1. Stanley Hotel
|Stanley Hotel, February 2011.Via Wikipedia.org|
Location: Estes Park, ColoradoThe co inventor of the Stanley Steamer, Freelan Oscar Stanley, came to Estes Park in 1903. He was suffering from tuberculosis, and came West due to his doctor's orders. Stanley's health began to improve. His wife, and himself fell in love with the area and decided to invest money into it. The Stanley Hotel was opened in 1909, and catered to the rich and famous, including Titanic survivor Molly Brown, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Emperor Hirohito of Japan.
The Stanley Hotel has quite the reputation of being haunted. Staff have reported to hear a party going on in the ballroom when it's empty. Guests of the hotel have claimed to see to have seen a man standing over their bed at night before running into a closet or just disappearing. Phantom voices, and a child's laughing have also been heard. With a reputation like this, it's no wonder the hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's novel "The Shining". Scenes from the TV adaption of the novel were also filmed here. The history of the hotel, and its reputation call to me.
The Stanley Hotel- Official Website
The Stanley Hotel- Wikipedia Website
The Shining (novel)- Wikipedia Website
The Shining (film)- Wikipedia Website
2. Bird Cage Theater
Locattion: Tombstone, Arizona
The theater was the second home of entertainers, cowboys, and outlaws alike. The smell of liquor, smoke, and sex must of hung heavy in the air. In 1882, the New York Times reported that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." Hundreds of bullet holes in the walls of the theater lay claim to that statement.
According to legend the longest running poker game is said to have been played there. Played non stop for 24 hours a day, for eight years, five months, and three days. The players included Doc Holliday, Diamond Jim Brandy, George Hearst, and Bat Masterson.
Tombstone, Arizona in the late 1800s was a town where people, drank, gambled, worked, lived, and died. Violence was common, and it was a place for the weak of heart. It was a town, to tough to die. Some say that the people of tomb stone still walk the streets at night and the Birdcage Theater is no different. Employees and visitors of the theater have reported to see ghosts of prostitutes, and cowboys. Some have claimed to have been touched or even pushed by these ghosts. Phantom laughter, yelling, and music have been heard at night.
I wonder if I would be lucky enough to see a soiled dove, still dancing in her cage, or hear the distant sounds of laughter and yelling, chips being thrown, and liquor glasses being filled. The Birdcage Theater should be on any ghost hunters, or lover of history's list of places to go before they die.
The Bird Cage Theatre- Official Website
Bird Cage Theatre- Wikipedia Website
3. Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
Location: Midlothian, IllinoisOriginally named Everdon Cemetery, a now abandoned cemetery, it saw its first burials as early as the 1830s. The cemetery was a favorite spot in the 20s and 30s for Chicago's organized crime to dump their victims.
|Madonna of Bachelor's Grove|
Ghost Research Society- Official Website
Bachelors Grove Cemetery
4. The Myrtles Plantation
Location: Saint Francisville, LouisianaIn 1796 a man named General David Bradford AKA Whiskey Dave obtained a land grant of 650 acres. In 1820, Whiskey Dave's son-in-law, Judge Clarke Woodruff, remodeled the mansion. In 1834 the plantation was owned by Ruffin Gray
|Myrtles Plantation via Wikipedia.com|
The plantation has the ominous name of "One of America's Most Haunted Homes". A ghost of the name of William Drew Winter is said to haunted the mansion. William was a lawyer who lived at the plantation from 1865 to 1871. It's said that he was shot outside the mansion and died while trying to climb the stairs in the house. Supposedly, he died on the 17th step. There are reports by employees and visitors of the mansion that they can hear his footsteps.
There is a legend of a slave girl named Chloe. She was supposedly a slave owned by Mark and Sara Woodruff. It's said that her left ear was cut off, due to her eavesdropping on the Woodruff's business dealings. She wore a green turban to hide her missing ear. The legend goes that she baked a birthday cake containing extract of a poison for Sara, and her two daughters. Sara and her daughters died. Chloe was then hung and thrown into the Mississippi River.
|1992 photo of Chloe via myrtlesplantation.com .|
The spirits of Sara and her children are said to haunt one of the mirrors in the mansion. Traditionally mirrors were covered with cloth or sheets after the death of a person. The legend goes that a mirror was missed when Sara and her children died and their spirits were trapped inside the mirror. There apparitions are sometimes seen in the mirror along with handprints.
