It’s Almost Ghost Walk Time!!!
Many of you have been asking when we will host the next Ghost Walk. Well…… here you go.
Fall Ghost Walk Schedule
Ticket go on sale September 2nd for the September 26th Ghost Walk.
Tickets go on sale October 1st for the October 24th Ghost Walk.
Available tours are: 8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm and 12:30 am.
All tickets are $10 each and are non-refundable.
Must be 15 or older to attend.
We now have the ability to accept credit and debit cards when purchasing tickets. Be sure to have all the necessary information ready if doing so.
Just want is a ghost walk? The Sweetwater County Library is basically a haunted library. The current library was built on the property where the old city cemetery once resided. It is suspected that this and the fact that several graves were missed when the original cemetery was moved, is cause for the paranormal activity.
In 2006, Ellie Davis held the first informal ghost walk for a group of students attending one of her programs. Because it was such a huge hit, adults soon wanted in on the action. A couple years later, the official Ghost Walks were created. Now several times a year these special paranormal investigations take place.
Our team uses ghost hunting gadgets that you may have seen on many of the ghost hunting shows on television. Some of them are KII meters, EMF detectors, laser grid pens, digital thermometers, video camera, and digital cameras. Anyone attending is welcome to bring their own devices. We only ask that you be considerate of the other attendees when using them. It may seem strange, but when using a camera or device that gives off light or laser, always be mindful of reflective surface. You can actually cause damage to the eyes.
For more information, call the Sweetwater County Library at 307-875-3615.
Things are feeling a little odd around here and I realized it was Friday the 13th not long ago. People have been a little “off” and the energy just seems different. Something is spurring the energy to change. Many people have commented on the reasons. It could be a very interesting year.
Let’s take a look at this Friday 13th:
Records of the superstition are rarely found before the 20th century, when it became extremely common. The connection between the Friday the 13th superstition and the Knights Templar was popularized in Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code and in John J. Robinson’s 1989 work Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. On Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, an action apparently motivated financially and undertaken by the efficient royal bureaucracy to increase the prestige of the crown. Philip IV was the force behind this ruthless move, but it has also tarnished the historical reputation of Clement V. From the very day of Clement V’s coronation, the king falsely charged the Templars with heresy, immorality and abuses, and the scruples of the Pope were compromised by a growing sense that the burgeoning French State might not wait for the Church, but would proceed independently. However, experts agree that this is a relatively recent correlation, and most likely a modern-day invention.
Along with Friday the 13th this year we experienced a full moon on the same day. What will this bring? Suspicion and superstition run rampant. I have been hearing all kinds of comments. It’s a rare confluence of calendar and that has not been seen in 14 years and it will not be seen again until 2049. The last time the moon was full on a Friday the 13th was Oct. 13, 2000. Also to add to the mix, it was reported on the news that two, yes two, solar flares were spotted on the sun.
It is a well-known fact in Emergency Room’s and many public locations, that during a full moon, the so called “crazies” seem to come out. Add Friday the 13th and all bets are off. Do not walk under a ladder or let a black cat cross your path. I am not sure I buy into all this, but we don’t want to add to the list of luck breakers. Unless you are a member of the Knights Templar, Friday the 13th should just be another day. Full Moons do of course affect nature in many ways. Solar flares are thought to effect nature as well. Do we make our own luck or are you stuck with wherever comes our way? Do you believe in the superstitions or is it all just happenstance?
I did have a sighting of a “person” walking along the back of the library on Friday the 13th. I knew there were only a few of the staff in at that time and we had not opened yet. I went to look to see if someone had somehow gotten in before opening and it is no surprise, no one was there. It seems the “person” might just be one of our friends. I could not tell you if it were man or woman exactly, but they were about 5 and a half feet tall and average build. It was a very quick sighting down the second isle from the left towards the very back wall. No one else saw this. Interesting to say the least.
We have had a spike in activity of late. I am beginning to wonder, is it the building settling again or something else or both?
The Sweetwater County Library, as most of you know, was built on the site of the old city cemetery. The soil at the site is of a clay-base and therefore is not a truly stable ground. To add to this, there is a small underground natural spring that runs from up the hill through the property. Last but not least, the area is on a hill which means there will always be gravity working against us.
