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I would like to start out by thanking our great group of Guest Investigators for making these tours some of the best of experiences. Also special thanks to the Staff at the Canon City Prison Museum for being great hosts for these events.
For those of you who missed the event, here are the highlights with photo’s:
The setting starts with a short briefing on how the nights events will play out. We then divide everyone into teams and send them off. It’s a seemingly simple process on the surface. We do take the time to properly parse off the teams with the intent of everyone having a good time.
Then the fun starts. Being that this was the first full excursion into this building by most MPPIR staff, the evenings events had the heavy possibility of being unpredictable. We as well as our guests where not to sure what to expect.
Having the whole grounds to ourselves, including the outside area (its fenced in), we decided sending a group outdoors to visit the grounds and the Gas Chamber. The old Gas Chamber is displayed just outside the front area in a small building.
During the first session the unexpected did happen in a way that I don’t think anyone could have predicted. Well maybe a physic could have.
While exploring the Gas Chamber house one guest saw two cameras get nudged by an unseen force. The first camera was located on a tripod and next to its owner. The other was an IR stationary camera we had positioned in the area to watch the Gas chamber. MPPIR lead investigator Ralph confirmed with playback of the camera’s video that it had moved to the left while the group was in the room. What moved the camera is unknown. At least one person in the room stated the camera’s both moved on with out the assistance of the living.
Another hot spot in the building is the kitchen. During our site review and first visit to the building the kitchen stopped me cold. While walking near the office door I “felt” a scream and shock. This sent my radar into full mode. My attention focused directly on the Knife lock box located on the east wall. The feelings I got here where unmistakable, something horrible happened here. It had to do with a knife, a fight and a female. These “feelings” where later confirmed by museum staff and Tom (a local well-known investigator to Canon City).
Thus I made a point to make sure that there was a team in this area as much as possible during the evening. This did lead to events of interest during the course of the night. At least on person was felt as if they were pushed gently while in the kitchen. Hopefully we will have EVP’s from this area as the energy level in the room as reported by most of the sensitive people was really high.
The largest of areas I sent teams into besides the grounds around the old Prison was the main cell block. This area comprises of 80% of the main floor. It is one level with concrete walled cells on both sides. Many people have reported strange happenings in both the office area and the cells.
Late in the evening one of the teams tried a new twist on the flashlight game, using two flashlights. One flashlight had a blue lens and the other with a red lens. They told any entities present to blink the red flashlight for yes and the blue one for no. The group was very excited about the results they got from this event. They did spend a lot of time asking questions using this method. I hope to repeat this experiment in the future.
In the back of the museums basement is a room used for archives and storage. It is in this room MPPIR placed a laser tripwire system. This device works the same as any laser tripwire. Break the beam and the alarm goes off. For about 1 hour or more without being touched or moved by any investigator the alarm went off repeatedly. We check the position of the lasers more than once and came to the conclusion that as it had sat armed for some time before this activity occurred and then stopped shortly after we checked on the device that something we could not see was setting off the alarm on the tripwire.
I would also add that the archive room is an area that I “felt” a presence in. It seemed to me during the late hours of the morning that something was moving around in the room. After first wanting to wander into that area alone to take some pictures, I decided after getting a very uneasy feeling to gather some people who were looking for something to focus on. I brought myself and 3 others in the room where I told them that I had felt a presence in the area.
This “entity” seemed to be directing me to the northeast corner of the room. I kept getting the word ‘photograph’. Now it did not seem to me to take pictures but to look for one. What I found while scanning the shelves of the area where the books, records and photos of Inmates long gone that resided in the prison. I did not disturb these artifacts of history but did take note that maybe the entity wanted to show me something. I will for now have to leave that investigation there. Though maybe the museum staff can look into why this spirit wants someone to look for a photo.
The investigation teams spent a lot of time in this area. Most reported some sort of entity in the area. A small number reported at least one male and 1 or 2 different female spirits. I do find it interesting that the groups reported this.
All in all the night was an exciting evening in exploring the unknown.
©2011 MPPIR, Blog and Photo’s from Frank.
On July 10, 2011 MPPIR held its first public ghost investigation at the Cripple Creek District Museum. This museum consists of 3 buildings, the Midland Terminal, the Assay Office and the Trade and Transfer Company.
While in the Assay office 2 guests, Jan, Ric and me where investigating the front part of the building. During this time Ric and Jan (the Museum Director) where discussing feelings they had concerning the front door way. They had the feeling that some-one was going in and out the door. I began to snap off a series of photos of the direction of Ric as he was standing near the door.
