Ghouls, ghosts, poltergeists, goblins and more are said to make their home in Pueblo.
From a handprint that mysteriously appears in a fire museum window to a house that is said to have hosted satanic rituals and animal sacrifices, to mysterious mists at the old Pueblo Honor Farm, the Steel City is home to many ghastly and spooky ghost stories.
Here is a look at 9 of Pueblo’s most haunted spots.
Pueblo’s Honor Farm is one of the spookiest hangouts in the Steel City
The Colorado State Insane Asylum purchased a large portion of land that stretched from 11th to 13th streets near Pueblo Boulevard in 1879.
The land was meant to serve as a dairy farm where patients at the asylum could live and work.
The farm no longer stands, but the land it once inhabited is said to be one of Pueblo’s most haunted spots.
Urban legends state that a man sacrificed his nephew as part of a ritual on the land, which in turn caused it to be haunted.
An unexplained mist, voices, orbs and other unexplained phenomena have been reported by various Southern Colorado paranormal investigations.
Downtown Pueblo’s Goldust Saloon could be home to specters and apparitions
Beyond its beloved burgers and brews, the Golddust Saloon located at 217 S. Union Ave. is said to be one of Pueblo’s most haunted hangouts.
The Golddust opened up in 1984 at 130 S. Union Ave. In 1999, the restaurant was moved to 217 S. Union Ave. — where it stands today.
The famous — perhaps infamous — hanging tree stood outside of the building. There, dozens of convicted criminals were hanged for their crimes in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
As a result, it is said that those who died outside the building have continued to haunt the inside.
Over the years, employees and those who’ve owned the restaurant have said they’ve experienced unusual, and unexplainable incidents.
It wasn’t until reviewing their evidence that anything was discovered.
Last Rites Paranormal Investigations told the Pueblo Chieftain in 2017 that electronic voice phenomena (EVP) revealed several voices being recorded during an overnight stay at Golddust.
The recordings reportedly caught a child saying “help.”
Last Rites also reported photographing several orbs.
A goat-like specter is said to haunt Stonemoor Hills
Stonemoor Hills, a residential area on the South Side, is also said to be haunted.
Legends say that after a murder occurred in the area years ago, the deceased’s ghost remained and now haunts the area.
Urban legends say that the ghost is a goat-like creature called The Goat Man.
Like the Honor Farm, a mysterious mist, EVPS and orbs have been spotted in the area.
The Cortner House and hauntings on the St. Charles Mesa
If you grew up on the St. Charles Mesa, or in Vineland, you know all about the Cortner House on Cortner Road past 27th Lane.
The house has been demolished, but not 20 years ago was a destination for teens on the Mesa who wanted to experience paranormal activity.
The rumors were that the abandoned house was haunted, mostly with spirits of those who’d died in the house and some who’d been sacrificed.
Legend says that goth kids from around the city would participate in satanic rituals in the house, sacrificing live animals in hopes of summoning the entities that inhabited the house.
Many have claimed that an apparition of a leg-less, white dog with red eyes can often be seen hovering about in the area where the house stood.
Another St. Charles and Vineland legend is that of a girl who appears in your backseat after you pass her on the road.
It is said that she appears as someone who has come from a hospital, clad in a gown and wandering slowly on the roads east of Pueblo city limits.
When you pass her in your car, she disappears in the rearview only to reappear in your backseat.
Pioneer Cemetery in Pueblo has been said to be haunted
The Pioneer Cemetry, located on Montezuma Road across the street from the Kona Kai Apartments on Pueblo’s West Side, is the oldest cemetery in Pueblo.
It was established in 1870 and still houses the graves of some of Pueblo’s earliest residents.
Legend has it that the cemetery has been home to sightings of apparitions and a mysterious black mist.
There have also been reports of mysterious temperature changes,
The fields near the Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo are home to spectral sights
Word-of-mouth legends often speak of ghostly appearances in the empty fields surrounding the Colorado Mental Health Insitute Pueblo near the West Side.
Ghostly figures appear wandering the fields.
The hospital is minutes from the Pioneer Cemetery, and not far from where the Honor Farm used to lie.
So, it’s no wonder these fields serve as a gathering place for poltergeists and ghouls.
Pueblo Central ghost stories are well-documented
Former Central drama teacher Elizabeth “Bebe” Mestas and her husband Richard know all about the historic high school’s haunted grounds.
The couple and their children experienced hearing sounds, unexplained phenomena and Richard even claims to have seen a figure in the locked sound booth during a production rehearsal.
The Mestas family shared their stories with the Pueblo Chieftain in 2017, and former students and faculty alike have talked of the unexplainable experiences they’ve had at Pueblo’s oldest high school building.
Pueblo fire museum one of the best-haunted stories in town
Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum, 116 Broadway Ave., is said to be one of Pueblo’s most haunted spots.
Stories tell of many paranormal experiences, but perhaps one of the best stories is that of a fog that covers an upstairs window.
A permanent handprint is reportedly seen in the fog.
In 2005, a replica of a vintage fire engine was left idling outside. The vehicle began moving, and according to eyewitnesses, it made several turns and movements — all with no driver visible.
The former firehouse was built in 1895 and was originally served by horse-drawn firefighting equipment for its first 20 years.
The pole that firefighters once slid down before rushing to help citizens is still intact. It hasn’t been used — at least not by the living — since the station was closed in 1979.
The building now serves as a museum, honoring the history of Pueblo first responders.
Luke Lyons is the news director of The Pueblo Chieftain. He can be reached via email at LLyons@chieftain.com.