Back and Forth (A Ghost Story) 


     In 1927 a 12-year-old girl named Vilo Demille was playing Run Sheepie Run (a version of Hide & Seek) in Grafton, Utah (a remote town once used as a hideaway by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid).  She shut her eyes while the other kids ran to hide, and when she opened them again she saw two pale girls in long white dresses, hair clear down to their waist, run through the fence and disappear.

    She then found out about the two girls (Loretta Russell and Elizabeth Woodbury) who had died in a terrible accident in Grafton in 1866, when the log which held up their swing fell on them.  The two long-haired girls were buried in long white dresses.  Vilo Demille. now 93, "swears to this day" that the girls she saw "were the ghosts of those two girls who died on that swing."

    Pictured below are Vilo Demille and the members of Red Rock Rondo, who performed "Back and Forth (A Ghost Story)" for Vilo at Grafton cemetery - in front of the grave of the two girls - for an upcoming TV special in celebration of Zion National Park's 2009 Centennial, "A Century of Sanctuary."

    Grafton is now a ghost town.

 

Vilo Demille & Red Rock Rondo in Grafton cemetery 

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