The building was opened in 1980. By 1986 the need for the first retro-fitting was arranged. The library closed for three months while crews came in and opened the concrete flooring down to the soil. The staff told stories of noises and lights going on and off by themselves. Workers stated their tools would to missing. As a joke, several staff members placed cut-out skeletons in the holes so the workers would find them. Real bones were inevitably found to the dismay of the crews. Large holes were dug and caissons were placed in hopes the building would stabilize. Unfortunately, this was not to be.
For the second time in 2007, retro-fitting was again performed. A crew was brought in and holes were dug. In the Multi-purpose Room four holes were dug. The dirt from the holes was piled in the center of the room. The mound reached almost to the ceiling. Later when the room was put back together, it was used as storage for most non-permanent items from the main library. The library was closed for six weeks, but staff continued to work on many projects. The duct was unbelievable. Most staff members ended up working in the Staff Lounge on the second floor because of this reason.
After the library was re-opened ghostly activity definitely picked up. Many reports stated unexplained noises were heard and shadows were seen by staff and patrons alike. It was thought that through time the spirits that inhabit the library do not like change. They seem to dislike it when we move things or rearrange large amounts of books.
Once again, currently, we are experiencing a shift in the building. As you look down the long stacks you can see a few slight raises in the floor. One set of stacks was leaning and had to be supported. If you are in the Multi-purpose Room sitting on one of our blue chairs, you may feel you are in a rocking chair. A few areas of the room seem to have an uneven bit of floor. When the chair is placed across it, it sits uneven.
Although retro-fitting has not been scheduled yet, it seems the paranormal activity is picking up. We have had several interesting events in the last month. This was posted on my last posting:
I was working at the Reference Desk on the computer. As I did I saw to the left of me a white orb, about the size of a table tennis ball. It moved from just above the computer down and disappeared into the floor. I have never had this happen before in all the time I have worked here (21 years). WOW. This was unbelievable. I just sat here looking at the spot thinking it would re-appear, but it did not. Wow.
Now we wait to see how the shifting might affect the building and possibly the paranormal activity. This fall we start the Ghost Walks once again. This may be a very interesting year!
You hear me rattle about the paranormal and what facts and information I do know. What gets me excited is proof. For 21 years I have gathered stories from staff and patrons alike, on their experiences here at the Sweetwater County Library. The one thing that is the hardest to get but is the “cream-of-the-crop” are ghostly photos that have been captured in the building.
It does not happen often, but it does happen. I have taken hundreds and hundreds of photos and have only gotten orbs. I am a sceptic when it comes to orbs. Most can be proven to be dust or bugs. Rarely do I capture anything that I consider “the-real-deal”. I have to mention, I did however see with my own eyes for the first time ever a white glowing orb. It appeared the first week of June while I was sitting at the Reference Desk. It suddenly formed about the size of a table tennis ball. It happened so fast. It formed and then dropped straight down into the floor. I was in shock. No, I did not get a photo, but I wanted to state for the record that I have actually seen a true orb.
We do have one photo of an orb that is unusual. It is an orange orb. There are others around it, but it definitely stands out. It was taken during library program where a band was playing. Random photos were being taken and the orange orb was caught.
During a special educational ghost walk for a local business, again random photos were taken by the attendees. One woman was shaken when she reviewed her photos and found a dark shape in the stacks. We just call it the dark shape. To some, it looks like a small boy with his legs up as if he is sitting. Others just are not sure what they see. What do you think?
One of our regular volunteers that works with the ghost walk, is Hannah. She has been a part of our group for many years and previously was part of SPIS or Sweetwater Paranormal Investigation Society. During one of the investigations here at the library, Hannah took pictures looking down from the second floor. She had noticed movement at the bottom of the stairs. She was very excited and said she had captured a photo of a blue mist. She did, but while I reviewed the photo I noticed a lady with long dark hair. I asked her who that was. She stated “What lady?” There had been no other women in the building besides her. The rest of the team were all men.
Do you have photos of ghosts at the library? I am always happy to see others. Some people are shy about bringing them in to me. Please feel free. If you do not want your name mentioned, no problem. We try to gather as much information and as many photos as are available. Please remember to share your stories and your evidence whether it be photos, audio, or video.
Your contributions are greatly appreciated!!
One of the top questions we are asked at the library is “Have you had any activity lately?” Many times the answer is no, but not lately. It is always amazing to me how the work day can be moving along as usual, with nothing out of the ordinary is going on. It can sometimes set you up for a surprise.
