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The Shape Shifting Ghost at The Dorrington Hotel
In 1850, a gentleman named John Gardner moved to a little town , which is now known as Dorrington, California.
A year later, his wife Rebecca Dorrington joined him from Scotland and the couple built an Inn known as Cold Spring Ranch.
The ranch served as a stage coach stop for weary travelers on their way to see the Sequoias .
Updated 9/23/2019 – When a post office was established in 1902, the community needed to be renamed.
John suggested Dorrington, in honor of his wife, and the coach stop was called the Dorrington Hotel thereafter.
The Couple’s Vacation
Today, the Dorrington Hotel is a quaint bed and breakfast , and still accommodates visitors on their way to see the beautiful Redwoods.
When Nikki and her boyfriend, Elliot, reserved a room at the Dorrington Hotel a few years ago, they assumed that the most eventful thing on their trip would be visiting the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
“It was supposed to be a romantic weekend, hiking through the state park, having a couple of adventures ,” Elliot reminisced.
“We hadn’t been dating for very long at the time, and we were both so excited to take our first mini vacation together.
I didn’t think anything could go wrong.
“After we checked into the Dorrington, we went to a local restaurant for lunch,” Elliot said.
“The waitress was really friendly, and asked where we were staying in town.
When Nikki told her, the woman nodded slowly and said that she hoped ‘Old Rebecca’ wouldn’t disturb us.
“’What do you mean, who is that?’ Nikki asked, concerned.
Oh, she was the original owner of the hotel, along with her husband,’ the waitress replied as she poured us more coffee.
‘Folks say she haunts the place now.’
“Nikki and I both laughed about it afterward…we just didn’t believe in that sort of thing,” he murmured.
“But things got weird that night, back at the hotel.”
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“It started off with a knock at our door.
I went to answer it but nobody was there.
As I stood there, it felt like a wave of cold air brushed past me,” Elliot gestured.
“I figured it was just my imagination when not a minute later Nikki mentioned that she was suddenly cold, and tugged her sleeves down farther.
She went to brush her teeth, and I started reading things off to her about the park, from a pamphlet,” he said.
“I would glance up every few seconds to look at her, and it seemed like…her appearance was slowly changing.
Her blonde hair seemed to be getting darker, and her skin looked more pale than ever.
’You’re still learning her appearance, it’s bad lighting, you’re imagining things,’ I kept telling myself.
“But each time I looked up, it felt like she became less and less recognizable.
’Hey, why don’t you come to bed, we have a long day ahead of us,’ I called out to her, trying to hide how freaked I was.
“And when she crawled onto the bed, she looked just like she always does,” Elliot said, with a sigh of relief.
“We had been asleep for a few hours when I woke in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
I did my business, and was about to turn off the bathroom light, when I see a dark haired, pale woman laying where Nikki should have been.
I dove for the bedroom lamp, and when I yanked it on, Nikki was back where the woman had been, rubbing her eyes and complaining about the light.
“The whole experience was so creepy and so surreal , I insisted we check out that very day,” Elliot admitted.
I didn’t tell her about what happened until we were five hours out of Dorrington.”
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Details: The original owner, Rebecca Dorrington Gardner can be seen walking through the dining room.
She frequently rings the motion detector.
One year the owner decorated the rooms with fake Christmas trees and Rebecca knocked them over every night.
She once warned the owner of a gas leak in the kitchen.
There are also several other ghosts including those of children.
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Published on: September 16, 2022
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The original owner, Rebecca Dorrington Gardner can be seen walking through the dining room.
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Movie filming at Dorrington Hotel
DORRINGTON - The ghost at the 1852 stagecoach stop here will have a little spooky company this weekend.
The cast and crew of the independent film "A Story About a Witch" will stay at the Dorrington Hotel so they can film scenes in the snowy meadow behind the hotel on Sunday.
"We're making a little graveyard," said Arusha Baker, the film's producer. "Santa Claus is one of the characters, and there's children involved."
The 20-minute fantasy suspense film is scheduled to be finished in July and be screened at a number of California film festivals later in the year, Baker said.
According to local legend, the Dorrington Hotel is haunted by the ghost of Rebecca Dorrington Gardner, one of the hotel's original owners, as well as the ghosts of several children. They should fit right in with the characters in "A Story About a Witch."
"It is sort of a Grimm's fairy tale meets Goonies type of thing," Baker said.
