The 11-mile stretch of winding Riverdale Road between Thornton and Brighton is, according to the local tales, haunted by almost every form of supernatural being imaginable: a ghostly white lady, a phantom jogger, demons, talking animals, Native-American burial ground curses, devil worshippers, witch hangings and even the Gates of Hell. The road signs are said to have spatters and handprints of blood made by the ghost of a little boy who was killed here as he was walking to school (although locals report that vandals shoot them with paintball guns). Spirits are said to roam here in animal form: A coyote is a friendly spirit while a gray fox is evil. One story is of a man who murdered his family in their house along this road, then set it afire. There was an old mansion that burned down, the 1864 Wolpert Mansion, which had been a private home, a cowboy inn, a gambling bar, a brothel and a ranch for racehorses. But the run-down mansion had been condemned just months before the fire and was uninhabited.
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- Riverdale Road
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- 39.980274896854176, -104.84710156906658
- Adams County, Colorado
- Nearest Towns:
- Todd Creek, CO (1.4 mi.)
Brighton, CO (1.4 mi.)
Lochbuie, CO (7.2 mi.)
Fort Lupton, CO (7.4 mi.)
Dacono, CO (8.7 mi.)
Frederick, CO (9.5 mi.)
Northglenn, CO (9.9 mi.)
Aristocrat Ranchettes, CO (10.0 mi.)
Thornton, CO (10.2 mi.)
Firestone, CO (10.3 mi.)
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