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5 of the Most Haunted in Oregon USA: Phantoms of the Beaver State!
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The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Oregon are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Beaver State!

Geiser Grand Hotel

Baker City Oregon

Haunted Geiser Grand Hotel

Originally named Hotel Warshauer and opened in 1889, mining investor Albert Geiser bought the property and reopened it under the new name in 1902. The Geiser was the place for the wealthy to be seen in the early days. It was described as one of the most beautiful hotels between Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah. In the hotel's basement, there are tunnels dating back to the 1880s. The tunnels allowed Chinese immigrants a path to travel because they were not allowed on the streets at night. They led to brothels in the area and they were used to hide alcohol during prohibition. It closed in 1968 and reopened in 1993 after restoration.

Guests claim to see a woman dressed in a blue Victorian gown, descending the staircase and disappearing into the wall. The Lady in Blue is not the only spirit at the Geiser. A saloon girl laced into a red bustier is seen leaning over the balcony railing, a cowboy spirit talks to people in the bar, a little girl who wanders the third floor, and flappers from the 1920s are seen. A guest reported the overhead light in their room, turning on at 2 AM while they were sleeping.

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The Benson

Portland, Oregon 

Haunted Benson Hotel

Built in 1913 by local lumber magnate, Simon Benson, he spared no expense in his pursuit of elegance. The lobby features Italian marble floors, a coffered ceiling, and crystal chandeliers. It was an annex to the adjacent Oregon Hotel. Since its opening over a century ago, it has seen the evolution and growth of Portland. The Benson offers the finest in luxury and comfort.   

According to reports, the 7th, 9th, and 12th floors experience the majority of the paranormal activity. People have said they have seen Simon Benson descending the staircase wearing a formal suit. He's also seen roaming the common area of the hotel, scowling at guests because he doesn't like them drinking in his hotel. He's even been known to knock over a drink. One time, a guest was struggling with a suitcase when a porter appeared and lent them a hand; then, the porter vanished before their eyes. The apparition of a woman in a white dress is seen walking in the halls of the hotel. Also, the ghost of a woman in a turquoise dress and red rings is seen as a reflection in the mirror in the lobby. Despite the many paranormal reports at the hotel, but no one has been shockingly frightened by the spirits.

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Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

Portland, Oregon

Haunted Kells Pub and Restaurant

One of the historic imprints that has elicited spiritual energy involves one of its original purposes. E.R. Butterworth and Sons Mortuary were established in 1903 on this location for thousands of people that died early in the 1900s from disease and mining accidents that dominated this town.  Being the only place to handle the devastating volume, one could imagine the impact of the work they did as bodies lined up to be taken care of. In addition, some of the dead that arrived at the mortuary had been patients of Doctor Linda Hazzard and died unnecessarily due to her practices. As a physician, she believed one could treat disease with starvation. She did so by limited her patients to thin bone broth and applying regular enemas.

This place is filled with activity. Supernatural forces are said to have shattered mirrors and facilitating plaster to fall off the walls without explanation. Glasses inexplicably slide to the edge of the bar and crash to the floor. You may also hear the sounds of disembodied footsteps and whispers that carry a tone of agony and torture.  An apparition of a thin man has been seen in the kitchen. Some say it could one of Dr. Hazard's patients looking for food. Another apparition of a child has been spotted on the second floor.  Many of the spirits that appear to staff or patrons have been describing the apparition as bone-thin, again tracing back to the practices of Dr. Hazard. Go to our LISTING to see a photo of a child that was captured by Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures.

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.             

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Pittock Mansion

Portland, Oregon 

Haunted Pittock Mansion

It was built in 1912 by the wealthy publisher of the Oregonian Henry Pittock. He and his wife Georgiana died in the house in 1918-19. Family members remained in the home until 1958 when it was sold. After exchanging many hands and restorations, in 1965 the Pittock Mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum.   

The museum is not publicly touted as being haunted, but ghostly activity is often reported. Visitors see strange shadow figures out of the corner of their eyes, and staff has reported windows closing without anyone near them. There are also times when toys and other objects that are on display will move as visitors pass through. Some believe that Henry and Georgiana are still enjoying their home. People often smell the aroma of roses, Georgiana's favorite flower and apparitions of the couple, as well as the groundskeeper, have been seen and felt following visitors through the Mansion.

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.         

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Chateau at the Oregon Caves

Cave Junction, Oregon

Haunted Chateau at the Oregon Caves

This beautiful rustic building date back to 1934. A popular story is told of a couple, back in the 1930s, which stayed in Room 310 for their honeymoon. On their first night, the groom took the likings of the maid and was caught in a heated embrace with the hired help. His new bride, Elizabeth, hung herself in sorrow in this room. Other renditions of the tale describe a different mode of suicide. It says she leaped to her death from the window of her sixth-floor room.

Wish to book the most spirited room?  Ask for Room 310. This is Elizabeth's room which she has never left. Known to be a poltergeist type, she does not have a cheerful spirit. The good news is that she does not interact negatively with the guests ... too much! Usually, whenever guests check-in, she leaves the room and wanders the hallways. She is said to often go hide in the third-floor linen closet, where she moans and cries. Some have found her in the kitchen, where she will dropping particles on the heads of the kitchen staff. Those that don't believe her story are said to be her targets. There are times she does go back to her room, and she will display her discontent. Couples that book Room 310 may be awakened by the sounds of someone walking in the room or the hall right outside their door. Guest tell of having unpacked bags repacked while they are away from the room for a short while. Employees report that the furniture mysteriously gets rearranged or even displaced into the hallway.    

Discover more about this property by reading the details in our extended listing HERE.       

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More chilling reads about Haunted Oregon...

 

Ghosthunting Oregon (America's Haunted Road Trip) Paperback – September 16, 2014 by Donna Stewart  (Author)     Haunted Oregon: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Beaver State (Haunted Series) Paperback – June 1, 2014     Spooky Oregon: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore Paperback – August 1, 2018

 

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