Fort Collins: Ghost Town
You’re in the perfect place for spooky szn because Fort Collins is full of haunted history. If you’re too scared to take the Old Town Ghost Tour, here are some of the eeriest spots in town.
Happy Lucky’s Tea House
This tea store located in Old Town used to be an old firehouse and prison. There are still two yellow lines on the ground of the store where the firetrucks had to line up with in order to maintain the foundation of the building.
In the basement of the store used to be the old town prison and a cell where criminals would be placed in solitary confinement. There are old tunnels that run through underground Fort Collins, and a prisoner once tried to escape through them and was never seen again.
It is believed that the prisoner got lost in the tunnels and died down there.
Workers at the Happy Go Lucky Tea House claimed that they have heard the sound of chains when in the basement, and a man screaming for help.
Strauss Cabin/ Hell Tree
This mysterious and chilling cabin and tree located in Fort Collins is sure to have you panicked.
The house under the tree (also spooky) was home to Jim Strang who was rumored to have hanged his farmhands on the tree for stealing. It has also been said that the tree was used for hanging by old lynch mobs.
Jim was eventually hanged from the tree as well. There are two theories with this:
- His killings of his workers caused a revolt and he was murdered
- He killed his family and then committed suicide after the horrific act
There are reports of people seeing hanging men silhouettes from the tree in the setting sunlight.
The tree is nicknamed “Hell Tree” for its ominous feeling and startling stories.
Built in 1879 for Franklin and Sara Avery, the Avery house is located on Mountain Avenue, and is now a history museum. Anyone can tour the house to see how citizens of Fort Collins lived in the late 1800’s.
Franklin Avery was well known in the town because he constructed the streets of Fort Collins to be wide, and established the First National Bank.
Franklin and Sara had three children named Ethel, Edgar, and Edward.
It has been rumored that dark and unwelcoming children spirits are present in one of the rooms upstairs. Members of the Avery family have also been spotted roaming the halls of the house.
Don’t believe in these spirits? Check out these places, and many others in Fort Collins, to see if this creepy ghost town will have you spooked this Halloween.