The Myrtles Plantation- Official Website
Myrtles Plantation- Wikipedia
Legends of Myrtles Plantation- Wikipedia
5. The Baker Hotel
Location: Mineral Wells, Texas
|The Baker Hotel via wikipedia.com|
|Baker Hotel Postcard|
Baker Hotel- Wikipedia Website
The Baker Hotel Renovation
The Dallas Morning News- The Baker Hotel- Beautiful Pictures Featuring The Hotel
6. The Winchester Mansion
Location: San Jose, California
Grief stricken Sarah consulted a psychic who told her she lost her baby girl because the spirits of all the people killed by the Winchester rifle wanted revenge. The psychic told her to move out West from Connecticut. Sarah moved to San Jose, California and hired architects and construction workers to renovate a farmhouse in 1884. Under Sarah's guidance the construction on the house never stopped until Sarah's death on September 5, 1922. Dubbed "The House That Fear Built." Sarah believed that as long as construction continued the ghosts would be appeased.
|Winchester Mystery House Near San Jose Before the Earthquake|
Ghost stories abound with this mansion. Workers, and guests claim to hear strange noises, to seeing spirits of construction workers who have accidentally died in the mansion, servants of Mrs. Winchester, to that of Sarah herself.
Whether you think Sarah was extremely superstitious, or just plain crazy. It's amazing what grief and fear can build. This mysterious house is definitely worth checking out for yourself.
Winchester Mystery House- Official Website
Winchester Mystery House- Wikipedia Website
7. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Location: Weston, West Virginia
Opened in 1864 it was a state run to house the insane. It was designed to hold 250 people but became overcrowded with over 2,400 patients. The acceptable treatment of mental ill patients back then would be considered downright torture today. For example, a common treatment was insulin shock therapy. Large doses of insulin were injected into the patient to put them in a coma, to "reset" their brain. Many patients died due to this course of "treatment". This treatment, along with lobotomies, and bloodletting, this place of care, was more like a place of horror.
The hospital was closed in 1994 due to reports of mistreatment and abuse of the patients. A man name Joe Jordan bought the hospital in 2007 and opened it for tours. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
Disembodied voices, strange noises, and apparitions are said to abound within Trans-Allegheny's halls. It's seems to me that a life of neglect and abuse behind closed doors is a recipe for a tortured spirit. I hope these souls have found some peace in death, but it seems according to people who have been to Trans-Allegheny, they have not.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum- Official Website
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum- Wikipedia Website
8. Gettysburg Battlefield
Location: Gettysburg, PA
|via: My Scenic Byway: Gettysburg Battlefield|
"General Robert E. Lee marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania in late June 1863. On July 1, the advancing Confederates clashed with the Union’s Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George G. Meade, at the crossroads town of Gettysburg."(1.)
"It's estimated that between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties were suffered by each side when the battle was over."(2.)
|The home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg (1863) by Timothy O'Sullivan|
"....But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract...."(3.) Lincoln spoke his now famous words of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 when a national cemetery was dedicated to the fallen soldiers.
Photographers such as Mathew Brady, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Alexander Gardner helped to bring a realization of the terrible cost of war with his photos of dead. The bodies laying lifeless on the ground were someone's brother, father, or husband.
|The "Slaughter pen" at foot of Round Top, after the Battle by Alexander Gardner|
With all the blood that was spilled on Gettysburg, there are numerous reports of phantom soldiers walking the hallowed ground. Maybe the battle never ended for them but continues to play out into eternity.
1. "Battle of Gettysburg." History Channel. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 15 Aug. 2015.
2. "Battle of Gettysburg." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 Aug. 2015. Web. 16 Aug. 2015. <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Battle_of_Gettysburg&oldid=676136796>.
3. Wikipedia contributors. "Gettysburg Address." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 Aug. 2015. Web. 16 Aug. 2015.
Gettysburg- National Military Park Website
The Atlantic, The Battle of Gettysburg- Photos
The American Civil War, Then and Now- Amazing Photos
The Battle of Gettysburg- The History Channel
Alexander Gardner (photographer)- Wikipedia Website
Timothy H. O'Sullivan (photographer)- Wikipedia Website