Colorado Ghost Tours | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/colorado-ghost-tours[12/7/2015 3:55:39 PM] Home Colorado Ghost ToursColorado Ghost ToursSubmitted by nwharton on 8-3-2013 08:21 PMAuthor: Ann Westerberg Publishing: Boulder, CO: Big Earth Publishing, 2013. Black-and-white photographs, bibliography, maps. 6 x 9. $16.95 paperback. Reviewer: Kevin Pharris Some of us are dragged into the world of ghosts unwillingly, becoming local experts in a field wed much rather leave alone. Others show no such timidity, leading boldly where few would dare to follow. Historian, author, and paramour of all things paranormal, Ann Westerberg is one such soul, a free spirit among many roaming free. In Colorado Ghost Tours, Westerberg may have the occasional qualm about where she searches out those who dwell on the other side of the Great Divide (and I dont mean continental!), but she doesnt let any of them slow her stride. She has written a tome for the entire state to share, and any person wishing to know the supernatural side of Colorado would be well advised to give it a read. I use the phrase free spirit intentionally, because it is obvious that is exactly what our intrepid ectoplasmically enhanced explorer is. She is clearly enjoying herself hugely, and this is reflected in her writing. Where else would you run across charming turns of phrase such as a haunted mansion snuggling up to a park, how outside of reality twenty-five square miles can be, and the laugh-inducing mention of stiffening morals when discussing the ghosts of a bordello? Though the book can be a little listy from time to time, it is a light-hearted read, written from Westerbergs point of view. What a lot of work must have gone into putting this book together, and she even offers up a truly impressive array of photographs! Cities both large and small are combed over with care, and Westerberg is not proprietary either. She happily shares the tales of others ghost gurus, some of whom are well-known authors, others tour guides, and some who work in locations that earn them money because of their spectrally enhanced situations. My only two criticisms of the book are relatively minor. Though Westerberg makes a concerted effort to offer contact information, pricing, and availability for many venues and tour providers, the information may end up being inaccurate in a short period of time. After all, venues and tour providers change information and availability almost as often as ghosts change address. All the same, the book will likely serve as an excellent starting point for future haunt hunters. Secondly, a number of spots included run heavy on the history and light on hauntings, such as the Peck House and the Lumber Baron Inn. As a historian first and ghost hunter dead last, I appreciate the history very much. Others who are not as deeply interested in history, however, may find the book a little too history heavy. Burying those tiny bones, I believe such people will be in the minority. For myself, the book strikes a balance between ghoulish ghosties and the history necessary to support them. The effervescent writing style offsets the somber subject matter; after all, few ghosts are created because their lives ended in a EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.
Colorado Ghost Tours | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library http://coloradowest.staging.auraria.edu/book-review/colorado-ghost-tours[12/7/2015 3:55:39 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us moment of radiant joy. From the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad in the south to the phantoms of Fort Collins, in between and beyond, Colorado Ghost Tours is a fine segue between those of us here and now and those who have gone before. So, prop up the pillows in your bed and crack open the pages. You wont be journeying alone! Reviewer Info: Kevin Pharris, owner of Denver History Tours, hopes never to see a ghost, but has written two books on the subject all the same The Haunted Heart of Denver and Historic Haunts around Denver. He is also author of Riding Denvers Rails, a look at the citys transit history.