When was the last time you tried to do a search for information on our haunted library online? Because most of you can visit the Sweetwater County Library, you may not have tried. Several patrons have reported multiple online links about the many ghost stories at the library. So I decide to check it out. I had no idea there were so many online sources mentioning our little library. Who knew?
I began by doing a simple search on the search engine Ask.com. Here are the links I found.
PI Team of Utah: http://www.piteamofutah.com/
Haunted Places: http://www.hauntedplaces.org/item/sweetwater-county-library/
Haunted America Tours: http://www.hauntedamericatours.com/books/ghostbook/
The Shadowlands: Wyoming: http://www.theshadowlands.net/places/wyoming.htm
Encyclopedia Britannica blog: http://blogs.britannica.com/2007/10/haunted-libraries-in-the-us-utah-wyoming-and-canada
Green River, Sweetwater County Library. Lights have gone off and on mysteriously ever since the library opened in 1980. Flapping sounds reverberate through the building at night. Former Director Patricia LeFaivre said that her staff has seen dots of light dancing on the walls inside the closed art gallery room in such a way that ruled out an external light source like car headlights. Back when the library had electric typewriters instead of computers, at least two of the machines were seen to type on their own. There was no paper loaded at the time, so if these were messages, they were lost. The staff experimented by leaving paper in the typewriters overnight, but no phantom typing occurred. The most bizarre event occurred some years ago when the interlibrary loan librarian turned away briefly from her computer—it was a dedicated GEAC terminal—and when she looked back she saw her name spelled out on the screen. “I don’t think the system could have done that itself,” LeFaivre explained. “It had no word-processing capabilities, and at that time we didn’t have email. Her name appeared in quite large letters . . . with nothing else on the screen.” Since 1993, the staff has kept a record of all odd goings-on in a Ghost Log. The library was built on top of a cemetery dating from the 1860s. Most of the graves, primarily those of Asian railroad workers, were moved in the 1920s, but a coffin turned up as recently as 1985. Paranormal activity most often takes place when maintenance crews are working on the building or the grounds. LeFaivre added, “What’s interesting is that when we finally accepted the ghost’s existence, it seemed to quiet down—like it just wanted to be recognized.”
Documents Delivered: http://www.documentsdelivered.com/2015/11/
Angry Spirits at the Library
Hearing the story of the Sweetwater County Library will teach you a very important lesson. Never mess with graveyards or you will disrupt the spirits that linger there.
The Sweetwater County Library is without a doubt the scariest place in Wyoming. The library opened in 1980 and shortly after the opening, problems started to occur. Appliances and lights started to go on and off randomly and books flew off the shelves at night. It was almost immediately that these experiences started to occur. A few years’ later people started hearing strange voices and flapping noises throughout the library. That was when the people in the city realized that their local library was haunted.
If that wasn’t scary enough, soon balls of light were seen wandering around the halls. The people who witnessed these balls of light believe them to be supernatural orbs. Typewriters started typing on their own and gates began swinging uncontrollably. There was never any reason or rhyme for these things happening. Nothing could explain why these things were happening.
Sometimes the recorder in the library would record on its own. It would record the air and sometimes clicks and loud breathing would be heard on the recording. This was where people working at the library drew the line. They desperately wanted to know why this was happening to their library.
After extensive research, they found that the library was built directly on top of a cemetery from the 1800s. Supposedly graves were moves in the early 1920s, but bodies kept turning up. They thought they had moved all the graves, but there were always more bodies found. A slew of bodies were found in the 1940s and again in the 1980s and it’s likely that there are still bodies underneath the library today.
This serves as a great lesson about not disturbing cemeteries. Do not build on top of a cemetery or you are sure to hear from the spirits who are upset that you disturbed their peace.
American Association of Paranormal Investigators: http://ghostpi.com/PhotosMain.html
Lisa Writopia: http://lisaswritopia.com/haunted-libraries-in-the-u-s-a/
Community Treasures: http://repository.uwyo.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=comm_treas_grrs…
Kou K. Nelson: http://www.kouknelson.com/2012_10_01_archive.html
Partial interview with Kristina Wojtaszek author
And, of course, have you ever had a ghostly encounter?
KW: I have had a few occasions in the past where I thought I might have seen a ghost, but nothing definite. However, I recently went on a ghost walk at the Sweetwater County Library in town and at the end of the tour, as the librarian told us how the area used to be a playground before it was a library, we heard the sound of children’s laughter resonating from the dark, abandoned hallway behind us. It was very real, loud enough to startle us, and several people heard it, including me. It was pretty cool, actually! You can read more about my experience on the ghost walk on my website http://authorkw.wordpress.com/.
Archives West: http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv63192
I hope you enjoy all the posts. As I wrote this I was surprised to see the article about the “angry spirits”. I have worked for the library for 23 years and have never found that to be the case. Our spirits here, seem to be just that “here”. We have only had a couple people ever state they felt anything other than friendly and it was more the spirit was angry about something in the past, not at us. I look forward to your comments about the many sites listed.
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