400 block of Main Street - 1880 ~ (www.photoswest.org)

Longmont was founded in 1871 by a group of Chicagoans who had decided to found a new town in Colorado. Originally called the Chicago-
Colorado Colony, the men sold memberships in the town and with the proceeds purchased the land necessary for the town.

The city began to flourish as an agricultural community after the buiding of the Colorado Central Railroad line arrived northward from Boulder in

In the 1940s the city began to grow beyond these original limits. In the 1960s the federal government located an air-traffic control center in town
and IBM built a large plant near the city. As agriculture waned, more high technology has come to the city especially in the hard-drive industry
including companies like StorageTech, Seagate and Maxtor.

The downtown along Main Street, once nearly dead during the 1980s, has seen a vibrant revival in the last decade. In the mid 1990s, the south
edge of the city became the location of the first New Urbanist project in Colorado, called Prospect New Town, designed by renowned architect
Andres Duany.

                                            For All Those Things That Go Bump in the Night....

                                                                         "Paranormal Open Mic Night!"

                                                            * On Friday the 13th!   * This Friday, Sept. the 13th!

                                                                       Hosted by Spirit Connection Investigations!

Come and share your pictures, recordings and/or experiences of all things paranormal with other paranormal enthusiasts.

Take the stage to tell your story, or just to talk to experienced investigators and get your questions answered.

Please call to make reservations, as space is limited and we know how many will be attending for refreshments and snacks that will be provided.

We also request that each person make a $5 donation at the door to defray costs.

Special Guest -- Laura, investigator and co-founder of Boulder County Paranormal Research Society.

Date: 9/13/13 (Friday the 13th)
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 900 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont, CO
(Recreation Center Building)
Reservations: 303-709-5995

If you are not able to attend other sessions, please check back to this Upcoming Activities page for future dates for our "Open Mic Night" coming
soon. Depending upon interest for this type of event, plans are to hold a meeting like this once a quarter or every other month. We will also be
reaching out to other paranormal investigating groups in the region to feature a different group at each meeting so that attendees will have an
opportunity to talk with a variety of investigators in the field and get other opinions.

Paranormal Investigating with SCI

If you are interested in learning how an experienced, professional group performs such an investigation, please call 303-709-5995 or email us at
spiritconnections@msn.com with any questions you may have or to request a registration form.



                                                                                       PAST EVENTS:


                                                                    at the historic Callahan House in Longmont  

                                                                                     with psychic Dori Spence!

                                                                                   Friday, December 9th, 2011

                                   Above photo of the historic Callahan House is from: http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/callahan/

Callahan House
312 Terry St.
Longmont, CO

$12.50 adults - $10 16- under or 60 and over


Reservations Requested : 303 776 3611




 Historical Walk in the Park!
                                                                                    Led by Dori Spence

Date & Time of Event: Sunday - August 15th, 2010

Location: Guided Walking Tour of Thompson Park Neighborhood

Description of Event: A guided tour of many of Longmont's first residences,first library, & first park. A short walking tour including refreshments &
presentation: Longmont's "Living Legends" @ the Historic Thompson House Inn (1887)!!!

Time:  5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $18.50 – individual     $ 35.00 – double  

Reservations required

A portion of the proceeds will be presented to the St. Vrain Historical Society

For information or reservations call: Dori Spence at: (303) 776-3611 or E-mail Dori at:

Tour Guide = Dori Spence

Thanks for your support of this Community event!!!

Ghost tours of Longmont!

Held annually around Halloween!

Sponsored by SPOOKS, Inc., a 501c(3) nonprofit organization

Reservations required - space is limited.  

(303) 776-3611

Tour locations provided when reservations are requested.
Adults $12.50, Seniors (65 & over) and Students (16 & under) $10.00.  Under 5 free. This is a (leisurely) walking tour, so participants should
dress accordingly. Inclement weather, call ahead to confirm the tour will take place.


Ghosts of Christmas Past Holiday Tour

(Past event)

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Meet up close and personal-- Longmonts Notable History Makers!

Some Gone, but not Forgotten ---- Some Forgotten, but not Gone??

This tour will explore the History & Mystery of Historical Downtown Longmont including visits to the Imperial Hotel, Callahan House and Dickens
Opera House!

short walking tour concludes with a Presentation and Appetizers at Dickens Tavern

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Advance Reservations Required -- $18.00 per person --- (303) 776-3611 ~~  dorispence@gmail.com

(303) 776- 3611 for reservations or information!
Historical Ghost Tours by SPOOKS, Inc.(Society for the Prevention of the Ostracization or Obliteration of Kindred Spirits.)

