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Nicknamed "The Sweetheart City" because of the 300,000 valentines that annually carry the city's postmark around the world, Loveland sits
near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon, earning the right to also be known as the "Gateway to the Rockies."

Loveland's beginnings go back to 1858 when a frontiersman from New Mexico opened a trading post in the area that became part of the
Overland Stage Line. Soon the railroad arrived, and in 1877 a settlement was platted on a wheat field near the tracks. This new town was
named after W.A.H. Loveland, the railroad president at the time. Loveland flourished with merchants, schools, churches and families and has
continued to grow to its present population of 41,000.

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                                            Investigators say riding center's haunted house may have ghost

                                                                          Above photo from the Fort Collins Coloradoan article

A ghoulish prop sits Thursday at the ranch house at the Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center property for the nonprofit's annual
Halloween haunted house fundraiser as intern Selena Patterson's image appears in the mirror. The Trans Atlantic Paranormal Society
believes the house on the property might actually be haunted and performed an investigation there Saturday. (Douglas Crowl - Loveland

STORY BY ADAM CHODAK • 9 News • July 28, 2009

LOVELAND - They came in equipped with infrared cameras and audio recording equipment.

These researchers were looking for ghosts.

The research site wasn't a dilapidated mansion or dreary hotel. No, these investigators were out to find ghosts at a horse ranch.

Not only that, the ranch they picked belongs to the nonprofit Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, which teaches people with disabilities
how to ride a horse.

It was the three old houses on the ranch that intrigued these ghost hunters.

They're members of a group called Colorado Paranormal Research & Investigations, or CPRI. It's linked to the national organization Trans
Atlantic Paranormal Society, which is associated with the popular TV series "Ghost Hunters."

About a month ago, a CPRI member called Hearts & Horses.

"They said, 'We hear you have a haunted house,' " said Carrie Coyne, events director for Hearts & Horses.

It was true. Hearts & Horses started a haunted house last fall to raise money.

"I laughed and said, 'No, it's a fundraiser,'" Coyne said. "They then corrected me and said, 'No, we have interviewed someone who says the
house is indeed haunted.'"

The stories go back generations. One of the houses on the ranch was built in the 1800s.

One story is that a ghost mills around the house moving items from place to place. Another is that two children, a boy and a girl, live in one of
the basements.

Cece Green grew up in the house after her parents moved there in 1962 and lived there as an adult off and on until the 1990s.

For as long as Green can remember, the family always accepted that something special lived in the house and its outbuildings.

"I didn't even think that anything was strange about it," she said.

It was common for items placed on shelves to be found moved around or thrown on the ground, sometimes just minutes later, Green said.

The folks at Hearts & Horses had heard some of the stories. Some even had a few inexplicable experiences themselves.

The charity gladly let the group in to test out the houses.

In fact, several members of Hearts & Horses decided to stay the night with the investigators. That was Saturday.

"We had a few different experiences that people couldn't quite explain, such as the light going on in the stone house and nobody being able to
explain why or how," said Serena Patterson, a program intern at Hearts & Horses.

CPRI said the researchers still have to review all the recordings taken that night but do suspect the buildings are haunted.

"We did hear some shuffling from the living room when no one was in there," said Randy Schneider, one of the founders of CPRI.

He expects the results to be in within the next week or so. If the volunteers confirm there is a supernatural presence, they've volunteered to
help with an October fundraiser to have members of the public participate in ghost hunting at the house.

As for getting Hearts & Horses on "Ghost Hunters," Schneider said it's a possibility, albeit a remote one.

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Investigation looks to scare up ghosts at Loveland ranch

By Douglas Crowl • Loveland Connection • July 24, 2009

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It’s easy to feel spooked walking through the old ranch house on the Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center property.

The two-story building is packed with ghoulish props from the nonprofit’s Halloween haunted house fundraiser.

Decapitated heads, skeletons, blood-stained walls, body parts, zombies and lots of scary stuff adorn nearly every room.

But the Colorado branch of the Trans Atlantic Paranormal Society, TAPS, has reasons to believe that it’s not just Halloween props haunting
the building.

