Haunted Helena: Montana’s Queen City Ghosts

Haunted Helena by historian Ellen Baumler.

Haunted Helena by historian Ellen Baumler.

I’m a sucker for a good ghost story.  I have many scary stories committed to memory.  When I take my kids camping, they’ll ask me to tell them the spookiest off all the stories, the one about Aunt Erica.  Last summer they were crushed to learn that I just took the tried and true story of the girl alone in her car being followed by a truck that keeps turning on its bright lights and inserted their sweet Aunt Erica as the potential victim.  You probably know that one?

Having an office in one of Helena’s most haunted locations, Reeder’s Alley, I’m excited to experience a ghostly encounter.

One time I came into the office at about five in the morning and got to work on my computer.  Suddenly, there was a knock on my window. Startled, I looked out into the darkness.  My face reflected off the window, but in my face I could see another looking in at me.  Turns out it was just my neighbor Clay asking if he could grab me a coffee from the bakery.  I wanted it to be a ghost, but I gotta admit, I was thankful it was just Clay.

I have been excited to get my hands on a copy of historian Ellen Baumler’s new book, Haunted Helena.  I once experienced the Reeder’s Alley birds before our Helena Tourism Alliance office was located here (you’ve gotta read the book so you can know what I’m talking about).  Since, we’ve moved to this location, I’ve experienced zero ghostly encounters.  Absolutely not one!  I keep complaining to Ellen that I’m open to encounters and probably WANT to see a ghost more than anyone in the Alley.  I just read the Reeder’s Alley chapter of Haunted Helena and I’m still shivering and it’s not the snow that is currently falling outside my office window.

Be sure to enter our contest for a copy of Ellen’s book. We’ll give away two copies on Monday, October 6. If you’d like to purchase Ellen’s book, you can do so from the Montana Historical Society web site.

 

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