Ghostly Haunts

In the course of our geocaching travels and explorations, we’ve seen a lot of cool stuff and interesting places. We especially like ghost towns, old cemeteries and anything else that’s reputed to be haunted. Seems like every town, park, cemetery and battlefield has ghost stories that go with them. Gettysburg, in particular, has parlayed battlefield ghost tours into a major tourist attraction.

Dragoon Springs National Historic Site

This was the site of Dragoon Springs Station. Before the Civil War, it was a way station on the Butterfield Stage Line. On May 5 and 9, 1862, it was also the site of two skirmishes between Confederate cavalry and Apache raiders. Several Confederates were killed and are buried here. It is now a National Historic Site. Getting to it requires either a long hike or four wheeling over some very challenging terrain. We did some of both. It took us several hours, but the site, the scenery and the geocaches were worth the trip. This is an overview of the whole site with a cameo appearance by Team Snowbird. The springs themselves are about a mile up the valley in the foothills. They were a major water source for the Dragoon Valley. The water stopped flowing after an earthquake in 1880.

If you explore long enough, eventually you’ll run into something that you can’t explain. It’s happened to us several times. One of those was at Gettysburg.

We did a driving tour with a docent (which is THE best way to see the battlefield, BTW). He told us that Devil’s Den was the most haunted place on the battlefield. Sometimes cameras would pick up eerie images or they wouldn’t work at all. So we went to Devil’s Den. I tried to take a photo of Natasha in the rocks and the Nikon SLR camera didn’t work. I’d been taking pictures all morning, but no matter what I did, it wouldn’t take a picture at Devil’s Den. So I chalked it up to user error and got out the backup disposable Kodak camera. It didn’t work either. We moved on to Little Round Top, where we took all kinds of photos without a hiccup. Go figure.

Of course, a ghost town doesn’t have to be haunted. They are a part of history. As we roam around these places, we wonder what it was like here in the boom days. Old buildings usually have a tale to tell if you poke around. Old cemeteries do too. They’re full of infants, children and young adults who died before their time. Life was cheap many decades ago.

I was a skeptic about this stuff for most of my life. Now I keep an open mind.

Good haunting …Boris and Natasha