But it wasn't the supernatural company that motivated her decision to use Calaveras County for the film's snow scenes. Instead, it was the fact that the all-volunteer, no-budget film crew wanted to avoid the permit fees required in other parts of California.
"I didn't want to go to Tahoe, because it is more expensive, it's got the tourists," Baker said.
For more information on the film, go to www.hedronphotography.com/witch/ or www.myspace.com/thewitchcrew.
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The Dorrington Hotel was built by John and Rebecca Gardner in 1852. It was a stage coach stop on the Big Trees Carson Valley Road and served as a depot for stockmen. When a post office was established, Rebecca's maiden name was submitted and the town was called Dorrington ever since. Legend has it that Rebecca Dorrington Gardner's ghost haunts the old hostelry to this day.
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Dorrington Inn At Big Trees
At the historic Dorrington Hotel, you can enjoy just a couple of rooms or rent the entire hotel. Located in the historic High Sierra town of Dorrington, this is the ideal place for your family reunion or a relaxing mountain vacation with friends. The secluded back deck overlooks a large meadow and a stunning backdrop of beautiful Pine trees. The ample size deck and the meadow are perfect spots for weddings, company retreats, birthday parties, etc. Located just steps away from the acclaimed Lube Room Saloon , this unique Historic Hotel has all of the amenities to enjoy a relaxing, quiet get-away.
The hotel sleeps up to 10 guests. The second floor has 5 bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms. Each bedroom with its own unique personality and charm is furnished with beautiful antique pieces, charming decorations and comfortable queen size beds. The open floor plan on the first floor offers a comfortable sitting area with an antique fireplace, flat screen TV, free Wifi, a large dining table for larger groups with access for caterers to a commercial kitchen and 2 restrooms. French doors open up to the back deck area with an amazing view of the mountains and a vast open meadow. You have access to the meadow for playing frisbee, throwing football, snowshoeing, etc.
Guests have access to the Big Trees Village recreation center with 2 swimming pools, tennis courts, picnic grounds and various rec center activities. And if you’re still looking for something else to do, you also have access to the Sequoia Woods Country Club – a private 18-hole golf course nestled among evergreens with a great swimming pool, clubhouse and restaurant.
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We had the pleasure of holding our wedding at The Dorrington Hotel (September 10th, 2022). We cannot say enough great things about this venue! The food, rooms, overall look/feel, etc.; however, most importantly, the amazing team that gets you through your special day. We thank everyone, but most of all, Lori - you were the rock to making our day so special! Definitely reccommend this for a wedding, birthday, friends-getaway and the list goes on.
By far the most magical wedding venue I have ever been too. The landscape itself is such a beautiful backdrop. The whole weekend was so much fun having the bridal party stay at the hotel that has been maintained so perfectly keeping its charm but with modern amenities, and then right next door is the Luberoom which is a 10/10 spot in itself. Great food, friendly locals, and an all around great time. I will definitely make a trip back to stay at the Dorrington again!
My favorite place to stay! The staff is amazing and so helpful in planning events. I have had a New Years party here and been to one of the most beautiful weddings. I highly recommend having an event here! So much charm.
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I went to a wedding on the property a few weeks back, and we all stayed at the hotel and it was an unforgettable weekend. The venue overall was straight out of a fairytale. The hotel was a quaint, charming and filled with history of the original Dorrington settlers, but with modern amenities. The service was great and everyone was very attentive. The lot where the ceremony took place was jaw-dropping. There's something special being surrounded by 100 foot redwoods with mountains in the backdrop - it is a very special place! Highly recommend for a relaxing getaway or even an event such as wedding. Especially since there's the local bar next door, The Lube Room, with excellent beers and burgers!
Had a wonderful stay in their single cottage located behind the hotel. It's a rather large studio suitable for a single person or a couple, with a small kitchen, tv, a lovely porch to sit on, chairs outside perfect for star gazing, and the most amazing jetted bathtub. It was heaven! Tami was absolutely wonderful and always made herself available if I needed anything. Though I didn't need a thing. Everything was absolutely perfect. It was a short walk over to the Lube Room Saloon where they have some amazing bar food available for dine in or take out. I ordered take out several times and made some wonderful meals in the kitchen. 30 min drive up to the lake and also found some amazing secluded swimming spots on the river. Lots of hiking around the area and a short drive to big trees state park. All in all it was an amazing stay and I will be back!