This is the same group connected to the popular television series Ghost Hunters, where a crew scientifically investigates haunted houses
using equipment to detect temperature changes, magnetic fields and other environmental elements that they contribute to ghostly activity.

The Colorado branch of this group will perform a similar scientific investigation for ghosts in the house based on ghosts stories from one of the
property’s longtime owners and staff at Hearts & Horses.

“None of what they have experienced is evil or bad,” said Terry Jester, who will lead the investigation for TAPS. “It’s just knowing that they are
never alone in the house.”

Jester wouldn’t say when Colorado TAPS will conduct the investigation, so the public doesn’t try to participate, but it will happen by the end of

From the stories she’s collected, the anecdotal evidence suggests haunting of residents in the house, which was built in the 1800s.

Cece Green grew up in the house after her parents moved there in 1962 and lived there as an adult off and on until the 1990s.

For as long as Green can remember, the family always accepted that something special lived in the house and its outbuildings.

“I didn’t even think that anything was strange about it,” she said.

It was common for items placed on shelves to be found moved around or thrown on the ground, sometimes just minutes later, Green said.

“It was just what we expected, or came to expect very quickly,” Green said.

Jester interviewed Green, who now lives in Texas, for her research in the investigation.

“I’m just so jealous that I can’t be up there, you can’t imagine,” Green said.

A former Hearts & Horses staff member also claims to have seen two children in the basement, which is one among several stories about the
property, Jester said.

“There’s really been a lot of stuff going on over the years,” Jester said.

If they detect something in the investigation, they’ll continue ghost sleuthing there in the future to try to confirm their readings, Jester said.

The interest by TAPS, of course, is a good drive for the nonprofit, which raises money on its haunted house fundraiser in the house TAPS
believes to be haunted.

“I would love to take credit for this,” Hearts & Horses Volunteer coordinator Carrie Coyne said with a laugh.

But she said TAPS learned of the ghost stories first from a former Hearts & Horses staff member and became interested in the property from

That’s not to say the nonprofit won’t take advantage of the publicity.

If the TAPS crew of volunteers confirms what they believe is a supernatural presence in the building, they will participate in an October
fundraiser to have members of the public participate in ghost hunting at the house, Jester said.

Hearts & Horses, Inc.

163 N. County Rd. 29
P.O. Box 2675
Loveland, CO 80539
Phone: 970-663-4200
Fax: 970-663-3891

                                                Ghost tours of historic downtown Loveland!

                                                     by Dori Spence of SPOOKS, Inc.!

Held annually in October

Hosted by Gail and Dori of SPOOKS, Inc.

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

Reservations required - space is limited.  303-775-7137 or 970-669-1249. 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.  

                                                                    The haunted & historic Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre
228 E. Fourth Street
Loveland, Colorado 80537
(970) 962-2120

Directions to the Rialto:  The Rialto Theater is located in historic downtown Loveland at 228 E. 4th Street between Cleveland and Lincoln.


  Ghosts of the Rialto

The Historic Rialto Theater, completely renovated to its original 1920 decor, is a centerpiece in downtown Loveland. From silent films to
traveling vaudeville shows in the '20s, today the Rialto Theater is a community performing arts center featuring live concerts, events,
productions, and movies. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

"Supposedly, there was a workman who was on the original construction, and the scaffolding beneath him collapsed and he fell onto the stage
and died," says Jan Schendel, who books acts at the theater. "

"The legend is, he hangs out in the projection booth. I was walking up the stairs towards the balcony and basically, something came right past
me on the stairs. It was one of those things where all the hair on the back of your neck stands up. There's just kind of that movement in the air
and it was cold. That day on the stairs, that definitely was something.

"Everybody associated with the theater has had something like that happen, like doors that will not open no matter what we try. One time, I was
trying to get the door to the projection booth open and I just said, `Okay, can I please come in,' and the next time I tried, the door came open. It
could have been a stuck lock, but he hangs out up there."

Fort Collins Coloradoan, October 22, 2000
Local haunts

                                                              Juan's Mexican Food & Cantina

128 E. Fourth Street
Loveland, CO

The resident ghost at Juan's Mexican Food and Cantina not only is a friendly specter, he's even a hero.

