Littleton







                                                    
                                                                      
Main Street Littleton- 1909
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Littleton- 1910   ~  (photo from www.photoswest.org)




The beginnings of Littleton can be traced to the "Pikes Peak" gold rush of 1859.
Along with the gold-seekers came merchants and farmers to provide the necessities of life. As the fledgling metropolis of Denver City
began to grow, the need arose to construct a series of ditches to carry water to farms and businesses without ready access to rivers
and creeks in this arid land. Among the engineers hired to lay out this system was young Richard Sullivan Little of New Hampshire.

Littleton was named after its founders Richard and Angeline Little, who came to the area following the "Pike's Peak" gold rush of 1859.

Downtown historic Littleton has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1998, and its living history museum draws
100,000 visitors annually.


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                 The Annual Haunts of Littleton!


Annual tour- held each October

Highly recommended tour!



All tours will depart from Romancing the Bean.

Romancing the Bean:  We are located inside the RTD light rail parking lot at the corner of Prince and Alamo in historic downtown
Littleton. Finding a parking spot can sometimes be a problem, but please feel free to pull up to the curb in front of our shop and come
on in. We have a friendly agreement with thelocal gendarme to allow short term parking at the curb for our prized customers...

thegang@romancingthebeanlittleton.com
www.romancingthebeanlittleton.com


A walking tour of the dark side of Historic Downtown Littleton

Join us for an evening of ghosts, nervous laughter and tongue-in-cheek tales. Two of Littleton's favorite sons, Brian Vogt (CEO of
Denver Botanic Gardens) and John Brackney (President of the South Metro Chamber) are the self-proclaimed "...protectors of all
that is right and good in the world; are the tour guides on this frightfully fun adventure.You will learn of the tale of Alferd Packer,
Littleton's cannibal, and of the spirits who lurk in the old Carnegie Library (now the Melting Pot) and why they are still there. There are
the Ladies of the night who still look out of 2nd story windows and the Littleton catacombs where strange sites are still to be seen.
Fairies and phantoms can be seen in gardens and lurking around corners. A great time will be had by young and old alike as you walk
the streets and alleyways ever vigilant for the unexpected. Proceeds benefit Historic Downtown Littleton projects to improve the visitor
experience to the area. For specific dates, times, and pricing please await as the spirits of All Hallows Eve determine the value of your
beating heart...Be forewarned you brave souls: space is limited and payment is cash only at the beginning of the tour.More information
about this year's event will be forthcoming as we pry it out of the stiff, dry skull of our favorite crypt keeper.

South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
(303) 795-0142 | (303) 795-7520 fax
John Brackney, President
jbrackney@bestchamber.com

efeldman@bestchamber.com
www.bestchamber.com/events/haunts.html

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$12 per person or $25 per family,
Children under 12 are free
Admission includes a complimentary tour of the Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion.
Proceeds go to benefit Historic Downtown Littleton projects.
For more information:  
www.bestchamber.com  or  call 303-795-0142


SUPERB TOUR!! This is by far one of the BEST ghost tours that I have ever been on!


Many of the buildings are haunted in historic downtown Littleton- with The Melting Pot the big winner in the eyes of paranormal
researchers.  
Some believe it is the most haunted building in Colorado.


*Some* of the haunted locations on previous tours included:

1) Opus Restaurant
2) Town Hall Arts Center
3) Andy Marquez Gallery
4) The Melting Pot
5) Hudson Gardens (Northwoods Inn)- (mentioned- but not on tour)
6) Static Salon (the apartments above the salon)
7) Hot Pots- (pottery store)
8) Arapahoe Community College - Art & Design Center


To make a reservation for the Haunts of Littleton walking tour:

1. Send an e-mail to:   
jbrackney@bestchamber.com  to make your reservation. Make sure to put "Haunts of Littleton" in the subject
line.

2. In the body of the e-mail, please include the date and time of the tour and the names of the people that will attend.

3. Meet five minutes before the start of the tour; make sure to bring your admission fee (Adults, $12; Families, $25; Children under 12
free)--CASH ONLY will be accepted. Admission includes a free VIP pass to the Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion immediately following
the Ghost Tour.

4. For more information, or to make reservations by phone, call 303-795-0142.

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       Downtown Littleton photos taken by hauntedcolorado.net during a 2004 ghost walk.


































































































                                                                The Melting Pot Restaurant
                                                                       
                                                     
2707 WEST MAIN STREET, LITTLETON, COLORADO

                                                               Originally built as the Carnegie Library




           Above photos taken by www.hauntedcolorado.net ~ October 2004 (During a Haunts of Littleton tour)


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'Brave souls examine Littleton's historic haunts'

Article from: http://denver.yourhub.com/Littleton/Stories/News/About-Town/Story~383554.aspx

Contributed by: Terry McElhaney on 10/26/2007


The Haunts of Littleton Walking Tour skulked through its fifth year presenting tales of ghosts, catacombs and strange happenings
along the streets and alleyways of Historic Downtown Littleton. Nervous laughter and screams of surprise are music to the ears of the
tour leaders as they walk the streets and alleyways ever vigilant for the unexpected.

