the ghost, they have heard the stories.

"I once had a housekeeper call from one of the rooms and she screamed over the phone that she saw 'something' in a room," said Roseanna
Talamantes, the accountant for the hotel and manager of the night club on the hotel's supposedly haunted third floor. "The maid ran out of the
hotel that day and never came back."

Some of the hotel's custodial staff and maintenance workers won't work alone on the third floor and usually turn on all the lights when they're up
there, Talamantes said.

But both Talamantes and general manager Bill Duerre say that people's imaginations play a big role in seeing ghosts. If someone wants to see a
ghost badly enough, they probably will, the two agreed.

Another longtime hotel employee, Debbie Miller, said she doesn't like to work late alone in the hotel because of the odd noises that sometimes
can be heard, plus "the feeling that someone is always watching you." But despite her trepidations, Miller said she's never actually seen "Rosie."

But the "Ghost of the Third Floor" didn't originate in the hotel.Long before the hotel was built, a theater stood on the same downtown lot. First
built in the early 1900s, it was called The Electric Theater. By the 1960s and '70s, the theater became known as The Chief, and the legend of
the ghost was alive and well.

The ghost at that time was supposedly a woman with long blonde hair, dressed in a white, turn-of-the-century style dress. She was seen in the
balcony of the old theater, which was about the same level as the third floor of the hotel that would be built in 1987, after the theater was torn

Several people claimed to have seen "The Ghost of the Chief Theater," and two self-proclaimed psychics told the same story: The woman was
an actress in the early days of the theater, and she was murdered by her lover, the manager of the Chief.

According to the legend, he bricked-up her body in a wall in the basement of the theater.

There was no record of anyone ever dying in the theater, except for an elderly man who suffered a heart attack while watching "Night of the
Living Dead" in the mid-1960s. When the theater was torn down, no bodies, skeletons or other human remains were found in the basement.

But those who study ghosts say that once a building is razed, the ghost will remain there, haunting whatever is built in its place. Thus the
connection to the Best Western Regency's third floor. The Chief Theater ghost apparently just changed residences.

"Rosie" is the name workers call the hotel's elusive ghost, but no one knows where the name came from.

But there is a "Rose" connection in Greeley. A woman named Cora Rose Allyn was murdered June 10, 1916, in Greeley, and her murderer was
never found. Her house was located in the 1300 block of 10th Street, about five blocks from where the hotel stands today.

When the story of the ghost of the Chief Theater began making rounds 15 years later, some said it was Cora Rose's ghost, roaming the halls,
trying to find her murderer.

Others say Rosie could just be a figment of the imagination.Perhaps this Halloween, the mystery will be revealed.

                                                          Things That Go Bump in the Night

By Mike Peters. Originally published in the October 17, 1998, edition of the Weld County Past Times


From the face in the courthouse clock to the spirit house on 11th Street, Greeley has its share of ghost stories. While few have been researched
and none probably proven true, Greeley can produce several ghost stories this Halloween that will compete with any city’s tales.


Talk to almost anyone who has worked in the 82-year-old building in the heart of downtown Greeley, and you’ll find that mysterious things are
happening there.

For example:

Janitors claim to have seen a spiritual image enter and leave the old grandfather clock on the second floor. It has created such a controversy
that several people conducted a séance around the clock two years ago, but apparently the ghost chose not to speak.

The fifth floor of the courthouse is especially spooky. It is now a storage attic, with rough concrete floors, bare light bulbs and long, deep
shadows. One court reporter claims he was looking for a file in a stack of boxes when a box moved “all by itself.” It contained the file he was
searching for. Many courthouse employees refuse to go in the attic alone.

In a courtroom on the third floor a few years ago, a juror in the middle of the trial noticed someone hiding behind the judge’s bench, peeking out
from behind the wall. A search for the mysterious stranger showed nothing. In the same courtroom, employees wonder why the chandeliers
sometimes swing back and forth for no apparent reason.

At least one longtime employee believes the ghosts of the courthouse could be the restless spirit of W.D. French, the victim of Greeley’s only
lynching. It occurred in 1888, when a lynch mob broke into the Weld County jail and drug out murder suspect French and hanged him from a
tree branch. The tree which supposedly died only a short time after the hanging, stood at almost the exact location where the courthouse was
built 26 years later.


First revealed in 1978 just before the old theater in downtown Greeley closed, the ghost was supposedly a young woman with long blond hair
and dressed in a turn-of-the-century white dress. Psychics and self-described “transmittal mind hypnotist” agreed the ghost was a young woman
who was murdered by the theater manager, who was her lover, between 1910 and 1920. She was supposedly buried in the basement of the 75-
year-old building.

Two theater employees first reported seeing the woman in 1978, and later, others claimed she’d appeared at their homes. There was no record
of anyone being murdered in the building, and when the old theater was torn down, no bones or other evidence of a grave was found.

Today, the parking lot of the Ramkota Hotel occupies the space of what was once the chief theater. But the memory of the ghost apparently

A young blond woman dressed in a turn-of-the-century white dress, has allegedly been seen wisping about on the unoccupied third floor of the


There must be something about the theater that attracts ghost stories.

Maybe it’s the wide open spaces of the theater, or drama students that invite the ghastly tales.

Above the school’s stage, high up in a fourth-floor room, is the costume storage area, known by drama students as “The Tower.”

There has been a “Ghost in The Tower” story at Central for years. According to one drama teacher, the ghost is supposedly a student who
hanged himself in the tower decades ago because he didn’t get the lead in the school play.

There’s no record of such a death in the school.


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