Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Paranormal in Fort Collins, CO

Porter
Dillon
This cute little guy, Porter (left), may have broken a record for the being the youngest Haunted History After Dark tours enthusiast. He was so adorable he also broke a few hearts when he had to leave. This very young ghost buster joined our tour this last Saturday with mom Kathy and equally adorable brother Dillon . Porter and Dillon are the youngest of the proprietors of the new and very popular Pateros Creek Brewing Company located at the corner of Pine and College Avenue. When I first saw this brewery going up I was excited to see the name. I knew this group had done their history. Even before Antoine Janis’ (pronounced Janeey) family had hidden their cache on the banks of the now Poudre river in the late 1830’s, another Frenchman had already traveled this route searching for the most opportune locations to place beaver traps. His name was Pateros. Hence, the original name of the Cache La Poudre River long ago was, Pateros Creek. That name in these waters runs deep. All of Pateros Creek Brewing Company beers are named after early residents, some that we even talk about on our tours. Local historians love this stuff! Definitely check this brewery out. They have done a phenomenal job connecting early Fort Collins history with their involvement in the community while providing an inviting environment to enjoy their many original brews.
Look at this awesome and courageous crowd! Dillon center with caretaker, Lauren, above. Thanks so much you very brave Haunted History After Dark guest!

The location of Pateros Creek Brewing Company was the site of an early corral and stable before the turn of the century. Many folks looking for horses and/or wagons to purchase would have accumulated in this spot to barter. Early writer, Isabella Bird, arrived in Fort Collins in 1879 on her way to see the Rocky Mountains with explorer, Mountain Jim Nugent. Her adventures from early Fort Collins to her travels as the first woman to climb Longs Peak, which she chronicled in “A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains” most likely could have begun at or near this location.
A newly formed Northern Colorado Ghost Hunters Meet-Up Group also joined us this week for a ghostly adventure on the streets of Old Town. We were so honored to have this group on our tour. Coordinator, Rose, said that, “They had looked at other ghost tours and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be guided by a ghost whisperer.” Haunted History After Dark tour guide and medium, Grace Cooley, provided this group with intimate information regarding many spirits on our tour including a top-hatted ladies’ man that appears to people on an elevator (he has also been known to shove and play with the hair of guests on our tour), to a victim of a horrendous and early tragedy who altered the future of Fort Collins forever.
Guests to this tour included Tim and Teresa from Masonville, Colorado. This couple related that in the past they have had family and visitors relate paranormal experiences in their historical circa 1890’s home, which was once a stage stop. On this night Teresa did say that while on our tour she saw a figure peering at us from a window at one of our most haunted locations.
While conducting our tours for Haunted History After Dark we have had the wonderful opportunity to talk to so many residents and visitors that have experienced the paranormal in Fort Collins. The tales are fascinating and endless. One of the most often asked question we get is, “Why is Fort Collins SO haunted?” On our tours we have heard so many accounts of apparitions, unexplained growling sounds in both homes and businesses, channeling, and possessions. Why is Fort Collins so haunted?
Grace and I have discussed comprising a book of the stories and experiences of the paranormal from the many tales of our guests. If you have a story you would like to share about a haunted or paranormal experience please contact us at  hauntedhistoryafterdark@yahoo.com.
 Come walk with the spirits who are dying to meet you…
Take the Haunted History After Dark tour to learn more about Old Town Fort Collins haunted and historical past.
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.
 Stephen Stills begged Suite Judy Blue Eyes long ago, “Will you come see me…Thursdays and Saturdays…” What a coincidence! That’s when our tours are.  Will you come see us…Thursdays and Saturdays.  Or by reservation. 7:30 p.m.  Tours start at 136 W. Mountain Avenue home of Boutique Bravo and Mother Lode Gallery where owner Kate has been in business for a whopping 33 years! Check her out. And remember...YOUR HAUNTED JOURNEY STARTS AT DUSK!




A newly formed Northern Colorado Ghost Hunters Meet-Up Group also joined us this week for a ghostly adventure on the streets of Old Town. We were so honored to have this group on our tour. Coordinator, Rose, said that, “They had looked at other ghost tours and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be guided by a ghost whisperer.” Haunted History After Dark tour guide and medium, Grace Cooley, provided this group with intimate information regarding many spirits on our tour including a top-hatted ladies’ man that appears to people on an elevator (he has also been known to shove and play with the hair of guests on our tour), to a victim of a horrendous and early tragedy who altered the future of Fort Collins forever.

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