Whether you are an avid ghost hunter or love a good thrill, The Cowboy State has plenty of haunted places that will give you goosebumps. From haunted hotels to frightening forts, spooky steakhouses to creepy cinemas, here are some of the most haunted places in Wyoming.
7 Most Haunted Places in Wyoming
1. The Acme Theatre, Riverton
Constructed in the 1920s, The Acme Theatre was once a stage theatre, but today it is a cinema. Over the years, many customers of the theatre say that they have seen a ghostly male figure up on the balcony watching shows and films with them. Ghost hunters claim he is a performer from when the theatre showed vaudeville and penny shows in the early 1930s.
2. Historic Occidental Hotel, Buffalo
When you step through the front door of the historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, you truly step back into the Old West. Constructed in 1880, the one-time saloon morphed into a grand hotel that welcomed notable people like Butch Cassidy and President Teddy Roosevelt. The daughter of an escort haunts the hotel halls. Many guests say the young girl dressed in white with long flowing dark hair tapped them on the shoulder while sitting at the bar. She often moves furniture around to get guests’ attention.
3. Fort Bridger State Historic Site, Fort Bridger
Fort Bridger is one of the most haunted places in Wyoming. The ghosts of soldiers wander the ground lost, and so does the ghost of a dog. Named Thornburgh, this ghost dog is a hero as he saved a child for which the fort awarded him a medal of honour. After Thornburgh died, officials buried him at the fort. The ghost dog now watched over the cemetery.
4. Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits, Hartville
Constructed in 1862, Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits is the oldest bar in Wyoming. The four walls of this haunted building have been in shootouts, prohibition, renovations, and hauntings. Inside, plenty of unexplained mischiefs has gone on with guests telling tales of the piano playing of its own accord and hearing boots shuffling behind you and the lights flickering.
5. Historic Plains Hotel, Cheyenne
In operation since 1911, the Historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne is still in use today. Legend has it that a newlywed couple spent their honeymoon here. However, Rosie, the new bride, caught her husband taking another woman up the stairs towards the bedrooms. Enraged, she grabbed his gun and shot and killed them both. She then went into her room and took her own life. Guests say you can still see and hear the ghosts of the trio, especially on the hotel’s second floor.
6. Irma Hotel, Cody
Buffalo Bill Cody constructed the Irma Hotel in 1902. The hotel gets its name from his daughter. Guests claim that many friendly ghosts roam the halls, hang out in the rooms, and play pranks. Pranks include turning on the water in the rooms and belongings mysteriously moving around while guests sleep. For the fright of your life, book a stay in either Room 35 or Room 37; these are the most haunted. In the dresser’s drawers in Room 35, you’ll find notes and letters of past guests’ interactions with the paranormal.
7. Wyoming Frontier Prison, Rawlins
In operation since 1901, The Wyoming State Penitentiary is a historical prison with a grisly past. In the prison, executioners carried out 14 death sentences; nine hangings and five deaths in the gas chamber using hydrocyanic acid gas. Today, it is one of the most haunted places in Wyoming. Many ghosts haunt the prison, but the most famous is the killer of the pie lady who used to bring the prisoners pies. One prisoner, upon release, tracked down the pie lady and murdered her. When he returned to prison, the other prisoners avenged her death by killing her killer. Visitors still claim to catch glimpses of the ghosts in the prison.