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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11902) 16 years ago
I was sent to a website that lists supposedly "true" ghost stories. It was mostly pitful urban legend stuff that only dim-witted teenagers believe (she still hitchhikes along the road where she died!). What was REALLY embarrassing was the listing for Miles City.

The Town Pump.

I kid you not. Supposedly, the ghost of the old man who ran the gas station on the spot where the Town Pump was built died (ooooo!) in this gas station and now wanders around opening the beer coolers.

Um.

The Town Pump was built on pasture land. There wasn't a gas station out there before. The gas station that was on Haynes Ave before the big build up was about where Broadway is now.

Maybe the ghost of a cow is looking through the coolers for its milk.

Snort.

Amorette
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 16 years ago
Guess we use that kind of milk on our "ghost toasties" in the morning?
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Posted by Colette Butcher (+410) 16 years ago
Isn't the Town Pump sitting on what used to be the Interstate Exxon property? You know the gas station with a cafe attached. It later tuned into a mexican restuarant for awhile then the resturant was converted to just a lounge. I can't remember what they called the mexican restuarant or lounge.
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 16 years ago
You're right on Colette. Apparently Mother Preservation didn't check the facts before inserting foot in mouth.
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Posted by Eric Brandt (+850) 16 years ago
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Posted by Rob (+149) 16 years ago
I think the Mexican restaurant was called DosBanditos.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17668) 16 years ago
I think I saw that ghost once around 2:00 a.m. one night, his name is "Smokie", and he was holding a carton of 100s in his hand. I think I may have saw his ghost wife, too, her name is "Lucky Lil" and she was holding a pizza burrito.
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Posted by Colette Butcher (+410) 16 years ago
Amorette:

You're probably too young to remember there was a gas station/cafe etc. at that location.
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Posted by Van (+563) 16 years ago
Wrong again, Amorette. I remember that station and I am only 29. That station was one of the largest gas cleanup sites in MT history. The Town Pimp, as I like to call it, lost there shorts on cleaning up gas infested soil and back filling with fresh gravel. Never fear they have made that money up in porno sales and cheap beer. Ya!
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Posted by cheryred1973 (+199) 16 years ago
The 519 has a ghost that occasionally makes her presence known...
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Posted by Sam (+71) 16 years ago
I'm guessing this is where the "true story" came from. http://theshadowlands.net...ontana.htm
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Posted by KELLY BABCOCK (+191) 16 years ago
There is a "ghost" haunting one of the Town Pumps in Kalispell, that is supposed to have the same behavior. He even helps the clerks front and face the coolers. Whatcha suppose they got it in for the TP's?

Of all of the famous ghost in Montana, they seem to have left out the suicidal madam from the Dumas Brothel, in Butte. She'll haunt 'em forever.
LOL, Kelly Babcock
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11902) 16 years ago
It's not my youth. It's my old age. I was gone during the 20 years there was an Exxon station out there. It was a pasture when left and a Town Pump when I returned.

And they are still the most pitful collection of ghost stories I have ever seen. My house is supposed to be haunted, my office is supposed to be haunted, the Hole in the Wall is supposed to be haunted, the High School is supposed to be haunted and the best they can come up with is a gas station NEXT TO AN INTERSTATE. Wow. I wonder if vibrations could cause doors to swing open.

As I said. . .pitiful as far as ghost stories go.

Amorette
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Posted by MR (+391) 16 years ago
20 years ago , it was not a pasture, there was a gas station, a bar(The Camelot) and restaurant. Also behind it was a camp ground owned by Bill Wolff at one time.
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Posted by Eric Brandt (+850) 16 years ago
Yes, my Dad, Bill Wolf (1 "F" ) [well, step Dad - although he was always more of a father on any given day that my looser real dad in his whole life] owned the Standard Oil Station where the Conoco is now. He bought it in the mid 1960's and has owned it a couple of times over the years.

He had a Campground behind it, which he co-owned with Jim Lucas. He and Lucas sold that campground to Motel 6 in a fairly lucrative deal.