                                                                       The Historic & Haunted Hansen Building

                                                                                               477 Main Street

The Hansen Building got its start in 1905, with the construction of a brick structure 25 feet wide and 65 feet deep. Construction costs at the time
was approximately $50,000. The building was built to house the Colorado Telephone and Telegraph Company.

While the phone company was the first occupant, many other organizations have followed in ther ensuing years. The building was known as the
"Woodmen of the World Hall" in the 1920's and 30's, housing an assured life association. Other interesting tenants have included Seedle
Insurance and Ann's Cinderella Beauty Salon in the 1950s and 60s.

In 1962, an extensive remodel of the building was performed by Ralph Faith, general contractor and Robert Braun, architect. This included pink
nubra stone and glass panels on the facade facing Main Street.

Dr. Robert Hawkins, an osteopath, owned the building in the 1960s and practiced out of a portion of the property. By the 1970s and 80s, the
building had housed such businesses as Second Hand Rose Antiques and Petey and Who's Underground Sound Records and Tapes.

Most recently, Jim and Sandy Hansen became owners where they operated the Hansen Law firm. They developed a love for the building and its
location. In the late 1990's they spent 2 years and $950,000 on a complete renovation of the building. The renovation included all new Colorado
redstone, solid cherry doors, curved walls, and slate floors.

All in all, the Hansen Building is a charming reflection of a revitalized downtown Longmont.



Every Friday, as the work-week is winding down at a downtown mortgage company in the charming old Hansen Building, business in the afterlife
starts to pick up.

In fact, the phones in the afterworld reportedly ring off the hook.

"We always think we hear the phone ringing, even when it's not," said Gail Calabrese, at Capital Advantage Mortgage in Longmont.

"It's the one thing everyone here has noticed. We always think it's eerie. We hear ringing, and we look at the phone, but nothing's lighting up."

That was before mortgage employees found out that the building, at 477 Main St., housed the first telephone company in the area around the
turn of the century.

It started up in 1902 with one operator and nine clients and was called Mountain Bell.

Professional psychic Dori Spence explained to employees a pattern of sorts was happening like the time in the building's history when phones
rang incessantly as part of daily business.

"What we have in common with spirits is we know there are certain energies," Spence said last week during a ghost tour she leads of downtown
Longmont. And in some cases, she said, "It's almost a parallel reality."

Originally published Oct. 4, 2003 ~ Ft. Collins Coloradoan

                                                                    The Dickens Opera House


                  Above historic photo from:  www.photoswest.org

Above historic photo details:

The Buckingham Hook & Ladder Company at Third and Main in Longmont ---------->>>
with the old Dickens Opera House shown in the background.

Twenty two members of Buckingham Hook & Ladder Company pose in a line at 3rd (Third )Avenue and Main Street, Longmont, Colorado. The
men wear their new uniforms, flat fire caps, dark belted trousers and shirts decorated with breast bibs and letter: B. "Equipment and uniforms
donated by W. A. Buckingham, junior partner in Longmont's first bank."

Date:  [between 1880 and 1900.]

Source:   www.photoswest.org

                                                                 The Dickens Tavern

                                                                                             300 Main Street
                                                                                         Longmont, CO 80501


                                                                     Above photo: from the City of Longmont website

                    Housed in the downstairs of the Dickens Opera House is the soon to open Dickens Tavern

Originally built in 1881 by William Henry Dickens a relative of the famous author Charles Dickens, William Henry came to the area in 1860 as a
young man, the son of Mary Allen.

When he built the opera house he was one of the largest land owners of the time. The parcel that the building sits on was given to his father by
Ulysees S. Grant, the president.

His goal with the opera house was to bring society and culture to a growing community. He furnished it with lavish sets.

The building also housed the original Longmont college in 1885 until a building was completed on Atwood Street.

The site survived the devastating fire which destroyed much of downtown Longmont and has continued to operate under many business
ventures since.

It first was a bank and the original vault remains.

.......There are those that believe the opera house and bank below house a presence of past occupants still in the walls and

In the Tin room, there are two large portraits of the early days of the bank and the bar. If you look carefully you can make out the image of the
terrier that Wm Dickens owned.

