Is Utah a major center for paranormal activity? You might think so if you’re a fan of “Ghost Adventures.”
It’s not just that two of six new episodes of the long-running series were filmed here — at Saltair and in Helper. It’s that there were a dozen Utah episodes before that.
“I don’t know if it’s just the history and just something with the land, but we always tend to find some amazing locations in Utah,” said Jay Wasley, one of the members of the “Ghost Adventures” crew. “There’s definitely no shortage of areas in Salt Lake. That’s why we keep coming back.”
And, he postulated, the number of ghostly sites — they’ve been to Salt Lake City, Ogden, Kaysville, West Haven, Eureka, Logan Canyon, Santaquin, Magna, Millville, Stansbury Park and Tooele (twice) — might be a religious thing. His thinking? It might be because of a “back and forth” between “extreme … old religion types” and “a lot of the youth [who] kind of revolt against that and go the opposite way. It creates this spiritual struggle, and I think that can actually feed into a lot of the hauntings.”
Is Saltair haunted?
The first new “Ghost Adventures” episodes, which starts streaming Thursday, July 22, on Discovery+ takes the team to Saltair. “It’s been on our radar for a while,” Wasley said. “We’ve heard a lot of stories, a lot of legends besides the building itself. And the idea of water actually being a conductor or conduit of paranormal activity always intrigued us.”
No spoilers here, but Zak Begans leads the investigation into purported hauntings at the current building, which opened in 1982, and harkens back to two previous versions of Saltair, one built in 1893 and the other in 1926.
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