Croke-Patterson Mansion - Patterson Inn

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The 1890 Croke-Patterson Mansion, now bed-and-breakfast, has had an interesting history. So the stories go, original owner Thomas B. Croke entered the mansion just once, and whatever he saw or felt there was enough to convince him never to come back. He sold it to Thomas M. Patterson, who owned it for several generations. The place has been a dance studio, a radio station, a boardinghouse, and offices in its past, and some strange things started to happen during its renovation into an office building. Two guard dogs were found dead on the sidewalk outside after apparently leaping from a third-story window, and typewriters, copy machines and phones started to work on their own. Witnesses have reported apparitions (including that of Thomas Patterson), voices, knocks, baby cries, and footsteps.

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420 E 11th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
United States

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39.733481, -104.98138
Denver County, Colorado
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  1. Over twenty five years ago, this house was being renovated and a portion of it being used as offices. My brother, sister and I were seeing a social worker that had her office right where the turret was. We usually had an appointment sometime in the evening and would sometimes get there a little early. One particular evening, we got there about twenty minutes early and decided to look around the house. The downstairs was dank and smelled old and dusty. In one room, a large portion of the floor had been dug up and there was also a long closet with wood planks on the floor. There was no one in the house, giving us the opportunity to roam freely without being questioned. At one point, an older man approached us and told us that he was the grounds keeper. He had a lot of stories to tell us when we asked him if the house was haunted. He said that while the renovation were going on, that they would often come in in the morning and all of the papers from the files would be all over the floors of the offices. He also said that at one point they had two different Doberman Pincers to guard the house from intruders at night. One of the dogs supposedly jumped to his death from one of the upstairs windows. The other dog was cowering from fear under on the small table downstairs. I could never verify these stories od course, but did talk with our counselor. She said that it was true that she had come in few times and that her papers would be all over the floor in her office. They never found evidence of any break in’s though. I am now in my early fourties. A few years ago, I trying to find information to corroborate some of the stories that I was told by the care taker. Some of the information that I found was a bit different, but none the less similar. I remember asking the care taker about the flooring in the basement. He said that one of the original home owners husbands had vanished in the early 1900’s, probably due to infidelity. Supposedly, his wife died sometime later in life and in her will, confessed to killing her husband and burying his body in the basement. The care taker said that they did find his body in a old type of carpet bag. I never found any information that this story was true. Anyway, I am so happy that I had the opportunity to see the house in it’s originality and that the stories told to my brother, sister and I were from the care taker. What an experience, one that I will never forget.

    • Do you ever go by the place or live near by? We (me, my son, and mom) are going to Colorado for a vacation and are picking places to see and experience. I would love to meet with you to gain more info on the house as much investigating as you have done. Mom and I are both paranormal investigators and this would be a perfect time to get more evidence of the “other side”. We are picking our routes, and this would definitely be a place to stay.

      • Hello. Sorry that it took so long to get back to you. I didn’t think that anyone would comment. If you already came to visit, I hope that you and your family had a great trip. The Crooke Patterson mansion is actually a bed and breakfast now, last I heard, so maybe you stayed? If so, I would really love to hear about your visit. I actually live out by DIA, so haven’t been back in that specific area in a while. A couple of years ago though, my mom, sister and I went on a fun paranormal investigation with a local paranormal group. It was around Halloween time at the Grant Humphrey’s mansion. It was so fun and we had the opportunity to use some of their equipment. I think that my daughter was maybe a little too young, but she really was scared, especially when the Ovulus said her name. It was a lot of fun and we had the chance to learn about the history of the house and also about some the stories associated with hauntings. A really great book for you to check out would be Ghosts of Capitol Hill. I think that you would really love it. The book has pictures of all of the houses in Capitol Hill and also gives descriptive information regarding when the house was built, the architecture, etc. The book also described in detail who has lived in these homes over the years and how the people are related to Colorado history. The best part is that with each description, the author who is a Colorado native himself, relays any information regarding possible hauntings. Where do you live? I would love to hear any stories regarding investigations that you have done. My mom, sister and I are also really interested in the paranormal. I don’t have much time to do any investigating but my sister on the other hand, has a lot of very interesting and authentic documentation that includes pictures and recordings. There is a really old cemetery down on West Colfax that she frequents often. She has an authentic picture of a friend taking a picture of her holding up her cell phone to take a picture of some of the headstones. In the bottom of the picture, you can see my sisters thumb. Off in the distance, you can clearly see a full body apparition. It is somewhat transparent, but it is a woman in a long, white gown. When my sister sent the picture to my daughter’s cell phone, I was so excited and had goose bumps. It’s pretty incredible. The crazy thing is that my sister and her friend did not see anything until they later reviewed some of the documentation. She also has come across some pretty crazy recordings as well. Anyway, I would absolutely love to hear about some of your findings. Best, Aimee.

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