The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum this year launched a Ghostly & Tragic Tales of Castle Rock Walking Tour that gathered dozens to hear dreadful and historical stories about the town. …
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The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum this year launched a Ghostly & Tragic Tales of Castle Rock Walking Tour that gathered dozens to hear dreadful and historical stories about the town.
The first tour on Oct. 17 drew a crowd of 45 spectators. The second tour took place on Oct. 24 and was attended by roughly 30 people. The final tour was scheduled for Oct. 29.
Beginning from the museum at 420 Elbert St. during the Oct. 24 installment, tour guide Barbara Larson took history buffs and thrill seekers throughout the downtown area. Along the way, they learned about Castle Rock's growth and which local fixtures are said to be haunted.
“There's several of those in town and they tend to be downtown,” said museum Director Angie DeLeo. “We've added some of the tragic tales that we know as well.”
One of the more well-known supposed haunts in Castle Rock is the historic home that today houses the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. Victoria Christensen, a Castle Rock socialite who inherited the home from her parents, died in the house in 1942.
Chamber President Pam Ridler said numerous incidents have led staff to believe that the ghosts of Victoria and her father, who built the home, are still present.
In one instance, a carpenter working on the construction of the visitor center said the notebook containing the project's remodeling plans fell suddenly from a desk and stood on its side on the floor.
Ridler also said lights on office telephones light up at night as though people are speaking on the lines, but no one is.
“Many noises come from the office that was a bedroom where Victoria passed away,” she said via email. “Most always all of these sounds heard are late at night.”
Ridler said three separate paranormal investigations have been conducted in her 20 years with the chamber. In the latest investigation, investigators said their equipment captured noises in the basement that sounded like heavy footsteps in a slushy area. There is a cistern, or well, located there, Ridler said.
The museum may be home to some haunts and spirits as well, DeLeo said.
Roughly two years ago, paranormal investigators set up cameras in the museum after dark and then left the building to get dinner. While no one was there, cameras recorded light orbs, sound and one camera shut off on its own, DeLeo said.
These haunts and more were featured on the tour also chock full of town history and facts.
The tours were free, but staff asked for museum donations, DeLeo said. Proceeds benefit building maintenance and artifact restoration. The museum is housed in Castle Rock's former train depot building.
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