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Ogden’s Electric Alley

If you’ve ever been to lower 25th Street in Ogden, you might have noticed a parking lot across the street from the Union Station, behind some of the shops between Wall and Lincoln with a street sign that says Electric Alley.

Odd name for a street that runs through a parking lot! However, people who aren’t familiar with 25th Street’s wild history don’t know that it’s a nod to part of Ogden’s wild past; the red light district.

Electric Alley

Electric Alley was actually one block east of the currently named street / parking lot.  The original Electric Alley ran east to west, from Grant Ave to Lincoln Ave, between 24th and 25th Streets.  It was “hidden” behind the respectable businesses lining 25th Street. Heading west on 25th Street you could slip into a narrow, dark walkway between the Davenport Saloon and the London Ice Cream Parlor and exit onto Electric Alley.

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The Lady in The Trunk

Ogden’s Union Station is by far my favorite old building this city has.  The history behind the station is amazing, and there are quite a few tales about its ghostly activity.  I’ve investigated this location numerous times throughout the years, and would normally come away with at least one or two quality EVP’s, more often than not, the voice captured was that of a woman.

So I began (a few years ago) to dig into the past of the station and see what I could find. Honestly, this building is what prompted me to start The Dead History.  I’ve uncovered over 41 deaths that occurred at the Union Station.  Some deaths were due to natural causes and freak accidents, some were due to murder, and some were suicides.  It’s important to remember just how many people passed through this building on a daily basis. At the peak of war traffic in 1946, up to 140 passenger trains were passing through the station each day.

The Union Station didn’t handle just passenger cars, it also dealt with cargo and mail.  Needless to say, it was an incredibly busy place. And Wednesday, March 19th, 1924 was no different. Alexander Brown, who was employed as a baggage handler and electrician for the railway, was busy moving pieces of luggage and cargo off of the train.  After slipping while trying to move a heavy trunk, he realized that he was slipping on a small pool of blood.

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Cry Baby Bridge – Bear River City

The Legend: A mother took her two young children out for a drive because she felt they were possessed by the devil.  She drove off the bridge and into the river below killing everyone in the car.  If you sit on the bridge with your windows rolled down and honk your horn three times you can hear children yelling “Don’t do it, Mother!!”

The History: I’ve heard stories of various cry baby bridges across the United States, but I wasn’t aware Utah had one until I read an article about haunted spots across the state.  Bear River City isn’t too far from where I live, and considering it was Halloween figured it’d be a great day to check it out.

We got to the bridge and realized that it had been closed off some time ago, and a new bridge constructed right next to the old one.  Thankfully, they left the old bridge standing and after climbing through some brush we could see the bridge stretched out in front of us.

Cry Baby Bridge

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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 noticed he was young when he died and was curious about the cause of death.

Turns out that Dirk Groen was a 20-year-old man 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.

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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