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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Alaska are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Last Frontier State!

Alaskan Hotel & Bar

Juneau, Alaska

Opening in 1913, the Alaska Hotel and Bar is the oldest operating hotel in Alaska. The hotel has a seamy side as a place for legal prostitution and sale of illegal alcohol in its early days in history. While operating as the Northlander, it was shut down and condemned in 1977 by the Fire Marshal. The new owners have restored it to its Victorian elegance. With this turmoil history, the haunts are just as strong, with multitudes of recorded occurrences. A woman who was driven to prostitution when her husband left to mine in the hills is said to haunt the hotel. When the husband returned and found out about her new trade, he killed her. There are claims of being touched by her or see her sitting on the bed in room 218. 

The most terrorizing story referred to as the "Bloody Sailor" occurred in 315. A sailor who was in town asked to reserve the haunted room on the third floor, so he was promptly and well accommodated. That night, there was a commotion in the room, and when police responded, they discovered blood splattered all about the walls and a broken window. It turns out that this sailor jumped right through his window, and fell to the ground in the alley below. A witness in the room below his on the second floor had her window broken as his body bounced between the hotel and the adjacent building on the way down. Amazingly, the sailor beat the odds and survived, and was given care after managing to make it to the street from the alley. To this day, there is no explanation for his jump or the bloody mess left in the room. Shockingly, the sailor survived this incredible day. Could it reflect the unexplained power of those that dare stay in the hotel?  Read the full story.

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Alyeska Resort

Girdwood, Alaska

The Alyeska Resort opened our doors to guests in 1994, and yet as this young as this property is, it is considered to be one of the most haunted hotels in Alaska. Perhaps it can be explained with the many tragedies that have occurred within the hotel, and the accidents on the slopes and the treacherous outdoors. One occurrence left a strong imprint on the hotel. In 2001, a guest committed suicide in room 721. Since then, lights flicker, doors that open and close on their own, and faucets that turn on and off in the middle of the night. The furniture from room 721 was moved to room 723 after the incident, and similar activity has been reported in that room followed as well. Don't miss out on room 515, where the door opens and closes on its own, even when locked!

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Red Onion Saloon

Skagway, Alaska

Established in 1897 as Skagway's most exclusive bordello and tavern, the Red Onion Saloon today is a National Building. This place was certainly hopping during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 when over 30,000 eager prospectors came through the narrow valley. The most active ghost here is thought to be the spirit of Diamond Lil, one of the former madams who linger here to keep an eye on the guests. She is only known to make herself known to the male guests who have claimed she has gently run her hands along their legs and whispers softly in their ears. There is also a malevolent male spirit here who doesn't seem to be friendly to anyone, often roughly brushing past staff and guests alike and moving objects the staff need to do their jobs, such as keys and expensive drinks.  There is an unknown number of other spirits that linger here, including the apparition of a woman in a long dark dress who has been seen gliding down the staircase after dark.

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Historic Anchorage Hotel

Anchorage, Alaska

Established in 1916, the original Anchorage Hotel, grew quickly through the years to serve the growing population. Over time, unfortunately, the hotel fell into disrepair in the late 20th century. In 1989, new owners breathed new life into the hotel to restore to its former glory. Stories of activity at the hotel may stem from the death of Anchorage’s first Chief of Police, Jack Sturgus. In 1921, he was found shot in the back with a bullet from his gun, close to The Historic Anchorage Hotel. It is said that his spirit returns to the scene of his death each year, seeking answers to his unsolved murder. Guests have experienced shower curtains swaying and pictures flying off the wall. Stories say one of the spirits at the hotel is a bride. People see her silhouette appear in dark hallways and mirrors throughout the hotel. The other one is a ghost of a little boy who could be the young son of the first owner of the hotel who used to pick up luggage at the railroad station for the guests. Want to pick the best rooms? Rooms 202, 205, 215, and 217 are especially active.

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Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery

Anchorage, Alaska

The Anchorage Memorial Park, founded in by Woodrow Wilson in 1915, was a place to bury the ever-increasing number of corpses that the Alaskan growing population was enduring, making this cemetery the oldest cemetery in Anchorage. It is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including Mrs. Tone. When alive, she was a housewife who was murdered by her husband. Her ghost rises each night to stomp on the grave of the man who killed her. There are other unknown voices reported to be heard while wandering the cemetery. In 2002, a curious explorer took a photo at the cemetery. While doing so he heard a woman scream, making him run away from the scene. He did not realize what he had captured until he saw the image he captured.  See it here!

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Read some more...

Haunted Inside Passage: Ghosts, Legends, and Mysteries of Southeast Alaska by [Bjorn Dihle]     Haunted Alaska: 67 Haunted Places from the Last Frontier (America's Most Haunted) by [Ghostly World]     Haunted Alaska: Ghost Stories from the Far North Paperback – October 1, 2002 by Ron Wendt


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