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Grand Imperial Hotel & Restaurant

Grand Imperial Hotel & Restaurant

1219 Greene Street
Silverton, Colorado
81433 USA

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Silverton, CO is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Grand Imperial Hotel & Restaurant. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys. 

The History

The Grand Hotel, formerly known as the Thomson Block, was built in 1882 by W.S. Thomson, a perfume importer, and mill owner. Completed in 1883, in just under ten months, it became known as the largest single standing structure south of Denver. 

The Grand Hotel became the pinnacle of luxury in the Southwest. It played a critical role in the boomtown years. The entire second floor was the base of operations for the Town of Silverton and San Juan County, serving as the official town and county seat. The first floor was the home to the post office, bank, Bureau of Mines, general store, doctor's office, and the newspaper. The town changed when mine production waned and so did the Hotel. 

The Victorian era building was sold and was renamed the Imperial Hotel until it changed hands in 1951. After an extensive restoration, the Hotel reopened its doors to the public under its current name, the Grand Imperial Hotel.

The Hauntings

With a long recorded history of 140 years plus within a property that has seen and experienced many uses, there is no doubt this place offers much for the thrill-seekers! Many have claimed that the spirit of Dr. Luigi roams through the halls of this majestic hotel. His story while alive is sad, sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Room 314. He is known to make unexplainable noises on the second floor. Another report says guests have seen Luigi's apparition in the lobby.

Then there's the sheriff, the dead sheriff that is! It is said that he still patrols the tunnels under this spectral town. For some reason, he ends up at this hotel. Could it be he is still overseeing the prostitutes that lingered on Blaire Street and meet their guests here at the Imperial?

Let's not forget the woman who makes herself known with her spectral singing voice and aroma of perfume she leaves behind.  Oh yes, there’s the old miner. He likes to visit the old bar at the imperial and orders a drink, decades after he tragically died here. And then, there’s the bartender, who haunts the theater in the basement and likes to play tricks on those he deems disrespectful.

We have gathered a couple of images that have been recorded as ghostly images in our Gallery 2 below. Make sure to take a look!

Want to secure a good supernatural stay at this hotel. Be sure to book Room 314!

This property was featured in the 2018 World's Largest Ghost Hunt (http://www.nationalghosthuntingday.com/)


More reads about haunted Colorado...


Spooky Colorado: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore First Edition by S. E. Schlosser  (Author), Paul G. Hoffman (Author)     Haunted Colorado: Ghosts & Strange Phenomena of the Centennial State (Haunted Series) Paperback – July 11, 2011 by Jr. Stansfield, Charles A. (Author)     Ghosthunting Colorado (America's Haunted Road Trip) Paperback – September 13, 2016 by Kailyn Lamb (Author)




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Date added: Mar/10/2019 | Last time updated: Jun/01/2020

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