Saturday, September 24, 2011

Haunted Standrod Mansion - Pocatello, Idaho

D.W. Standrod was a well to do lawyer and business man in Pocatello, Idaho which is just south west of Idaho Falls.  With his wealth, in 1902 he built a beautiful Chateauesque  style mansion which was modeled after it's French counterparts. He lived in the mansion with his wife Emma and his two children, daughter Cammie and son Drew.


The Standrod Mansion - Pocatello, Idaho in the early 1900s

It is said that Cammie, who was 16 at the time, became involved with a young boy whom she fell in love with.  Her father upon hearing of her relationship with this young man who was not of the same stature as his family, did not approve.  Shortly afterward, the boy disappeared.  It is unknown what happened to him.  Cammie was distraught from the ordeal and locked herself in her room which was the turret room in the tower of the mansion.  She had been for some time already been weakened by a kidney disease. Unfortunately, she caught a cold and in her weak and distraught state, succumbed to the illness and died on April 27, 1906.

Drew Standrod had died of illness at an fairly early age as well when he was out of town.  D.W. Standrod himself
succumbed to disease some years later at the age of 84 and he himself passed away in the mansion. His wife Emma lived to be 98 before she passed on.


The Standrod Mansion - Pocatello, Idaho as it appears today

After the deaths of the Stanrods, the house passed to Drew's widow who left it sit idle for many years before she finally sold it in 1957.  Over the years it passed ownership many times, including the City of Pocatello which used it to hosts banquets and such and the mansion was once even used as a furniture store.  Various occupants and visitors to the mansion have one thing in common.  As soon as they entered the mansion, they felt an eerie presence.  Some say they suddenly felt ill. Many believe this is the spirit of Cammie Standrod still trapped in the mansion due to her untimely death.  Some claim to have actually seen her apparition in the tower windows and on certain occasions lingering on the tower roof. 
Apparently, Cammie is not the only Stadrod who refuses to leave the mansion.  On a rare occasion, the apparition of an old man has been seen sitting on a chair on the side porch of the old mansion.  And there have been reports of seeing a young boy dressed in turn of the century attire sitting in the dining room.  Perhaps it is the spirit of Drew Standrod revisiting his childhood home.


The turret of Standrod mansion in Pocatello, Idaho where Cammie Standrod died and is supposedly haunting to this day

The Standrod mansion still stands today and is a symbol of great architecture in the state of Idaho.  It is however, a private residence again so visits to see if you get a peek at one of it's ethereal residents will have to be limited from the street.  Maybe you will catch a glimpse of Cammie Standrod floating in or above her tower which now seems to be her eternal home.

6 comments:

  1. i have passed this house in pocatello and havent seen anything but I plan on watching for stuff now that i know this. the owners dont allow visitors of any sort and dont believe in ghosts i guess.

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  2. I have had the opportunity to be in the house several times while growing up. I can confirm the feelings of uneasiness in the home. In fact the one instance while I was there in highschool I felt very dizzy and ill while standing on the staircase.

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  3. In 1981 I had a reception there with my first wife but I didn't recall anything unusual there...well my marriage didn't last to long! LOL!

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  4. We had an opportunity to buy the mansion back in the seventies. It was put on auction from the city, who owned it at the time, and we decided instead to move to Idaho Falls, for work out at the site. I often wondered what it may have been like to live there. If walls could talk, or maybe they do? I don't remember anything odd when seeing the place, but it was creepy hearing about the daughter who hung herself in the corner tower of her bedroom. Wow, memories!

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  5. My father help with some of the renovations to the home and I had the chance to tour it as a child. It was rather spooky but oh so elegant! Many times the men would find their tools missing or placed some where else upon returning to work. A few times they would lay a tool down and suddenly it was gone. I have also seen the female in the turret windows. My father used to tell of hearing a child's laughter and a female crying.

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