Ghost Hunting In San Antonio

by admin on March 31, 2010

ghost hunting in san antonio

ghost hunting in san antonio

Top 10 Scariest Haunted Hotels pt 1

I watched The Shining recently, and it made me thankful that none of the suites here at O are haunted. Seriously, that movie has got to be among one of the most frightening of all times. At any rate, although none of our furnished apartments have resident spooks, there are some hotels out there with more than enough ghastly ghouls to go around. So, for the next few weeks I'll be compiling a list of some of the most ghost-infested properties in the world, including the legendary hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining.

Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX
This hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been graced by such famed guests as Robert E. Lee, Ulysses Grant, Oscar Wilde, Dwight Eisenhower, Mae West, and Babe Ruth. However, the owners seem equally proud of the 32 ghosts said to inhabit the halls. encounters of the ghostly kind can range from the apparition of a buckskin-clad cowboy, or a mysterious woman knitting, and utensils mysteriously floating around the kitchen and restaurant. President Teddy Roosevelt himself (supposedly) still shows up to have a few drinks in the hotel bar every now and then. Chambermaid Sallie White still wanders the Victorian wing halls, carrying towels but ignoring housekeeping requests. Richard King, owner of the famed King Ranch, died in his private suite here and supposedly walks through the walls. Staff member have reported hearing heavy footsteps, only to find a pai of army boots by their door. This hotel was built right next to the ruins of the Alamo, just 23 years after it fell, prompting the rise of the theory that undead soldiers haunt the area.

Heathman Hotel, Portland, OR
Also on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel was renovated in the 1980s and quickly became the linchpin for downtown Portland's redevelopment. However, it's also known for the nasty ghost of a man who jumped down the stairs outside of room 703. His restless spirit apparently now haunts the rooms on the way down, although baffling phenomena seem to occur all the way up to room 1003. Although all the rooms in that same vertical column (1003, 903, 803, etc) have reported unnatural occurences, room 703 is the real hot spot. Inexplicably moving objects, mysterious tapping, and cold spots occur almost regularly. Photos taken in this room occasionally depict a dark cloud, and videos contain strange shadows, distorted faces, even electronic voice phenomenon. Guests have reported that upon returning to their room after leaving for the day there was the appearance that someone else had used the room. Apparently, things like glasses taken out, towels used, and furniture having been moved around gave them that impression. However, the electronic key record has always been able to verify that no one else had entered. One guest actually reported hearing increasingly heavy breathing as his bed sheets practically mummified him. When he finally freed himself from their stranglehold, his large heavy luggage flew across the room towards him, followed immediately by a figure running into the closet. Security was able to demonstrate that he was quite alone in the room at the time, though.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
During a stay here in the 1970s Stephen King, one of the masters of modern horror, had the living crap scared out of him. Yup, this converted mansion overlooking the Rocky Mountain town of Estes Park inspired the fictional Overlook Hotel, the setting for King's novel, The Shining. The building and the land surrounding it was originally developed by the English Earl Lord Dunraven. He built a hunting lodge, cabin, and hotel for his guests and illegally homesteaded up to 15,000 acres (61 km2) in an unsuccessful attempt to create a private hunting preserve. However, angry locals as well as lengthy and costly legal battles eventually drove him out and the famed automaker F.O. Stanley opened the Georgian-style hotel in 1909. Apparently, the ever-angry Lord Dunraven (also very tenacious)still haunts the 4th floor, his spirit is strangely fond of haunting guests in room 401, 407, 412 and 418. Lights switch on and off mysteriously and the furniture has a habit of moving around by itself. In addition to Lord Dunraven, the ghosts of children have also been heard playing in the hallways, and his late wife likes to play the piano in the ballroom. This is the only hotel I've found on this list where a guest has reportedly been possessed by an entity that forced him to speak in tongues. That happened in room 412, by the way. As for Stephen King, he had the misfortune of staying in room 217, the site of the grisly death of a hotel maid, on a night when the hotel was almost entirely empty before closing for an extended period of time. In recognition of this unintentional inspiration, the Stanley Hotel now shows the uncut R-rated version of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions.

About the Author

Jonathan Meier is the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for O Hotel Suites, the premiere property manager for
downtown furnished apartment rentals
and
short term rentals
in Calgary, Alberta. When he's not at the Hotel dealing with the daily dose of craziness he's usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn't involve computers.

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San Antonio Texas Ghost Hunt

Ghosts in San Antonio Texas?

Anyone know of any places in San Antonio where I can go for ghost hunting?
I already know about:
The tracks
The Missions
Church Bistro (on Alamo St)
The Menger Hotel
The Alamo

-- I want something that is less obvious and not too well-known-- but also somewhere I can actually get into (like a public place and such) to look around.

Also-- something with real activity- not just "stories from a friend of a friend" --- real activity, please.

It would help.

And-- if anyone has nothing to offer but criticism on how ghosts aren't real and I should get a life and all other things...thanks in advance for your opinion.

YES! Go to the Menger Hotel!!!

It's right next to the Alamo. My ex-wife and I saw something on the History Channel a long time ago about haunted places in San Antonio, and we went there in 2001. They don't allow photographs inside the Alamo, and we were disappointed, so we went into the Menger and took some pictures. We had seperate digital cameras and just took some photos in the lobby.

On one photo in particular, there is a white blur that doesn't look so much like a ghost (didn't look like a person), but does look like an apparition. I checked all the light sources in the room, and it made no sense for it to be there. The picture was of the interior second floor balcony, taken from the lobby floor. If I can find the photo, I'll post it online and edit my answer with a link to it.

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