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An example of naturalism and local color of California during the first half of the nineteenth century, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" was first published in January in the magazine Overland Monthly. It was one of two short stories which brought the author national attention. Poker Flat is, in the opinions of many, on a downward slope.
The town has lost thousands of dollars, and has experienced a moral decline. In an effort to save what is left of the town and reestablish it as a "virtuous" place, a secret society is created to decide whom to exile and whom to kill. On November 23rd of , four "immoral" individuals are exiled from Poker Flat.
The first of them is a professional poker player, John Oakhurst. He is among those sent away because of his great success in winning from those on the secret committee.
On his way out of town, he is joined by The Duchess, a saloon girl; Mother Shipton, a madam; and Uncle Billy, the town drunk and a suspected robber. These four set out for a camp which is a day's journey away, over a mountain range. Once halfway there, all exiles other than Oakhurst decide to stop at noon for a rest, against Oakhurst's wishes. While on their rest, the group is met by a pair of runaway lovers on their way to Poker Flat to get married.
Piney Woods is a fifteen-year-old girl. Her lover, Tom Simson, known also as "the Innocent", met Oakhurst before and has great admiration for him, as Oakhurst won a great deal of money from Tom. Oakhurst returned the money and pressed upon Tom that the latter should never play poker again, as he was a terrible player.
Nonetheless, Tom is thrilled to have come upon Oakhurst on this day, and decides that he and Piney will stay with the group for a while. They do not know that the group is one of exiles; 'innocent' as they are, they are convinced The Duchess is an actual duchess, and so on. A decision is made for everyone to stay the night together. Tom leads the group to a half-butty cabin he discovered, where they spend the night.
In the middle of the night, Oakhurst wakes up and sees a heavy snowstorm raging. Looking about, he realizes that he is the only one awake, but soon discovers someone had awoken before him: Uncle Billy is missing, with the group's mules and horses stolen. They are all now forced to wait out the storm with provisions that will likely only last for another 10 days.
After a week in the cabin, Mother Shipton dies, having secretly and altruistically starved herself for young Piney. Oakhurst fashions some snowshoes for Simson to go for help, telling the others he will accompany the young man part of the way to Poker Flat. The "law of Poker Flat" finally arrives at the cabin, only to find the dead Duchess and Piney, embracing in a peaceful repose.
They look so peaceful and innocent that the onlookers cannot tell which is the virgin and which is the madam. Oakhurst has committed suicide. He is found dead beneath a tree with his Derringer's bullet in his heart. There is a playing card, the two of clubs, pinned to the tree above his head with a note:. One of the story's heroes, Oakhurst is occasionally frank but kind in motivation.
He is chivalrous, insisting upon switching his good riding horse Five Spot for the mule of the Duchess and refusing to use vulgar language. Another instance of his good nature is: Don't try it ever again. Oakhurst is not a drinker.
He is cool tempered, even keeled and has a calm manner about him. He believes in luck and fate. His suicide spurs the question whether he was simply giving in to his bad luck or rather, decided he was no longer going to live by luck and took his life. Harte's story has been brought to film at least five times, including in with Harry Carey , in with Preston Foster , and in with Dale Robertson.
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During his sojourn in Tombstone, Earp owned gambling interests in several saloons, sharing the green cloth with his brothers and a cadre of Earp allies, most notably Holliday, Luke Short and Bat Masterson. He not only dealt but also, like a true aficionado, avidly bucked the bank. When Wyatt announced he was cashing in, Behan protested, lamely offering to make good any further winnings. Corral fracas and its bloody aftermath, Wyatt Earp left for friendlier and healthier regions.
He landed in Gunnison, Colo. Unlike many professions, gambling in the 19th century was not strictly a male domain. Saloonkeepers quickly discovered that a pretty dealer boosted business, and many a faro bank featured a lady behind the dealing box. Poker Alice, despite the nickname, was a skilled faro dealer.
Born in England in , she turned cards in Colorado boom towns like Leadville and Creede, as well as in Tombstone, and lived to be nearly Deno was nearly 90 when she died, the wife of a bank vice president.
