|Enlarged "orb" from a haunted location on the Haunted History After Dark tour.|
Thursday, September 29th, we were joined by a very enthusiastic human crowd. Some were very knowledgeable Old Town Fort Collins history buffs, others were looking for alternative fun on a Thursday night, and some were more serious about this venture like the great group from the In-Sight Paranormal organization out of Loveland, Colorado. In-Sight members had brought along EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) detectors and digital cameras for tonights outing. These guys are professionals. But, they may need new batteris for their equipment after tonights tour!
|In-Sight Paranormal organizer Karen (center)|
While I told his story, Grace connected with this ghost and had brief conversation with him, expressing much gratitude for letting us tell his tale. "Thank you sir", Grace said, nodding her head.
Because his death is more recent, (minus 50 years) we normally don't talk about it as to not to bring up too much emotion in some of our guests. But, he does exist. He is active not only in the location where he died, but also in his former place of employment. Many myths and legends surround this particular spirit in Old Town. We have had several people ask about him on our tours. He seems to be okay with the attention.
|Very early resident Willaim Trimble|
Witnessing the very obvious paranormal activity that was occuring around us on our tour tonight, one of the guests expressed a slight anxiety regarding attachment ( a spirit or entity attaching itself to a human and going home with them). I completely understand this. As an Old Town Fort Collins historian, I spend most of my time resurrecting early residents through my writing and research. My job is to research stories and people and events of early Fort Collins. Sometimes my job requires me to go into places that are off limits. Fort Collins has a very layered history. Structures that may have been present in 1873 may have been torn down and replaced by a completely new structure less than ten years later, and again by the turn of the century. In all of those layers exist stories and people. In the basements as well as the upper levels of these structures, some now non existent, the spirits still remain. When I venture out without Grace, occassionally, I bring "things" home. I know this when the energy in my house changes. Sometimes, I may see a shadow in front of a door. Sometimes I'll hear a knocking sound in a wall, when I know I am the only one home. Grace says that these may all be signs of an "attachment" from some of the places I've visited, or most likely from early residents I've researched and decided to include on our tour. The many hours of intense energy I put toward them attracts them and brings them from the afterlife. They come to life. This is an increasingly fascinating issue for me. I'm a historian and writer. I've never thought of myself as a person involved with "ghost hunting" or "ghost busting". But, because of the nature of our tours, I have occassionally and unintentionally picked up unwanted entities and brought them home with me. When I realize this, I give a call to Grace and she immediately and energetically identifies that entity and removes them. She sends them to the "other side".
|Psychic Grace Cooley|
Regarding the "orb" I caught on my camera tonight, ghoststudy.com says that, "Ghostly orbs are the most photographed anomalies caught on film by ghost hunters and are quite photogenic (when they want to be). They can be completely transparent or display themselves in a bright solid form. It is not hard to capture them on film in their circular form. It is theorized that ghosts prefer the form of an Orb (ball of light) because it takes less energy thus being the mode of choice among the ghosts."
So, who is this? What is this? I've enlarged the orb for clarity in the subject line above, but also included the original photograph taken tonight during the tour. The "orb" has a chaos or dark spot in the middle. What is this void?
If you would like to visit the location where this orb was taken, or learn more about the haunted history of Old Town Fort Collins please visit us at http://hauntedhistoryafterdark.blogspot.com/ or email us for a tour at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are more photos of courageous Haunted History After Dark guests on the Sept. 29th tour. Thank you so much to all of our very brave and awesome guests tonight! Please email us with any questions regarding the paranormal or history of Old Town Fort Collins.
|I absolutely love this one of Grace. She is seeing spirits that are guests are picking up on camera. You rock Grace!|
Contact Hauntedhistoryafterdark@yahoo.com for more information. Cost is 10 big ones per courageous ghost buster or 35 clams for an extra brave group of four. Cash only please.
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