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Woodpecker Hill is a name given by the inmates to Greenwood Cemetery. The Greenwood Cemetery is burial grounds for inmates who perished and did not have family who was able or willing to claim their remains. There are approximately 600 burials at Greenwood Cemetery/Woodpecker Hill. About 250 of the graves are unmarked except for a little plaque that says, “CSP Inmate” (Colorado State Penitentiary Inmate). Apparently, woodpeckers would peck at bugs on these plaques until they were completely ruined, thus the name “Woodpecker Hill” (Newman, 2008).
Woodpecker Hill is a lonely plot of land covered with brush and littered with iconic old tombstones. The Shadowlands reports indicates that children and teenagers have been buried at Woodpecker Hill, but we have not yet been able to validate this information as historically correct. We did, however, find information about a 23 year old mentally challenged individual who was wrongfully executed for the bludgeoning of a 15 year old girl and a 12 year old girl with an axe. Joe Arridy had the mental age of a 5 year old and his execution was the result of prosecutorial misconduct. Joe Arridy’s story may be produced as a major motion picture in the near future (Keller Entertainment Group & The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, 2007).
Cold spots have been reported as well as orbs and shadowy figures. Sounds of small children laughing have also been reported.
Keller Entertainment Group & The Arc of the Pikes Peak Region (2007). Press Release: Colorado Allows Placement of Tombstone on Executed Prisoner’s Grave. Retrieved November 4, 2008 from http://www.coadp.org/thepublications/2007/2007-ArridyPressRelease.pdf
Newman, V. R. (2008). Images of America: Prisons of Canon City. Chicago:Arcadia Publishing
Shadowlord (n.d.) Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved November 5, 2008 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/colorado.htm