CFAC Ghost Stories

August 15, 2011 on 11:18 am | In Article | No Comments


Our friends at the CFAC (Community Fine Arts Center) graciously came forward with details of their own ghost stories.  Rumors have surfaced from time to time that they had seen, smelt, and hear things that go bump, but not always in the night. 

Jennifer Messer/CFAC

In the eleven years Debora and I have worked here at the CFAC we have experiences a number of strange phenomenon. About a month after we started longtime patrons began dropping by and commenting that the atmosphere in the CFAC felt lighter, warmer and more welcoming. Several of them were very insistent that it felt very different in the gallery, although all we had done was some deep cleaning and rearranging the art to hang even more of it. I believe the spirits here were happy with the new direction the gallery was taking and expressed that through a lightening of the mood here. We have our share of odd things, lights, phones, and computers with issues, but the building is from the 1920’s so that’s to be expected. The majority of excitement is more sensory than physical.

 Debora’s little dog, Ziggy, had accompanied her to work one day and saw something that interested her. When she woke up from a nap Ziggy made a bee line to a corner of the gallery and stood looking at the same spot cocking her head first one way and then the other. Ziggy never barked or made any distress sounds, but clearly though she saw something and would look to Debora and back to the spot as though to say “See Mom? Who is that right there?”

I have for years smelled men’s cologne and cigar smoke throughout the gallery, not all the time, not in the same spot, and never when we have had patrons in the gallery. Sometimes others can smell it, and it usually lasts half an hour or better. The smell gradually sneaks up on me, by the time I realize I can smell cigar smoke and comment on it I realize I have already been smelling it for a while. I believe it is a former CFAC Director who was, according to his wife, a big fan of both items!

 There seem to be a number of shadow people around both the CFAC and Rock Springs Library as well. I catch people out of the corner of my eye or when I glance up from typing and lo and behold there is never a live body there. I have most recently half seen a young girl in the doorway between the CFAC and Library. She reminded me of a grade school girl from the 1930’s in pigtails and a drop waist dress with a sailor collar even though all I saw was a shadow in the doorway.

 Debora and I are not afraid of the spirits here, they have not been threatening to date. I try to acknowledge that I have seen them or felt their presence aloud when it happens; I think they appreciate the confirmation!

Special thanks to Jennifer Messer and Debra Soule for sharing their stories.

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