Things that go bump: Ghosts of Red Lodge

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
Senior Reporter

In Medieval Europe, from Britain to Belgrade, All Hallow’s Eve was the time to commune with the dead.
An old frontier town, Red Lodge’s Broadway is equal to any haunted main street. Almost every place has a story. This story is about one locale that remains nameless. You will have to find your own haunt.
“I get creeped out every time I go downstairs,” said a woman who worked in the restaurant located next to a bar. “I sit in the basement office at night-and a shadow goes by the door. I get up and look…” There is never anyone there…of this world at least.
“There is an angry presence next door when you go by the back,” she continued. Employees say, “Oh, it’s just the scary man!”
“At the time of the remodeling, you could see from outside our place through to the bar.” Remodeling may make spirits more active.
“It was a vibe,” she said of the anger felt. “He’s not nice.”
“Everybody knows it,” she says. “The bartenders just are used to it. They ignore it.”
There is a ghost at Bogart’s restaurant. Her name is Ruby. Heather, an employee, has felt her presence. More than once, someone has told her, “There is a female ghost present at Bogart’s and her name is Ruby.”
However, the clincher came when “a psychic from Cody came into the restaurant. He asked to buy one of our Margherita glasses. I went downstairs to get it for him. He said, ‘You came up with three entities, two women and a man. One woman is named…Ruby.’”
Bartender Lonnie Bradshaw recalls when the mother of a friend of his worked at the desk of the old Pollard Hotel. “This was about ten years ago. We went down the basement by the racquetball court. You could feel the presence there.” Communication was attempted by working out a series of taps on pipes for yes and no. The presence cooperated, answering questions. He said, “Once, there were a lot of empty plastic cups on a counter. Suddenly, they all flew up in the air!” There was no wind downstairs.
Bradshaw has worked at Bogarts for 30 years in various positions but he’s never seen Ruby. “Maybe after all these years I’m just used to them.” He reflected, “Sometimes people say you can see her reflection in the glass behind the bar.” Go there on All Hallow’s Eve and order a pizza.
Ruby might be the first ghost to have a pizza named for her-a fitting tribute to a saucy ghost.

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