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Ghosts in Glenwood Springs? Don’t Count It Out, Say Local Historians

Courtesy Glenwood Springs Historical Society
Glenwood Springs historians say the mystery surrounding Doc Holliday’s grave and death continues to be an interesting part of local history for residents and visitors.";

Do you believe in ghosts? That’s one question historians with the Glenwood Springs Historical Societysay they hear a lot—especially around Halloween. The organization’s executive director Bill Kight says that’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

“If it takes a ghost story to create an interest in history, then I’m all for it,” he said.

Credit Courtesy Glenwood Springs Historical Society
Doc Holliday passed away at the Hotel Glenwood in 1887, but who was present at his death remains unknown. His resting place remains a source of spooky folklore, according to Glenwood Springs Historical Society’s Executive Director Bill Kight.

Kight says that the mystery surrounding Doc Holliday’s death in 1887 at the Hotel Glenwood, which burned down years later, has continued to fascinate Glenwood Springs locals and visitors, and developed its own spooky folklore. He spoke to Aspen Public Radio about some of the city’s more haunted history—and shared his own ghost story—ahead of this year’s Halloween weekend.



Kirsten was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has called Colorado home since 2008. She moved to Vail the day after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Before relocating to Basalt in 2020, she also spent a year living in one of Aspen’s sister cities, Queenstown, New Zealand.