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We have a stuffed reindeer that has been in our family for about 20 years.  He is a cute little dude however, he cannot really be used as a decoration anywhere because he has a problem.  He always falls over to the left side so he always gets stashed in storage. Hence, he has earned the name Ralph the Reject Reindeer.  Read the whole story>>

Seasons Greetings from Ralph the Reject Reindeer
Seasons Greetings from Ralph the Reject Reindeer

The world famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is well known for hosting many of the rich and famous who want to get away into the mountains for a while.  The hotel is also the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.  However, it is not the actual hotel in the movie which was filmed at Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon. Even though the inspiration was fictional, the Stanley hotel is very haunted!

The haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining and it is actually haunted by many ghosts.
The haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining and it is actually haunted by many ghosts.

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Off the coast of Connecticut, there lies Charles Island which is the stuff that fairytales are made of. Native American curses, haunted by spirits, pirates, buried treasure, a pathway that only appears by day so you can walk to the island, but disappears at night, and not to leave out… ghosts!  Except it is not a fairytale, it is all very real.

Charles Island off the coast of Connecticut has a history of curses, buried pirate treasure, and ghosts
Charles Island off the coast of Connecticut has a history of curses, buried pirate treasure, and ghosts.  Photo: the Wikipedia Commons

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Around the end of the 19th century, one of the first hotels known in the Alaskan wilderness was built in Skagway, Alaska.  A young gold prospector and his fiancé Mary came to the area looking for fortune.  He got Mary a room at the Golden North Hotel until he could find enough gold to establish a homestead of their very own.  That unfortunately, would never happen.

The ghost of Mary, a bride to be, haunts the Golden North Hotel where she died waiting for her fiancé to return from a prospecting trip.
The ghost of Mary, a bride to be, haunts the Golden North Hotel where she died waiting for her fiancé to return from a prospecting trip.

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Dr. William Jordan who lived just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, purchased a piano for his kids to play as they were growing up.  He had the desire to learn how to play himself, but never had the opportunity given his busy schedule.  However, in his later years, he managed to learn and churn out a couple of tunes.  There are some that say even though Dr. Jordan is long gone he can still be heard playing the piano on certain nights.

An old piano in the Old Brower Home in Mountain Brook, Alabama is said to play tunes on it's own in the middle of the night.
An old piano in the Old Brower Home in Mountain Brook, Alabama is said to play tunes on it’s own in the middle of the night.

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During the 1880s around Carbon County, Utah, the coal mining industry began to boom after the railroad opened up between Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.  This caused the explosion of many small mining communities springing up around the area, especially in the area that became known as Spring Canyon.  The towns have since withered away into ghost towns, but the spirit of one particular woman still walks the area known as Latuda.

The White Lady of Spring Canyon roams the area where the ghost towns of Latuda and Helper, Utah used to be.         Photo: © Photographer: Juice Team | Agency: Dreamstime.com

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There are two stories that revolve around a stretch of woods west of Lincoln, Nebraska known as Wilderness Park.  One regarding rail disaster in the late 1800s and the other regarding what people claimed to be a child murdering witch.

Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it's woods and trails.
Wilderness Park in Lincoln, Nebraska is thought to have many spirits that haunt it’s woods and trails.

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Marie Lavaeu was a hair dresser in 19th century New Orleans.  However, she had a mysterious side that would become well renowned around the bayou. She was a Voodoo priestess on the side and some say she still walks the streets of her burial place.

The ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is said to walk Saint Louis Cemetery #1 where she was buried in 1881.
The ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Lavaeu is said to walk Saint Louis Cemetery #1 where she was buried in 1881.

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President Abraham Lincoln was such as charismatic person and was influential to many.  Many Southerners liked him as well because he wanted to be lenient towards them in post war reparations to help rebuild the Nation. Upon his death the whole Nation came to a halt and mourned his loss.  He was a very spiritual man and attended séances on a regular basis. Lincoln actually had a premonition that he would die shortly before it happened. It seems that his ties with the spirit world were great indeed as many have seen him wandering about The White House even to this day.

The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.
The spirit of former U. S. President Abraham Lincoln is said to haunt various rooms throughout The White House including the Oval Office and the Lincoln Bedroom.

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Chester Thorne was one of the founders of Tacoma, Washington.  In 1907, as a gift for his bride, he purchased an English castle which was physically located in England, and had it dismantled and shipped brick by brick to the shores of American Lake where it was reassembled into what would become Thornewood Castle.  Chester put so much time, effort and devotion into his new mansion that some say he is still there.

Thornewood Castle under construction in 1910.  It would later be feature in the Stephen King film Rose Red. In real life, the ghost of the former owner of the stately mansion is said to walk the grounds to this day.
Thornewood Castle under construction in 1910.  It would later be feature in the Stephen King film Rose Red. In real life, the ghost of the former owner of the stately mansion is said to walk the grounds to this day.

If you recognize this castle, it may be because it was the mansion featured in the movie based on the Stephen King thriller “Rose Red”. It was also used in the prequel to the movie “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer”.  Although the real hauntings of the castle are a bit different than that of the movie.

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