LOCAL HAUNTS

Some locations are just too good to leave, and today we are featuring locations where the tenants never found the heart to move on.

From hotels with sightings of famous mobsters to theaters with phantom patrons – these stories are sure to give you a small shiver down your spine and make you look over your shoulder twice.

STANLEY HOTEL

Estes Park, CO | c. 1909

When author Stephen King spent a night at The Stanley Hotel with his wife Tabitha in 1974, they realized they were the only guests in the entire place. The Hotel was getting ready to close for the winter. During his stay, King was working on a new novel but was unhappy with it; so, he roamed the Hotel’s long, empty corridors and grabbed a drink by himself at the hotel bar.

Sound like an eerily familiar scenario?

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CONGRESS PLAZA HOTEL

Chicago, IL | c. 1983

Built in 1893, The Congress Plaza Hotel has hosted a revolving roulette of the rich, famous, and influential — including eight U.S. Presidents — especially during its early years. But these days, it’s a slew of ghostly guests who have refused to leave the prestigious Hotel that are making headlines making the Congress Plaza Hotel the most haunted hotel in Chicago.

So, who are the some of the shadowy specters that still roam the 871 guest rooms of the Hotel?

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GRAND OPERA HOUSE

Wilmington, DE | c. 1871

According to the accounts of several people who have worked the graveyard shift, late-night work is often accompanied by murmurs and the clinking of glasses, or the general sense of being in the presence of inexplicable, intangible company. The head custodian has caught sight of ghostly phenomena such as buckets and mops changing rooms, shaky lights, and chairs repositioned, all without explanation.

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HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

Florence, OR | c. 1894

Sometimes, those early morning check-outs are hard to stick to, and at the former keeper’s house of Heceta Head Lighthouse that now serves as a Bed & Breakfast, one guest just can’t seem to find the heart to leave. The long-term, otherworldly resident of the Florence, Oregon lighthouse goes by the name “Rue”, which was given to her by a spooked group of students.

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LABORATORY THEATER

Fort Myers, FL | c. 1923

While orchestrating the lights and sound of his first show at the Laboratory Theater, Technical Director Jonathan Johnson’s screen went dark (a nightmare for any seasoned theater tech.) Right before Johnson’s next cue, however, the system miraculously rebooted as he heard a disembodied giggle. This was just the beginning of the  paranormal experiences at 1634 Woodford Avenue.

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CHURCH AT TJORN

Tjorn, Iceland | c. 1930

The Church at Tjorn is located about 200 kilometres north of Reykjavik on the Vatnsnes peninsula. Its most renowned priests was the Reverend Robert Jack, who was the last priest to hold services at Tjorn. Though the church itself is not notably unique, the nearby cemetery plays a major role in a popular Icelandic ghost story.

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