This is one of the 5 pictures that I took. I have trimmed this pictured down to show you what I saw.
To the left of Ric and a bit taller is a white figure reflected on a plexiglass wall behind Ric. I would normally just throw this picture out but I found some oddities with it.
One is that the reflection is facing Ric. Two the Reflection is white. There should be a red shift in the reflection. If it was a reflection of Ric it would be a mirror of him. Its not.
The picture itself gives me the creeps. I have yet to explain this picture and why there would be a figure in the plexiglass wall like that.
To see the full image click on the image and a slide show should come up that has the original image and the one I posted.
For those who would like it here is the camera info for the original picture.
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©2011, Blog and Pictures Frank C, MPPIR
The Assay Office depicts and explains the assay operation, vital to the gold mining industry. Samples of ore were brought to the assay office to ascertain their value in price per ton which was calculated from a small amount of rock. It was a complicated but necessary process to find out if a location was profitable enough to file a claim. Men were made millionaires or paupers from the information from this process. This was the first place a miner took his find.
The Assay Office
The building on the Cripple Creek District Museum property, between the District Museum Building and the Colorado Trading and Transfer Company Building was a garage in Victor that was moved to the property over 40 years ago.
(Author’s note: The picture on the right does not depict a ghost. It does depict the photographer.)
Part of the District Museum complex includes a building on the southeast corner of Bennett and Fifth Street with the name of the business it housed, the Colorado Trading and Transfer Company. The building was built by the Carlton brothers, Albert “Bert” and younger brother Leslie. The brothers came from a wealthy family in Warren, Illinois. When Bert developed T.B. he moved to Colorado Springs in 1889. Leslie joined him and the brothers heard of the going’s on in Cripple Creek and rode their bikes up there to see what was going on. Not bad for a T.B. patient with the use of only one lung.
The brothers started a firewood and coal delivery business. By the time the Midland Terminal Railroad arrived in Cripple Creek, the brothers had established a business transporting ore from the mines to the terminal rail head. They built the building at the corner of Bennett and Fifth in 1894 next to what would be the Midland Terminal Railroad Depot. Amazingly enough, the building escaped destruction in the two fires that razed Cripple Creek in April 1896. The building standing there today is the same building, refurbished in the early 1990s with funds from the City of Cripple Creek.
Bert and his wife Ethel lived on the top floor until 1898 when they moved to more suitable housing befitting Bert’s financial position in the town as owner of the First National Bank in Cripple Creek. They moved to the top floor of the bank. The building was sold to the Midland Terminal Railroad in 1899 to continue its purpose as a freight depot for the railroad.
When the town was in decline after the bust of the Gold Rush, Carlton, known as “King Bert”, bought back the building and the Midland Terminal Railroad as well. In recent history, its most frequent inhabitant that we know of is Jan as it houses her office as the museum manager. It is furnished as it would have been at the turn of the last century.
There is also a gift shop that occupies the front of the entire first floor. Nancy, who is a museum employee, told me that yesterday, as she was straightening the books on the bookcase shown in the picture below (the bookcase is on the right hand side near the window), a book flew out of the shelves and landed on the floor about three feet away from the bookcase in front of the table under the window. The book was titled “Ute Indians”. Perhaps they are looking for attention too.
The back half of the first floor is part of the museum display of memorabilia lining the walls and cases with information on the people, places and events that made Cripple Creek history.
©2011, MPPIR, Blog: Nancy B, Photo’s Nancy B & Frank C
During the same investigation where the MPPIR group spent time talking to a little ghost girl the sounds of a music box are recorded.
As a rule MPPIR members are not allowed to touch, move or play with anything in a Museum. We consider museum artifacts an important part of history and anything that would put them at risk is not something we condone. So when this music box started playing, to the astonishment of the investigators they thought it was the greatest thing.
Little did they know that not only was this a great piece of recording but it went beyond that! As we found out later, there is only one music box in the Museum. Its not located in the room in question and it is believed to be non-functional. If it was working, researching into the broken box has lead us to believe this maybe the wrong tune.
Also the investigators swore up and down they saw the music box on the mantle place (see picture). There is no music box on that mantle. I will admit I took the picture a year later, but the Museum director swore that there has never been a music box displayed on the fireplace mantle. Odd I say, because not only do the investigators see the music box, they can hear it too.
And now you can without headphones:
©2009, MPPIR, Blog: Frank C, EVP: Ric RCripple Creek District Museum P.O. Box 1210 ~ 500 East Bennett Avenue