Located at 1153 6th Ave. in Sidney, Nebraska.
From 1869 to 1894, Sidney was the site of the Fort Sidney military post. It was also a site for the Pony Express.
The Old Fort was built in December 1867 as an active military outpost by General C. C. Augur. It remained active until June 1, 1894 to protect the Union Pacific Railroad efforts from Native Americans in the area (Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe tribes) who fought to protect their territory. There are 3 structures that are still standing at this fort: the 1871 Commanding Officers’ Quarters, the 1872 Magazine, and the 1884 Officers’ Quarters. The Cheyenne County Historical Society currently maintains these buildings.
In 1885, an officer’s wife was doing laundry and fell down the stairs, breaking her neck. The officer then ordered the stairs be blocked off.
In the 1930’s reports began to be made by visitors and residents that there were sounds of something falling coming from inside the walls. In 1975, the pantry was discovered. It had been walled up for 90 years. People still to this day report hearing footsteps and other sounds when no one else is present in the building.
Because someone died at this location, the reports of paranormal events is plausible. Indeed, her death on the stairs is interesting because stairwells are considered to be ‘tween (or between places…neither here nor there) spaces according to occult literature. ‘Tween places are host to special energies that can provoke or at least make communication “beyond the veil” more accessible.
Other Related Haunts:
If stairwells, especially hidden ones are interesting to you, take a look at the Brantley House in Helena, MT. This location had a hidden stairwell behind a false wall in a closet upstairs where the ghostly presence of Judge Brantley paces sometimes at night.
The Old Officer’s Quarters in Fort Laramie, Wyoming nearby are also host to paranormal activity of a different sort. Strange light phenomena and apparitions are sometimes reported at this location.
Nebraska Outback visited this site and took photos of the bulding and the staircase. Visit http://nebraskaoutback.net/Page3.html to see the photos.
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