We really wanted to name this blog “Does Ireland have trees?” but we figured we better give props to our guest and all of her hard work that she does in preserving Utah history, people, and locations this week!
Episode 76 we invited author Jennifer Jones, from The Dead History, to join us and talk about the research she is doing! Jennifer moved to Utah about 10 years ago from Arizona and it all went downhill from there. We kid, we kid… In 2007 Jennifer put out an ad for finding people for a paranormal group that she wanted to start because she didn’t like how other local groups were not allowing people to be part or their initiation processes. She had her group from 2007-2012. During that time she has been able to document and visit off limit spaces, and some now non-existent, such as the old Indian school in Brigham City. As we have learned, it is very time consuming and exhausting. After 5 years of doing investigating, Jennifer decided to move it to historical research. Jennifer has been featured on Uniquely Utah on Fox13 discussing the Suicide Park, and more recently talking about the Weber Poor Farm Cemetery that at one time existed in Roy. Those stories seem to be lost in time and Jennifer is working hard to find them. Tune in to our episode to hear about what happened after this story aired! Jennifer recently released her first book, “Ghosts of Ogden, Brigham City, and Logan.” As far as we are aware, Jennifer is the only person that is documenting locations in Northern Utah as well as telling the stories of people in graves with headstones she finds interesting, well of course besides all of those genealogists that are doing it personally and not sharing it.
There were places that Jennifer told us about that we were not aware of such as the Old Utah County Jail and her favorite location, the Fairview History and Art Museum.
Whether you want it to or not, paranormal and history go hand in hand. It comes in the form of the stories of the people that were in a space and the actual spaces. We are lucky to have Jennifer in Utah doing the research and preserving it.
You can find Jennifer’s book on Amazon, linked above, also at Barnes and Noble, select local Utah Costco locations, and Itunes just to name a few locations. We sure hope that there are more of these in the works, because we know even though Utah is fairly young, it has a lot of lost history. You can find The Dead History on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Also, take some time to visit the website and read Jennifer’s blog, The Dead History, she has collected some amazing stories both in Utah and through the U.S.
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