Aspen, Colorado is known for its Rocky Mountains and people love visiting the area for skiing. During the rest of the year, many tourists also go here for outdoor activities.
A scenic view of Aspen, Colorado. (Link: https://www.bluegreenvacations.com/destinations/colorado/aspen)
There are also a lot of high-end restaurants in Aspen and many landmarks that people enjoy visiting such as the Wheeler Opera House.
Another reason why Aspen, Colorado is a go-to place is because of the supposed haunted Henry Webber House or Pioneer Park.
The exterior of the Henry Webber House. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Park_(Aspen,_Colorado))
History Of Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park or the Henry Webber House or the Webber-Paepcke House remains to be the only intact house in the Second Empire architectural style in Aspen.
The house was built by Henry Webber, a shoe merchant, who later became wealthy because of his investments in mining. He arrived in Aspen with his wife, Harriet, in 1880. By 1881, however, Harriet died due to an overdose of strychnine, which was then used as a tranquilizer and sold over the counter. Many claimed that Harriet’s death was either a suicide or a murder because her alleged last words were “Henry will know.” Some said that Harriet knew that her husband and her niece were having an affair. Later though, it was held that her death was an accidental overdose. Webber, however, married his wife’s niece four months after Harriet died.
Webber built the home two years after his wife died. He then became the city treasurer in 1883. He rose to popularity and serve as the mayor. Other rumors about Webber was that he abandoned a wife and a family before he marred Harriet.
Webber died in 1911. His home was then occupied by local blacksmiths. In 1944, the home was purchased by a local businessman named Walter Paepcke. He lived there together with his wife Elizabeth and were one of the first who invested on the development of Aspen as a ski resort. Paepcke and his wife were the ones who built the additional buildings, marble fireplace, and additional wings in the Henry Webber House while they lived there.
Now, the Henry Webber House remains to be a private residence.
Paranormal Activities At The Henry Webber House
Webber built the Henry Webber House with his wife’s niece, later identified as Julia. Accordingly, they did not enjoy the home as much as they wanted to because when they started building it, they felt a presence in their home. They reportedly heard footsteps not only inside their home but also on their roof. The windows and doors of their home also open and slam shut even if no one is around.
Those who have visited it also said that they feel an overwhelming sadness in the Henry Webber House. Some claim that the negative energy is because of the fact that the Henry Webber House was built in the former site of a cemetery in the area. Others believe that Harriet has made her presence known and she is still devastated over what her husband did with her niece or maybe due to her untimely death.
Others say, however, that the sadness in the house is because of the fact that Julia became very depressed when she and Henry started to live in the home. She reportedly could not get pregnant despite their attempts. She was usually seen sitting and staring out the windows of the top floor of the home. Others claimed that she became insane because they could see her talking to herself.
The local blacksmiths who purchased the home in 1911 claimed that they had the same experiences. The owners of the home by 1944 also spoke of the same activities.