Posted: Oct 26, 2012 8:29 PM by Lacey Steele
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 9:25 PM
Since it's almost Halloween, here's a treat for you!
A ghost story, and this one has witnesses!
Several people agree, there are ghosts who call the Fire Museum home.
It's on Broadway in downtown Pueblo.
About three years ago, they took a Model T Ford out of the building to park it around back and charge the battery, but that's when something interesting happened.
All by itself they say it drove around the block making all necessary turns to get back to the front of the building.
That's 520 feet!
Not only did several fire fighters see the empty old car drive by itself, but a lady who works across the street was shocked when she looked out the Broadway Tavern window.
"I thought it was pretty neat, but ghosts, I'm not afraid of that and I do believe in that," said Shelly Schrader, a bartender at the Broadway Tavern and Grill. "I just thought, hearing some of the other stories of the place, I just totally believe in it. I thought, how fortunate was I to actually get to see it myself and know that it's real."
So are there spirits still roaming unseen inside the Fire Museum?
Who are they, and why are they there?
We set out to find some answers.
With an experienced paranormal investigation team, our reporter Lacey Steele and photographer Beth Peak spent the night inside the museum.
Ghost stories can be heard from Museum Curator Mark Pickerel.
"My dad was stationed here when I was a little kid, so I was in here when it was a working fire station," said Pickerel. "I always had great memories of coming here and seeing him."
Inside the museum walls you'll find thousands of pieces of Pueblo fire fighter history.
"We have several of their items," said Pickerel. "We have their original log book from the 1870's, 1880's."
Built in 1895, these floors were home to more than just fire fighters.
"Back in the day, you know 1895, 1900's and stuff, this was the hospital," said Pickerel. "If somebody got hurt in the whole neighborhood, they'd bring them to the fire station."
He's felt unexplained cold spots in several places, including by the top of the fire pole.
"The only furnace that we have working now is downstairs, so this should be bringing up heat and nothing else," said Pickerel.
Several people have recorded unknown voices upstairs.
"Two men and a woman, but she said she heard a different woman this last time we came in," said Pickerel.
It may seem like just a building by day, but at nightfall we wanted the ghosts to come out and play.
"So this is basically just my basic stuff that I take on my investigations," said Wednesday Natitus, the founder of Wednesday's Paranormal Investigations.
Wednesday and her team set up special gear.
"So this is an EMF detector called the Ghost Meter, and it lights and beeps," said Natitus.
It detects electromagnetic fields, like energy from spirits, but you have to be careful because electrical wiring can trick it.
We also used night vision cameras, voice recorders, and high tech thermometers.
"You see I point the little laser," said Natitus. "That's a direct temperature, so I'm directly trying to figure out what the temperature is on that tire. Sixty-eight degrees."
At that point, it was time for lights out.
Sitting in complete darkness, the team members asked questions while pausing between each one.
Voice recorders can pick up EVP's, also known as Electronic Voice Phenomenon.
If you don't hear it at the time with your own ears, you may find it later on the recording, like this ghost, who's possibly named Ted.
"What's your name?" a team member asked.
On the recording later we found the reply, "I'm Ted."
Later, another team member asked, "Are you responsible for something, may have cost someone's life?"
To us, it sounds like someone responded, "No."
We captured several more EVP's and felt cold spots.
Plus, we heard footsteps and even became nauseous but only in certain rooms or when we sat in the Model T.
Strange things definitely happened.
Something fell off a desk while all the guys in the group were upstairs investigating.
It was a stuffed animal, but the way the sound picked up on the recorder, it sounded heavier than usual.
It hadn't been touched, and no one had moved.
The so-called ghosts weren't shy during our overnight stay.
Wednesday's paranormal team believes there's definitely something paranormal going on inside the Fire Museum.
The museum does not have regular hours.
If you'd like to find out more about the history inside it, click here.
To contact Wednesday's Paranormal Investigations, a non-profit group, click here.
If you'd like to find more paranormal groups in the area, you can use an online search engine, but be careful.
Be sure to talk to the group extensively beforehand to get an idea of their experience and professionalism.
Make sure they've done several investigations, have evidence, and seem dedicated and excited.
Many groups will investigate anywhere: outside, businesses, buildings, and private homes.
Always ask what equipment they have to make sure it's something they are serious about doing.
And remember: if you have questions about possible paranormal activity, there are people who would love to help you find answers!