Code SLC | Vol. 2 Local Haunts | Episode 1: Spookiest Places In Salt Lake City
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One of the most common local urban legends, Emo’s grave has sent chills down the spines of local Utahns for years. It’s one of those types of urban legends where everyone knows someone who has been to the grave to experience a haunt and have been successful. Whether or not it could really happen? Why don’t you make a stop to Salt Lake City cemetery this year and try out the ghost inducing ritual?
Light a candle at the grave, walk backwards facing the front door of the crypt three times and when you peer through the window inside the third time you’ll see the ghost of emo himself. Will you wuss out on the second stride or can you tough it out to the third? Now. We’re not saying we’ve been successful in this endeavor but we know someone who knows someone who has been.
Now, to be clear, emo wasn’t the name of the person who is buried there. It’s the grave site of a Mr. Jacob Mortiz who was a German business owner in Salt Lake, having owned over 35 businesses including several breweries. However, prohibition laws eventually killed his businesses which lead to his illness and eventually death.
This is basically about exactly as it sounds. An area with a tiny village that as a multitude of urban legends surrounding it. Everything from little creatures prepared to catch you in a cage to keep for their entertainment and even devil worship. Granted, anywhere there have been claims of devil worship bad vibes tend to follow the energy of the location. But, don’t take our word for it. Check it out yourself and see if you can escape the tiny cages of these evil little creatures. We’ve never gotten caught and had to figure out how to escape from such cage but we figure it’s because we’re just THAT good at staving off the little monsters.
But in all honesty Hobbitville is simply the bird aviary at Allen Park. The cages you’ll find at the location were for birds when it was used for it’s original purpose. Dr. Allen was a bird collector who had hundreds of different types of bird specimen housed there. So, we can debunk evil little creatures. But the devil worship? We cannot confirm nor deny that went down…
Now, this is not an urban legend. Logic says that when you go to the top of a hill and you put your car in neutral that your car should then begin to roll downward because gravity will pull it in a downward direction. Well, at Gravity Hill located above Memory Grove Park your car will indeed roll up hill. There are several urban legends surrounding this odd occurrence. One of them is that when the Capitol was being built they wanted people to be ‘drawn to it’ so they installed several magnets in the walls around the building by Memory Grove to pull your car forward. This, obviously isn’t true to the nightmare that would create if you were wearing a metal watch or anything else metal for that matter. So we can excuse that theory right away.
Another is that a farmer was once driving his tractor on that hill and became disoriented, no longer understanding if he was traveling up or down hill. This caused him to tip his tractor which killed him instantly. His ghost then doesn’t want travelers going in the wrong direction and suffering the same fate that he did.
It, in part, is to do with the landscape. The way the hills are situated a phenomenon occurs that causes the driver to see themselves rolling up hill versus downhill. Whether it’s a friendly ghost helping out or not the experience is eerie cool.
Weeping Woman at Logan Cemetery
Sometimes the headstones of graves are incredibly beautiful, touting statuary that causes passers by to stop and awe at the beauty of figure in stone. Weeping woman at Logan Cemetery is no exception. The beautiful sculpture a top Julia Emelia Cronquists grave. The sculpture is of a crying woman who, during full moons or on the anniversary of her children’s deaths will begin to weep either tears or blood depending on the legend and who you hear it from.
Poor Julia had eight kids of whom were the apple of her eye, the energy of her life. She loved them very much and was a dedicated mother for the short period of time which she was able to enjoy that privilege. Until they all died tragically in some form or another. In the time span of 12 years five of the 8 were claimed by scarlet fever and died. Her soul forever hurts from the tragedy which creates the statues tears.
The Lily Grey Project
In our cute little town we have a modest cemetery which has been mentioned above, Salt Lake City Cemetery. And, for the most part there isn’t anything too spectacular about it beyond the legend of Emo’s Grave… and the Lily Grey headstone. On this epitaph is the inscription: “Victim of the beast 666.” The number 666 is widely related to the devil, and in this case to the anarchist described below in the book of revelations:
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon…. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six .”
Because of such a creepy inscription you would believe that Lily had died from being victimized in some way. Nope, she died at 78 due to natural causes. However the flower on her head stone is a primrose which also has the nickname of ‘devil’s lantern.’ Why all the references to the devil? No one has it figured out yet. Do you think you can?