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The Dorrington Hotel was the perfect venue for our annual family-friend Escape Adventure to the mountains. Rustic charm with all the comforts of home. The rooms were clean, beds comfy and simply decorated. The kitchen was perfect for cooking meals with an added bonus of the Lube Room next door for when you didn't want to cook and/or needed a cold beverage. We enjoyed the short drives to Bear Valley, Big Trees, exploring the back roads and the Stanislaus River. Lots of adventure to explore in the area or just kick back and enjoy the ambiance and comfort of the Hotel. Staff was most accommodating, friendly and you got a good sense they truly enjoy what they do. Highly recommend.
My husband and I recently celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Dorrington Hotel, and it was PERFECT! The guest rooms are sparkling clean and beautifully decorated, the food served at our party was delicious and the personal attention of the staff made us feel like family. We renewed our vows in a quaint building that had been decorated as a chapel and it couldn't have been nicer. If you want a truly special venue for a family reunion or any other gathering of family and friends, you can't find a better location than the Dorrington Hotel. Thank you to Tami, Leslie and the whole staff for a wonderful experience!
Great place for our family trip to the snow. The hotel is really a private residence with six bedrooms. (Five in the main hotel and one in a separate unit right outside the back door) The decor is not fancy, but very nice, clean and fits the feel of the area in the mountains. All bedrooms have queen beds. The living area is spacious and worked perfect for our extended family and kids. There is one large dining table that will fit 10-12, a small dining table that will fit 4-6, two barstools at the kitchen counter, two sofas and misc chairs around a large TV. With so many family members in our group, all of the different areas gave us lots of room to spread out. There is a large deck out the back door that leads to a huge backyard. We had lots of fun making a sled run, having snow ball fights and playing with the kids. The service was fantastic, both at the hotel and next door at the Lube Room. Leslie helped us out and made sure everything was perfect. My daughter forgot her pillow and they sent it back to us no charge. The Dorrington Hotel exceeded our expectations. We will be back!
My husband and I were married at the Dorrington Hotel in September 2019. Our special day turned out to be everything we hoped for and more. We were blown away by the overall experience, we have no complaints what so ever. Lori was so helpful and creative, it was wonderful. The Dorrington Hotel is a perfect venue especially if you're looking for that "rustic" vibe. For the weekend we had use of the entire hotel, cottage, barn and backyard. The barn was a wonderful addition to our wedding, and the property grounds were perfect for our photos. Lori and Tammy went above and beyond the whole weekend. Another thing to share, was that Lori and Tammy made our wedding party and family a delicious breakfast on our wedding day. Our day was perfect! We highly recommend this venue for a wedding or special event.
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Love, love, love this place! Wonderfully secluded, but after eating the food both at the Lube Room and at the restaurant downstairs you'd think you're in the middle of San Francisco. If you're looking to get away from the daily grind, TV, noise, congestion then this is the perfect place. The hotel's history gives the atmosphere an air of mystery, so does the homey Victorian decor. Great for winter getaways - skiing and snowboarding close by! And less than 3 hours from the Bay Area!
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My wife’s father built their cabin in Snowshow Springs back in 1960, when she was about ten years old. A fellow name of Isom ran the bar in the hotel, and the original cabin builders in Snowshoe would often meet up after a hard day’s work for some cold Anchor Steam beer on tap (or so my father-in-law used to tell me). I started coming up in 1978, and she told me the stories about the Dorrington Hotel being haunted, but it all sounded like so many campfire “ghost stories” that were designed to afford cheap entertainment in the form of scaring children half to death while feeding them burnt marshmallows and s’mores. Sigh… those were the days. :o)
Our family also has been coming up for many years. I had some local friends that worked in the restaurant while in their late teens. They had some great stories of paranormal activity at the hotel and dining room.
The ghost of Rebecca Dorrington. I knew of this tale over 40 years ago when, as a kid, coming up to the cabin and playing/hanging out with the local kids who told me the story.
A friend ran across this site on The Dorrington Hotel does anyone remember reading or hearing about these so called findings? Was is it something the past owners put out there to drum up business? I have been coming up here since I was 4 years old and I never heard this before. Here is the link.
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This hotel boasts a couple of ghosts: a young girl who appears dressed all in white, and a well-dressed gentleman with a cane. Other strange happenings reported here include lights that fade in and out, beds that become rumpled in a minute, and noises at night.
