When it comes to tales of paranormal activity, Salt Lake City is not an exception to hauntings. From the University of Utah to the Rio Grande Train Depot, people have reported hearing, feeling and seeing ghosts in several locations across the city.
Believe it or not, here is a list of 10 locations where paranormal activity is frequently reported.
Currently the home of the Utah State Historical Society, people began to notice the hauntings in 1940. The Rio Grande Train Depot was constructed in 1910 by The Rio Grande Western Railroad, and was in operation from 1910-1947, as reported by Haunted Houses.
The most popular apparition is known as "The Purple Lady." One story says the woman met her fiancé at the train station as he was leaving for either World War I or World War II. The two got into an argument and called off the engagement. The man took the engagement ring and threw it into the train tracks. When the woman went to retrieve it, she was struck and killed by a train.
She's most often seen near the north side of the depot around the cafe. The Utah Historical Society had the following account of the purple lady from one of their employees: Christine Gustin, a secretary for the society in 1992, said that a woman named Heidi went into the women's restroom and was overcome by an "angry, vicious feeling she couldn't understand."
"She turned to see a black-haired woman wearing a long, purple sequined dress and sitting on the couch. She ran out of the bathroom," Gustin said.
According to the society, the depot has another ghost said to haunt the building, known as the tunnel ghost. The ghost is of a man who was killed during construction of a tunnel between the train depot and the power plant next door.
Historical address: Main Street, Northeast corner of 100 North
The McCune Mansion took three years to build at a cost of $1 million in 1901. It is currently used as a venue for weddings, celebrations and other occasions.
The mansion is said to be haunted by two apparitions: a man wearing a black cape and a girl about the age of 10 who particularly enjoys weddings, Sherri Granato wrote at Yahoo. A picture of the girl hangs in the mansion, and she is usually seen during weddings, dancing and giggling. The man is most often seen during Christmas time.
Original location: Ashton Avenue near 7th East & 23rd South
Relocated to This is the Place Heritage Park: 1975
Although it was named after him, Brigham Young never lived in this home. Built in 1863, the farmhouse held musical performances, dances and dinner parties and according to This is the Place Heritage Park, it acted as housing for visiting dignitaries and guests.
According to Haunted Places, this house is known as one of the most haunted places in Salt Lake City due to several ghostly sightings. The first apparition reported is believed to be of Brigham Young, who is seen in several locations within the home. A 1970s Deseret News article reported that Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox acquired the home in the 1950s and restored it. After the restoration was complete, according to the Haunted Places website, they held a celebration. During the celebration, a young man dressed in attire from the 1800s approached Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, and they had a conversation about the home. A picture was taken of the three, but when the photo was developed, the place where the man had been standing was empty. It is believed that the man was John A. Young, son of Brigham Young, the website said.
Linda Dunning, in her book, "Specters in Doorways, The History & Hauntings of Utah," wrote that in August 1978, Rachel David rented a room on the 11th or 12th floor of the International Dunes Hotel, presently known as the Shilo Inn. Her husband, Immanuel David, had committed suicide three days earlier by carbon-monoxide poisoning while the FBI was investigating him.
Before his death, Immanuel persuaded his wife to follow him to the afterlife by killing all of their children and taking her own life as well. Rachel went to the balcony of her hotel room, where she began to throw her children off the ledge. Some of the children jumped off willingly and Rachel forced others off the railing. She eventually followed, jumping to her death. David's oldest daughter survived the incident but suffered severe brain damage that confined her to a wheelchair.
According to Dunning's book, the hotel is said to be haunted by a woman and a child, suspected to be Rachel Davis and one of her children. People have reported hearing laughter coming from the first floor pool area when no one is in the area, as well as a pinball machine in the game room spontaneously turning on and playing. People have also reported hearing voices near the top floors of the hotel, including someone saying, "Mom, don't make me do it."
Historical location: 1100 South 1300 East
Dunning's book says that Westminster College is home to several ghosts, seven of whom are prominent. There is said to be a woman wearing white in Converse Hall, the first building built on the campus; a mother and another ghost in Nunemaker Hall; a ghost in Hogle Hall, a freshmen residence hall; another in Foster Hall, the science building and a young man haunting Ferry Hall.
The woman in white in Converse Hall is said to be a bride who was married in Gunston Memorial Chapel near where Westminster stands today. The bride and her groom were traveling to Wendover for their honeymoon when a drunk driver hit their car and they were killed. The bride is said to have returned to the place she was married and never left.
