Utah’s Most Haunted: The Top Five Haunted Hot Spots
5) Alta Club, Salt Lake City: A Country Club On Fire
The Alta Club was a social club which had hotel rooms on the top floor in which members could live if they wished. As the story goes, there was a man who fell asleep on the coach with a burning cigar in his hand. It caused a fire in which not only most of the top floor was consumed, but the man died. You can still see some of the soot from the fire above the outside windows on the top floor. Many have seen the man (from which pictures were taken) who died in the fire wandering the halls of the hotel room floors. Mostly he looks at his room and can disappear with a second look. Unexplained but true, there is also a ghost in the basement who touches one lightly on the shoulder. With the ghost comes the strong smell of lilac perfume. Even today the place is still thriving as a refuge from city life for the professional elite, doing its same business since 1883.
4) Old Deseret, Salt Lake City: The Mormon Settlement
These buildings that lie in this area today are part of the former settlement of Brigham Young who brought the followers of Joseph Smith here after his murder by a Illinois mob in the year of 1844. They are indeed very haunted. The park today has employees in full on costume helping you to explore the area. The forest farmhouse of Brigham (which was eventually moved to the national park it is in today) was reported to be haunted by Young’s ghost. After the house was moved it apparently switched ghosts and in its new stead was the ghost of Brigham’s nineteenth wife (Ann Eliza Webb). She is very small, dressed in black, and hangs out the kitchen window. Webb hated this house and was called “the lion’s house” because of how she felt about his other wives. After divorcing Young, Webb reportedly toured the country denouncing her husband and the Mormon church. At the Jewkes-Draper House you can hearing the haunting sounds of a children’s party of some sort. Then Mary Fielding Smith can be seen in the doorway of the Smith house wagging her finger (probably because her house was completely turned around when it was moved to the park).
3) Clearfield Job Corps Center, Clearfield: The Navy’s Most Haunted
As you may have guessed from the title this area used to be the center of an old navy base. There is tons of supernatural activity in this place. Here are just a few of the areas within the place that are considered to be very haunted. First is Dorm E where there are three ghosts. The first one is a little girl about 5 or 6 who stands in the dorm’s doorway and at times she can be seen bouncing her ball down the hallways. Another ghost that hangs around E is a resident advisor who checks all the “students” in their rooms. The third spirit is as of yet an unidentified ghost who is supposedly a student who died recently. In Dorm L there is an old fashioned military nurse who wanders the halls. She could be the same nurse who haunts the TB ward, but that has not been proven. The movie theater section of this place used to be a military morgue and like all morgues it is indeed haunted.
2) Roy High School, Roy: The Erratic Dead
Probably the eeriest things about haunted high schools are the spirits that haunt there. After all, mostly what haunts high schools are teenagers. As we know teenagers emit energy that is erratic and unstable. So, when a high school that is this haunted comes about, you know that is going to be reflection of all that energy left behind. Mable is the most frequently seen ghost and although no one knows how she died, we do not that she hangs around backstage and has been known to scare people, move props around, make props disappear, and have lights go on and off. There is also a lady in a purple hat who also haunts the auditorium, but she beckons for whomever she sees to come follow her. No one as of yet has done so because she gives off an evil and sinister aura. The third ghost is just a head on the upper balconies. When he appears, it sounds like the lights are moving along their cords. The fourth ghost roams the halls of the whole high school. When someone is alone in the halls is when he actually glares at them. Sometimes it will walk with you and when it does you can smell his shampoo and feel his breath on your skin. Apparently he was hit by a train on the way to school one day. Although it may not seem like a huge amount of ghosts to you, Roy High School gets the second spot because they are seen most often.
1) Mountain Meadows Massacre (Mountain Meadows): A Massacre (Any Questions?).
Ever heard of the infamous mountain meadows massacre? Well, everyone in the state of Utah does. It occurred in the April of 1857 when a band of settlers from Arkansas were traveling to the state of California to find a better life for themselves. They were murdered on the spot by the Mormon Militia. It wasn’t just the men, it was the women, and most of the children of the camp. The reasons for this brutal massacre are not known even to this day. What could of a group of Arkansas people done to have pissed off the Mormon Militia? Some suppose that it was the need for their cattle, or supplies, or fear of the government. I guess we will never know, but what we do know is that the spirits of this area are crying out for some resolve. When the creek is approached from the area of the monument the dead have been known to call out to many people and people who visit the area have been known to feel an immense sadness. Mountain Meadows is not only the top haunted hot spot of Utah, because of the tragic massacre that happened here, but also because of the strong presence felt when in this area.