Yosemite National Park
Miwok Indians believed that an evil spirit named Po-ho-no would lure hikers near the edge of cliffs before pushing them off. The fallen hikers themselves are thought to be here. Submitted by Chris Berglund
Yosemite national park, california.
People believe the 6th floor is haunted by the ghost of Mary Curry Tressider who died there in 1970. At the time, the sixth floor was converted living quarters where she had resided for many years. People believe to see her ghost roaming throughout the floor to this ...
Murphy's Motorcycle Company
This store used to belong to a boot maker, but now produces and sells motorcycle clothing and memorabilia. Employees have reported feeling the sensation of sudden coldness, and the lights have been known to turn on and off of their own accord. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Murphys Historic Hotel
Boasting an entry in the national registry of historic places, this hotel has hosted many famous names throughout its days. Some believe that some guests checked in, but never checked out as there are reports of at least three different ghostly entities haunting the inn. People claim a ...
This 1901 meeting hall is now a hardware store, but is rumoured to be haunted by victims of a past cholera epidemic that struck the township many years ago. Employees have reported seeing apparitions, hearing voices and witnessing objects move around without being touched. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
The Fallon Hotel
There are conflicting reports of who or what is haunting the Fallon. Some claim it is the ghost of a young woman, other that it is the ghost of a young mischievous boy who likes pulling pranks and playing with the guests' children. Some people say that if ...
Sonora Dome Building
This 1909 building is believed to be haunted. Visitors have reportedly encountered the apparition of a sobbing woman on the second floor, who vanishes when they try to console her. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
The Sonora Inn
This 1896 hotel is haunted by a ghostly girl who has been since bouncing a ball in various parts of the building. The elevator is also haunted, and has been known to move from floor to floor of its own accord. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
Gunn House Hotel
This 1850's inn was formerly the county hospital and a boarding house, and is rumoured to be the most haunted place in town to stay. In Room #011, guests staying the night have awoken to find an unseen entity rearranging the furniture in the room, and have also heard ...
Toulumne General Hospital
Now abandoned, miners from the Gold Rush are reportedly here. They are said throw things around, talk, and sometimes appear to visitors. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Yosemite View Lodge
El portal, california.
Numerous guests have reported waking up to see a shadowy apparition in their rooms, who disappear when they attempt to seek help. (Submitted by Callum Swift)
The Groveland Hotel
The ghost of an former guest that the hotel has dubbed "Lyle" is said to have permanent occupancy of Room 15. "Lyle" has been reported to clear "his" dresser of items he doesn't want on it, especially women's cosmetics. He is also blamed for the lights in the building ...
1859 Historic National Hotel
Guests here may meet a ghost named Flo. Her apparition has been seen in most rooms throughout the hotel, and she has been known to cause lights to flicker, doors to slam, and suitcases to overturn. She has also been heard sobbing during the night. Flo, aka Flora, was a ...
Wawona Hotel and Restaurant
The 1876 hotel and restaurant is rumoured to be haunted by a ghostly airman, whose plane crashed on the grounds during the 1920's. Staff have reported seeing his apparition, dressed in a leather jacket, pilot’s cap, goggles, and a white silk scarf. The spirit appears to be mainly confined ...
If you are looking for a haunted room, then room 22 in the Hotel Jeffery is apparently the room to get. Reportedly haunted by an old miner from the hotel's gold rush days, this man is just one of the many ghosts reportedly spied at the hotel. The hotel ...
Saint Francis Bar and Grill
Housed in a historic landmark building, this bar and grill restaurant is rumoured to have a haunting. Staff closing up for the night have reportedly heard the sound of ghostly laughter and clinking glasses coming from the main dining room, but upon investigation, no one is there. (Submitted by Callum ...
Mount Lassen Hotel
The historic 1926 hotel building and restaurant was the scene of a tragic murder at the turn of the recent century, and a beloved manager passed away. However, it appears that he hasn't left, as his ghost has been seen on several occasions throughout the establishment. Guests have heard ...
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Top 13 places in Russia where you may face a ghost
1. Kusovnikov House in Moscow
In the 19 th century house № 17 on Myasnitskaya street in central Moscow was inhabited by a rich, but very greedy couple – Pyotr and Sofya Kusovnikov, who scrimped on almost everything. Extremely suspicious, they used to hide money from their servants in different places. Once they hid some in the fireplace, but the janitor accidentally burned it when lighting the fire. When she found out, Sofya died instantly of a broken heart, her husband passed away a little later. Since then, the ghost of a hunched old man in a coat has routinely appeared on the street near the house – this is Pyotr Kusovnikov mourning his lost money.
