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  This ghost sighting is from my older step-sister's life. When she was in her old house (Colorado) she would look into a window of a door that led to some type of cellar. Their younger brother Nathan passed away recently. She proclaims she saw his ghost, but she told me this 5 years ago. The story happened near when I was born.
Submitted by RedKitty101

       Category: cellar

My ghost story about Vernal is not about my own experience but rather about the experience of my great-grandmother who was a long time Vernal resident. I lived in Vernal from the age of one to about the age of three and a half. We lived in the old territorial governor's mansion before it was renovated. My great-grandma and great-grandpa had moved into a house in the area that used to be known as Hayden, Utah around 1909-1910. My great-grandma was alone in the house with my grandmother who was around one or two years old because my great-grandpa was out hunting. The house had a rocking chair in it that was from its previous owners. The house was basically one big room, as were many cabins of that era, with a wash area and sink pump with a bed in the corner and pot-bellied stove at one end.

That night as she lay in bed with my grandmother in her arms going off to sleep she began to hear a creaking sound coming from the rocking chair in the corner behind her. She tried not to notice it, dismissing it as the old cabin settling and attempted to go to sleep. Finally, she could not ignore it any longer. She turned around to see a beautiful red-haired woman in the chair that was smiling at her and looked sorrowful at the same time. She could see right through her. Frightened out of her mind, she dove under the covers until morning. Upon emerging from the bed, she immediately went to the neighbors about a quarter mile away who told her a chilling story.

The couple that had lived there about five years before them were newlyweds. The man was very abusive, and the woman was beautiful and had red hair. He also beat her to death one night in a fit of rage when she was about six months pregnant and ran out of town never to be seen again. My great-grandma had seen her ghost but never did see her again after that. However, she would hear the chair creak at times. Perhaps the ghost was longing for her own child when she saw my great-grandmother and grandma together. We will never know. I do know that this story is true because my grandma never told a lie in her entire life. Maybe the cabin still stands somewhere around Vernal.
Submitted by Jana

Comment by Tiffany: I own a house in Vernal Utah. It was built in 1890. I have seen a small red-haired woman in the house. And one of my housemates saw a small red-haired woman in the house. I have no idea if it was any type of governor's house. If you have any information that helps pinpoint where the house you are speaking of is, then please email me tiffanyleilarsen

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