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Saint Elmo Ghost Town
located in Colorado is one of the best preserved ghost town in
It was originally found by gold prospectors in
Initially called ForrestCity due to heavy forested area this city changed
its name due to objections at the post office. California already had a city by this name, thus a under
a new name it was incorporated as a Saint Elmo after a popular novel of
At its peak Saint Elmo had
population of 2000. Saloons, dance hall, bawdy houses along with church
and school was build. Today only 24 of the original buildings stand
including mercantile, saloon, county courthouse/ jail and many private
homes. Unfortunately they all private and closed, but you can get the
sense of the life at the time by picking through the windows.
A long narrow road will lead to the town
Saint Elmo. It is
not very wide so use caution and look out for incoming traffic. At the
entrance of the city there is a general store open in one of the
original buildings. It operates between May through October. Objects
from homes and items found in archeological digs in the city and its
surroundings are gathered here. Hundreds of artifacts include cowboy
spurs from the late nineteenth century, utensils of early twentieth
century, magazines from the 50’sand
No far from the general store there is an area
called Chipmunk Crossing. Guests feed incredibly friendly chipmunks that
are not really afraid of humans. A bag for 50 cent is sold at the store.
on Saint Elmo
a real ghost town Saint Elmo certainly has its own ghosts. The most
famous of them is Annabelle Stark. According to witness testimonies who
knew the Stark family, Annabelle was send to work in a Salida (20 miles
from St. Elmo) in 1922. Beautiful and lonely girl fell in love with a
man named Ward.They got
engaged, but for some reason Annabelle came back to Saint Elmo without
explanation and a wedding ring. She spent the rest of her life in the
city working in parents hotel and convenient store. However the coal
mine boom ceased and citizens started leaving the city. Only Annabelle
with her brother Tony stayed behind. The city officially “died” in
1952 with post office closing for good. They lived in a former hotel
that belonged to their parents without electricity or running water.
Eventually she got a nickname of “Dirty Anne” for obvious reasons.
Witnesses say she walked around in dirty clothes and messy hair with a
shotgun in her hands watching over the empty town. The city was falling
apart and both Tony and Annabelle showed signs of mental problems. In
fact for a short period they were confined in a mental institution.
Eventually they were allowed to come back home to Saint Elmo. Tony died
somewhere in the 50s and Annabelle finally died in the 1960.
reports of the ghostly activities in
Saint Elmo have been reported associated with
“Dirty Anne”. Ghost seems to play tricks on people smashing doors,
relocating objects around the house and others creepy acts. Besides drop
of temperature, strange signs and apparition in the windows of the hotel
were seen by many individuals.