Just ask owner John Moresco, who believes firmly in the existence of "George," who haunts the Fourth Street restaurant.

For a long time, the building where Juan's operates now used to house drinking establishments, Moresco said.

"It was a rowdy bar for a long time," he said.

The spirit of a man who supposedly died or was killed in the building many years ago, George now makes himself comfortable there.

He's mischievous, sometimes tossing glasses, hiding the lids to the blenders, turning on the radio or causing the lights to flicker, Moresco said.

But he's a good ghost.

"Old George is a very considerate fellow," Moresco said. "We like him."

As far as he is concerned, George is welcome to stay as long as he wishes.
That's because of what happened one night when Moresco awoke to the persistent image of flames shooting up in his restaurant.

Sleepy, he murmured, "George, if there's a problem, take care of it for me."
The next morning, he received a phone call from the prep cook, who arrived to prepare the day's meals. The cook reported that the stove
would not work.

"Check the main switch," Moresco advised him. The cook did. It had been turned off. When the cook turned it back on, flames shot up from the
pilot light.

Moresco credits George for preventing a fire. "George took care of it," he said. "I said, 'George, baby, you can have anything you want.'"Now
George has a girlfriend, dubbed "Shelly" by those who have sensed her presence and smelled the rich perfume she wears, he said.

"This little gal has been here for the past eight months. She will brush by you and you smell the wonderful perfume she's wearing," he said.
"I'm trying to give them all the freedom they need."


Juan Moresco was the first to arrive at his restaurant one Friday morning, but soon felt he wasn't alone.

I walked in here this morning and there was somebody standing by the dishwasher," Moresco said. "Then, he disappeared. I said, 'Hey, wait a
minute! You guys are gonna have to learn to work, clean up something, if you're going to be here.'"

Apparitions are commonplace at Juan's Mexican Food & Cantina, 128 E. Fourth St., Loveland, where Moresco finds himself in the double-duty
role of restaurant owner and ghost controller.

Several bar-loving, card-playing spirits roam the building, once home to the rowdy bars The Buckhorn and The Dutchman. Moresco says when
things get out of hand, he has to "have a chat" with them.

For instance, he said the spirits protested a ghost-probing visit by the Loveland Reporter-Herald recently by throwing plates to the ground
three feet in front of where they'd been neatly stacked.

"It was a message," said Moresco. "I don't think they want attention brought to the place." He also said when things "fall," they miraculously
never break " 'cause we don't allow that around here."

"My poor little prep gal — lately she's been seeing a lot of 'people,' "

Moresco said. "I went out one day and locked her in when the restaurant wasn't open. She said she had a delivery guy come in and ask for
me. After she left, she wondered, how did he get in here? She was locked in. Another time, she saw somebody walk right past her through the
kitchen and she started talking to me, but I wasn't back there. Nobody was back there. My son kept saying there's a woman who keeps walking
through here and goes out to the side patio. We have a menagerie of 'people' here."

Juan's Mexican Food & Cantina is among several places ghost-seekers with SPOOKS Inc. pointed out last Saturday during a ghost tour of
downtown Loveland.

"Two different waiters say one of the things they see there is a guy standing in front of the freezer, but he doesn't have a head," said Dori
Spence, tour guide and professional psychic.

The restaurant has been especially active lately.
Relatives of deceased visitors who frequented the bar-turned-restaurant sometimes come by and say they 'feel' the presence of their loved
ones there at his restaurant, Moresco said.

"We get a lot of music playing here and we don't know where it's coming from, and lights flashing on and off," he said. "One ghost brushes by
you and she smells lovely. Pots and pans move. One particular ghost likes to have things a certain way and will move them back.

"To some of the old folks who used to frequent this place, this was like their church," Moresco said. "They played cards down here and have
chosen to stay. My wife asked me 'Where are you going to stay when you're a ghost? Will it be here?' I said 'No, I'm going to the Hunt Club to
hang out over there.' "

By Anna Maria Basquez
Fort Collins Coloradoan

                                                            Loveland Municipal Building

500 E. 3rd St.
Loveland, CO 80537

The sound of laughter from children is something that most people wouldn't give a moment's thought.

