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Thinking of a Summer Vacation in Yellowstone?

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6 years 2 weeks ago #20 by Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman created the topic: Thinking of a Summer Vacation in Yellowstone?
Old Faithful Inn (Yellowstone National Park): With over 3,468 square miles, America’s very first National park established in 1872 by President Theodore Roosevelt has everything a visitor can ask for. From amazing wildlife to popular ghost sorties, there is certainly no shortage of entertainment for the casual visitor. A rich and highly diverse history has helped to evolve many stories over the years that visitors should be aware of. Spoiler alert: Many of the stories surrounding events at the park are more suited for the campfire than the investigative team. While they are fun to listen to, telling them over the years seems to have added more life to each version. As always, check your facts and do good backgrounds searches on the story before making it the focus of your objective.
Much of the folklore seems to revolve around the Old Faithful Inn. Built in 1904, the lodge hosts accommodations including 134 guest rooms and a wide range of cabins from old west to frontier in style. Open from May through October, the grand lobby or “Old House” is home to a huge stone fireplace and decorative etched glass panels. Additionally, many balconies overlook the famous “Old Faithful Geyser” giving tourists plenty of time and atmosphere to keep the old ghost stories going.
A diverse and plentiful selection of stories includes those of a headless bride, a phantom bellman and even a young lost boy. These stories have inspired the Yellowstone Ghost Tour which takes advantage of the folklore and ageless stories, providing tourists looking for a connection between the paranormal and the historic preserve. You may even be lucky enough to be visited overnight in your room.
The bottom line to remember here are that these are in fact stories with no real evidence. Even the “witnesses” are all hearsay with no names or factual names to go with the testimonies. As we deal in fact while investigating the paranormal and unknown, adding to that with more speculation and unfounded evidence does nothing more than give more credence to these tales and generate more revenue for those wishing to capitalize on a growing movement throughout the country.
Keep in mind, I am not in any way bashing or belittling anything that the folks at Yellowstone are selling or portraying but merely bringing to light that much of accounts are based more on stories than fact and those looking for evidence of a connection here need to do so with the knowledge that any concrete evidence is not only hard to find, but would be highly suspect. Investigative teams are used to this type of speculation and scrutiny. However, if you are looking for a fun way to pass the time around the campfire while spending your night at Yellowstone, I encourage you to do a simple online search on the many ghost stories surrounding Yellowstone and have a good time adding your own little twist. Who knows, maybe in 20 years your own version of the tale will become the best known version.
If you have any experiences or stories , I invite you to add yours to this thread so that others may enjoy them.

Paul Pittman

Lobby of the Old Failthful Inn (from U.S. Park Lodging website)

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