There is, in another shot, the headless torso of a waitress in front of a window. . . ..believe it or not. See for yourself.

In the early days many of the transients and homeless were allowed to spend the nights in the basement in exchange for cleaning up after the
parties. They enjoyed eating and drinking the leftovers of the guests. There is a tale of an actor and his girlfriend who were discovered and
killed by the irate husband of the actress. They may still be there…

We encourage any one to add to the historic tales of the past in this famous landmark when you dine with us.


Great expectations for Dickens Tavern in Longmont

Article from the Boulder County Business Report
June 12th, 2009

In the late 1800s, if you wanted something done in Boulder County, you probably turned to William Henry Dickens. Not because of his
relationship to Charles Dickens (his adoptive mother married the English novelist's grandson), but because the Longmont rancher and freighter
was one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the area.

"While thousands were investing almost fabulous sums in more or less doubtful mining ventures, in enterprises where great fortunes have been
repeatedly sunk, he steadily pursued old and reliable methods of gaining riches, was conservative and wise in all his investments, and prosperity
long ago came to him as his just reward," according to Portrait and Biographical Record of Denver and Vicinity, published in 1898.

It should be no surprise, then, that the building he constructed as an opera house in 1881 still stands at the corner of Third Avenue and Main
Street in Longmont, despite a long-ago fire that ravaged the city. Though it has served as a turnstile for many businesses over the past 128
years - most recently, as a barbecue joint - its current owners, Sean and Lynn Owens, hope its latest incarnation as The Dickens Tavern
restores some of its earlier grace.

To that end, the Owenses scraped the popcorn texturing off the ceiling to expose its original woodwork and pulled up carpeting to reveal lavish
tile flooring. They installed a marble bar top and etched glass in the doors.

"We definitely want people to walk in and feel like they're stepping back in time - like they're in an oldstyle tavern, not something Home Depoted
to look that way," said Sean Owens, who is also the chef.

Owens also saw a higher use for the vault, left over from the building's days as a bank. He converted it from storage for coats and umbrellas into
a wine vault that also houses a secluded table for two - perfect for either romance or a confidential meeting.

The restaurant has banquet rooms available for larger gatherings, though. "We talked to local businesses, and (one of their complaints was
that) there wasn't a good private spot where they could hold meetings," Owens said. He said it was a priority to "give something to Longmont we
felt it needed - a decent restaurant with a good price range and a real comfortable feel. A goal of ours is to really help revitalize downtown."

The tavern meets the needs of local businesses in other ways, too - most notably with its happy hour. For $2.50, worn-out workers can get a 21-
ounce schooner (picture a giant margarita glass) of Bud Light. Every 10,000th person to purchase the special gets an engraved schooner for
future use at the bar and a $100 gift card. The deal is popular; though The Dickens Tavern has been open only since April 15, it's already sold
60,000 of the beer behemoths. There are also deals on other drinks and food, and news and sports on several flat-screen TVs, a modern
upgrade from the town crier that would've stopped by in Dickens' day.

The Dickens Tavern also provides a comfortable noontime respite. Its atmosphere welcomes solo diners, and the menu, oriented toward
comforting, stick-to-your-ribs fare, like pot roast, meat loaf and mac-and-cheese, will take the edge off any work frustrations. "The Dickens
Chicken - our beer-can-roasted chicken - is a shining star," Owens said. The chicken, he said, is all natural. "We try where we can to use natural
and organic, but it doesn't work on the whole menu," he added.

Owens noted that while the restaurant doesn't advertise any sustainability initiatives, "We're trying to be as green as we can." He said he is
working with PACE to get energy audits and qualify as a certified company.

Still, there's one part of the tavern's environment that Owens probably can't do anything about: the ghosts. In a Dickensian twist, there
are tales of revelers who were killed at parties in the opera house and continue to haunt the building, and patrons have reported
sightings. But Owens said any spirits are more mischievous than threatening.

"I was rebuilding the stairs at night before we opened," he recounts.

"I had a nail gun on a compressor. It's really noisy. It started losing power - something or somebody turned off the compressor. I was
the only person in the building, and you can't accidentally turn it off. I yelled, 'If you turn it off, it's just gonna take longer.' "

Owens said he turned it back on, and there was no further disruption of his work.

But there was another time, he said, when he smelled a sewery funk emanating from the basement.