2. Sokol metro station
During WWI, not far from the modern Sokol station of the Moscow metro, a cemetery for fallen soldiers was located. In 1918, mass executions of White officers and priests by the Reds were held there. All this led to the appearance of ghosts in the dark tunnels of the station. Early in the morning diaphanous figures with festering wounds can be seen there.
3. St. Michael’s Castle in St. Petersburg
This castle was a royal residence built by order of Tsar Paul I. On March 21, 1801, he was killed there by a group of conspirators. It is considered that the restless spirit of the tsar was unable to leave the castle. It appears there in the corridors with a burning candle in its hand.
4. Znamenskaya Tower in Yaroslavl
During the Civil War in Russia (1917-1922), a group of White troops held positions in the Volkovsky theater in Yaroslavl. The Red commissar in command of the siege promised to spare their lives. However, he lied and all the Whites were executed at the Znamenskaya Tower. Since then, the ghost of the commissar who didn’t keep his promise has been seen at the place of his crime.
5. Igumnov House in Moscow
The house at 43 Bolshaya Yakimanka Street in Moscow, also known as “Igumnov House,” serves today as the residence of the French ambassador. It was built at the request of the industrialist Nikolay Igumnov in the late 19 th century. He settled his young mistress here, but one day caught her with a lover. The lover was kicked out, but the girl was never seen again. It is believed that the outraged Igumnov bricked her up in a wall. During Soviet times, people often saw the ghost of a young girl walking through the walls with deep, plaintive sighs.
6. House of Rasputin in St. Petersburg
The flat on the second floor at 64 Gorokhovaya street in St. Petersburg is today a usual residential apartment. However, in the early 20th century it was home to one of the most mystical figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin. His ghost sometimes appears here, scaring inhabitants with its clunking steps and grunting in dark corners.
7. House on the Embankment
This house at 2 Serafimovicha Street, simply known as “House on Embankment,” is among the most famous in the Russian capital, known as the place of residence for the Soviet crème de la crème : writers, artists, actors, generals, athletes. However, it also has a dark history. During the Great Purge, a campaign of political repressions in the USSR, dozens of the house’s inhabitants were arrested and executed. Today, the house is full of the ghosts of those victims, who sometimes appear in their old dwelling place.
8. Tower of the old hospital in Ryazan
Among the high-rise modern buildings at 15 Gorky Street in Ryazan is an old tower – all that remains of the old hospital. At night, a lonely dark figure can be seen walking in this tower. This is the ghost of Alexander Smitten, who administered the hospital more than a century ago.
9. Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg
During a misty night in March, one can see the ghost of a young girl near the Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg. Her face is blue because of asphyxiation, and there is a big red mark on her neck caused by a rope. This is famous revolutionary Sophia Perovskaya, who assassinated Tsar Alexander II and was hanged for her deed. To meet this ghost is a bad omen, and can cost nocturnal pedestrians their lives.
10. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
There is a legend that when the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod was being built, the constructors were unable to finish one of the towers. It kept falling down. In the end, they decided to make a sacrifice and to build the tower on the blood of the first person who passed by. It happened to be a pregnant woman hurrying to the river for water. She was seized and bricked up in the tower alive. The ghost of a pale woman holding a baby has appeared near this place ever since.
11. Oldenburg Palace near Voronezh
Built in the late 19th century, the palace belonged to Princess Eugenia of Leuchtenberg. Today her ghost rises from the deep casemates of the palace to wander through its rooms and corridors. There is also another ghost there, much older — the ghost of a young peasant girl. It is even said that Princess Eugenia saw it when she was alive.
12. Stalin’s country house near Sochi
Stalin’s ghost can be seen at his country house, located today within the Green Groove hotel near Sochi. The “father of the nations” walks in his white jacket, smoking his trademark pipe.
13. Psychiatric hospital near Nizhny Novgorod
Near the modern psychiatric hospital in the village of Lyakhovo near Nizhny Novgorod, one can see an abandoned old building. Several dozen years ago a young girl hanged herself there because of unrequited love. At night it is possible to see a white silhouette and hear the moaning and cries of the “love-stricken schoolgirl” as the locals call her.
