Estes Park, CO is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Stanley Hotel. Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
Designed and built in 1909 by the original owner himself, Freelan Stanley (inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile), the Stanley Hotel is a majestic mansion in the scenic Rocky Mountain embraced town of Estes Park, Colorado. Arriving in Colorado in 1903, Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife Flora had been sent west by his physician to seek the fresh mountain air. Stanley, who had been suffering from tuberculosis, and his wife fell in love with the area after recuperating from his illness and decided to build the hotel.
The 138 room, 4 storied beautiful Georgian, neoclassical inn has 16,000 square feet of event space which grounds and support buildings. Stanley's entertainment and holiday mansion and its support structures were built with the entertainment and the comfort of the Stanleys' friends and special guests in mind. Using the native pine, Stanley hired 300 craftsmen to create a marvelous decor for each public space, and the artistic details on the staircases, and guest rooms.
Each guest room had its own private bath, heat, phone and electricity, thanks to the power plant and dam that Stanley built. The electricity that was created, not only kept the lights on at his Stanley Inn but also powered the homes and businesses of the people of Estes Park, for free. Despite the Stanley Hotel’s grandeur and opulence, it was probably destined to remain obscure until a famous guest changed its future—and it’s past. The Stanley Hotel has hosted many "famous” guests including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, John Philip Sousa, Theodore Roosevelt, the Emperor and Empress of Japan and a variety of Hollywood personalities.
The Stanley Hotel may be best known, for its most famous guest, Stephen King, that used the majestic hotel as the inspiration for his The Shining, which he wrote after staying, in room 217. King did not write the novel there, nor was the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie filmed there, but the TV movie version of The Shining was used as the location. Today, the elegant hotel is a popular resort and destination for ghost hunters; a ghost tour is even offered to visitors.
In addition to its regular guests, the hotel is also said to play host to a number of "ghostly" visitors.
The most notable is F.O. Stanley himself who is most often seen in the lobby and the Billiard Room, which was his favorite room when he was still alive. On one such occasion, he was said to have appeared during a tour group’s visit to the Billiard Room, materializing behind a member of the tour. Bartenders at the old hotel also report having seen F.O. stroll through the bar, disappearing when they try to cut him off at the kitchen. Flora Stanley also haunts the hotel, continuing to entertain guests with her piano playing in the ballroom. Employees and guests have reported hearing music coming from the room, and when they take a peek in there, they can see the piano keys moving. However, as soon as someone walks across the thresh-hold to investigate further, the music stops and no more movement can be seen upon the keys of the piano.
Here is a detailed list of the numerous apparitions and other phenomena that have been reported throughout the hotel:
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