Two of Littleton's favorite sons, Brian Vogt (CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens) and John Brackney (President of the South Metro
Chamber) are the self-proclaimed "...protectors of all that is right and good in the world" are the escorts for this frightfully fun
adventure. The pair are also the original instigators of the event, which has gathered as many as 5000 intrepid haunt enthusiasts
through the years.

Haunt-goers hear tales of Alferd Packer, Littleton's cannibal and of the spirits who lurk in the old Carnegie Library (now the Melting Pot)
and why they are still there. There are the Ladies of the night who still look out of 2nd story windows, nuns who haunt stairways and the
Littleton catacombs where strange sites are still to be seen. Fairies and phantoms can be seen in gardens and lurking around corners.

Many families make the Haunts a regular part of their Halloween adventures. Proceeds benefit Historic Downtown Littleton projects to
improve the visitor experience to the area.

This year the H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young Professionals Excel) group from the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce gathered early
at Romancing the Bean to prepare themselves for the tour and hope to gain strength against the unknown terrors through numbers.
The local coffee shop, located in the original Littleton D&RG train station, served as this year's staging area for the Haunts and served
up Mexican Hot Chocolate while also serving up some Haunt history via a 130-year-old railroad trainman looking every bit his age.

As the group walked the streets, the tour guides pointed out areas of particular curiosity such as the Town Hall Arts Center. Formerly
the Littleton City Hall and fire station, there have been reports of footsteps and banging walls in the upper reaches of the building. The
infamous Littleton catacombs are a source of hauntings throughout the downtown area according to the duo.

The former Carnegie Library, now home to the Melting Pot, is Littleton's most ghostly gathering place. The building was also used as
Littleton's jail for a time and an escaped inmate was killed on a back stairway. Restaurant employees tell tales of moving espresso
machines, candles lighting themselves and eerie voices emanating from the sealed-up stairway. The jitters were somewhat relieved by
a fresh fruit chocolate fondue provided by the Melting Pot on their Halloween-décor front patio.

A final stop was at Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion who provided VIP entrance to their attraction (the oldest in the metro area) to the
group. All-in-all, a stimulating (to say the least) evening of fun and fright.

The South Metro Chamber H.Y.P.E. group was created to inspire, engage, connect and empower young professionals (defined as
anyone 21-42 years old and those individuals "young at heart") in the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. Through social
networking events in a relaxed atmosphere, H.Y.P.E. helps develop energetic and ambitious young talent who are a force within South
Metro Denver's business scene and have an impact on the current and future marketplace.


Terry McElhaney is the manager of communications for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce

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The following article is from October 31st, 2007 from The Denver Channel.com:


Scores of people believe The Melting Pot restaurant in Littleton is haunted by spirits.

New and old employees said they have encountered events that leave them convinced that the building is haunted.

Ben Jaeger gives tours of the restaurant, which has a long, sometimes tortured history.

He tells 7NEWS some events have made the hair stand up on the back of his neck. He said he was initially a skeptic but his views are
changing.

The restaurant sits on what was once a flood plain where dozens of people died when the Platte River flooded.

The building was also once the Littleton jail where an inmate and jail keeper died during a botched escaped attempt.

Jaeger told the story of one staffer who was putting glasses away in an upstairs room. The worker said she went into the other room
and heard noises. When she returned she said the glasses had been moved from the table to a bench. No one else was around.

A team of paranormal investigators recently spent the night at the building. They claim they recorded mysterious sounds that have no
explanation.


Source of above article:
Some Claim Several Colorado Sites Haunted
Do Ghosts Haunt Melting Pot Restaurant, Cheeseman Park?
Steve Saunders, 7NEWS Anchor
POSTED: 6:00 pm MDT October 31, 2007
UPDATED: 11:24 am MDT November 1, 2007

www.thedenverchannel.com/news/14475560/detail.html

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2006 Blog from: www.siliconashes.net/~imbrium/?p=177


The building which houses the Littleton Melting Pot was built in 1916 as the local library - it still says “PVBLIC LIBRARY” over the door.
When the library got too big and moved to a larger home, the building became the police headquarters. It remained as such until 1977,
when it was sold into private ownership. The Melting Pot moved in in 1996.

It seems that the restaurant’s official home page has been changed, and no longer mentions one of my favorite things about this
particular Melting Pot. But that’s okay…it’s well documented.

