|The Brook Forest Inn is southwest of Evergreen|
It was the summer of 1943 near Evergreen, Colorado. The Brook Forest Inn was a luxury resort nestled in a stand of lodgepole pine at the base of Black Mountain. Carl was at work in the nearby livery stable when he learned that his wife, Jessica, had been unfaithful. Jessica also worked at the inn and she was preparing the Monte Carlo Room for that evening's guests. Carl stormed in and confronted her. A violent altercation ensued. Fueled by a jealous rage, Carl strangled Jessica to death. Carl returned to the stable. Overcome with guilt, he constructed a noose and promptly hung himself. The stunning tragedy shocked the idyllic mountain community.
A few years earlier, before the outbreak of World War II, a suspicious group of German tourists checked in to the hotel. They claimed to be on a bicycle tour of America. Come to find out, they were actually spies. They used the place as a headquarters while they studied and mapped the United States for Hitler. It is reported that the dining room carpet covered a large swastika painted on the floor. To this day, it is believed that Nazi gold from Hitler's personal war chest is buried somewhere in the labyrinth of secret rooms and tunnels that are now sealed off, underground, beneath the resort complex.
Not long after Carl's murder/suicide, a small child became sick and died from influenza in one of the third floor rooms. That's when mysterious occurences started to be documented. Visitors on the third floor have heard children giggling, running up and down hallways, and knocking on the doors even though no children were in the hotel at the time. Carl's spirit has been seen prowling throughout the inn on several occasions. Neighbors have reported seeing a full apparition of a woman on the Monte Carlo Suite balcony when the resort was known to be vacant. Other reports include the smell of rotting flesh, objects moving on their own, light anomalies and ghostly sounds.
Ghosts are defined as the spirits of dead people that for some reason are "trapped" between this plane of existence and the next, often as a result of some tragedy or trauma. Do I believe the Brook Forest Inn is haunted? I don't know for sure, I've never actually stayed there. The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society recently investigated the claimed paranormal events and concluded - "With the data obtained thus far there is something unusual (whether manmade, nature, or supernatural) occurring at the Brook Forest Inn."
Locals will tell you, "There's something strange going on up at The Brook."
I don't know what else to say other than, I'll keep searching...
|The inn is nestled in a lodgepole pine forest|
|Nazi gold may be buried in the catacomb beneath the inn|
|Mysterious occurrences have been documented at the hotel|
|After the murder, Carl returned to the livery to hang himself|
|Neighbors have seen an apparition on the second floor balcony|
|The interior front lobby of the Brook Forest Inn|
|There may be something supernatural happening at The Brook Forest Inn|