Perhaps the best-known woman gambler was Frenchwoman Eleanor Dumont, nicknamed Madame Mustache for her downy upper lip. She appeared in California during the gold rush, opening a posh gambling house in Nevada City to the dismay of city fathers who thought a woman gambler scandalous and the delight of the rough-and-tumble miners who felt it a privilege to have a pretty lady lighten their pokes.
When the Nevada city boom went bust, Madame Mustache followed the gold and silver, and for 25 years she dealt games in camps throughout the West, adding to her resume, as fortunes declined, a much older profession than gambling.
Madame Mustache ended her days in Bodie, Calif, where she eked out a meager existence turning tricks as well as cards. Throughout the latter s, faro dominated Western gambling. Of all the banks in Denver, only six were known to be square.
When mudslingers charged that senatorial candidate Edward O. As state after state followed suit, the tiger became an endangered species whose last stand was, predictably, in Las Vegas, Nev. More important, casino operators learned what the old-time sharpers had known for centuries: On some nights when you go out to the barn you can hear the screams of a woman coming from within the barn.
It's believed that the girl that was killed in the barn haunts the area. The second you hit the road to make your way to the barn your hair stands on ends. In the art room the door swings open even when there is no draft. Cripple Creek - Fairley Bros.
Some people say they have seen a man falling down the stairs, or a young lady walking by during a mellow drama wearing clothing from the 's. Denver - Cheeseman Park - Cheeseman park was the cemetery for Denver and there are graves left in the park. There are more than just graves. During that time period the care of graves was terrible. If someone did not have a grave they may have been thrown in another with someone else or just left lying until a mass burial grave was dug. Also if someone were buried in a grave that belonged to someone else they would just take the person in there out and leave them.
If you go around the time the grass should turn green you can see the graves. This is because the grass over the graves turns green first. Also you can see sunken spots from the graves. Today, DCH is still providing youth services, counseling, and housing to youth. Apparitions of children playing and ethereal voices of crying and whimpering are regular phenomena. Also, an apparition of a female in a wedding gown is regularly seen floating down the third floor steps and across the 50 ft.
Denver - Denver County - Red Rocks Amphitheater - Apparitions of an old man was standing on the "restricted" side of the railings. He looks to be an old miner. He was about 5'5, white, beard, dirty brownish hat with a bottle in his hand. He appears for just a few seconds then disappears. Denver - Denver International Airport - Several problems were encountered while building the airport.
This is reportedly due to the fact that the airport was built on top of sacred Native American ground. Some employees and visitors have reported hearing or seeing strange things. Denver - Denver Public Library - According to some employees, there is a ghost in the basement of the library who shoves people hard when they are walking through.
According to one employee, a security guard quit because they were frightened so badly while patrolling the basement at night. Now the security guards patrol it in groups of two. She is most often seen walking along the large wooden staircase that connects the first and second floors, but some have seen her in the third floor auditorium. She's seen at night or during days when it's so dark outside you could mistake it for night. She wears a longish dress ankle length, but doesn't touch the floor and her hair is twisted into a bun.
She walks quietly, not making any noise at all. Denver - George Washington High School - The ghost of an old heavy bald man is seen on the football field. He will show up in the middle of the day and then just disappear into thin air. Some say he is the ghost of an old football coach. Denver - Josephina's Restaurant - Larimer Square- Haunted by a female regular whose daughter from the prohibition era the restaurant used to be a speak-easy earlier in the century. The mirror in the women's bathroom has broken one-too-many times to be a coincidence as well as other freaky things i.
Whiskey bottles turning over by themselves, chair scooting from one end of the dining room to the other, etc. Denver - Molkerei - Formerly a tuberculosis clinic in the heart of east Denver back in the late 's. It was closed down as a clinic and Remained open as an asylum between and It was believed the unethical practices of early psychology led to the untimely death of the residents. Many sightings have been reported of things such as lights within the house flickering on and off repeatedly; visions of people walking around inside a seemingly abandoned house and one instance of a male leaving the house wearing a white surgeon's mask and walking around the surrounding park.
It is also believed that there was formerly a network of tunnels underground that area leading to the nearby castle of Barron Von Ricthofen himself. The house has been recently remodeled but strange instances still occur within the surrounding park and neighborhood. Denver - Molly Brown House - The infamous house of Margaret Brown is haunted, although by who has not yet been determined.
