While researching for Ghost Tours, we have come across an assortment of theories. Among these is the theory that ghosts may be imprinted upon an existing surface of a building, such as a wall or doorway, similar to a taped recording. Alteration or removal of the surface can cause portions of the recording to fade, eventually disappearing entirely. But one home turns this theory around.
The Voorheeses were among the first settlers in Cheyenne. The home of Luke Voorhees, head Stagecoach operator for the Cheyenne Deadwood Stagecoach, was built along "Millionaires Row" (Carey Avenue) in 1884; 50 years later it was moved north to its current location at 2910 Thomes Avenue. Through the years, the lives of many people would become entwined with the home. And, as should be expected, there were many alterations to suit the needs of the different residents.
Most recently purchased by empty nesters, the home has been beautifully restored. During the process, layers of linoleum and sub-flooring were found covering the original hardwood floor. Closets were exposed. False ceilings were removed, exposing window frames that had been cut down to fit the lower ceiling, and window outlines were found hidden beneath wallpaper. During the process, this couple found a great deal of history, both of the home, and of those whose lives where touched by the home.
They also found they were not alone in the home. At night they would lie awake to the sounds of children laughing in the home. Their ghosts returned with the restoration of the home.
By Val Martin and Jill Pope