One of the greatest things about the building’s long history is that it is definitely, deliciously haunted. The ghosts are, for the most part,
friendly and funny, if a bit wary of strangers. There is the infamous butt-grabber on the stairs - many, many women have reported being
goosed as they walk down to the bottom floor. There is a lovely and sad spirit in the women’s restroom, who I have personally
interacted with and to whom I have become very attached. There are ghosts that hang out under the floor of the bar and grab the
bartenders’ feet. Rumor has it that there is a more malignant fellow who resides in the deepest basement, but only staff is allowed down
there, and only in groups.

It makes me kind of sad to see that the official website no longer mentions the ghosts - I sincerely hope they aren’t planning on denying
what a great place that building is for ghost sightings! Whether you believe in spirits or not, it’s a wonderful old building with great
history, great decor, and to-die-for fondue.


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Ghost stories complimentary at Melting Pot

Article from 7/11/2006
From:  http://denver.yourhub.com
Contributed by: Barbara Neff


Upon arrival we were struck by the majesty of the building at 2707 West Main Street in Littleton. It was my birthday and I had requested
dinner at the Melting Pot as a celebration with my family. We have learned to recognize Carnegie Library buildings. Sure enough, the
gracious hostess told us the building that now houses the Melting Pot was one of them.

Andrew Carnegie was fascinating (1835-1919). He was a Scottish immigrant who made a vast fortune in steel then proceeded to give
the lion's share of his wealth away. He is best remembered as the generous philanthropist who helped build more than 2,500 public
libraries in English-speaking countries around the world.

But, that's not all. The hostess told us the grand old building at 2707 West Main Street had also been a jail and a series of restaurants
before Melting Pot moved in.

We were seated in what seemed to be the basement's basement we walked down so many flights of stairs. The decor is elegant, the
mood regal. Our server, polished professional " Tony," mentioned when we commented on the room we occupied that we were seated
not far from what used to be solitary confinement cells and that people often claim a certain vibe here. Okay, more than a vibe. People
often sense a haunting. Well, more than sense. Some have seen ghosts.

Folklore has it a child drowned in the library's outdoor fountain long ago and that the child, or poltergeist, haunts the place. Tony said
she has shown up, some believe, in photos taken in the place and that she is especially fond of pranking patrons in the women's
restroom, either softly pressing her hands on them or gently grasping their ankles in one of the stalls. Tony's voice lowered and his
eyes widened a little as he related the coup de grace.

Just weeks ago, according to Tony, a huge coffee maker appears to have walked itself right off the edge of a countertop overnight
while the building was closed. When personnel reviewed security tapes certain they'd spy vandals, they saw instead the giant
contraption literally move under its own power. Upon closer inspection of the machine, they found what appeared to be a giant boot
impression, as if the thing had been kicked. The manager discarded the machine, partly due to safety concerns (are insurance riders
available for restless coffee machines?), but mostly because--well, mostly because the machine was part of weird goings-on.

If you go to the Melting Pot, be on the lookout. Though no visitor ever reported getting the boot, many have reported strange
sensations and paranormal sightings. Nothing about the building's aura felt creepy to me. Even if it did, creepiness would be something
I could definitely overlook to get to the food, which is to die for.

Did I really say that?

Great information about the historic building located at 2707 W. Main in Littleton:
www.littletongov.org/history/histlandmarks/carnegie.asp

Great information about Andrew Carnegie, immigrant, steel tycoon, philanthropist:
www.carnegie.org/sub/about/biography.html

If you wish to share your story of a local haunted building, please contact me at palms2pines@aol.com.

http://denver.yourhub.com/Littleton/Stories/Local-History/Stories/Story~100509.aspx


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                                          Featured Story: The Melting Pot ~ Littleton



Source of story & photos from an inactive link:  www.fonduecity.com/ghoststories/index_littleton.htm


Ghost story enthusiasts and believers from all over the Denver area know of this haunted building.  No official documentation can be
found, but most everyone that has lived in the Littleton area for more than ten years has some story about this building.  Many locals
refuse to go near the bar area or into the ladies bathroom because of prior paranormal encounters.

The buildings location has been the cornerstone of this small suburban community since the turn of the last century.  The property
originally sat on the banks of the South Platte River.  Some say that a group of British pioneers met with disaster when a flash flood
surprised their wagon train camp. Several members of their party perished somewhere around the site of the current building. Their
bodies were never recovered and properly buried.

The area became the township of Littleton in the late 1800's, and at the turn of the century the town received a grant to build their first
library.  The architect who designed the building studied overseas and brought back a flare for the "neo-classical" design of the
building.

He also brought back an interest in the occult and had several manuscripts dating from the witch burning era in Europe housed in the
new library.  Volunteers at the library discovered the documents years later and attempted to contact spirits in an "after-hours" library
seance.  

