Hauntings at Leslie’s Family Tree in Santaquin
The building housing Leslie’s Family Tree has a deep history. Many businesses have used these buildings. The west side basement of Leslie’s Family Tree was once a restaurant, a mechanic shop, a place for townsmen to play cards and gamble, and held boxing matches. The basement has some unexplained items. This includes a doorway that opens into a cement wall; this was once an entrance, and a stairway that leads to nowhere. This stairway was an entrance many years ago, but now ends at the ceiling. Years ago, this basement was one of only a few registered bomb shelters in Utah. The upper floor of the west room was a billiards parlor for about 75 years. This room has the most paranormal activity.
The kitchen area was a post office, which later added a Greyhound bus stop to it. In 1970, Leslie’s mother purchased the building and made it into a floral shop. Leslie’s father built the main dining area in 1970, which was originally a sporting goods store. When Leslie’s father passed away, her mother converted the building into a restaurant and opened The Family Tree Restaurant. In 2006, Leslie bought the restaurant from her mother and has owned and managed it since.
The story behind much of the paranormal activity begins in the early 1900’s. A man, wife and a young son lived in a small house, which was located in the area of the back room of the main dining area. One day the husband mysteriously left and never returned. Later, the young son drowned in the ditch near the house. The wife felt at fault, not being able to live with the guilt, she committed suicide. Many believe the woman and son are still here in the building. People have seen the wife many times inside and outside the building. In fact, people have seen her so often she is referred to as “The Lady in Blue.” She has earned this name because she is seen wearing a blue dress. People have seen the young boy hiding under tables.
Many people believe that other people who have passed on have come to stay. Speculation is that this building was a place of enjoyment, or that their addictions to gambling and alcohol made them feel comfortable in this building.
Many other mysterious activities have happened in this building. Things such as: bells ringing with no stimulus, equipment flying off shelves, a clock running backward for two hours with no batteries in it, pounding noises, doors opening and shutting, sounds of children playing and laughing with no children present, chairs stacking into pyramids with no one in the room, clown laughter, and temperatures turning ice cold for no reason. One of the strangest things that occurred happened to a customer. The patron had locked his truck and came into the building. After entering the building with his keys in hand, the truck started up and drove through the back of the building.
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Scary sightings inside The Family Tree.