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Resurrection Mine and Cabins

2013-08-17 | Resurrection Mine Cabins | Hope, Alaska

Resurrection Mine Hope Alaska
Location Information

Location Information:
The property which which is a "Patented Claim" was originally called Paystreke. Today it goes by the name "Alaska Forest and Trail".

The Resurrection Trail follows Resurrection Creek which runs through this property. The trail was originally used by explorers & miners as the main transportaion route between towns on the Kenai Penninsula and Anchorage.

Edgar Haun (aka "Red Hat’ or "Pop") explored land along the trail and staked several gold claims along it around 1910. He worked these claims for many years with his Son Ralph Haun until he died in 1974 (Ed Haun is buried at the Hope Cemetery).

Ralph Haun
continued to mine this area until the 1980’s when he leased the claim to Tom Williams a local mining crew leader in Hope. Ralph died of Leukemia in 2006.

Tom Williams began building a replica of a 19th century frontier town on the site. He created a crew of bachelors, many of which were hungry homeless men he recruited from the streets of Anchorage. These men were lonely so he ran a newspaper ad for mail order brides titled "80 guys wanting 80 brides" which caught international attention. The large lodge that Williams built on the property burned to the ground in 1993 after which he was asked to leave the property by the owners which he did. (Tom died 10 years later in Idaho)

Links to pages about the Tom Williams era on this property:
Los Angeles Times –
Mail Order Bride’s life was no Honeymoon

AP News Archive – Alaska Entrepreneur seeks Wives for his Workers
Chicago Tribune – Brides by Mail

  In September 2002 a suicidal James Jarrett Miller aka "The Fan Man" was reported missing. A Psychic described the layout of one of the cabins on the property perfectly including the 3 candy bar wrappers found on the floor. Hunters found his decomposing body still hanging from a tree on March 9th, 2003.

Links to pages regarding James Jarrett Miller aka "The Fan Man":
Sports-Revue – The infamous Fan Man
Peninsula Clarion – Death claims flamboyant Fan Man
Wikipedia – James Miller

Current owners
are the Son & Daughter-in-Law of Ralph Haun. They are now running it under the name "Alaska Forest and Trail".

Alaska Forest & Trail

Haunting Claims:
Although there have been several deaths on the property there has been very little paranomal activity reported other than several people saying that they felt "creeped out" in some areas.

The voice of a young girl has been heard by many since the late 1800’s callling for her Mom to help her. It is believed by many people in the area that she is the young girl that died when she fell off a wagon on the Resurrection Trail.

Hope Hope Bridge Hope Cabin Hope Prison

Investigation Results

Investigators: John Francis, Cheri Francis, Aimee Greninger, Jeromy Goss, Eva Manzano, Tony Wilson

Areas Investigated: Cabins & Bridge area

EVP’s Recorded:
(Headphones are advised as Computer Speakers are usually of very poor quality which will prevent you from hearing the files properly).
Most of these EVP’s are classified as "B" (more info).

Please leave a comment at the bottom of this page with your thoughts on what is being said.

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EVP-001AA1 = 8:44pm in Tom's Cabin

Eva with Jeromy asks "Is there a little girl here with us?" and gets this response.

EVP-002AB1 = 9:35pm in the 2 story "Creepy Cabin"

This unknown voice was recorded that everyone in the cabin heard.

EMF Readings:

There were no readings above 1.0mg which the team regards as background noise.

Visual Evidence:

Personal Experiences:
Several investigators heard what sounded like voices inside a few of the cabins but because of the heavy rain on the roofs they were not recorded clearly.

Links to other Investigations/Reports:


Investigation Summary:
Because of the noise from both the heavy rain and the river the team did not catch many clear evp’s even though several investigators did hear what sounded like voices.

The team will be heading back out to Hope for a second investigation when the weather is better. The best time to go may be in the Winter when there is snow on the ground and the river has slowed.