"I yelled, half-jokingly, 'Spirits be gone, and take your smell with you,' and 20 minutes later the smell was gone. They're responsive - if
there's a problem, yell at 'em, and they'll stop."

It seems that Dickens' influence persists - even if it's only in name.

Published date: June 12, 2009

Byline: Laurie Budgar

SOURCE:  Boulder County Business Report


**Past article from 2003:

The old Dickens Opera House built in 1881 that now houses the Third Avenue Grill and Opera House Billiards,  said, "has the biggest selection
of ghosts."

The legend goes that during the building's heyday as an opera house, a young actress found a new lover, a young man starring in a production
there with her. When her previous boyfriend came backstage and found them, he stabbed her and killed the young actor. She lived.

One employee said waitresses have felt someone behind them and turned to see no one there.

In one incident, an unlocked door seemed to be held shut by someone.

One chef confirms there's a lot of ghost gossip among the staff.

"You know, I've been working here for six years and I hear noises," said Ken Metcalf, head chef. "We know this thing is set on a pretty good
foundation. I hear noises sometimes and I go looking for things. I'm the kind of person that's got to see it to believe it." Besides, "It isn't the dead
I'm afraid of."

Spence tells of a time she was visiting the Dickens Opera House stage to watch a show.

"I was waiting for the music to start," she said. Then an otherworldly figure showed up. "The curtain opened and this man was singing, 'Oh Danny
Boy…' I said, 'OK, what do ya want?'"

The Irish spirit proceeded to tell her about how he and other homeless transients were offered to sleep there in exchange for cleaning up after
parties, she said. They would enjoy half-eaten food and half-finished bottles of beer and find cigarettes and left-behind pieces of jewelry.

Being able to have the opera to themselves all night until daybreak, the group would also ham it up.

"He told me, 'We loved the stage. Those of us who were Irish, we took to the stage.'"
Originally published Oct. 4, 2003



William Henry Dickens, an early St. Vrain Valley pioneer, came to the region in 1860 as a young man. He was active in farming and various
business activities which helped him acquire land. In 1898, he was the largest individual taxpayer in Boulder County. Dickens was an
instrumental figure in the formative years of Burlington, serving as its Town Marshall, and was a major constituent of the early developing St.
Vrain Valley.

W.H. Dickens built the structure in 1881 as a theater with the lower floor of the building serving as various commercial establishments. The
Opera House was the most widely used community center in Longmont's early days. Social and cultural community life revolved around this
building for many years. Many types of amusements were enacted here including dances, vaudeville and minstrel shows, plays, and sporting
events such as boxing and wrestling.

The Dickens Opera House is one of only a few period theater structures remaining in the State of Colorado. And, remains one of the very few
structures that could be classified as architecturally significant in the core business area of Longmont.

300 Main Street

Landmark Designation: 1983
National Register: 1987
Construction Date: 1881
Architectural Style:
19th Century Commercial

Source of the below article:   The Boulder County Paranormal website:   www.bouldercountyparanormal.org

Original article source is from:    The Longmont Times-Call newspaper ~ October 26th, 2008

Boo ya gonna call?

Ghost hunters look for evidence in local haunts

By Susan Glairon
Longmont Times-Call

LONGMONT — It’s early morning, and there are no patrons inside. The outside doors are locked.

Inside the Dickens Opera House at 300 Main St., seven ghost hunters don’t need the dead of night to listen for unexplained footsteps or to try to
spot a ghostly vision.

An hour after arriving, two investigators standing near the downstairs bar hear a clink, like someone sorting silverware, they say. They know from
frequent radio communication that no one else is around; the other investigators are upstairs.

Around the bend, in the smaller dining room, they find a tray of knives and forks sitting on a table.

“I picked (the silverware) up and dropped it, and it was the exact same sound,” said Matthew Baxter, 39, a member of Denver-based Rocky
Mountain Paranormal Research Society.

On Oct. 14, three paranormal groups investigated reported paranormal activity at the Dickens Opera House, also home to Shorty’s Pit Bar-B-Q.
During that time, several investigators also heard three unexplained footsteps near the upstairs stage.

Paranormal research groups search for evidence of activity they can’t explain, said Richard Estep, 35, founder of Boulder County Paranormal.

Anything unexplainable must be witnessed by at least two investigators to be considered credible. When possible, occurrences are documented
through video and audio recordings and other scientific instruments.