The house is now a tourist attraction. A young run away girl, 17 years old, lived in one apartment. She was raped and murdered one night. A friend of hers stumbled upon the murder and was also killed.
The house is now a bed and breakfast. There have been several haunting incidences, including a sighting of a girl in a flapper dress. Footsteps have been heard and seen on the squeaky steps. She is seen there often, and in four or five nearby buildings. People report sounds of voices, footsteps, and doors Built in as the original Tivoli Brewery.
Large brewing equipment still remains. Converted to student union in Ever since, voices are often heard through vents on the third floor as though an elegant party is going on, whispers in the bathrooms. Denver - Tramway building - The building has been renovated, and some of the construction crew has seen and heard strange things.
One crew heard voices in an office. When they went to inspect the voices in the office they opened the door and there was nobody there. Also, there is a ghost of a mechanic who used to work on railcars in the basement. Legend is that he died in a tragic accident. He is seen walking down corridors carrying a huge tool and then disappearing. The room was all fixed up, with high-backed leather chairs, glass bookcases, etc.
People say the ghost of Mrs. Dupont liked to sit in "her" room and read, and the janitor claimed to have seen her more than once.
Denver - University of Denver Lamont School of Music - Dunklee Hall - was located at the intersection of Montview and Quebec it is moving to the main campus where the also haunted Mary Reed building is located. Legend has it that a student killed herself on the second floor of the dormitory, Dunklee Hall. That floor was used as practice rooms for the music students. There was one particular room out the elevator, to the right, last door on the right , Is usually standing open. Upon leaving it quietly closes behind you.
The most frightening of these occurrences happened after the bar closed one night in The bar manager my husband was alone in the building, cleaning the bar area. He turned on the TV to a hard-rock music channel to help keep him motivated and awake. The TV channel suddenly turned to a non-music channel. The bar manager, not yet frightened, turned the channel back to the music channel. Again, the channel changed to a non-music channel. The bar manager, says out loud "I can get out of here much faster if you let me listen to my music channel".
The channel changed back to the music channel and stayed there. Edgewater - Jefferson High School - A few of the gothic students were known to practice there witch craft at down stairs in the girls locker room. One day they were all found decapitated with their heads puzzled on different bodies. Empire - The Pratt Hotel - This Bed and Breakfast was built in the late 19th century and is haunted by the first owner's daughter, Millie Pratt, who fell down the very steep front stairway.
She only seems to appear to women. Her room is the one by the top of the stairs. Englewood - Cherry Creek High School - The Old School House - It was reported that sometime in the 's a little girl was beaten to death by her teacher inside that school house. Students often hear screams coming from the inside of the schoolhouse and once in a while see a girl walking on the greenbelt and then suddenly disappearing.
School supplies come up missing quite often. Englewood - Englewood High School Auditorium - Cold spots - believed to be haunted by drama teacher who died in the mid 70's. Englewood - formerly the Forney Transportation museum - reports of glowing eyes with a great feeling to leave, at least the basement. Mary's Academy - The students have seen strange lights in the theater and have felt un-naturally cold in the tunnels.
Estes Park - Baldpate Inn - Gordon and Ethel Mace built this charming lodge in , and it stayed in their family until when the family lost ownership of it. Not to deter Ethel, however, who has haunted her old room for years. She especially likes to sit in a wing-backed rocker before a fireplace in what is now a storage room, her feet up, reading the Bible.
Few guests are able to keep a cigarette lit for long - something smashes it out or steals the pack! Ethel must be somewhat of a prohibitionist, because mixed drinks seem to spill and fly off tables fairly often.
Estes Park - The Stanley Hotel - This huge, eerie hotel built in the early 's was a resort for famous celebrities and such. This hotel inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining. A ghost has been spotted in room in the window and most other guests complain about hauntings in Room and Estes Park - Stanley Hotel - Room - is definitely haunted. Believed to be haunted by Lord Dunraven.
He was, of course, run out of town after trying to swindle folks out of their land and money. He mostly stands in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. Witnesses report he turned a light in the opposite corner on and off several times. When it was off, they just told him that they knew he was there and that they would only be staying for two nights and would he please turn the light back on. During their attempted sleeping hours the elevator was constantly making noise.
