This question was posed to me just recently by a gentleman that seemed generally confused by it all “Why are people drawn to the paranormal?” I know several people that are total skeptics and they too wonder why? The answers may be unclear.
First let me state I am not a doctor or any kind or a professional in the field of the paranormal. I am whoever someone that has dealt with the paranormal activity in our building and have tried to assist the public with their comments and questions. I have worked for the Sweetwater County Library for 20 years now and years of experiences have given me and my co-workers a certain amount of clarity on the subject.
From all the input I have received and all the questions that have been put to me here is what I feel is the answer. We are all looking for “answers”. We lose a loved one, we lose a friend. Is that it? We all want the spirit to continue in some way. If you have experienced paranormal activity in any way, it brings the question to light. A shadow moves where a shadow should not be. So what is it? A voice is heard where no one is seen. So what is it? We are all curious beings so the search begins. Is this a spirit that has lingered?
Individual’s are in need of answer s as to what these “things” are. By doing investigations, gathering information and evidence, we allow ourselves the chance to better understand. The Ghost Log was started by me 20 years ago. Some people scoffed back then, but it has become a valuable tool. We can now go back and find what happened, the time of year, month and day. Compiling statistics on all the reports can allow us to project an overview. Maybe, just maybe, by doing this we can understand what propels the spirits to act out more at one time or another.
Professional’s in the field of the paranormal are now easier to contact. Here is a list of professionals that we have had the pleasure of working with.
Jubal Larimore and Robert Parton
AAPI (American Association of Paranormal Investigators)
NUPS (Northern Utah Paranormal Society)
PI Team of Utah (Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah)
RIP (Reliance Independent Paranormal)
SPIS (Sweetwater Paranormal Investigation Society)
UROPA (Utah Researchers of Paranormal Activity)
PI Team of Utah will be hosting a presentation on September 7th at 1pm at the Sweetwater County Library. The presentation will include information about what they do and how they do it. This is a great opportunity for the public to bring their questions and visit first hand with the professionals. An auction will take place shortly after to raise money for the Sweetwater County Library System Foundation. Included will be a basket which holds four tickets for a private ghost walk here at the library. The private Ghost Walk will be held October 25th. Other items will also be auctioned off.
For more information please stop by or call the Sweetwater County Library.
300 North 1st East, Green River, Wyoming or 307-875-3615
Growing up in Green River, one always hears stories as a young person of the “haunted library”. Children, teens and adults alike enjoy telling scary tales. “Did you hear Mr. Smith said when he was in the library one night he heard a child giggling” or “Jessica said she saw a shadow in the stacks when she was doing her homework”. There are countless stories and they are all very interesting, but…..they are not all true.
That’s the funny thing about folklore it is usually based on fact but many times exaggerated. Many of the stories are true accounts of what a person has seen, heard or felt and unfortunately several are just plain tales. One example is that books can be seen flying off the shelves at any time. If we had a dime for every time we are asked about this one, we could build a new library. The truth is we have at least one account of two people seeing a book come out from the shelves, hover then drop. Many of the staff have worked at the library for years and have never had this happen. Please remember, just because something happened once, does not mean it will happen again or happen constantly.
One fact is that there were eight Chinamen that were believed to have died of smallpox and were buried towards the back of the property. Local stories have it that there were a huge amount of graves contaminated with the virus. Research does not back-up this claim. It is amazing how stories spread and fear can cause the truth to be embellished.
Many of the so called old-timers in Green River tell tales from their childhood of grave robbers or looters. This unfortunately seems to be true. Several persons have come forward telling tales of their brothers or friends that did in fact take rings and jewelry from the bones while they were being moved. Where the workers were at the time, it is not known. One account, told by Sharon Rhodes, tells of a local boy that stuck his hand in a casket to steal something and his hand became caught in the beard of the poor dead man. He had to have help, to get his hand free. The late Edith Sunada stated many years ago when she was young the graves were being moved, the workers would lay each coffin or set of bones side by side all the way up the street. It was a dirt street in those days, but they would have been laid where the sidewalks are today. Ms. Sunada was sad to state that several young men came along and stole several items. The questions is did they keep the items or did they get scared and throw them out?
The public will many times ask if there might be a special time of day/month/year that we find more of the paranormal activity happening. The answer is yes and no. Activity does seem to be always present in the fall into October which should be no surprise. However there does seem to be a vast amount of reports received throughout the year. According to staff that work early in the morning before the library is open, voices are heard along with sightings of shadows being seen. The time of day does not seem to matter in the least.
Just remember when your hear stories take them with a grain of salt. Not everything you hear is true. Do your research and truth usually is a really great story just as it happened.
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