Re: Cerro Gordo Ghost Story

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Posted by Denver on November 16, 2002 at 00:37:33:

In Reply to: Cerro Gordo Ghost Story posted by Cecile on November 12, 2002 at 12:25:33:

Hi Cecile:
The last time I was in Cerro Gordo was about 30 years ago. I would imagine that a lot has changed since then. I took my brother, and my son, to visit Cerro Gordo. We were in my 70 CJ5. We were told by someone at the cafe in Olancha, that we would be on instant good terms with the caretakers if we took along a bottle of Peach Brandy. We did, and he was right! There was a middle aged man and woman staying in the main house, and the Brandy took the grumble out of their voice rather effectively. They let us spend the night in the big boarding house next door, and even furnished us a bucket of coal for a buck! We told my son (about 10 yrs old) that he would have to stay upstairs, which he wanted no part of. We bedded down on the living room floor, and had a nice warm fire going in the big heater. Our trip was in about April, if I recall correctly, and there were still patches of snow on the ground. The old mule barn across from the American Hotel, had collapsed under the previous winter snow. When I was there one summer before, there were several mule yokes, and harnesses still hanging in the barn. Oh, by the way, as a little added color, the gentleman at the cafe in Olancha, had also told us that the lady caretaker had been known to get a little tipsy, and would resort to riding her horse bare back thru the hills, while clad in nothing but her birthday suit! Sort of a Lady Godiva thing I guess. Fortunately, she behaved herself during our visit.

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