However, when it's laughter that echoes through halls when nobody's there, from children that might have lived 90-some years ago, it can be a
bit unnerving.

Thoughts of such laughter have rattled some of the cleaning crews at the Loveland Municipal Building, which was known as the old
Washington School from 1905 to 1973.

"One member of the (night) cleaning crew said she's been upstairs and heard laughter," says Kathy Whittington, lead building attendant for
the city of Loveland.

"She stopped and asked her husband (who works there) if he heard it. He said yes, and they ended up going outside for a little while. She's
heard it a couple of times, and nobody was in the building."

It seems children are responsible for moving things in the old Washington school.
Whittington says buttons have mysteriously lit up while people are alone in the elevator.

"There are just feelings sometimes when you're in here. You don't feel alone when you are," said Grace Cook, who works there.
SOURCE: Publication: The Gazette; Date:2001 Jun 02; Section:METRO; Page Number 4

The unusually large doors of what was the old Washington School from 1905 to 1973 must have appeared gigantic to the small children who

A golden school bell sits encased in glass just outside what is now the council chambers. A sign sits outside the building amid the grass lawn in
the place the playground used to be. The entrance where elementary children crammed through the front doors each day is blocked by a
barrier and locked from the outside.

But cleaning crews often claim the children aren't gone.

"Cleaning crews have heard the doors open and close right in the same hallway as they would be in when no one is there," she continued.
"They'd put a trash can outside of a room they are cleaning and they'd come out and the trash can would be down the hall. The east staircase
- people have walked up it and turned around because they heard footsteps like someone was behind them. We hear a lot about the elevator."

One elevator incident took place barely more than a week ago.

"I went to get into the elevator about 6:30 in the morning last week," says Grace Cook, who works the morning shift at the building.

"I was on the middle floor and I was going to go up to the next floor and none of the buttons were pushed yet, and all of the sudden the lower
level light went on and I went down. There was nobody at the bottom waiting. The lights inside of the elevator don't light up when you're waiting
to get into the elevator. Somebody had to be in the elevator in order for that - and I did not push it. Those don't light up because I checked
that the other day and I didn't push any buttons. After we - I mean, I - went to the lower floor, I eventually got to where I was going. I always say
`we.' There are just feelings sometimes when you're in here. You don't feel alone when you are."

And the turnover rate of the job tells the story.

The municipal building keeps night facilities workers for "a year, tops," Whittington says.

                                                                            Bill Reed Middle School

                                                                      Photo from the Bill Reed Middle School website

370 West 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 613-7200

The middle school on Fourth Street, built in the beginning of the century, has a whole army of phantoms, according to some.

One legend concerns a ghost who patronizes the auditorium. It is the ghost of a worker killed when he fell from the balcony of the auditorium,
sixth-grade teacher Kevin Schafer speculated.

Or it is the ghost of an old janitor who always wanted to be an actor, said English teacher Renee Jarrett.

Over the past two decades, Jarrett has spent hours preparing for school productions in that auditorium. On occasions when she has been
there alone, late at night, she has heard soft chuckles. She also has found objects moved from their original positions.

"But he's a jovial ghost. He's mostly a jokester," Jarrett said. "He's never done anything horrible or mean."

Another tale is that of Leonard, a boy who attended the school in the 1940s or 1950s, Schafer said.

Details are skimpy, but the story goes that the boy, kicked by a mule, went blind.
"The story goes that his spirit still lives here," Schafer said.

The school's antiquity plays a part in the birth of such stories, teachers said.

"Maybe it's just because of the atmosphere of the school," Schafer speculated. "Sometimes when I'm here late at night, there's an eeriness
about it."

Physical-education teacher Mike Caldwell, who has worked at the school for 19 years, agreed that at night, the building reverberates with
strange noises.

"It's anything but quiet at night and my imagination runs wild," he said. "I don't believe in ghosts, but certain things are unexplainable."

