On April 23rd, Bianca Jorgensen and I hosted the Haunted Library Panel Discussion at the White Mountain Library’s first WYO.CON in Rock Springs. Two of our wonderful volunteers Tiffany Kennah and Ursula Krentz joined us in helping to inform and educate the public on the subject of the haunted library in Green River.
We provided a look at some of the amazing photos that the patrons have shared with us through the years. They included some of what we call the greatest hits, Man-in-top-hat, the Little Girl, Green Guy, Blue Mist & Lady with Dark Hair, The Bones with Charlie Love, and more. The photos always trigger many questions. It was great to see young and old asking. One gentleman had heard of stories and wanted clarification. We are always happy to explain each report to the best of our knowledge.
The photo of the old city cemetery is always a big draw. The public has many questions about the land and the area in which it sat. There was good discussion and many did not know the story of the old cemetery being moved up the hill to what is now, the Riverview Cemetery. Also, many did not know that more grave were found as construction and stabilization began on the site. Two mass graves were dug and different times and are found in the current cemetery. A large pine tree and a lilac bush mark the two spots where the bones were re-interred. Some bones are believed to still be buried on the property. I personally, had been told by Alan Wilson, the previous City of Green River Supervisor for Parks & Recreation Department, that there are at least six graves remaining. The reason the graves were not moved at the times the others were, was due to the belief those that had died did so because of smallpox. The local citizens did not wish to take a chance in re-infecting the population.
The Ghost Walk Volunteers tiffany and Ursula were great. When asked some of their favorite experiences, Ursula spoke about the ghost she has dubbed “Cowboy”. She first encountered him while helping with a ghost walk. The group was in the garage area. Library staff had been busy putting together a parade float that was western themed. An old pair of cowboy boots had been nailed down on the one side of the float. As the group and Ursula, particularly, passed by all the equipment went off. We stopped and she stood in front of the boots and began questioning the spirit. With KIIs in hand, it seemed she had a friend. For each ghost walk since, it seems her friend likes to come out and visit. There has only been one ghost walk that he stayed somewhat at bay, this is when Ursula’s husband attended. Apparently, he will only talk to her through the devices if her husband in not in the building. This gave everyone a good laugh.
Tiffany spoke of all the interaction between the spirits and those of us that attend, whether staff or patrons. She mentioned that there is video evidence on Youtube from both P. I. Team of Utah and from the Sweetwater County Library. If you have the time it is worth a peek.
I want to send out a special thank you Aaron Volner, staff member of the White Mountain Library, who put the event together. This was the first attempt and patrons seemed please. A special thank you goes out to Tiffany and Ursula for all they do for us. They have attended the ghost walks for years and they have become a pivotal part of enabling us to continue.
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