It is said that the head librarian returned to the library only to discover the girls in the middle of the seance.  The girls had apparently
been successful in contacting the deceased.  

The librarian spoke of "ghosts" appearing and then disappearing into the bookshelves.  The manuscripts were "misplaced" in the
building and have never been seen again.  

Paranormal investigators believe these spirits were the lost British pioneers.  Voices with heavy English accents can still be heard in the
kitchen and lower rooms where the Platte River once flowed.  

In the wee hours, after The Melting Pot is closed, managers have reported hearing a rumbling sound that could best be described as
the sound of the rolling ladders that slid across the rows of bookcases in the old library.

In the mid 1900's the library needed to be expanded and moved out of the old building.  The police department soon moved in.  Town
historians are quick to point out that Littleton is and always has been a very peaceful community.  

There were no high profile criminals or crimes, save one, that happened in this building.  Retired police officers tell of the night an
inmate broke out of his cell located in the lower level of the building.  

The escapee killed an officer as he made his way towards the south stairwell in the building.  His freedom did not last long, as more
officers cornered the murderer in the stairwell that was located under the current bar area of the Melting Pot.

The standoff went on until just past midnight when the officers were able to get off three shots and killed the escaped murderer.

There have been over a dozen ghost detected in this old library building and only one is said to be malevolent.  This spirit is always felt
near the south side of the building around or under what is now the bar area.  

The old stairwell is no longer there, and the site of the prisoner's death is now a mechanical room that is kept locked by The Melting Pot
management.  No employees or visitors are allowed in the room because of a long record of paranormal experiences inside.

"Our people get scared to death and they tend not to come back to work", stated the manager.  Bartenders who have worked at The
Melting Pot tell of the sensation of having their ankles "grabbed" by some force below the bar floor, trying to pull them under.  If you visit
The Melting Pot, ask the bartender about the flying 300 pound cappuccino machine.

During the 1970's and 80's, a succession of restaurant concepts came and went in this building.  This was a time of chaos and
confusion inside the building and the resident ghosts could not establish any routine or rapport with the ever-changing groups of "living
inhabitants".  

The ghost retreated to the extensive attic area in the building, only occasionally venturing out on the rooftop to take in the views of the
ever sprawling city of Littleton.

In 1995, stability came to this haunted building when The Melting Pot opened.  The current owners are said to have a healthy
relationship with their ghosts.  Management tends to downplay the haunted history, but most employees have their own stories of
encounters with the spirits.

The ghosts adore the staff and one named "Jack" even enjoys sitting with the staff at their favorite table.  Most of the ghost stay in the
rafters during business hours, but two can be felt downstairs, in the location of the old jail cell and also near the bathroom.  


















                                            
The Carnegie Library at the west end of Main Street, 1920

                                                               Photo from Littleton Historical Museum


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                             Visit Alferd Packer's gravesite!

                                       "The Colorado Cannibal"

                                                      He's buried in the Littleton Cemetery!    

                                                                    6155 S. Prince Street
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                           Above Photos from:   www.littletongov.org   --- and ---   www.ghostwalker.net





The only man in United States history ever convicted of a crime related to cannibalism lies buried in the southwest quarter of lot 65 in
the Littleton Cemetery--- with a tombstone placed over his head at the expense of the U.S. government.


***** For more info on Alferd Packer: Click here

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                                               The Town Hall Arts Center

                                                   ........rumored to have a ghost or two!







































History:

From: www.townhallartscenter.com  

                                       
Opened in 1982 as a performing arts center, the Littleton Center for Cultural Arts Foundation (doing business as Town Hall Arts
Center) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation

It is so named because the 1927 building in which it is housed was originally Littleton's Town Hall. The current lobby once housed the
city fire truck and the scene shop was once a basement jail. The second floor auditorium served as a community meeting room where
the city council met, where court was held and where community dances took place. The present Stanton Art Gallery once housed city
offices.

In the mid-1950s, a new city center was built about six blocks away, and the old town hall stood vacant. Then, in 1980, a group of local
citizens decided the growing city needed a performing arts center. They mounted a fund raising campaign and two years later a newly
expanded and remodeled facility saw the first season staged in the intimate upstairs theatre, which seats 260.

Today, Town Hall Arts Center (THAC) is governed by a volunteer board of 12 that oversees the full-time staff comprised of an Executive
Director and four full-time employees, plus a part-time staff of six.



Town Hall Arts Center
2450 West Main Street
Littleton, Colorado 80120
303.794.2787
Box Office: 303.794.2787 x5
Open Mon thru Friday 1:00 - 5:00 PM - and one hour before show time
thac@townhallartscenter.com








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Main Street - 2004 - taken by www.hauntedcolorado.net