Sunday, January 1, 2017

Haunted Salt Lake City-MTEP15

Mystery Tidbits Episode 15-Haunted Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake City, Utah. A beautiful city with breathtaking, mountainous views. The city was settled in 1847 by Brigham Young and other Mormon pioneers heading west from the midwest to escape religious persecution. When they reached what is now Salt Lake City Brigham Young exclaimed “This is the Place”. I am from Utah and make trips to Salt Lake quite often. It is a busy place, much like all major cities, but it is a great place. There is much history to the area and its surrounding, neighboring cities and of course, we all know that if there is good history to an area there has to be good haunted history as well. Here is a list of 5 of the top haunted locations, along with some of their history and mystery, in Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas.

1: Brigham Young’s Farmhouse.
Brigham Young’s Farmhouse was built in 1863. It was actually moved from its original location in 1976 to the restored pioneer town “Old Deseret”, which is located in the “This is the place” Heritage Park. Young never actually lived in the house but rather used it for Dignitaries and guests who came to visit. Musical performances, dinners, dances and other entertaining events were held there, but it was still a farm house, a farm that’s main product was dairy. It must have been a happening place where not only fun was had, but also where hard work was done. A lot of energy was most likely put into that ol’ Young’s farmhouse.

It seems though that whatever energy was in the house before its relocation, decided to stay with the house rather than stay on the property itself. It is said that although Young never really lived in the farmhouse, he loved the place dearly, so much that some are convinced he still resides there from time to time. According to the website “He appears to be relatively old when his apparition is seen. Many have described him as a man in his seventies. He often is seen with a cane, and appears to be relatively friendly. His spirit seems to be an intelligent haunting as he has communicated with individuals in the home.” Other witnesses say that the voices of children laughing, talking and playing can be heard inside the house, especially in the Ballroom where many of the social events took place.
If you are ever in the City, head on up to “This is the place” Heritage park, you never know what you may see, or hear, or feel up in Ol’ Deseret.

2-The Rio Grande Train Depot.
Today, the Rio Grande Train depot serves a few purpose-state history offices, the Utah History Research Center, the Rio Gallery, and as one heck of a great Mexican restaurant, believe me, I’ve eaten there a few times, fantastic. But before this it served as a train station. Its rail line brought many immigrants to Utah and shipped many a young men off to fight in World War 2. Included within the station itself was a barber shop, a restaurant, a woman’s lounge and a men’s smoking room.
Although the one time, bustling train stations physical attributes have out lived its intended use, many say that the folks who used to hang around there still do. According to a great story at “The most famous ghost here is that of the woman in the purple dress. She has been described as having raven-colored hair and is very beautiful to the eye. Her clothing appears to be from another period and she is usually seen near the Rio Grande Cafe, a restaurant which is located in the Depot. 

There is a legend to explain the woman's presence in the building. The story dates back many years and according to the tale, she was engaged to a handsome, young man. It is believed that the lady would come to Salt Lake City by train and for this reason, many of the young couple's meetings took place there. One day, they had a terrible argument and their engagement was broken off. Angry, the young man threw the engagement ring onto the railroad tracks. The young woman, hurried to retrieve it -- never seeing the train that struck and killed her! Since that time, she has been seen haunting the depot.”

It is also said that witnesses have heard disembodied voices and footsteps in the women’s restroom, and that the spirit of a man walks is often seen on the ground floor of the depot. He is also reported to walk the balcony and lobby areas in the late, evening hours.
If you go there, and don’t see any spirits, at least grab yourself an excellent Mexican dish.

3-the Capitol Theater
The Capitol theater is a landmark in Salt Lake City and has been around since 1913. For years the theaters mainstays were Vaudevillians and silent films. The theater undertook renovations in 1978 but has remained one of the classiest centers for the arts in Utah.
But aside from it beautiful architecture and its Broadway like shows, the theater has earned its own reputation of being haunted. According to an archived article on the Salt Lake Tribunes website Dave Murphy, a Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy who worked security in the building, said he thought stories of hauntings were, well, "a load of crap" until he "saw dark shadows moving through walls."
He recalled hearing doors slam with such force that windows vibrated when there was nobody in the building with him. "I saw a woman dressed in early 1900s clothes," Murphy said. "She walked right past me as I sat in the control room. My jaw dropped."
Murphy also stated that he heard voices behind him during a night shift. When he turned around, no one was there.  He said he thought that he smelled smoke in the basement of the theater, proceeded to go down there to investigate but to his surprise, nothing was on fire. This now begs the question of one Richard Duffin.
Richard Duffin was a 17 year old young man, who was an usher at the theater. It is said that he haunts the theater . The story goes that he died in a fire that happened there in 1949, and that he loves to play tricks on the folks who work there.

4-The Shilo Inn
The Shilo Inn’s history is probably more haunting then the haunts that actually occupy the building. The story goes that a women by the name of Rachel David rented a room at the hotel either on the 11th or 12th floor. A few days before this, her husband, Immanuel David, had committed suicide while being under investigation by the FBI for who knows what reason. Immanuel had somehow convinced Rachel that he was God and told her to kill their children as well as herself, which she proceeded to do from the balcony. One by one she threw her children off, and then herself. The oldest daughter managed to survive the incident, but not without suffering brain and bodily injuries.
The hotel is said to be haunted by a woman and a child, suspected to be Rachel and one of her children. Folks have heard laughing and voices coming from near the hotel pool, a pinball game in the game room is said to turn on and begin playing by it self and some have even claimed to hear a child’s voice on the upper floors say “Mom, don’t make me do it”.

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