No one was using the elevator! Haunted on the top floor by two ghosts: Jessica, a chambermaid murdered by her lover, a stable hand, and the stable hand who committed suicide after killing her. Cold presences are felt going the stairs to the third floor, according to the staff. The Second floor is said to have been the location that "Carl" murdered his wife after finding out she had an affair with another man. The third floor is said to hold the spirit of a mischievous little boy who died from the flu or some other type of illness.
It is said he can be heard running up and down the hallway late at night. In a locked, unused room above the study Reports of footsteps and a sound that was almost like a rocking chair coming from above. Strange anomalies have showed up on film as well. Fairplay - Fairplay Hotel - Ghost seen singing and dancing in hallways, especially in mid- to late-October. Florence - Florence Hotel - there was a man who took a baby and covered the baby in cement in the basement of the hotel along with a woman.
People have seen the lady walking down to the basement and also in the bathrooms, bedrooms and the old dining room. At night some people can hear the baby crying, if you ever go there ask to sleep in the pink room. The owner of the house, James Castello died at home. James's Wife Catherine died from severe burns after her dress caught fire. One of their Son's Frank and his wife had a daughter and son who died in Florissant as children.
The lights turn on after being turned off. The owner of the now coffee house has a picture of a little girl sitting on the bathtub upstairs. A musical moose that is put out at holiday time has started playing music on 5 different occasions when no one was near it. Employees have reported hearing footsteps up stairs when the coffee house is closed. Many times employees can't find things because they are never in the same place twice. The upstairs of the house is always cold at night despite having the heat turned on.
Fort Carson - bldg - on the third floor a soldier went crazy and killed three other soldiers, the soldiers that live on that floor say that, you can still hear what sounds like crying, some say that if you go to room you feel cold spots, beds will shake, stuff will fall, and you can even make out what looks like a man just looking at you in the dark Fort Carson - The old Ft.
There were also witnessed by three Military Policeman words painted inside an area under the building with no visible way to get inside and paint them there. They weren't painted over because the surface wasn't painted, and they weren't sandblasted off either. On some nights especially when the weather gets colder, many strange noises are heard there. Movement is heard through the building, like furniture is being shoved around, repetitive banging noise, and sometimes faces are seen peering through the barred windows.
She said that, there is a large low-lying field where no structure will stand; several attempts at building there have been unsuccessful. Fort Collins - Avery House - They do public tours now but it used to be a private residence.
John Avery built that house for his wife right after they got married. The two main places are in the kitchen pantry and a middle bedroom upstairs. It's painted green and it seems to that it's young child but that this child was very unhappy because the feeling in that room is very oppressive. The front sitting parlor has a feel to of a presence. Fort Collins - Centennial High School - It is a historical fact that a girl fell to her death from the fire escape when the building was an elementary school a Custodian actually quit after his experience with the rumored entity Fort Collins - Hell - It's an abandoned goat farm.
Many sightings have occurred there. The ghosts may vary from a floating white blob to a shadow figure of a man. Many say that they hear bells jingling as they approach the site. Fort Collins - The Hell Tree - Back in the early 's a farmer would hang his farm hands from this tree. One afternoon they rebelled against him.
Later that evening his wife found him hanging from this tree. Sometimes on a late night when the moon is silhouetting the tree you can see the farmer and his farmhands hanging in this tree. Fort Collins - Helmshire Inn - On the third floor a worker claims ghosts would undo their work after rooms had been tidied lot of times the curtains would be open again, one time a bed had been "unmade" and toilets would flush when nobody was on the floor with me.
Also, the basement, in certain areas, seems to have a presence, it may not be the same one from the third floor. You should give Fort Collins another glance since this area was an intense battleground. Look back in some of the old newspapers. Especially areas near and around Legacy Park and Martinez Park. Fort Collins - Holiday Inn Holidome - There's a ghost of a man in the top hall of the northwest wing that is an ominous presence.