The past week has been an active week for some of us. Library wise, we have been extremely busy. It has been the end of school and the start of the Summer Reading programs. To add to the energy level, several Rock Springs schools had requested special “ghost related” tours of the library. Miss Ellie has been very busy with these groups. The school children seemed very interested in what she had to share. One young person said they felt a pinch on their arm. While using the ghost box, several of the children stated they heard a baby cry. I have to admit, I was working the desk when they came by and I too heard the baby cry over the radio. Ellie also mentioned she heard it as well.
Our patron count has been very high. This might account for the serge is reports. The ghosts seem to be attracted to high energy. May times we find that programming with high energy will seem to nudge things along. Many times before, during and after the Zombie Prom, which is an annual event, hundreds of orbs are in many of the photos. It is the only time you see so many. It is our belief that these are energy orbs from all the high excitement.
Listed below are the actual reports that I and the other staff members entered in the official Ghost Log:
5/23/2014 Mick & Alaina 4:35 pm
We were working the Front Desk. The door to the back hallway was closed and we both heard it “bang” like someone was trying to come in. Micki ran and looked and there was no one there. Alaina stated she was sure she heard it too.
5/27/2014 Micki & Shannon 7:38 pm
We were working the Front Desk. The door to the back hallway was closed and we both heard it “bang” like someone was trying to come in. Micki ran and looked and there was no one there. Shannon stated she was sure she heard it too. Weird it happened twice in a week.
5/28/2014 Micki/Staff 11:45 am
I was working at the Reference Desk on the computer. As I did I saw to the left of me a white orb, about the size of a table-tennis ball. It moved from just above the computer down and disappeared into the floor. I have never had this happen before in all the time I have worked here (21 years). WOW. This was unbelievable. I just sat here looking at the spot thinking it would re-appear, but it did not. Wow.
Photo #1-Orb in Young Adult area. I am posting this to give an idea what an orb might look like. ( The one I reported was much whiter and much brighter. )
Photo #2-Notice multiple orbs in upper right corner, taken during a Zombie Prom.
*Time will tell if the activity will slow down or continue at this high level.
Does the name John Zaffis ring a bell? Well is you watch the Syfy Channel it might. He and his crew are on the show “Haunted Collector”.
The following was found on John’s official website:
John Zaffis has over forty years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He has had the opportunity to work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This sent John beyond looking for ghosts and hauntings and into studying demonology under the Warrens. This led into John’s involvement with cases of possession and exorcism, which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent exorcists in this field, including Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun.
His research has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, England and Scotland covering several thousands of cases. Through hands on investigating with other investigators and clergy, he has obtained a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the paranormal and is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field today.
John has a lot of first-hand paranormal experience, including experience with ghosts, poltergeists, and demonic and diabolical entities. He has also worked extensively with both spiritualists and psychics concerning how their knowledge is used for channeling, reincarnation (past-life regression), calling of the spirits for information, and how they use meditation to acquire the information which they are seeking. Because of his personal experiences with hauntings, ESP, near death experiences and other paranormal activities, he is firm in his conviction that such phenomena exist.
John has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s documentaries A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls. John has also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News Live, and many other print and news media events. John also appears in Graveyards and In a Dark Place, both books written by Ed and Lorraine Warren. John’s first book, Shadows of the Dark, co-written with Brian McIntyre, was released in September, 2004. John hosted a show on SyFy, Haunted Collector, and became a producer for the last season of the show. John has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. John is working on multiple follow-up books currently, and is lecturing all over the United States at colleges and universities.
One of the creepiest haunted dolls I have ever heard of, is the story of “Robert Did It!” In the book “Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf” by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg, a chapter is dedicated to this story under the title “Robert’s Rules: Chris Experience with the World’s Most Haunted Doll. I have seen this story on television a couple times and now read about it. I am sorry but this one gives me the creeps.
People claimed to see the doll move-sometimes just its head, other times its whole body. It would appear in different windows of the house and smile out at the neighbors. In one story, family members say they saw it running through the house. Graves and Gravestones, a local ghost tour that has permission to visit Robert at night, says the activity did not stop there. When Robert Otto died, Eugene inherited the house. Into adulthood, he remained close to the doll. Walking around with it and seating it at the dinner table led to the disintegration of his marriage. Eugene’s wife kept putting Robert out of sight, but the doll kept coming back, often visiting her.
