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Hear the Ghosts of Doc Holliday, Outlaw Kid Curry Tell Their Stories at Colorado’s Historic Linwood Cemetery

Hear the “ghosts” of Doc Holliday and outlaw Kid Curry share their tales of the Old West this October as the Frontier Historical Society and Museum once again presents its annual Ghost Walk in Colorado’s historic Linwood Cemetery.

Saturday, September 22 2012 18:53   Historic Graveyards
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The ghosts of Doc Holliday, outlaw Kid Curry, and a host of gunmen, gamblers, soiled doves and pioneer settlers will once again make a rare appearance this October 2012 at the Frontier Historical Society and Museum's 13th annual Ghost Walk, held at the historic Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The Ghost Walk is family friendly, and while a spirited air of spookiness surrounds the event, the "ghosts" are portrayed by Glenwood Springs actors who bring a magical quality to each performance.

doc_hollidayThe re-enactors also impart interesting historical anecdotes about what it was like to live in Glenwood Springs in the late 1880s to early 1900s.

"This event is so well done that even adults question what they might -or might not - have seen," said Lisa Langer, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. "The ghosts bring Glenwood Springs' history to life in a magical and enchanting way."

The tours will be offered Friday and Saturday nights in October 2012, including Oct. 12 -13, 19 - 20, and 26 -27. There are four tours each evening: 7:00, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m.

Tours are limited to 30 persons and tickets are $15 per person, for all ages. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1, and may be purchased by calling the Frontier Historical Society and Museum at 970-945-4448. The museum recommends buying tickets in advance as the event sells out quickly every year.

Tour guides meet groups at the base of the Linwood Cemetery trailhead, located at 12th Street and Bennett Avenue. By the light of lanterns and flashlights, visitors trek the one-third of a mile up the moderately strenuous trail to the graveyard.

Everyone on the tours is encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and to bring flashlights, which are mandatory for each person. Lanterns will also be available for purchase for $10 before the tour.

In the cemetery, guides lead the way to Doc Holliday's and Kid Curry's grave markers, as well as the grave sites of several other former Glenwood Springs residents. The cemetery's Potter's Field is where many of Glenwood's poorest early residents are buried, but even these forgotten ghosts come to life to share their stories.

Linwood Cemetery, the town's oldest graveyard, is the final resting place of Glenwood's earliest inhabitants. Ghosts known to appear during the Ghost Walk include:

doc_holliday_graveDoc Holliday - He had hoped Glenwood's climate and hot springs would cure his tuberculosis, but the infamous gambler and gunman succumbed to the disease in Glenwood Springs at the age of 36. Evidently, Holliday expected to come to a more violent end. He was reportedly surprised to find himself on the verge of death in bed with his boots off, and before he died said, "I'll be damned; this is funny."

Kid Curry - The outlaw, also known as Harvey Logan, was considered by some to be the wildest of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's Wild Bunch gang, having killed 11 people. He was wounded in a shootout after a train robbery in nearby Parachute, but rather than be captured, he finished himself off.

Dollie Barlow Landis Barnes - One of the first settlers to arrive in Glenwood Springs, she was the mother of the first white child born here, Harry Landis. After being widowed, she married Al G. Barnes and they started the Al G. Barnes Circus, which was later sold to Barnum and Bailey.

Katie Bender - Known as "Mother Bender," for looking after everyone in town, she started the Commercial Restaurant on 7th Street where Juicy Lucy's is now located.

Bill Smith - After shooting his abusive stepfather at the age of 11, Smith ran away and lived on his own in the Wild West. He worked as a cook's helper and a trail boss before settling in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ida Alburn - The mother of two infants buried in the Potter's Field section of the cemetery, Alburn speaks for all of the lost souls who are buried there and may have been forgotten over time.

The Ghost Walk through Linwood Cemetery is a fundraiser for the Frontier Historical Society and Museum. Members may purchase Ghost Walk tickets for $10.

Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, 165 miles west of Denver or 90 miles east of Grand Junction, on I-70 off Exit 116. Find out more about this event and Glenwood Springs history at
www.visitglenwood.com/historic-ghost-walk.

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