Potentially Haunted Buildings Dominate Casper Wyoming

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The windows of Jerry Walsh auditorium, where the ghost of NC is said to reside. According to the legend a girl tried to climb through a window, and fell to her death. The ghost is said to be seen in the light booth and here wailing can be heard back stage.

Calla Shosh, reporter

Ghost stories have been around for hundreds of years. In ancient Greece there was a story of a ghost who cut a man’s hair as he slept. In Egypt there are stories about Osiris and the judges of the Afterlife. NCHS is also home to at least one ghost story. NCHS has a ghost story revolving around the John F. Walsh auditorium.

Windows of Jerry Walsh auditorium.
The windows of the John J. Walsh auditorium, where the ghost of NC is said to reside. According to the legend a girl tried to climb through a window, and fell to her death. The ghost is said to be seen in the light booth and here wailing can be heard back stage. (Cal)

One story goes that in the 1940s a girl fell to her death in the John F. Walsh auditorium.  She was auditioning for a play, and had left her bag behind. By the time she realized this, the building was closed. She climbed through the window and broke her back. It is said that her ghost is sometimes seen in the lighting booth and that her ghostly laughter is often heard. It is also said that if anyone sits in her seat during a production, something will go wrong. A variation on this is that the student fell into an orchestra pit during a rehearsal, or that  a stage hand fell from the catwalk. According to the Trib, the only NCHS actress to die during this time period was Annabelle Lee Shepperson, an NCHS senior at the time. 

Though this is the only well-known NCHS ghost story, there are plenty of others in Casper, Wyoming. The Haunted Ivy House Inn was built in 1916 by the White family. When Mrs. White passed away in 1995, the property was bought by Tom and Kathy Johnson. Tom Johnson was renovating the building when his drill stopped working. He turned around only to see the plug dangling in mid air. Guests at this Bed and Breakfast  have reported seeing a male figure above their beds, and have also heard knocking when no one is at the door. They have also reported to have seen the face of Mrs. White in mirrors and windows.(Legends of America)

Roosevelt School stands tall for almost 100 years
Roosevelt school is a potentially haunted location. Designed by Arthur M. Garbutt, the same architect who designed NCHS, it was investigated by Casper Area Paranormal Seekers in 2013. This building was sold in 2017 (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

The old Roosevelt School is another potentially haunted location. According to the Wyoming State Preservation Office, it was built in 1922 after WWI. It was also designed by Arthur M. Garbutt, who also designed NCHS in1924. In October of 2013, Casper Area Paranormal Seekers investigated the building and caught what they believed to be a ghost on camera. Roosevelt school was sold by the school district in 2017.(Oil City News)

Ghost behind lady
Casper Area Paranormal Seekers catch “ghost” (white blob on right behind lady) on camera. Casper Area Paranormal Seekers investigated Rosevelt School in 2013 before it was sold. They are uncertain that it was a ghost on camera.

Though it is disputed whether ghosts exist, these locations certainly have a lot of history. Both Roosevelt School and NCHS are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.