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The 11 Most Haunted Places in Washington State
11 haunted places in washington you need to visit.
Washington is one of the most beautiful states in North America thanks to an abundance of natural lakes, lush forests, and historical landmarks. However, lurking behind that beauty is a much darker side involving some particularly creepy paranormal hotspots!
Let’s look a little bit closer at these 11 most haunted places in Washington State…
1. Campbell House, Spokane
Campbell House is one of Washington’s most well-known historical landmarks. It was designed and built by Kirtland K Cutter in 1898 and was first owned by Amasa Basaliel Campbell.
There is a very sad history attached to the house. In the early 1900s, 3 of the Campbell children were murdered by a burglar who also kidnapped the fourth child.
The child was never returned. With such a tragic past it is hardly surprising that the Campbell House is one of the most haunted houses in the state of Washington.
Visitors describe feeling a very unsettling feeling on entering the house and are often overcome with dread.
There is a portrait of Amasa Basaliel Campbell in the house that is said to follow visitors with its eyes as they wander the house – perhaps looking to see if the kidnapper ever returns?
2. Black Diamond Cemetery Top Haunted Cemeteries in America
The very fact that Black Diamond Cemetery is a burial ground makes it a little creepy, but when you add the fact that this is actually one of the most haunted locations in Washington it really kicks the spook factor up a few notches!
It has been said that visitors have heard whistling and voices when nobody else is around. There have also been reports of the swinging lanterns of dead coal miners seen on foggy nights.
3. University Heights, Seattle
University Heights in Seattle was at one time a school, but it has since been converted into a community center. It is also considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in Washington thanks to the spirit of a little boy who is haunting the building.
The youngster is believed to have been a student at University Heights when it was still operating as a school and it seems like she has never left.
He is often seen and heard playing in the halls. However, he certainly does not seem to be alone in the building since many visitors, staff, and paranormal investigators have all said that they have heard what sounds like a small group of children laughing and playing in the building.
At least the little boy doesn’t seem to be lonely!
4. Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma
Tacoma Old City Hall has been at the center of various reports of hauntings since the mid-seventies.
According to local town records, the police were called to the old building on a number of occasions starting in 1974 to investigate a variety of different disturbances including lights going on and off, noises coming from inside, fire alarms sounding, and even the intruder alarms being triggered.
Those reporting the disturbances believed that someone was breaking in, but on each occasion, the police could find no evidence that anyone had even been inside.
There were no signs of forced entry, nothing had been disturbed and there was no logical explanation for the disturbances!
5. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver
Fort Vancouver dates back to the 19 th century, but before that, it served as a fur-trading outpost. It stands on the Columbia River and is located partly in Washington and partly in Oregon.
Like so many other old and ruined buildings, Fort Vancouver has its fair share of secrets hidden within its wall.
One of the most active buildings is said to be the Grant House Art Center which sits among the houses in Officers’ Row.
Some of the strange phenomena that has been reported there include phones ringing when they are completely unplugged and doors opening or closing by themselves.
There is one particular ghost who members of staff have nicknamed ‘Sully’ that likes to sit in the cafe drinking coffee!
6. Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham
Mount Baker Theatre opened in Bellingham in 1927 and ever since it first opened its doors the building seems to have been plagued by ghosts!
Just some of the reports that have been recorded here include unexplained noises, cold spots, strange disembodied voices, balls of light, and even the odd apparition.
There is a resident ghost of a young woman named Judy, and for years the theatre has had reports of her “developing crushes” on male projectionists and ushers at the theatre–when she picks a crush, they’ll hear their names called across the stage or they’ll feel ghostly touches on their backs and shoulders.
And she’s just one of 4 ghosts that paranormal investigators have discovered there!
With all of this strange paranormal activity going on, it is not difficult to see why Mount Baker Theatre is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington state!
7. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
The Oxford Saloon in Snohomish is considered to be one of the top haunted places in Washington state.
It has been investigated by a number of different paranormal investigators and many of them have picked up some very clear examples of electronic voice phenomena.
The saloon was built in 1900 but has been modified considerably over the years. It has seen more than its fair share of violence over the years – especially down in the basement and in the men’s card room.
One of the most documented murders here is the death of a Policeman named Henry who was a regular at the saloon and who may even have worked as a bouncer on his days off.
