Whether you are on a ghost hunt or just looking for a thrill, these haunted places are sure to deliver. From the old west to the 1960s you’ll find spirits haunting historical sites, saloons, hotels and theatres throughout Wyoming.
1. Occidental Hotel – Buffalo
This one-of-a-kind hotel built in 1880 has served its community for over 140 years. Although the Occidental Hotel started out as a saloon, it soon became a grand hotel that welcomed notable people like Butch Cassidy and President Teddy Roosevelt. It is said that the daughter of an escort still haunts the halls. Those who see her describe a woman in white with long flowing dark hair. She will tap you on the shoulder while sitting at the bar or move furniture around to get your attention.
2. Irma Hotel – Cody
The Irma Hotel was built by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1902 and named after his daughter. It boasts of having multiple friendly ghosts roaming its rooms. Some even say they have seen Buffalo Bill himself. Others have just had pranks played on them, like the water turning on in their room or their belongings mysteriously moving around while they sleep.
3. The Historic Plains Hotel – Cheyenne
This grand hotel held its opening in March of 1911. The Historic Plains Hotel has a prominent spot in downtown Cheyenne and is still in use today. Legend has it that a woman named Rosie and her fiance spent their honeymoon here. One night she caught her husband taking another woman upstairs. She grabbed his gun and killed them both before going to her room and committing suicide. You can catch flashes of the three of them on the second floor.
4. Fort Bridger State Historic Site – Fort Bridger
This state historic site located in southwest Wyoming is renowned as one of the most haunted places in the state. But it isn’t just the soldiers you may encounter wandering around Fort Bridger. A dog named Thornburgh is reported to have earned a medal of honor after saving a child. When he died, he was buried at the fort. He now stands guard over the cemetery.
5. Fort Laramie National Historic Site – Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie National Historic Site is best known as a stop for travelers along the Oregon, Mormon and California trails before becoming a military post. The site is even featured in the 1970s computer game, Oregon Trail. Another thing Fort Laramie is known for? Its ghost sightings. Many visitors of the fort claimed to have seen a lady in green roaming around. The story says she was the daughter of an agent at the fort. She left one day to go riding but never returned. You can also spot a cavalry officer completing his daily rituals around the fort.
6. Old Faithful Inn – Yellowstone
Built in 1903, Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn is considered a national historic landmark. This, of course, means it comes with some haunting tales. The Headless Bride of the Old Faithful Inn is a story of tragedy. A wealthy woman from back east fell in love with a con artist. Told by her family that if she married this man, they would disown her, she took her inheritance and ran away with him. On their honeymoon in Yellowstone, he chopped off her head and ran away with her money long before anyone found her body. Now the headless bride has been spotted wandering around the hotel in search of her lost love.
7. Wyoming Frontier Prison – Rawlins
The Wyoming Frontier Prison was used for almost 80 years, starting in 1901. While the prison is filled with eerie stories, one of the most infamous urban legends surrounding it is that of the pie lady. A woman living in Rawlins used to bring the prisoners pies. Upon release, one prisoner tracked her down and killed her. He was then sentenced back to prison, where the prisoners took revenge into their own hands and hung him from the top floor. Visitors still claim to catch glimpses of ghosts in the prison, which offer special haunted tours every October.
8. Sweetwater County Library – Green River
Built on top of a graveyard in the 1980s, this county library has had numerous incidents of ghost activity. Books flying off the shelves, computers turning off and on, lights switches being flipped and your name being whispered. They keep a log of staff and patron experiences. During October they hold nighttime tours.
9. The Virginian Hotel – Medicine Bow
More than a century old, the Virginian is no stranger to ghostly sightings. This hotel’s more notorious ghost is the woman in beige. Dressed from the early 1900s, she is said to have stayed at the hotel while waiting for her fiancé to come from back east. When he never arrived, she flung herself out of her third-story room window. Patrons claim to still hear her crashing through the window.
10. The Sheridan Inn – Sheridan
For almost 130 years, the Sheridan Inn has been a community staple. One of its beloved employees and patrons, known as Miss Kate, is said to have never left. Miss Kate moved to Sheridan in 1901 and began working at the inn. In 1906 she moved into her room on the third floor where she spent the rest of her life. After her death in 1968, while the inn was being renovated, her ashes were put in the walls by a friend. She is now the guardian of the inn. You may feel her in a cold spot or have the lights turned on or off on you. The inn keeps a log of her movements.
11. Miners and Stockmen’s Steakhouse and Spirits – Hartville
Known as the oldest bar in Wyoming, Miners and Stockmen’s was built in 1862. This Hartville bar has witnesses shootouts, prohibition and renovations. While there is no one ghost that lays claim to the building, there are many stories of mysterious mischief. The piano may play of its own accord or you could hear boots shuffle behind you, while the lights flicker.
12. Acme Theatre – Riverton
Built in the 1920s and still in service today. The Acme Theatre has changed with the world, transforming from the stage to the silver screen. Many patrons have claimed to see a man up in the balcony watching shows with them. He is thought to be a performer from when the theatre showed vaudeville and penny shows.
13. Wort Hotel – Jackson Hole
The Wort family’s dream was built in 1941 and continues to serve Jackson Hole as a prominent place of business. Its haunting came 20 years later in the 1960s when two small children were killed by a family member while staying in one of the hotel rooms. The children still roam the halls of the Wort Hotel, playing games and causing mischief. Locals have also said that you can see their faces peeking out of windows while driving by.