The Ghost of the White Lady

Written by on October 15, 2012 in Haunted Southwest - Comments Off on The Ghost of the White Lady

In Carbon County, Utah, amidst the many ghost towns, an ethereal white lady roams the ruins. The legend of this ghostly woman in white has been passed down since the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad pushed through the area in the 1880s. Then coal was discovered and miners flocked to work there. Spring Canyon was the epicenter of the mining efforts as dozens of mines and small settlements sprang up. Nearly 2,000 miners, businessmen and families settled here and extracted nearly 43 million tons of coal from the hills.
All miners — whether hard rock or soft, surface to strip miners — are superstitious. Not surprising since their jobs are incredibly dangerous. One superstition that was shared by all types of miners was that women and mining were bad luck. They believed that disasters and death would follow if a woman visited a mine or even got near the mine entrance. The bad luck could only get worse when the female in question was a ghost!

There are a dozen legends of why the white lady haunts this forsaken canyon and the ghost towns there.

  • In one version, the white lady’s husband was killed in the nearby mine and his body was never recovered. When she died, she remained as a ghost, still hunting for the body of her lost love.
  • In another version, her husband died of infection (not caused by mining) and she received no help from the mine owners or the town. Rather than allow her baby to starve she drowned it and lost her mind. After escaping incarceration in a mental institution, she returned to the town where she eventually died. Her spirit remains, haunting the area still looking for justice and help for her family.
  • In a third version, her husband was killed in a mine accident, but the mine owners refused to give her full compensation. After a fight with mine officials, she rushed away in her wagon or buggy. In her anger, she was driving too fast and drove off a narrow road and was killed.

The truth will never be known, but for whatever reason, she yet remains, haunting Spring Canyon. Numerous sightings have been reported over the years. In earlier versions of the stories, she hovered at the entrance to a mine and then lured unsuspecting miners to their death. Other stories say she appears to warn miners of impending disaster. Most of the sightings seem to take place around the Latuda Mine entrance.

Table of Contents for the Haunted Southwest Series:
The Pottery Curse
Haunted Hotel: The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
The Vulture Mine, Wickenburg, Arizona
Haunted Hotel: The San Carlos, Phoenix, Arizona
The Haunted Shores of the Great Salt Lake, Utah
Haunted Tombstone, Arizona
Haunted Mines: Ghost, Goblins and Tommy Knockers, Southwest
Ghost Camels of the Southwest
Haunted Dawson Cemetary, New Mexico
Haunted Inn: Who Haunts the Brook Forest Inn, Colorado
Halloween in Jerome, Arizona
The Mystery of the Missing Locomotive, Colorado
The Ghost of La Posada Resort and Spa
Ogden and Salt Lake City Ghost Tours
The Ghosts of the Copper Queen
The Redstone Castle
Highway to Hell
Ghost Train at Golden Spike

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