"It's an old building," Jarrett said. "Stories get started.

''It's fun to keep them alive. The kids are always up for a good ghost story."

@QUOTE: "But he's a jovial ghost. He's mostly a jokester. He's never done anything horrible or mean."

-Renee Jarrett, English teacher at Bill Reed Elementary School

            The Loveland Feed and Grain Building is rumored to be haunted.....                

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                                Loveland Feed & Grain Ghosts
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                              Group Confirms Spirit at Historic Colorado Location

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Some visitors to Loveland’s historic Feed & Grain building recently encountered a bit of paranormal activity.

Last year, a volunteer for Novo Restoration, a group trying to preserve the building, saw power surges on his iPod while he was inside the
building. Because of the surges, he said he was sure a ghost was causing the power spikes, said Ashley Kasprzak, a Novo Restoration board

To investigate this claim, a Loveland paranormal group recently visited the building and confirmed the volunteer’s feelings.

After conducting research at the historic building, Third Eye Paranormal co-leader Karen Richards and other members of her group used
equipment and scientific data to determine a little girl was killed by a family member at the historic Feed & Grain building, Richards said.

Richards said the little girl may have been murdered at the 115-year-old Feed & Grain building, 130 W. Third St. However, no report was ever
filed regarding a missing child to correspond with this theory, Richards said.

“We have nothing to verify it as far as official,” she said. “We have a lot of evidence that indeed we were having an encounter.”

During a tour of the building, the paranormal group made recordings of the little girl communicating with the team through walkie talkies.
Richards said an eerie voice responded to them by saying, “Hello, hello.”

“It’s definitely a little girls’ voice,” Richards said. “It sounds different than the type of voice you have come through from a walkie talkie.”

Richards and Sonia Marken led the investigation at the Feed & Grain building. At one point, the group also picked up the sounds of a girl
humming, Richards said.

When the spirit was nearby, an ambient thermometer the team used in the investigation dropped 20 degrees, Richards said.

Members of the group could sense the girl was hiding from somebody, and the girl told the investigators that she was hiding from a male
relative, Richards said.

“We just asked for some protection around her and then we crossed her over,” Richards said.

Richards said she has been psychic all her life. However, the Third Eye Paranormal group does not use its psychic abilities during its

Instead, members sense things and corroborate feelings with scientific evidence, Richards said.

Third Eye Paranormal is unlike many paranormal groups in that once it confirms a ghost’s presence it helps cross the spirit to the other side,
Richards said.

This free service is available to community members who are concerned a ghost is haunting them or terrorizing their children, Richards said.

“Some children (are) being frightened in their own homes,” she said. “We really respond quickly when there’s children involved. … “We try to
give our client scientific evidence.”

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                                         Loveland Feed & Grain Building

                                     Ghost tours set for Loveland building

BY KATIE LOOBY • Loveland Connection • May 8, 2010

LOVELAND - Area residents are invited to tour Loveland's vacant Feed & Grain building and hear ghost stories as they use flashlights to view
dark areas of the three-story building.

Free tours will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Feed & Grain, 130 W. Third St.

Every 20 minutes, a new group will start a tour, said Ashley Kasprzak, a Novo Restoration board member.

Novo Restoration's goal is to promote preservation and restoration in Loveland, and the Feed & Grain project is one of its main priorities. The
organization is working to rehabilitate the historic building.

A Longmont paranormal group also will be on site Friday.

"We have one (ghost story), and we're trying to collect more about the Feed & Grain," Kasprzak said.

Last year, a Novo volunteer saw power surges on his iPod when in the building and he said he was sure it was a ghost, Kasprzak said.

"We've done tours before but we've never tried to incorporate ghost stories," she said. "I think we're going to share some of those stories as
people are walking through."

About 60 people usually participate in the tours in groups of 15, but more people can be accommodated, Kasprzak said.

The tours are generally hosted in May, in conjunction with Historic Preservation Month, and tours are also given periodically during the year.

A state historical grant and individual donations from Loveland residents help sustain the building, Kasprzak said.

To share ghost stories about the building or learn more about the tours, E-mail:   

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