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#1 masonicpaintballer

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 09:40 PM

Well aside from being stationed at Fort Carson I also spent 3 years of my high school life there. The first story is of a mountain pass called Gold Camp Road. There are two tunnels on this dirt road on the side of a mountain. First off the legend goes "Go to tunnel 2 at midnight, turn off everything except your car engine (Supposedly you want get it started again) and a few minutes after midnight you will see a mist followed by ghost or demons hitting your car, finger and hand prints on windows" Well, I never tried anything while in high school. Heard stories of seeing orbs and the tunnels glowing red and so forth. So lets skip forward to when i was stationed there. One night me and a army buddy decided to check this out for ourselves. We appraoched tunnel number 2 at around midnight, perhaps a little before. I got a since of uneasiness and halted outside for a few. After a minute or so my buddy started freaking out talking about someone was carrying a old time lantarn and "floating" through the tunnel toward us. I laughed and said I didn't see nothing. So finally i looked at where he was pointing and sure enough a i wanna say greenish? image of a person from i would say knee cap up, holding what appeared to be a old fashion candle lantern. I must confess that i was freaked so didnt get to see the face and reversed in a hgurry and left the tunnel area. Another night I was brave enough to go in alone. I turned off everything but the egine and sat for nearly 20 minutes, i looked in my rearview mirror and started to see the mist, i didnt stick around. There is also a story near the road of a "hanging shadow" I was told that by a stop light you could see a image of a hanging person on the hill just across from the light. So being me i figured well its just the shadow of the light and wire it hangs from. So i had forgotten this for a good while. One day i found myself at this light on a afternoon with no wind or nothing. I remembered the story and looked at the hill. Sure enough, there was a shadow of a hanging person "swaying" on a rope. Keep in mind I said there was no breeze!


Colorado Springs - Gold Camp Road - The tunnels along the road are haunted by the spirits who built the in the 1800's, the road was originally a railroad from Colorado Springs to cripple creek but was the tracks were later removed to allow for transportation by car. - March 2005 Update: The national Forest Service is talking about opening this tunnel and making it accessable for one way traffic. The people in the community have 60 dyas to let the forest service know what they want to do but the Forest Service will make a decision July 2005.

I happen across the below story looking up info for gold camp road and well I went to this school and found the stroy interesting as i never heard it the 3 years i was there!


Colorado Springs - Harrison High School Auditorium- It is said that the ghost of a young thespian named Malcom haunts this Auditorium. You can hear his footsteps on the stage and catwalk. If you venture up to the catwalk area you may see a glowing light coming from no light source. Once a young woman slipped on the catwalk and nearly fell to what could have been her death when she felt someone grab a hold of her, pulling her back to safety. When she caught her breath and looked for her hero, she found no one, but felt something brush her cheek as if being kissed.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 09:50 PM

That is some story! I love how you described the spirit with the lantern. I could picture it clearly in my mind. Thanks for sharing it. I would have been too chicken to be in that tunnel by myself. You must be pretty brave.

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 10:06 PM

here are 3 pictures from my family vacation there in august 06, the first one is the road leading 2 tunnel 2, and then when ur inside of it during the day

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i hope the "orb" is a camera flash lol

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 10:40 PM

two better pictures:

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:22 PM

Thanks for posting this, masonicpaintballer. Gold Camp Road has a lot of history of hauntings behind it, and you evidently got some first hand experience! It's still a dangerous place to drive, though you have more to be afraid of from the living than the dead. Back when gaming opened up in Cripple Creek in 1992, there were several gangs of modern day bandits who were working the road. They'd drop a tree across the road, and when some unsuspecting gambler heading for CC with pockets full of cash would stop to try and clear the road, the bandits would jump out and rob everyone the car!

Here's another tale about Gold Camp Road that was posted on theshadowlands.net:

In the late 1970's a group of elementary school students was taking a field trip up the road to Cripple Creek.

With that said, you must realize that Gold Camp Road is a narrow, dirt road, winding around sharp corners across the mountainside. Tunnels had to be dug through the mountain in 3 different locations to allow the train tracks to be laid.

