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Merchant's Cafe and Saloon

Merchant's Cafe and Saloon

109 Yesler Way
Seattle, Washington
98104 USA

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Seattle, WA is home to one of the most haunted places the state, Merchant's Café and Saloon Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Constructed in 1890, this café is one of the oldest operating restaurants still at its original location in Seattle and the west coast. This two-story structure was destroyed by the Great Seattle Fire in 1889 but rebuilt. By 1892, the building had passed onto Charles Osner, who changed the building's name to Merchants Exchange Saloon. At this time, the building was operating as a restaurant, hotel, Saloon, and a card room. In 1898, a year after the gold rush madness, Franz Xavier Schreiner purchased the Saloon. His wife Mary, a devoted Catholic, opposed it. She later died from tuberculosis in 1905. Schreiner sold the business to his son and nephew by 1922, and John (the nephew) ran the business from 1923 to 1965. 

The Hauntings

Seattle’s oldest restaurant, and one of the city’s most haunted locations. Merchants Café has had some impressive ghostly activity. It seems their lady of the night has been making her presence known to café guests, employees and visitors. Some of the strange encounters have included slamming doors, moving objects, restroom faucets that appear to turn on and off without assistance, and the sighting of a full-on apparition.

At the back of the bar, you will find the original picture gallery that the burly lumberjacks and miners pointed to select their companion for the evening. One of those paintings, called the "Oriental Girl", is said to be haunted, demonstrating some unexplained activity. Also, they've had many reports of hauntings on the ground floor in the women's bathroom. Downstairs in the underground bar is also very entrenched with supernatural action. It is believed that two small children died here in a fire in 1938. Apparently they still roam and play tricks on guests.

The current owner acknowledges her establishment is haunted by spirits that may mean to cause her harm. For this reason, they reached out to producers at the Travel Channel's Dead Files. As a response, Amy Allan and Steve Dischiavi from Dead Files paid a visit here in 2013. Steve discovered that in 1882 a lynch mob strung up two men who killed businessman George Reynolds, but they also hung an innocent man named Payne. When the original structure burnt in 1889, many perished. Amy encountered and identified Mary's ghost. She also ran into a wrestler named Otto Hink, a bartender who died of syphilis in 1957.

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Haunted Washington: Uncanny Tales And Spooky Spots From The Upper Left-Hand Corner Of The United States Paperback – July 16, 2013 by Adam Woog (Author)     Haunted Washington: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Evergreen State (Haunted Series) Paperback – January 19, 2011 by Jr. Stansfield, Charles A. (Author), Alan Wycheck (Author)     Ghost Stories of Washington Paperback – March 16, 2000 by Barbara Smith  (Author)



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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Oct/20/2021

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