He is believed to be one of the many spirits haunting the Oxford Saloon today. He most often appears on the basement stairs, but is also known to pinch women in the ladies’ restroom!
On the upper floors, there are said to be three more ghosts – a man in a bowler hat and two female spirits.
One of these ladies is a madam known as Kathleen and she is described as an older woman dressed in purple with matching purple bows.
The other lady is a girl named Amelia who was forced into prostitution by Kathleen and who was found dead in a closet in the property.
8. Kells Irish Pub, Seattle
Once known as the Butterworth Building, this former mortuary is now a very popular bar called Kell’s Irish Pub.
It is not only one of the most haunted locations in Washington state, but is considered to be the most haunted pub in North America and has even been the focus of a couple of different paranormal television shows.
A large number of bodies have passed through the mortuary thanks to disease epidemics, mining accidents, and violent crime and that has certainly left its mark on the property.
Just some of the unexplained activity that has been documented here includes mirrors spontaneously shattering for no apparent reason, plaster falling from the walls, glasses being swiped off of surfaces by unseen hands, and disembodied voices.
The owner also claims to have seen an apparition sitting at the end of the bar which he described as a mixed-race man with very thin hands and wearing a suit jacket.
Interestingly, some of the bodies that passed through the mortuary here would have been the victims of our next haunted location – Starvation Heights Sanatarium.
9. Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla
Starvation Heights Sanitarium was operated by Dr. Linda Hazzard and her husband Sam, but the doctor was using a very strange treatment method to treat her patients – starvation!
Needless to say, this was not an effective treatment and a large number of her patients died.
These bodies were incinerated within the sanitarium to cover up the mistreatment while Dr. Hazzard maintained her public image as a strong female leader.
However, behind the scenes, she was evil and greedy. Today, the foundation of the building and the incinerator are all that really remains.
Well, apart from the spirits of former patients that are said to be roaming the ruins that is!
10. Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley
At one time, as many as 2000 patients lived in the Northern State Mental Hospital. A large percentage of those patients would also have died in the building due to a variety of different causes.
Some would have passed from natural causes, but far more died as a direct result of strenuous physical labor, electroshock therapy treatments gone too far, botched lobotomies, complications during forced sterilization, and some were just straight out murdered.
It is no great surprise that with so much death and despair linked to the property, it has become one of the most haunted places in the state.
There have been various reports of paranormal activity including one of the most common sightings – an apparition of a nurse pushing a male patient in a wheelchair.
Other common reports include shadow figures, disembodied screams, and cold spots.
11. Historic Everett Theatre, Everett
Located in the historic mill town of Everett, just 25 miles north of Seattle, lies the Historic Everett Theatre. Opening in 1901 then known as the Everett Opera House, it played host to many of the biggest names in early 20th-century entertainment, such as the Marx Brothers, Fatty Arbuckle, and George Cohan.
With over 120 years of history, it wasn’t until 1993 during renovations that supernatural reports started to really ramp up.
Whilst the work was going on people would often experience the feeling of being watched, and doors would mysteriously not shut.
In one instance a member of staff was on his way out of the projection room when the door just wouldn’t close. The more force he used the more resistance there was, then suddenly the door burst open hitting him in the chest and knocking him to the floor.
Whoever haunts here certainly seems to like the projection room as on another occasion an employee witnessed a sweater lift off the floor and float before being thrown back down. In another instance, an employee was working on the film projector when he suddenly felt like he was being watched. Looking up he saw what he described as a man from his waist up looking at him through the projection window, disappearing moments later.
Haunted Hotels in Washington State
From the apparition of a red-haired woman floating through corridors to a Chinese immigrant who likes to throw plates, Washington State isn’t short of a ghost story to tell when it comes to their hotels. If you’re looking for a unique weekend away then this is the perfect opportunity.
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Haunted Places in Seattle, WA
Seattle, aka The Emerald City, is known for its stunning scenery and its architectural beauty. The wet sometimes gloomy weather, however, can lend itself to a horror flick, with some dark secrets hiding below its surface, quite literally! Read on for more on Seattle’s haunted reputation.
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Haunted Places in Spokane, WA
Spokane is full of history, with Native Indian Tribes first settling in the area, there was conflict and death when they were pushed out. There have been serial killers, unexplained deaths, ax murderers, and assorted psychopaths that have all left their mark on this East Washington city.
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