GOLDEN, Colo. -- The Buffalo Rose Saloon has plenty to be proud of it. Not only does it tout itself as "The original bar in Colorado," but it also serves a different kind of spirit you can’t find anywhere else.
“Golden is an amazing town," Buffalo Rose owner Kenny Lee said. “And the bar has amazing history."
The bar’s history dates back 150 years and has decades of stories. But few stories have stuck around like the one about the "ghostly girl."
“You can hear her going up and down the stairs,” Lee said. “It’s like having someone around all the time. Like a dog. She’s here and she’s cool."
Lee couldn’t believe it when he first experienced "her."
“The ghost is a little girl and she’s actually in our venue,” he said.
Some consider her a blessing, while others consider her a curse.
“I don’t know why, but Seth doesn’t get along with the ghost as well as I do,” Lee joked.
Lee is referring to the bar’s overnight cleaning man, Seth Barry, who is at the bar when no one else is.
“Sometimes when I get here, I feel something,” Barry said. “Where they have the swimming pool -- that place is very bad. Sometimes you can’t go there. [The] presence is very strong."
In the bar’s basement is a gem of an old swimming pool dating back to the 1920s. It has since been covered, but Lee and others believe it’s where the ghost feels most at home.
As Lee explained, it’s believed the little girl drowned in the pool, leaving her spirit behind.
“I was never a guy who believed in anything like that,” Lee said. “Accepting her being here was something that wasn’t part of my life."
Now she is part of his life. Lee encourages people to swing by to experience an encounter of their own. He said the ghost is active during all day parts, but more so at night.