During the 1920s, the water-fronted Casablanca Bed and Breakfast served as a boarding house run by a woman who rented out the rooms to revenue agents during the Prohibition that banned alcoholic beverages in the USA. The agents were surprised that they did not catch any boats filled with rum that regularly came to the St. Augustine Harbor.
Keag Inn was built in 1854 in Tenants Harbor, Maine. Now, the manager, Tom Kierstead, says that both employees and guests have felt the presence of a man that is believed to be the former owner on the second floor. They have seen shadowy manifestations with no source.
Room 538 in the fancy Le Baron Hotel is believed to be haunted by a businessman who has been seen wearing a dark suit. The hotel’s manager, Ralph Malter, believes that the ghost is of a salesman who committed suicide in that very room. In all, not much paranormal activity surrounds it.
Hotel Bullock is haunted by the ghost of Seth Bullock, the first sheriff of Deadwood during the 1870s as well as the founder of the hotel. He died in 1919 of unknown causes. Now, more than thirty people have witnessed his apparition, among them employees, guests, and managers.
The Schwartz Hotel has had several odd occurrences take place on its grounds. Many people have reported having an overall eerie feeling when they walk by the hotel, while others have seen strange lights. During the 1800s, a father and his son got into an argument and ended up shooting each other, and they are the source of the haunting. One woman was so scared by seeing their ghosts that she hung herself from the upper balcony. Now, she, too, resides among the resident spirits of the Schwartz Hotel.
Freelan Oscar Stanley (mostly often called F.O. Stanley), the co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, suffered from tuberculosis and came west to Estes Park, Colorado after his doctor suggested him to do so. The doctor arranged for Stanley and his wife, Flora, to live in a cabin there for the summer.
The couple were instantly in love with the area, and Stanley’s health improved incredibly. Being so fond of Estes Park, they decided to open a luxury hotel called the Stanley Hotel. It was built on land from the British Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, who had come into the area in 1872 on a hunting trip.
Dunraven built a hunting lodge, a cabin, and a hotel for his guests and illegally homesteaded up to 15,000 acres. He tried to create a private hunting preserve, but it was unsuccessful. Eventually, Dunraven was kicked out of the area after he tried to scam people out of land, money, and possessions.
Construction on the Stanley Hotel began in 1907, and it was going to be a summer resort featuring running water, electricity, and telephones. It only lacked heating, which was not going to be much of problem due to the season of operation.
The hotel opened in 1909 and received a lot of tourism. After the Stanleys were done living in the summer cabin, Flora wanted to live in a home like the one they had used to live in at Maine. They built one about a half mile away from the hotel.
Years later, Stephen King came to the hotel after suffering from writer’s block. Attracted by its eerie appearance, he ironically visited the place on its last day. There, he gained inspiration for his novel The Shining after he got lost in the many halls.
When it comes to hauntings, there have been a large number of reported cases, most of them taking place in the ballroom. The Stanley’s kitchen staff have reported hearing a party going on in the ballroom, but, when it is checked, they find it to be empty.
Another case is that people have heard someone playing the ballroom’s piano even when no one is sitting there. The phantom virtuoso is believed to be the ghost of Flora Stanley, who avidly played it during the hotel’s operation.
One apparition is said to be a man who stands over the bed before running into the closet. He is also known for supposedly stealing guests’ jewelry, watches, luggage, and belongings. Other reports of this ghost have said that people see him in the middle of the night standing over them, and he vaporizes away.
SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters was invited to investigate the Stanley Hotel for paranormal activity. The manager gave them a tour of the allegedly haunted places. Some of the phenomena were explained as being a natural occurrence, such as wind and pipes.
However, the ballroom incidents could not be explained with any logical conclusion. When it came to the incidents such as children running and laughing, they claimed that it was most likely kids on the next floor. Believers dispute this with the logic of how could the sounds be from the floor above if it sounds like it is on the same floor as them.
The strangest occurrence was when a table jumped two feet into the air. Ghost Hunter Jason Hawes stayed the night in the room where the ghost burglar was reported. The bed moved, the closet doors unlocked, and a thick glass by the bed cracked from the inside.