The Dead History

Mill Fork Cemetery

Mill Fork Cemetery

Mill Fork Cemetery first caught my eye while coming back from a weekend trip to Moab.  Located in Spanish Fork Canyon, it’s right off the highway, and if you don’t know to watch for it, by the time you see the sign you’ve already passed. A couple of weekends ago we decided to take a drive and explore the cemetery for ourselves.

I hadn’t done any research on the cemetery beforehand, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, other than it was old.  What we found upon arrival, was unexpected, and quite honestly, it’s the oddest cemetery I’ve visited.

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WWII Hospital Train Car – Ogden

On a recent visit to Ogden’s Union Station, we happened to be in the right place at the right time and got to go inside an old WWII Hospital train car.  When I was still doing paranormal investigations I would’ve loved access to this car, however, they never had it open to investigators.  They are going to be included in this years Night At The Museum – Screaming South Tour, so make sure you check them out this year.

What I find fascinating about this hospital car, is that it was most likely used to transport wounded servicemen to Bushnell Hospital, later known as the Brigham City Indian School.  If you’re familiar with Utah paranormal lore, you’ll know that the Indian School was rumored to be one of the most haunted locations in all of Utah.  Unfortunately, the majority of the buildings were torn down in 2012, but you can check out some of my pictures and a better history of the location.

WWII Train Car

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Goldfield Cemetery

Goldfield CemeteryOne of the most interesting things about the town of Goldfield, Nevada is that the dead now far outnumber the living.  There are approximately 1,200 people buried in the city cemetery and according to the 2010 census, only 248 people currently reside in Goldfield.

The original cemetery was located close to the railroad tracks and once the Goldfield Hotel was built, city officials thought visitors to the city, especially those staying at the hotel, should not be greeted by the cemetery once stepping off the train.  In 1908, the bodies of 70 pioneers were moved from the original cemetery to the new cemetery which is located right on the edge of town.

Most of the tombstones are made from crudely cut stone, and volunteers over the years have kept the inscriptions visible by painting them red.  A lot of the stones are simply marked miner, or unknown.

When I learned that I would be visiting Goldfield, I was excited to learn that one of my favorite headstones was located in the Goldfield Cemetery.  I know, I know, it doesn’t take much for a girl like me to get excited.  But this isn’t just any old headstone……

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Goldfield High School

Goldfield High School

Sitting on the corner of Euclid & Ramsey in Goldfield, Nevada sits the decaying, yet still imposing Goldfield High School.  While most modern visitors to Goldfield are there for the paranormally famous Goldfield Hotel, the school is impressive because it is one of very few surviving old structures in Goldfield, and very little has changed since it closed it’s doors in 1952.

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Old Idaho Penitentiary – Boise, Idaho

I have a thing for old prisons and jails, the older the better, and if they just so happen to be haunted, I find them even more interesting.   The Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise fits the bill perfectly, I always make it point to visit if I’m in the area.  Construction was completed in 1870, however the first prisoners didn’t walk through the door until 1872.  It remained in operation for 101 years, finally closing it’s doors in December, 1973.
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In Memory of Dirk Groen

One day while taking a stroll around the Ogden City Cemetery I happened to see the grave of Dirk Groen.  While not completely unusual, I found the inscription interesting and mentioned to my husband that this guy was a young guy and we wondered what caused his death.

Turns out that Dirk Groen was a 20 year old guy who had recently been discharged from the Army after serving during WWI.  He first got a job for the railroad and then was hired by the Globe Milling & Elevator Company as a carpenter.

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The Grave of a Watchmaker: William Samelius

Much to the disappointment of my children, I often like to stop by the local cemeteries and wander around taking pictures.  They usually get dragged along with me….hey it makes for an interesting childhood, right?   My favorite local cemetery is the Ogden City Cemetery.

It’s close to where I live, it’s old, has some really amazing stories, and it has a lot of very unusual graves.  It seems like even though I’ve been to the cemetery  numerous times, I always seem to find something new every time I go.

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Jessop Family Cemetery

It should come as no surprise that I have been interested in all things creepy since a very early age.  I would say by the age of 8 I had seen almost every cheesy horror movie out there, Vincent Price was one of my favorite actors and I read every creepy book and magazine I could get my hands on.

I think my parents kept hoping I would grow out of it, but unfortunately for them 26 years later my love for everything creepy and macabre has only grown. I grew up in Arizona, but spent almost every summer in Maryland and Pennsylvania visiting family.  One of my aunts always fed my fascination with ghosts by telling me all sorts of scary experiences and urban legends that were popular in and around Baltimore County.
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Emo’s Grave – Salt Lake City

The Legend: If you circle the Moritz Mausoleum three times while chanting “Emo, Emo, Emo” and then look into the mausoleum you’ll see the red glowing eyes of “Emo” staring back at you.

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Frank Yentzer – The Ghost of Ogden’s Union Station

By far my favorite place to investigate has always been Ogden’s Union Station.  It’s close to where I live, has amazing architecture, has a decent amount of paranormal activity, and it’s one of the first places I ever investigated. The Union Station has quite a few stories to tell, most which remain untold, but their most well known ghost story is about the man who was supposedly killed by a falling clock tower.  If you ask Union Station employees about their ghosts, this is usually the first story they tell.

Prior to the building that currently sits on the end of 25th Street there was a large Victorian depot that also had a few hotel rooms at the South end of the building. It’s most distinguishing feature and an important part of this story was the large clock tower that stood in the center of the building.  It opened in July of 1889 and by all reports the people of Ogden wanted a new “modern” station by the early 1900’s stating it was too small, extremely dark,  and outdated. Union Pacific however did not want to invest money into a new building and so it remained until the evening of February 13, 1923.


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