19th St. Castle 1318 19th St
By Jill Pope
Here's an odd little story that was relayed to us. The "19th Street Castle" is the elaborate tan stuccoed home located across the street from Holliday Park. This home was built in 1914 for Thomas Heaney, a prominent businessman in Cheyenne. Before the home was completed Reverend Wesley Dumm purchased it and had the construction completed. He and his family resided here from 1915-1929. The Dr. Devine family moved into this home until 1944. Currently it is divided into apartments. A resident in the 1990s reported that the ghost here is known for violently shaking the bedposts of the four-poster bed and drinking all the beer out of the refrigerator! He said the spirit looks like a kindly, older gentleman and he believes it to be Reverend Dumm, the first resident of the home.
CITY NEWS 18th & Carey
By Jill Pope
I spoke to Shawn, the store manager of City News Book Store at 18th St & Capitol Ave. this week. She said they have lots of ghost activity. They feel like it's a male spirit, possibly the doctor that used to work in the building years ago. Pretty much every employee that has been there in the past couple years has had experiences.
The ghost sets off their alarm sometimes. They've learned that if they acknowledge "him" the alarm goes off. When they call the alarm company they do not show a security problem. He also likes the children's books. There's one that makes noises of various farm animals when you push the button. The animal sounds will play on their own, and if they say hello and acknowledge the ghost, the animal sounds stop.
They often find whole sections of books turned around, or magazines moved. At first they thought maybe a customer was doing this. It was odd because the Obama books were always being turned! The staff began really watching the customers to see if someone was rearranging things. They could never find anyone turning the books, but it continued to happen like twice a day. At closing time they would check over the displays, and then diligently set the alarms. When they came in the morning they'd find books moved. They never feel threatened by the spirit. One employee heard a voice right behind her. When she turned to answer no one was there. She ran away hysterically!
My wife and I made our first trip to Cheyenne in July to see the "Daddy of Em All" and it was fantastic. We live in Kentucky which is a beautiful state, but a very different type of beauty from Wyoming. Although we got a lot of questions about our accents we certainly enjoyed talking to the folks that we met in Cheyenne. I was surprised at how many tourists from other countries were there too. We sat next a couple from Italy and at least rodeo has a universal language because we sure had a few problems answering their questions. Fantastic time and we will come back again to watch our daughter barrel race. She swears she will be running in the NFR some day (she is 16) and if we get to go to places like Cheyenne to watch her on her journey to the NFR I couldnt think of a better way to spend a summer day. P.S. We really enjoyed the cooler weather too with no humidity!!!
My last visit to Cheyenne was July 22 - 27, 2009 during Frontier days. Not only did we do the Frontier days activities (3 concerts, 2 rodeos etc)but we explored the city. We went on the Big Boot tour which was an adventure in itself. I absolutely adore your city.
Hi, This year I only took in KENNY CHESNEYs night show, but I loved at the end of it while his band played on he signed autograghs on hats, shirts, and what ever else he was handed. Thats a first and hope will be done by more to come. Usually though I see the Thunderbirds, 2 or 3 night shows, take in the Pancake Breakfast. At least one parade, and one or two walk arounds the Fair Grounds(shopping). The rodeos are also on my list of must dos, with the behide the shuts tour, and a walk through the Indian Village and watching their shows and crafts making with kids. The Mellow Drama is another must do with walking (shopping) around downtown. Thanks to CFDs Committees for their hard work that they do. If there was anything I would/could change it would be getting artist sooner so balancing a budget would be easier for those of us from out of state.