There is much more to this story and many more included in the book.
You may not want to read this before bed!
Book, Haunted Objects: Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf” by Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg
John Zaffis official website http://www.johnzaffis.com/
The site, at 300 North 1st East, Green River, Wyoming, had previously been the city cemetery, which had been established in 1892. In 1926, a federal CWA project moved the bodies and old grave markers to the Riverview Cemetery just up the hill. In 1930 the town used the site as a park.During 1944 a Veteran’s Housing Site was built on the site, due to the return of the veterans. During the construction, several remains were found and re-interned at the now current Riverview Cemetery. The identity of the remains was unknown.
In 1978, during the construction of the new facility, twelve unknown graves were found. Again in 1983 during landscaping of the grounds revealed more graves and remains. This renewed the fear of a historic epidemic of smallpox and the re-introduction of the disease.
Since 1985 unexplained occurrences have been reported at the library. The Green River Library is listed on the famous list of the ghost and haunted places in Wyoming.
In 1989 “Ghosts on the Range: Eerie True Tales of Wyoming” by Debra D. Munn was published. Included in her book was the story of the Sweetwater County Library, titled “The Library Built over a Cemetery”. Ms. Munn was good enough to come to the library the following Halloween and do a reading from her book. Story has it that several loud noises were heard from the stage area and eager listeners reportedly wondered out-loud if the “ghosts” were upset about the reading.
In 1993 a “Ghost Log” was started to record the unusual happenings. As something unexplained happened it was written in the log. The log is available at the Circulation desk, but is not available for check out.
During pipeline construction in August of 1996 remains were unearthed just outside the library by the lower parking lot. Sweetwater County Coroner Dale S. Majhanovich said wood chips were found Tuesday by construction workers digging under North First East. Charlie Love, of the Western Wyoming Community College Archaeological Services Department, examined the find and determined that the bones were of two people. Two wooden coffins and their contents were within a couple feet of the pipeline that was being worked on and one coffin had actually been nicked when the line first went in. At least one of the wooden coffins was covered in felt with a small window. A brass plaque indicated the coffin was purchased a Beeman and Cashin Mercantile Co. of Evanston. No date was inscribed. It was determined one was a male about 45 years old and the other a female of about the same age. Both were in good health, at least one was Caucasian and both were about the same height The bodies were re-interred at the Riverview Cemetery.
This log is still currently being used.
Every now and then someone will approach the Front Desk at the library and ask “So have you had anything ghostly happen lately?” If I had a nickel for every time I hear that line. It is strange how at times things will be so quiet and then for no reason activity picks up. You just never know.
We do our work and forget about all the paranormal stuff and the next thing you know a patron is telling us they saw a door move in the Men’s Room. It never fails to amaze me. I joke all the time that the “ghosts are on vacation” when reports slow down. It does seem that they might just do that.
According to one of my co-workers we have had two reports this week. The first was the gentleman that did report the door moving in the Men’s Room. The second was someone claiming they saw a shadow moving along the back of the stacks. I always find the report of the shadows or shadow people interesting. I have seen them myself. The patron did not share much information so I am guessing a bit. When I have seen the shadows, it is very fast. It is so fast that you stop and think, “Did I see that”. Somehow I know I have, but after all these years I stop and wonder if my eyes are playing tricks on me. I am sure from time to time that may be the case, but I also know that there are times that is not the case.
Many times we have been asked if there is a reason why the reports slow down. I have a couple theories on this. First I think we do receive reports but the patron has not written it down or emailed it in and we get busy with our everyday work and we forget to log it. Second, I think weather has a bit to do with it. When the weather is changing we seem to get more reports. If there is lightening, wind, etc. it appears to stir up the energy and thus the ghosts seem to work off it. This is the idea we use during Ghost Walks. By providing a battery pack and telling the spirits they can use it to come through, we seem to get better results. But like everything here, it is not always the case.
As much as we would love to say YES we have all the answers, we do not. The paranormal world is now and I think, will always be a mystery. We try our best to understand what happens, what goes on, but alas we are still asking questions.
