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Arrow Historic Hotel

Arrow Historic Hotel

Broken Bow, Nebraska
68822 USA

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Broken Bow NE is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Arrow Historic Hotel. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

The Historic Arrow Hotel was built in 1928 by a group of private citizens to service the needs of the railroad. It replaced the old Commercial Hotel and was the first three-story building in Broken Bow. The street-level consisted of the lobby, restaurant, beauty salon, barbershop, ladies' dress shop, and a ballroom. The second and third floors held fifty-two sleeping rooms with public baths at the end of the halls.

In 1984, after years of disrepair, Ray Brown, who had been a boy at the time the hotel was erected, had a vision of renovating the structure to extend its future. He convinced other community members to join his effort to raise renovation funds. The original seventy-two rooms were converted into twenty-three apartments to be marketed to retirees.

When this idea did not prove successful, the investors decided to return the business back to a hotel with the apartments becoming suites. The barbershop became a small meeting room, the dress shop was converted into a convention room, and the beauty salon became a small bar. The beauty salon was then moved into a portion of the old ballroom where it still remains today.

In 2005 another group of investors joined Ray Brown again to do an additional renovation. This time the main concentration was on the street-level of the building. The vision of the new owners was to invoke a traditional western hotel motif and traditional copper tile ceiling. The front desk is reminiscent of the original 1928 era with columns and granite tops. The exterior was returned to its vintage look as well with an awning and lantern-style lighting.

The Hauntings

There have been many strange reports of paranormal activity in the hotel. One of the former owners is said to have died in the hotel. Some folks have seen his full apparition walking up and down the stairs to the kitchen.

Unexplained noises have been reported by staff and guests. Furniture moves around by itself and guests and staff have reported hearing strange booms late at night when there is no one around. Much of the phantom lurking around in the building occurs after closing hours, but upon investigating have found no one there.

A grey-haired apparition wanders around the building after closing hours and a ghostly man likes to sit in the cigar room. Others have seen another mysterious man who stays in the cigar room.

Joining him is a red-haired woman who appears in an upstairs hallway. Some think she may be the spirit of a witch that was murdered and buried in a cemetery nearby.

This gorgeous hotel is a must-visit when you are in the area, whether or not you're a paranormal enthusiast.


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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/18/2020
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