In 1916, the town of Boise, Idaho discovered they had a ghost—a mysterious woman in blue, hatless, with hair hanging down her back. She stood on the corner by a building formerly occupied by the old Midway saloon. Shortly after midnight she would suddenly vanished into thin air.
Four highly excited celestial were responcible for the story of the ghost which they claimed had also been seen by three or four other Chinese men. The attention of the Chinese was called to the ghost by the uncanny howling of a big St Bernard dog. They claimed if Rover was anywhere around when the ghost made her appearance, he was sure to howl.
The “lady in blue” was first seen shortly after New Year’s by four well known Chinese men who were walking from Idaho to Main on Seventh Street (now South Capital Boulevard) a little after midnight on January 2, 1916. They claimed the woman emerged from the alley and walked to the corner by the saloon—and there she stood. All agree she wore blue and that she was hatless. One also stated she had something white about her neck. When the men reached the corner, she vanished. In the meantime Rover was howling an unearthly howl.
The Chinese men were so excited they congregated at the Idaho Restaurant and were still talking about this woman when Officer Day appeared. Hearing rumors of a ghostly woman on Main Street after midnight, the officer who patrol that beat concluded he should look into the matter. His inquiries brought forth the story of the ghost.
Officer Day said he had tried in vain to see the ghost, but she appeared to avoid him. Once, the Chinese told the officer they followed the woman entirely around the block only to see her vanish. Usually her coming was announced by Rover, and the Chinamen would immediately rush out to feed the animal and ward off the ghosts. There were several skeptics among the Chinese who looked in vain for the ghost at the instant the others claim they can see her—but they were possibly not psychic enough.
The Chinese in the area were very superstitious about a howling of a dog. They claimed it always augured evil. From the story told by the Chinese, the ghost appeared always to be watching and waiting, for whom they had no idea. Some suggested it was the uneasy spirit of one of the many suicides which had occurred in the alley back of the saloon in earlier years. It was also suggested, since she didn’t make her appearance until after New Year’s, that it was some unhappy spinster’s ghost who iwas trying to take advantage of Leap Year.
A reporter, anxious to gather a first-hand interview from the ghost, remained on a father corner from the saloon from the stroke of midnight until 12:30am. It was clear and cold and there was a faint moon. It was just the proper night for a perfectly good ghost to wander.
Suddenly, old Rover from the middle of the street, commenced a most uncanny howling. The reporter’s courage was tested. The wind whistled round the comer, and catching up a bit of the show, whirled itself into a ghostly figure. The reporter strained his eyes for the blue skirt. He could see the woman’s flowing hair, the white about the neck, and soon, the blue skirt began to materialize. The entire ghostly form vanished as soon as old Rover gave his lingering wail and a Chinaman rushed from the restaurant door and threw a meal for Rover on the sidewalk. He rushed back to the restaurant glancing furtively over his shoulder toward the Midway corner.
The ghostly image appeared not far from Boise’s Egyptain Theatre and just a few blocks away from the Boise State Capital. keep your eyes open for the “Lady in Blue” as you take a midnight stroll down Capital Boulevard between Main and Idado some full moon evening.
For more information : Debe Branning [email protected]