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The Cripple Creek Elks Club Investigation 8/13/2011

On August 13, 2011 MPPIR investigated the Cripple Creek Elks Club building on 4th Street and Bennett Avenue. For our group, the most active place was the dining room with shadows, noises and EMF readings galore.  The second most active place for us was the Club Room where the bar is and is probably the room most used in the building by the Elks members.

Below is a picture taken in the Club Room during the investigation that warrants attention due to its distinctive nature. All the pictures taken that night are clear except for one that is not for a different reason.  This picture appears to have water droplets on the lens and many Orbs.  In fact, it’s an Orb Lover’s Dream. So all you believers in those pesky things that show up in our photographs that we can’t see with the naked eye chime in here. It also has a duplication of some lights, as if it had a stuck shutter.  Either the auto-focus isn’t working or it is focusing on something I can’t see. Examine this picture closely and write in your conclusions and reasoning.

My camera is a Canon Power-shot SD 1200 IS digital that I have had for several years. It is clear when it is not focusing so I know to take another picture and I will have a blurry one. It takes a long time before it will snap the picture-if at all.

The next two pictures are an example of “now you see it, now you don’t”.  They were taken one right after the other in quick succession, in the retail space on the first floor on Bennett avenue that is to the left of the main entrance of the Elks Club and is part of their building.  We were lucky in that it was empty so we could spend time there last night.  The importance of this space is that is was the location of the killing of Sam Strong in 1901 at what was then the Newport Saloon and Gambling Hall. In an altercation with the saloon’s owner, Grant Crumley, over gambling debts, Crumley shot Strong with a shotgun and killed him.  Whether or not he died there or later is unknown but there is a description of this on a plaque at the front door and in the Outlaws and Jail Museum as well as numerous publications.

The white dot on the wainscoting below the chair rail appears in the first picture, but not in the next.  If its duct, it’s quite a dense mote and pretty interesting that it appears and disappears so quickly. It does not appear in any other pictures nor do I remember seeing it on the wall.  Thoughts? Reasoning? I can’t explain this either.

Last, but not least, is a picture taken at the beginning of the night in the dining room where the MPPIR Staff and Guests congregated before we left to go to our first location.  The interesting aspect of this picture is the clarity in the front of the picture compared to the blurred image of the face of the woman in the purplish shirt standing in the group farther back. It looks like she has two faces.

Could these pictures be anomalies of my camera?  Explanations? Thoughts? Experiences?

© 2011 MPPIR, Blog and Photo’s Nancy

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4 responses to “The Cripple Creek Elks Club Investigation 8/13/2011

  1. jan August 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I have to correct my previous comment… that lady in the white shirt is standing in front of someone else whose hair is right above hers… her face is fine, but you are correct….. I made a 400% view of picture and the lady in the back… looks like two faces and one has a long mustache? that is strange! like ‘someone’ wanted their picture taken …someone who was not invited !

    • Frank August 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      I am trying to get the original so I can analyze it. May take a few weeks. But from this view it looks like that to me also.

      • jan September 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

        I’ll be very interested in seeing your results !
        hope you are having a beautiful fall ……with red and yellow leaves…. 🙂

  2. jan August 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Looks like a man wearing plaid shorts is standing to one side of her.
    But that woman wearing the very long white shirt…. her face is strange….. very strange.. !!!!

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