The ghost of a woman looks out over the swimming pool, from one of the rooms, when children are playing, supposedly to watch over them. The main apparition though, is of a little girl who haunts a room across the hall and a bit east of the now unused king suite. She does little poltergeist activities mainly- guests there often find their key cards missing, etcetera and she also blasts the air conditioning.
Fort Morgan - Baker's School - The school has been rebuilt at least three times, and it burns down every time. The last time it burnt down was in '96, and once again it was rebuilt. You can see lights going on and off at night when no one is there, and you can hear children playing. The trail runs all along the South Plate River, and the whole way to the Ponds, you can hear and sense spirits.
Some people have become possessed, or followed by spirits. Rumors have called her the River Witch, a woman in the 's who practiced the dark arts, and was treated very badly by all of Fort Morgan's residents, so one night she was sick of it and walked into the river, killing herself. Most of the spirits revolve around her. You can feel the bad energy out there, and you hear them, and can see glowing eyes in the trees.
On Mondays, the restaurant is closed, but often a manager comes in to run invoices and such. The sound of feet walking across the floor were heard, in the lobby. When asked "who's there? He left for the rest of the day. The next morning, the receptionist came in early and began to check messages. The telephone's 'auto-answer' feature was active, so the phone could not ring. As she was checking messages, the telephone, to her surprise, rang.
She answered it in her normal fashion, and a scruffy, whispering voice on the other end said to her "tell me what you're wearing". She replied, "excuse me", and the voice again said, "tell me what you're wearing".
Immediately, the caller hung up. The receptionist quickly had other workers in the club try to call her extension to see if it would ring, but all attempts were unsuccessful. The whole town is haunted!!! Glenwood Springs - Hotel Colorado- Doors open and close by themselves, elevator goes up and down by itself, smell of cigar smoke when no one is smoking in lobby, a little girl in a Victorian dress playing on the staircase, and a murdered chambermaid who appears at night in the Devereux Room.
One in particular is a young man who supposedly fell in love with a young girl from one of the Indian tribes that was passing through the area at the time. Some one supposedly forbid their love and as the young man chased after the girl in his horse drawn wagon he was mysteriously killed.
To this day there have been stories of young girls hearing galloping, and a male voice crying out for them to wait for him. In the 19th century, horse thieves would bring their latest herd of horses here and hide them for a while. One night the sheriff surrounded the area and shat the thieves along with some of the horses. The spirit that haunts this place seems to be unrelated to the canyon's history. On certain nights a woman in a white dress has been spotted walking from canyon wall to canyon wall.
Her background is unknown, but others have claimed to see her walking the banks of the Colorado River. Grand Junction - The Elks Club - reports of 3 to 4 different shadows have been reported to have been seen in the building by members and employees. One shadow is said to have been a woman who died of unnatural causes in the building. Employees have reported trashcans that were left on the tables after mopping were thrown across the room, doors closing on their own, and voices have been heard.
Fearing for their women and children, the Ute braves loaded them on rafts and shoved the rafts into the lake for safety. As the battle with the Cheyenne raged among the trees and along the lakeshore, a fearful storm came up, blowing the rafts far out onto the ft.
The rafts overturned and all the women and children drowned. Legend says that if you go out to the lake on a stormy night after a balmy day, you can see a ghostly mist rise above the lake and drift across the waters. You can even hear the cries of the ones who died there. Greeley - University of Northern Colorado - Edith, the ghost on the third floor of an all girl dorm. She used to be a dorm mother, but the girls were horrible to her; keeping her up all hours with pranks and what not. The woman was never completely there to begin with so she was driven to suicide, hanging herself in her room.
All the girls hear her come in from time to time, she'll change channels on the television, flip lights and move furniture while you sleep. Greeley - University of Northern Colorado - Turner Hall - Haunted by numerous spirits, chiefly, two main spirits that most of the students who reside in it know and have either seen or heard.
When the girls are coincidentally sent to the same summer camp, they discover the questions asked during time in the isolation cabin (don't ask). Hallie was the poker champion of sleepaway camp until Annie came along. Campers are allowed to request two friends to be in their cabin but what these The oldest boy was 8, the girl was 7 and the youngest was 3. The system of choice to direct campers to their cabin is by yelling their name and The girls keep money around to play poker with instead of.