According to historical accounts, W.H. Dickens, the opera house’s original owner, was shot dead at his home at 303 Coffman St. on Nov. 30,
1915. Although his son was convicted of murder, the conviction was overturned by a higher court and no one was subsequently charged.

In addition, according to local legend, an actress and actor were caught together backstage by the actress’ former boyfriend, and he stabbed
them. Supposedly, the actor died, and the actress lived.

Doug van Riper, owner of the Dickens for 13 years, said he has never seen or heard anything unusual in the Dickens, but he welcomes the work
of the paranormal groups.

“Plenty of other people said they have heard stuff,” he said.

Getting to work

The majority of the work of these ghost hunters involves setting up equipment — Geiger counters, electromagnetic field monitors, air ionization
detectors, infrared thermometers, audio recorders and video cameras. Afterward, the group monitors the equipment and waits.

“About 90 percent of our investigations are quiet and uneventful,” Estep said. “It’s the 10 percent that aren’t that keep us doing it.”

That day, all scientific readings were normal, the group said.

But there were other notable occurrences, they said. Near a wall close to the silverware, Viki Lu, a member of Rocky Mountain Paranormal
Research Society reported an odd feeling.

“It’s a feeling in the pit of your stomach,” said Lu, who describes herself as “analytical” and “not a touchy-feely sort of person.”

Later, three other ghost hunters were asked to walk around the entire floor, and all zeroed in on the exact same spot without knowing about the
others. This kind of occurrence is worth noting, the investigators said.

Even later, the group cordoned off, with chairs, the room with the silverware. They traced several pieces of silverware onto paper and left the
silverware inside the tracings, and then set up cameras and voice recorders that focused on the silverware, a thermometer, a digital clock and
an electromagnetic field meter. An hour later, they looked to see if the objects had moved, if the temperature had changed or if there were any
changes in the electromagnetic fields in the room.

Everything looked the same when they returned. They planned later to review the tapes and soundtracks. They ended the session by sitting in
the room and asking questions to the air, something they call electronic voice phenomena testing.

“Mr. Dickens, are you with us? Can you tell us if it was your son who shot you?

“Are you associated with the Dickens Opera House? Are you an actor or an actress?”

Investigators say that sometimes voices cannot be heard at the time, but are later found on voice recorders.

Weird things

“This is our chance to discover if there are more real things like what we used to believe when we were children,” Baxter said. “The huge pitfall
we have to avoid is not jumping to conclusions.”

The weirdest thing he has seen: a chair lift itself and balance on the leg of a table, something the group documented on video. They also have
seen cameras knocked off tripods when there is no one else around and have recorded voices when no one was there.

During their stint at the Dickens, Estep says the elevator door swung open and closed five to six times, but because there wasn’t another
eyewitness, he can’t count it as evidence of paranormal activity. He checked his video camera, and the fresh battery was dead, but then seemed
to recharge when another investigator looked at it.

Later, the ghost hunters were called upstairs to the stage area. Jessica Harris, a Greeley resident who is the founder of Colorado Paranormal
Research, and Loveland resident Nikki Bohm, 35, said they heard three footsteps on the stairs while standing behind the curtain on the stage.

“Most of us have had experiences we can’t explain,” said Harris, who also said she grew up in a haunted house where bar glasses shot across
the room and where she would hear her name called, but no one would be there. Two to three times each week, she’d wake up to the sound of
her dog growling and see a male figure at the end of the hallway, she said.

Richard said he accompanied several ghostly investigations as a college student in his native England. One time, he went into a sealed-off
kitchen, and the cutlery drawer was on the floor, with every piece lined up as if “waiting for an inspection.”

“It knocked my socks off,” he said.

Other, more recent occurrences included a floor that creaked in front of him and another investigator on the stage at Vance Brand Auditorium.
Slightly earlier that night, they heard a huge bang from backstage, though no one was there. Those sounds will soon be posted on the Boulder
County Paranormal Web site, he said.

“It’s moments like that that keep us coming out,” Estep said.

For now, the intrepid ghost hunters plan to return to the Dickens at 3 a.m. to do their ghostly investigations without traffic sounds.

“Paranormal activity — footsteps out of mid-air and ghostly apparitions — have been around since recorded history began,” Estep said. “Many
eminent witnesses, including many presidents of the United States, have reported paranormal activity. It’s undeniable.”

Contact Susan Glairon at 303-684-5224 or sglairon@comcast.net

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