Located in Park County, Colorado
Alma, CO has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Colorado at 10,578 feet, so take some extra drinking water with you if you decide to visit this location. It has a rather small population of 235 residents. This is a community that was built on a mining industry. It was named after “the grocery store owner’s daughter”, Alma (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).
The Schwartz Hotel, originally owned and operated by Mrs. Schwartz, was built in the 1890’s and served as a boarding house in Alma. It is currently owned an operated by Rita and Carle Zimmerman. The Schwartz Hotel is currently offered as a retreat for artists and musicians as well as large groups (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).
In February 1998, a man named Thomas Leask murdered Willie Morrison, once the mayor of Alma. Leask was accused of first degree murder after killing Morrison “execution-style” and then proceeding to destroy a number of buildings in Alma (including the town hall, post office, fire station, and water treatment facility) using a bulldozer (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008; Denver Post, 1998).
The Willy Morrison Memorial Stage was been built in his honor. Apparently, the Alma Festival in the Clouds is a community event that was inspired by Willy Morrison’s murder to celebrate the arts and children as these were things that were once important to this man (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).
According to Shadowlands (n.d.), the Schwartz Hotel is associated with a father-son dispute that happened in the 1800’s. We have not been able to verify this information as historically correct. Indeed, the Shadowlands report goes on to say that a woman was so frightened that she went ahead and hung herself from an upper balcony. This too, remains unverified and seems a little unlikely or at least lacking in essential details.
Paranormal activity includes strange lights and eerie feelings as well as the apparition of the woman whom some claim hung herself from a balcony.
Denver Post (1998).
Alma Foundation (2005-2008). Alma, Colorado. Retrieved November 5, 2008 from www.almafoundation.com/town.htm
Shadowlord (n.d.) Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved November 4, 2008 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/colorado.htm
Alma CO Colorado United States