Colorado History: The ‘Frozen Dead Guy’ Has a New ‘Creepy’ Home in Estes Park
In Colorado, a grandson's love of his dead grandfather and his hope that cryogenics could someday bring him back to life drew the world's attention to Colorado. Today, that grandfather has a very nice, very fitting, new home
The story of Colorado's "Frozen Dead Guy" dates back to 1989; over 30 years later, the story is legend, and the legend has a perfect, legitimate place to reside. This new "home" is part of a "first of its kind in the world" facility and museum.
You may have heard about MLB star Ted Williams' head being frozen after he died. Technically, it was his whole body, but the head and body are frozen separately.
It comes up, because that same company, Alcor Life Extension, out of Scottsdale, Arizona, has opened a museum in Estes Park: The International Cryogenics Museum. The museum is the first of its kind in the whole world, and it's at The Stanley Hotel.
According to BizWest and DailyCamera, Alcor is hoping the museum will become a hub to attract those interested in life-extension and cryogenics. One of the key pieces of the museum, located at The Stanley complex's old ice house, is "Frozen Dead Guy" himself, Bredo Morstoel.
"Frozen Dead Guy Days" began in 2002 in Nederland, where Bredo's grandson lived and brought him to after his passing. That festival, celebrating Bredo, carried on for 20 years, but then was sold in 2022, and the owners brought it to Estes Park.
WE CAN THANK STEPHEN KING FOR BRINGING A DEAD GUY TO THE STANLEY
Of course, we all know Stephen King based "The Shining" on his stay at The Stanley. Ever since the movie came out, The Stanley has become a destination for those seeking "scary things," and we can add "morbid" to the list.
COLORADO'S FROZEN-DEAD GUY HAS A NEW VESSEL AT THE STANLEY
The International Museum of Cryogenics, which does not have a website, has put Bredo's body into a much better "situation:" It's a vessel, a Dewar, that's on display.
WHAT IS A 'DEWAR?'
A dewar container—sometimes called a dewar flask or dewar—is a vessel with a vacuum space between a cold liquid and the outside walls of the vessel. One common type of dewar container is a thermos that you might use to keep drinks cold. Sir James Dewar developed liquid hydrogen more than 100 years ago, and in 1892 he designed a container to keep the liquified gas cold long enough to study. A dewar can be very simple, with double walls and an open mouth. Dewars built for specific uses can have features like lids, inlets, outlets, valves, and gauges.
Alcor's facility has over 100 large Dewars, holding bodies. They hope that frozen dead people will be able to be brought back to life.
A way to help fund their facility is this $20 tour you can now take at The Stanley, where you get to stand in your own Dewar, which is next to Bredo.
COLORADO IS NOT ARIZONA, DOES THAT MATTER?
Of course, there is only Bredo at The Stanley; it's not like Alcor is opening a new facility, but their website, states that they chose Scottsdale for their facility because of the:
- LOW DISASTER RISK
- AIRPORT ACCESS
- GOOD WEATHER - Favorable weather year-round for transportation, ensuring airports and roads remain open.
- LOW CRIME RATE
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