Was Joy Barrett’s house haunted?

Published: August 2, 2013, 10:44 am, by Jesse Paul

By Jesse Paul | jesse.paul@gazette.com

Was Joy Barrett’s home haunted?

This morning (Friday), I received a  call from Barbara Finn-Shean, a 74-year-old woman who raised her family in Barrett’s house at 609 Canon Ave. Finn-Shean and her husband purchased the home in the late 1960′s and lived there until 1975.

Finn-Shean says the house was haunted by the souls of two men, both who perished in the front entrance – one who was murdered and another who took his own life, she said.

When a blast of water and mud came rushing down Williams Canyon on July 1 – during what officials say was a 25-year flood event – it washed away 60-year-old Barrett’s livelihood and destroyed her modest 99-year-old yellow home. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has rule

Joy Barrett looks through the area where her window once was before the July 1 flood surged through the glass and into her home in Manitou Springs, Thursday, August 1, 2013. To her left is a destroyed painting of the Mekong River in Vietnam that her late father brought back from the Vietnam War. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.

Joy Barrett looks through the area where her window once was before the July 1 flood surged through the glass and into her home in Manitou Springs, Thursday, August 1, 2013. To her left is a destroyed painting of the Mekong River in Vietnam that her late father brought back from the Vietnam War. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.

d that no structure can be rebuilt there – it’s far too dangerous.

Barrett lived in the home for roughly four years, the only one she’s ever owned.

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When Finn-Shean lived in the house, she ran a daycare there. Her family found newspapers stuffed deep in the walls dating back to the 1870′s, suggesting that the antiquated home is possibly older than the 99-year-old record that the El Paso County Assesor’s Office has on file.

“My kids grew up there,” she said. “We had the cottage in back, which flowed away when the creek overflowed (many years ag0).”

Since the storm, Finn-Shean has visited the house twice, a devastating experience both times. When she found out the home was being demolished, she cried.

Finn-Shean said she feels for Barrett’s loss and wants to meet her and share tales about the home, perhaps visiting the spot one more time before it is torn down.

“Dates I’m not too good with, but memories are my thing,” she told me.

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