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The Stanley Hotel ghost

The Stanley Hotel

ESTES PARK, Colorado

With its Georgian architecture and stately beauty, The Stanley Hotel is most known for being haunted. It’s not just rumors or vague campfire like stories that have gave it its reputation plus the fact that Stephen King was so spooked after his visit he penned The Shining.

Countless guests have seen strange occurrences that cannot be discounted, lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing, laughter, footsteps, chills and drafts have cemented The Stanley’s reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in America.

Longtime employees will admit to at least four spirits that regularly walk the hotel’s corridors, halls and rooms. Lucy, Eddie, Paul, and Elizabeth, none of whose playful personalities made the final cut in King’s story, may be eternal guests of the hotel. In essence though, they seem to just be dedicated, die-hard employees and travelers.

Elizabeth Wilson who was the chief housekeeper during an early summer storm in 1911, was injured in an explosion as she was lighting the acetylene lanterns in room 217. She survived with both ankles broken, but to this day takes special care of room 217’s guests, maybe even Steve King, who stayed there just days before Stanley closed for the winter.

King is said to have encountered a young child during his stay, though there were no children staying there at the time. Guests have reported items moved, luggage unpacked, and lights being turned on and off.

The Concert Hall also is a hot spot for paranormal activity. Paul was a jack-of–all-trades, who’s job was to enforce the hotel’s 11 p.m. curfew. One night in 2005 he experienced chest pains and died of a heart attack while going from the hotel to the hospital.

A construction worker repairing the floors a few years ago, believes Paul physically nudged him to the door after feeling two arms pull him back. Paul is also known to flicker the flashlights of touring groups.

Then there’s Flora Stanley, the hotel founder, who can often be heard playing the piano, some seven decades after her demise.

Lucy also wanders the Concert Hall, playing with lights and lifting spirits. She’s been known to communicate with and answer questions from staff and parapsychologists with flashlights, but her story and pre-death connection to The Stanley remain unclear. It is thought she was a homeless woman who found refuge there. Whatever her story, employees say Lucy’s presence lightens the energy and mood wherever she’s near.

The same is not true for Eddie, who initially presented himself with a foul odor, earning him the nickname “Stinky Man.” His presence, seems to cause discomfort, possibly due to a life of hardship, according to psychics and mediums.

He has since lightened up, but remains the hotels prankster and apparently a ladies’ man, often stroking the hair and kissing their cheeks of female guests. Eddie began visiting The Stanley just a few years ago and there is no known connection to the hotel.

The hotel’s has attracted professional skeptics and paranormal investigators. Ghost Adventures and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters are just two of many teams to investigate the occurrences. Most claim to have heard voices and thumping and seen strange lights, and shadows.

Ghost Hunter’s lead investigator Jason Hawes had a glass next to his bed shatter after the closet door opened and closed. A handful of other incidents can be attributed to breezes, piping or ventilation systems. It’s also been suggested that because of the high concentration of quartz, limestone and magnetite under the hotel it affects either the property’s energy and is conducive to residual haunting or captured energy.

The hotel management has long recognized its spirit connections, even employing paranormal investigator Lisa Nyhart, who leads monthly ghost hunts. “We have more nights with activity than without,” Nyhart said. “It’s a Disneyland for spirits.”


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