One other question we are receiving lately is why we are not doing the May Ghost Walks this year. It is generally because of staffing. It takes several of us to do the Ghost Walks and we have a couple staff members that left the library. It has been decided that those positions will not be filled at this time. So as you see, some of the paranormal events will be scaled back just a bit. We will have our usual September, October and December events.
If you have questions please let us know.
What is a cold spot? What many refer to as “cold spots” are simply an area that suddenly feels cold when it in fact should not be. There seems to be no logical reason for it. But, in the paranormal world it is believed that a spirit pulls energy from the area so that is can manifest itself. If this is true then unexplained cold spots would mean spirits may be present.
Just yesterday, two women approached me at the Front Desk. They both seemed quite excited and I knew there was a story forthcoming. Sure enough, they took a deep breath and began. While they were in the back of the library, they felt a cold spot in an area where there had previously not been one. There was no vent or fan. There was no logical reason for it.
As the women continued with the story they told of a strong feeling of a “little girl” with them. One stated “I think she is still right here with me.” I could tell by watching their reactions that they truly believed this was happening. I went to where they had felt the cold spot, but I found nothing. They were adamant that this was what had happened.
Little did they realize, I am not one to question their story. Working where I do and having the experiences I have, I know odd things can happen. I too have felt cold spots and felt as though a small child was walking with me. It is a very strange thing to have happen. I have had my name whispered in my right ear, I have seen shadows in the stacks, I have seen two full apparitions (someone else saw them at the same time as me), and I have heard many things that I had no idea what it was. I have worked at the library since 1992. I is amazing how many of these things have become “just part of my job”. You might laugh, but it is true.
Here at the library we have heard pretty much everything. Many locals come to us and just want someone to listen. We hear of spirits, ghosts, shadows, voices, noises, things moving, and on and on. No, we do not have books flying around the room. Occasionally someone will say they did see a book fall or move. On occasion shadows are seen and on really rare occasions a full apparition has been seen. Please remember, these are not daily occurrences.
Many people want an answer. This is where we have issues. We have ideas of what is happening, we have theories, but we do not have definitive answers. As many of you know, those of us that do the Ghost Walks have tried to educate ourselves as best we can. We have contacted several experts and asked many questions. We can share with you what they have shared with us. For more information than that, we always refer you to them, the experts. We try but we do not have all the answers.
If you have had an experience please report it to the Front Desk of send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to help you and answer your questions.
You are walking in the dark and suddenly you see what looks like a face in the shadows. Of course you are frightened. What was that? Many of us have had this happen. Seeing a face where there should not be one is very disturbing.
What if we just thought it was a face? What if it really wasn’t? What is it then? There is a term for seeing faces in inanimate things. According to Ask.com and Wikipedia, it is called “PAREIDOLIA”.
Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.
The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, “beside, alongside, instead”) in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον “image, form, shape”) the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.
As you see, it may also include sounds and patterns. Does this mean what we have seen is not something paranormal? The answer is maybe. Like many things we deal with, there are two sides to the story. It is believed that a good portion of what we think we see is actually not paranormal, but pareidolia. We think we see a face when it is just clothes handing in the closet (in a very interesting or scary way).
I for one, have seem things both pareidolia and paranormal. There are times I really am not sure which is which. Here is where our intuition and our senses come into play. I am not a true expert, but I feel our intuition tells us much. I know that if you see something unexplained, your body will sometimes give you “goose-bumps” or you feel a chill. It is a natural reaction to the unknown and our bodies are preparing for fright. I also know that when a ghost is close by, the body will react the same way. This is where the intuition helps. Most times we have a sixth sense if the “thing” is paranormal or not. I say trust your senses and listen to that little voice inside.
I too, have heard things that I thought were voices that were not. A voice was heard and seemed to be in the room where I was sitting. It happened twice. After some time and a diligent search, it turned out to be my dog sleeping and snoring. I had a good laugh at that. Also electric appliances may cause noises that seem questionable. If you hear noises, be aware of what is in the area. Take a good look and listen closely.
This doesn’t however, prove all things are debunked. We have captured many EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon) while in the library. Our goal is to always try to debunk what we may find, but many times it just isn’t possible. We assume it is our friends from the beyond. The recordings are saved and analyzed as best we can. It does seem the spirits do have things to say if we just listen.
Bottom line, it is many times our perception of what we are encountering. I know there are many things unexplained. I also know many objects and shadows can take on the image of something else.
What is your take on this?
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