Author: Shellie Larios
Yellowstone Ghost Stories
by Shellie Larios
Yellowstone National Park is haunted—or is it? You’ll think so after reading all the spooky tales in this book, including a little lost boy who appears and disappears among crowds of tourists, a headless bride at Old Faithful Inn, and various other ghostly spirits, mysterious sounds, and strange apparitions. This is a great book to read late at night around your campfire—if you dare!
Shellie Herzog Larios visited Yellowstone practically every year of her life. At Yellowstone, following her father’s example, she learned to love nature. She also loved to hear and tell ghost stories, especially around a campfire, and she started reading and collecting ghost stories at a young age.
Larios served nearly 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Weber (Utah) State University. She married and had two children, who shared many trips to Yellowstone with her. Larios loved to investigate ghost stories from old and historic places. Shellie died in Utah at the age of 53 in 2007. She was buried with a copy of her book.
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“Yellowstone Ghost Stories” by Shellie Larios is packed with things that go bump in the park’s cool nights. Among the book’s many well-told tales, there’s the headless bride at Old Faithful Inn, the ghostly lost boy who disappears among crowds of tourists, the eerie tale of a vanishing hitchhiker, the spirits of star-crossed lovers along the Firehole River, a poker-playing corpse at Norris Ranger Station, a skeleton that saddles horses at Roosevelt Lodge, and even the ghost of a massive grizzly bear that prowls the park’s forests.
Are the stories true? “History is brimming with unfinished stories of spirits and specters,” Larios said. “In my search of shadows, I found that Yellowstone was no different.”
Larios said she has been fascinated by all things Yellowstone her entire life. Over many years of visiting the park, she started hearing tales of things that couldn’t be explained. Park employees, travelers, and local residents told her of strange spirits and freaky phantoms, like the often-heard rustling of a woman’s 19th-century dress in Mammoth Hotel.
Park historian Lee Whittlesey adds authenticity by writing the book’s foreword. He said Larios “tried hard to get the history right.” Nonetheless he said, “This book is meant to be fun, and may things not move about mysteriously in your home or office.”
“Yellowstone Ghost Stories” is available at bookstores or by calling Riverbend Publishing toll-free 1-866-787-2363. The 112-page paperback is $9.95.