Our ghost hunts at the ominous Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum are only for the bravest of souls.
The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum is one of the most terrifying locations in Teller County, Colorado.
Paranormal activity reported at this location includes the unexplained sounds of footsteps routinely ascending and descending the staircase, apparitions, dark shadows, cold spots, the sounds of heavy breathing, and doors that fly open by themselves.
Tucked away in the mountainous region of Colorado, sits the low-flowing waters known as Cripple Creek.
On the banks of this stream stands the former mining town also known as Cripple Creek.
As you walk down West Bennett Avenue and think about the history of this legendary settlement, a horrifying, two-story building casts it’s ominous shadow over your gaze. Welcome to the Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum!
In 1890, Robert Womack discovered gold in a shallow stream of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.. Unfortunately, no one believed him. Only when Womack’s sample was verified as authentic in Colorado Springs, did the gold rush begin and the mining district of Cripple Creek spring to life.
By 1891, Cripple Creek grew so fast and became so rich, that it was known as “The Greatest Gold Camp on earth.” Several large claims helped prove this moniker as correct.
As miners and investors poured into Cripple Creek, so did thieves, outlaws, and other miscreants. Bad decisions, financial arguments, and other forms of bad behavior solidified the need for the jail.
The increase of crime and violence led to the Teller County Jail’s construction in 1901. The jail held 4-6 inmates per cell and was also a stop for the criminally insane who were en-route to the state hospital in Canon City.
With a new courthouse built next door, a catwalk existed to bring prisoners back and forth from court to jail. This led to the only recorded death of a prisoner, who jumped over the railing, though some accounts claim he was pushed.
The catwalk was also the subject of numerous fights and suicide attempts by those who desperately wanted to avoid transfer to the Frontier Prison in Wyoming. The cells also saw numerous injuries from fights between Inmates and suicide attempts.
The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail closed in 1991 due to Colorado’s requirement that all holding facilities contain an exercise yard. The building became a museum and still operates as such today.
Visitors report the sounds of footsteps ascending the staircase, then descending, in a routine manner believed to be consistent with a former guard performing security rounds.
The apparition of a former jailer named “Rosie” has been seen in her sleeping quarters on the second floor.
The apparition of a male guard has been seen looking through windows.
Moving shadows have been reported by staff in the last two cells on the first floor.
Heavy breathing and cold spots have been experienced on the catwalk.
The security door that separates the gift shop from the jail has been reported to fly open with exceptional force.
The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum held many of those responsible for the bloodshed that stains much of Cripple Creek’s history. For 90 years, this was the building that kept order and peace in a very rich, and sometimes very violent, mining town.
Are the former guards still showing up for their shifts, making their rounds, and watching over the old jail? There’s only one way to find out for yourself.
Will you encounter the man who fell to his death from the catwalk, the violent energies of former Inmates, the unpredictable spirits of the criminally insane, or even those who were executed in Wyoming that may have returned to the jail for revenge? If so, what will you say? What will they say?
Step back in time to the early 1900’s and listen to the outlaws and lawmen who may have stories to tell. While the old jail may have stood empty for the past 30 years, one thing is for sure…Not everyone left, and some who did, may have returned. Find out who could be waiting, and you may uncover just why they remain.