The true story follows:

As the bus approached the third tunnel, rocks and boulders began to slide down the mountain, slamming into the bus. It's believed that the driver probably feared being knocked off course by the boulders and took shelter inside the tunnel. Unfortunately, the boulders were shifting due to an earthquake, which caused the tunnel to collapse around the bus, suffocating all inside. To this day, the tunnel has never been fully dug out. It is still closed off, though most of the debris has been removed. The evidence that this is true, is there in the tunnel. When workers began to dig the bodies out, they realized that the roof of the now demolished bus, was the only thing keeping the tunnel from crumbling completely.

If you dare to wiggle through the hole (someone else was curious) in the chain link fence that now surrounds the tunnel, you will see the roof of the school bus, hanging from the top of the tunnel. It has been attached firmly to beams, in an effort to keep the roof of the tunnel from collapsing.

You might also check out the write up Jeff Belanger did for The World's Most Haunted Places about the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek, or better yet, get a first-hand account from my website at Not A Ghost Of A Chance!
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:29 PM

Thanks for posting this, masonicpaintballer. Gold Camp Road has a lot of history of hauntings behind it, and you evidently got some first hand experience! It's still a dangerous place to drive, though you have more to be afraid of from the living than the dead. Back when gaming opened up in Cripple Creek in 1992, there were several gangs of modern day bandits who were working the road. They'd drop a tree across the road, and when some unsuspecting gambler heading for CC with pockets full of cash would stop to try and clear the road, the bandits would jump out and rob everyone the car!

Here's another tale about Gold Camp Road that was posted on theshadowlands.net:

In the late 1970's a group of elementary school students was taking a field trip up the road to Cripple Creek.

With that said, you must realize that Gold Camp Road is a narrow, dirt road, winding around sharp corners across the mountainside. Tunnels had to be dug through the mountain in 3 different locations to allow the train tracks to be laid.

The true story follows:

As the bus approached the third tunnel, rocks and boulders began to slide down the mountain, slamming into the bus. It's believed that the driver probably feared being knocked off course by the boulders and took shelter inside the tunnel. Unfortunately, the boulders were shifting due to an earthquake, which caused the tunnel to collapse around the bus, suffocating all inside. To this day, the tunnel has never been fully dug out. It is still closed off, though most of the debris has been removed. The evidence that this is true, is there in the tunnel. When workers began to dig the bodies out, they realized that the roof of the now demolished bus, was the only thing keeping the tunnel from crumbling completely.

If you dare to wiggle through the hole (someone else was curious) in the chain link fence that now surrounds the tunnel, you will see the roof of the school bus, hanging from the top of the tunnel. It has been attached firmly to beams, in an effort to keep the roof of the tunnel from collapsing.

You might also check out the write up Jeff Belanger did for The World's Most Haunted Places about the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek, or better yet, get a first-hand account from my website at Not A Ghost Of A Chance!


Wow thanks for sharing that one i never heard it. Some people say the tunnels have demons in them. A friend told me when they use to do hay rides there, she had a new blazer and was going through tunnel 2 and it started to act like it was gonna die on her in the tunnel. Later she said one of the hay riders looked back at the tunnel and it was glowing red. today or modern times a lot of bodies have been found around this area. also, there is the thing about three orbs, something to the effect if you see them more then once you are gonna die on the road. I had a high school friend get killed up there (no sympathy please) its really her fault, drinking and driving dont mix, but especially when your on the side of a mountain!

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:36 AM

I really really REALLY must stress that those of you going up there do NOT stop and turn off your cars in the tunnels! Every single night there are drunks and teens (usually drunk too) driving around up there and they're not driving slow either... Seriously, people drive like idiots up there and it scares me to death when the cars stop in the tunnels because sooner or later someone is going to be zooming on through there and not notice there's a car in one of the tunnels. When we were doing investigations (well, TRYING anyway) up there, we had a HUGE flashlight that we would shine while we were in one of the tunnels (our cars were always parked outside the tunnels off to the side of the road) when we saw a car coming so that they knew there were people in there but even then most people didn't slow down... Though we really didn't get too far in the tunnels before one of the group members would call out "Car!" and we'd have to run out and stand on the side of the road.

Just cautioning everyone to be careful up there. Please just don't stop your cars inside the tunnels...

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 01:18 AM

In 1987 the 3rd tunnel on Gold Camp Road was closed to traffic due to rotting timber supports. That is info from Colorado Springs newspapers so there is no way a school bus could have been in the tunnel during the collapse. I have done extensive research on the first 3 tunnels, there are actually 8 I believe. I published a lot of my research at http://www.xsmovies.net/gcr.html
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