Paranormal Investigations and Provo’s Forgotten Past

Several weeks have gone by and we have not talked. Dear reader, we have been busy readying the Asylum for guests. We have even had two weekends of admitting new patients. Make plans to visit us in the near future…

The paranormal world surrounds us. Most of us live our lives not aware of the world of ghosts, spirits and energies hovering so close to our own. A growing number of believers have started forming groups to explore this mysterious world. Like minded people join together to share experiences and gather evidence of the afterlife. While the idea of paranormal investigations is nothing new, recent surges in popularity have brought it to the forefront of our popular culture consciousness.

We at the Asylum are very excited to be hosting a paranormal investigation night held by a very respectable group in the paranormal investigation world. The Paranormal Illumination Society will be with us October 10th. A scan of their Facebook page will give you an idea of what they are all about. Check them out and like their page here; https://www.facebook.com/ParanormalIlluminationSociety

Stories are emerging from cast and crew. Late night hotspots have been found…when the crowds have left and all is quiet and still the hair on the back of your neck will stand on end. Many have reported the creepy feeling of being watched. I find myself occasionally looking over my shoulder as I make my rounds through the dark halls.

Not only is there present day evidence of perhaps ghostly encounters but this particular part of Provo seems to have an interesting past. Upon doing a search of the internet and a trip to the local library one will uncover a host of unusual events and tragic occurrences that have taken place in our cozy little town. Let me give the references now so you can read further on your own;

Holzapfel, Richard N. A History of Utah County. Utah County Commission. 1999 p176-181

Brown, Mary and Holladay, Valarie Images of America; Provo. Arcadia Publishing. 2011 p49-50

Carter, D. Carter Tales from Utah Valley; Strange and Sometimes Spellbinding Selections from the Daily Herald’s History Page. Daily Herald. 2007 

One particular part of Provo’s history that is mostly unremembered today is the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19. Many harrowing accounts of this epidemic that swept the world are found throughout the history pages many are unaware of the small page that Provo occupied of this story. Nearly 200 souls lost their lives to this epidemic as it swept through quiet little Provo in the fall and winter of 1918-19. Provo was under quarantine. People were banned from gathering in large groups. Many were fearful to even leave the seeming safety of their homes. Whole families were taken by Influenza. Funerals and burials were a daily occurrence. Might I leave this subject with an excerpt from Holzapfel’s History of Utah County, “His father came into the room and asked if they should remove the body or wait until morning. They decided to wait and then, to everyone’s surprise, he opened his eyes. He said later, I know no one will believe me, but I was dead-I could see everyone in the room and heard their conversations, but I came back when they started talking about taking my body out.”  

Might I encourage you to read into the past of your own town and your own family history. It will always be fascinating and bring you much delight. It is with utmost reverence we retell these stories to you. We have much respect for the stories of the past and long to shine a light on those souls who have past on before us. By remembering our past we enrich our present. Likewise investigating the paranormal world brings us greater knowledge of the mysterious world around us. I am a firm believer the world is a much more mysterious place than most take it for. Learn about it. Research the unknown, the forgotten and the things that might make you a little uncomfortable.

Don’t forget we are here to entertain you!!! We are now open weekdays. Open everyday except Sundays through November 2nd. 

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