The mysterious ghost hunt of Colorado State University

Ravyn Cullor

With thousands of current students walking the halls of Colorado State University every day, some buildings might host shadows of the past.

In 2013, CSU’s RamTrax tours brought the Ghost Hunters of Colorado to some of campus’ most allegedly haunted locations, according to a Today @ Colorado State University article, the predecessor of SOURCE. The article was published to also announce that RamTrax would be bringing back the Mystery of CSU History Tours at the time.

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“While most of the stories might be a little more fiction than fact, I am convinced that we might not be the only ones living and working in some of the buildings,” wrote Regina Martel, the article’s author. “After one terrifying evening on a Mystery of CSU History Tour, the RamTrax team thought it was time to call in the professionals to help us figure out what was going on, specifically in Ammons Hall and Student Services.”

The haunted buildings

Ammons Hall, which currently houses the Office of Admissions and the University Welcome Center, was originally built as the women’s recreational facility and continued as a co-ed recreational facility in the ’90s. The facility had a pool, sunroom, living room and guest room, according to the article.

Additionally, the article said that Ammons Hall is the most haunted building on campus, with giggles, growls, footsteps and lights turning on and off in the building. Reportedly, staff and faculty often won’t stay in the building after business hours because of the incidents that allegedly occur inside.

I am convinced that we might not be the only ones living and working in some of the buildings.”– Regina Martel, Today @ Colorado State University

Student Services was designed in 1948 as a male dormitory called Braiden Hall. The building was a dormitory for only a few years before it became unlivable and was turned into office spaces. 

The architect of the building, Eugene Groves, designed 11 buildings around The Oval. Not only was Student Services his last CSU building, but he didn’t see the end of the project because he was committed to an insane asylum before it was completed due to the bizarre design of the building and his plans to murder his wife and bury her in the basement, according to the article. 

According to the Today @ CSU article, the CSU Police Department has been called multiple times for reports of “objects flying off desks or found completely thrown down the hallway and for unexplained footsteps.”

“Even on tours we have caught flying orbs and doors slamming on videos,” Martel wrote.

The investigation 

The Ghost Hunters brought a number of tools, including night vision DVRs, full-spectrum video cameras, flashlights, digital audio recorders, ghost box communication devices, infra-red lighting, FLIR thermal cameras and atmospheric meters. 

The article claims they were able to communicate with spirits.

“Throughout the night, we attempted to contact the spirits and were successful in communicating through flashlight responses and the ghost box communication device,” Martel wrote. “Shadows and orbs also showed in pictures.”

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While the articles said the Ghost Hunters would send the videos to Today @ Colorado State University after analysis, neither the videos nor the photos are available online. 

Ravyn Cullor can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @RCullor99.