WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Laramie, WY - It's the week when wispy apparitions, supernatural events and creepy sounds take center stage for Halloween, and Wyoming is home to its own stock of ghost stories. The historic Cooper House at the University of Wyoming is one example of what many believe to be a real haunted house.
Sophie Beck is the officer manager for the American Studies Program based in the Cooper House. She says her first encounter with the ghost was years ago during her first week of work. She was staying late to arrange her office, she says...
On another occasion, one morning Beck arrived to find the night custodian had left garbage and equipment throughout the house. She followed up with the woman and found she had abandoned the shift because she got spooked.
Beck adds that a Russian student became so terrified while studying there at night, she never returned after dark. And Beck witnessed a student's dog barking menacingly at something no one else could see.
Beck says she things there may be several ghosts in the house, and while some incidents have frightened students and faculty, she perceives the presence to be mostly friendly. Built in 1921, the house sat empty for several years in the 1980's until nonprofit preservation groups lobbied to have it restored and put to use as classrooms and office space.