Believe It or Not: Hometown Hauntings

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One doesn’t need to believe in ghosts to enjoy a good ghost story.

Sanpete Valley is riddled with the places and stories of old.  Pioneer settlers constructed homes, community centers, and businesses; some of these places are now associated with tales of paranormal activity.

These spooky sites are numerous around the Sanpete Valley.  Between the Indian Wars, Spaniards coming through on the old trails, and pioneers settling this area starting back in 1849, the buildings, scenes of violence, burial grounds, and treasure caves abound in legend and mystery.

The Manti City Public Library is said to be haunted by a feminine energy.  Lynnzie Williams, the library director said when asked about this uncanny tale, “She is a woman.  We often find and see books being tossed off of shelves, and more than once, our employees have heard a typewriter ticking away at night.  We once heard an unexplained sneeze as well.”

Out in the mountains to the west, there are caves rumored to have been used by the Spanish and their treasure.  The legend is that because of their enslavement of the Indians, the caves are protected by the disgruntled spirits of the abused natives. Who are protecting the hidden riches and cursing those that attempt to find them.

On www.hauntedplaces.org, an anonymous quote, speaking of an old Victorian home in Ephraim said, “My sister lived in a house in Ephraim… She and her roommates would find items moved around. One day they were standing in their bedroom and watched the dresser shake so hard, a photograph in a frame fell to the floor. Prior to this event my sister heard a hissing sound behind her as she walked up carpeted stairs. She and her roommates watched to see if there was an earthquake on the news but there was none reported. My sister is the mellowest person I know, so for her to report this is significant.”

The old pea factory in Manti, though falling apart, is claimed to be inhabited by the souls of the former factory workers, keeping trespassers from harassing the place.

When speaking of the traditions of fable in Sanpete—everything from once used psychiatric hospitals, Native American burial grounds, the elevator in the Social Science building, to creepy Snow College apartments—Taylor Ray, a student here at Snow, warns all, “Living or dead, nobody likes other people poking around their stomping grounds.”

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