One of the ghosts haunting Westminster is believed to be Jeanette Hollister Ferry or her daughter Mary Hollister Hancock. Ferry was a driving force behind establishing Westminster, and Ferry Hall was named after her. Another is thought to be a teacher, secretary or dorm mother who never left the campus. She has never been seen but is often felt with a tightness of chest, sensed or smelled by people walking in the hall she occupies.
The Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City is known for more than its shows. A mischievous spirit is said to roam the theater and has made his presence known several times.
The spirit is believed to be of a 17-year-old usher named Richard Duffin, who died in a fire at the theater in 1949. The spirit, nicknamed George, has a history of playing tricks on people who work at the theater.
The hauntings were featured on the Syfy channel last year, during an episode of Paranormal Witness. Dave Murphy, a security guard, told Syfy that he had an incident where he heard voices behind him during one of his shifts. When he turned around, no one was there. He went to the theater to investigate, but it was empty. Murphy walked into the basement and noticed it smelled of smoke, although there wasn’t any fire.
In 1999, the theater's stage manager, Doug Morgan, recalled some of the experiences he had with the ghost.
"I feel his presence every once in a while," Morgan told the Associated Press.
George is said to be particularly active during performances of the "Nutcracker." Morgan described an incident on the opening night of a "Nutcracker" performance where the stage lights wouldn't turn on around the stage, although the power source and lighting program was active.
"I walked down on stage and looked up and let out a bellow George, knock it off or I'm going to have you exorcised!’ ” Morgan said. "My stage lights came right on."
The first part of the Devereaux Mansion was built in 1857 by William C. Staines, who was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from England. He came with one of the first pioneer groups to Salt Lake City.
The home took three years to build and was sold first to Joseph Angell Young, the eldest son of Brigham Young, in 1865. He owned the home for only two years before selling it to William Jennings, who named it Devereaux after his mother's family's country estate in England. Jennings added another wing to the home, which turned it from a cottage into a mansion.
The home stayed with the Jennings family until 1904, when the eldest son sold it. The home was used in various capacities after it was sold, and was vacant for a few decades. It was nearly destroyed by a fire in 1979 and then was renovated and reopened as a restaurant. The mansion is now used as a venue for weddings, business and family events.
There are two ghosts in the mansion, Dunning's book says. The first is of a little girl who enjoys playing tricks on staff who worked in the kitchen and has been seen waving at people at night. The second spirit in the home is that of a wife or a head housekeeper with a connection to the location, according to Dunning. This spirit is said to be more aggressive to visitors, protecting the mansion from any potential misuse.
Established in 1883, the Alta Club was named after the Alta Mining District. According to Dunning, there are a couple of spirits that reportedly remain at this location.
One of the ghost stories tells of a man who fell asleep in his room on the third floor with a cigar burning. The cigar started a fire that burned the third floor, with signs of the fire still visible today. The man who started the fire died, and guests of the club have reported seeing a man in 1950s attire smoking a cigar while sitting in a couch or chair.
The second ghost is known as the "lady of the evening," Dunning wrote. There have been reports of people smelling lilac perfume, followed by a cold touch on the shoulder.
Trolley Square, according to Dunning's book, is known to be a gathering ground for ghosts. She says that the most active ghost in the area is known as the bus barn painter. He is believed to be a man who died in the 1920s and is often seen near the north doors of the shopping center.
Two different stories surround the man's death. The first says he is either believed to have been a worker in the area during the 1920s or died in a fire. The second theory is the man was injured in the shop he worked at, continued to work, died shortly after and then came back to the location to stay.
Located just east of the University of Utah, Fort Douglas was originally established as Camp Douglas in October 1862. The post was renamed Fort Douglas in 1878 and was used primarily to guard mail and keep an eye on the Mormons in Salt Lake City and any Native Americans in the area.
A portion of the fort is now used as a military museum. Like many other forts in the U.S., Fort Douglas is believed to be haunted. This haunting is done by a ghost named Clem, who was reportedly given the name by a local Boy Scout troop after they spent the night at the museum, according to Legends of America.
Clem is believed to be a soldier who died at Fort Douglas. Some people have reported feeling breath on their necks and seeing objects move. Some people have also reported seeing an apparition of a man dressed in a Civil War Union uniform with dark hair and a beard, according to Legends of America.