I will note also that he and Lucas built the old College Dorms, he helped start the automotive program at the college, was B&C Oil (Bulk Plant) until not too long ago, Jerry's refrigeration and a few more. Currently, he and my mom own the Cope's Trailer Court over by HRH. Over the years, he has served on nearly every board and committee the town has including two terms on the Council. Bill just retired from Pine Hills this spring and is building his cabin in the Black Hills.

I'll ask him about the ghost...
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 16 years ago
I am in my 40's and I remember eating at the Interstate Enco when I was 5 or 6.
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Posted by Jeremy Orthman (+440) 16 years ago
Okay,

So, how about some of you share Miles City ghost stories.
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 16 years ago
Amorette,
If you check, I think you'll find that Interstate Exxon opened in 1964 or 65. It had a cafe and the Camelot Lounge along with the station. The Camelot had a sunken back bar and customers sat on the main level on short stools at eye level with the bartender who worked at the lower level. Kind of unique for M.C. in those days. The Camelot later moved downtown to the Ingham hotel building, I believe.
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Posted by Ken Minow (+381) 16 years ago
The Camelot was a neat lounge-all those brands burned into the walls,etc.Anyone remember the "Hurricane" drink where you kept the glass? I got two down but don't remember most of the second one.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 16 years ago
Pete:

When was the interstate and Broadus interchange built though MC? I am guessing that had to be 1962-63? I remember going to Billings many times on the old highway through the middle of Ft Keogh.
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Posted by Pete Petro (+287) 16 years ago
Richard,
I think you're about right, maybe a little late with 1963. In 1961 I burned a car up at the bottom of Government Hill and a water truck from construction on the Baker Interchange beat the RFD and put what was left of the fire out so I know there was construction going on then.
On another subject, did you hear that the 1 189 AVN BN is out of Iraq and on their way home? Among them your sister in law, our son, Bill and Brett Haker. That's the best news we've had in awhile.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 16 years ago
My brother Greg said they are supposed to be in Helena on the 23rd. That IS good news!
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4454) 16 years ago
Why doesn't he sign up?
More Bonines! jk
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15076) 16 years ago
I'd rather he didn't ... he voted for Clinton
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Posted by Buck Showalter (+4454) 16 years ago
And you let him call himself a Bonine?
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Posted by Peggy (+21) 16 years ago
Here are some of the places in Miles City that are haunted, or rather where I have experienced strange things happen or heard stories from people who have experienced things:

Hole In The Wall (ghost will move things around on bar)

Parkers Bar (can hear footsteps, will open front door)

Elks Club (picture of "Henry" the ghost in an old picture and you can hear him following you across the floor in the big room on main floor)

Super 8 Motel (Room 221- doors slam shut, TV channel changed, furniture moved. When people would stay in the room directly above 221, they would hear children running around the hallway above their room...there are only 3 floors there!!)

Cattle Ac (can hear whistling and barstools get moved)
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Posted by Sam (+71) 16 years ago
"where I have experienced strange things happen" - in 4 bars and a motel room.

Hmmmmm.......
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11902) 16 years ago
I find it interesting that places where I KNOW a violent death occurred, no one ever reports anything. Mind you, I think ghosts are the result of normal sounds and an overactive imagination. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof and a few thumps don't do it for me.

Then again, I may be a ghost repeller. I live in a "haunted house," work in a "haunted office" and have never experienced anything out of the ordinary. If your house is haunted, invite me over. I come in the door, spooks go out the window!

Amorette
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Posted by Kacey (+3153) 16 years ago
Having had several supernatural experiences in the old cowtown, I would say that if you really want to experience something you can make it happen. There are houses built behind the Catholic church that are on Indian burial grounds. There is a certain negative spirit who resides in that area. There is a house on tenth between Washington School and Washington Street that has more than one rather unsettled spirit living in it. There are several spirits who hang around the churches of Miles City. The Olive Hotel has a couple of specific places where spirits can be felt. Lots of places, just open your mind and spirit and start looking.
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