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

Oct 30, 2020

Do you believe in ghosts? That’s one question historians with the Glenwood Springs Historical Society say 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.

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.
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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.