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The Stanley Hotel

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The Overlook Hotel is the fictional hotel from Stephen King's novel The Shining and its adaptations. Timberline Lodge, a mountain resort in Oregon, was used in Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of the book while the Stanley Hotel, King's inspiration for the Overlook, was used in a TV adaptation for ABC.

The Stanley Hotel lies nestled among the foothills in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, 70 miles north of Denver, Colorado. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, USA was built by Freelan O. Stanley (1849 - 1940), and opened in 1909. Stanley and his wife Flora had been sent West by F.O. Stanley’s doctor to seek the fresh mountain air. Stanley, who suffered tuberculosis, had been advised to not make plans beyond six months. The doctor arranged for the couple to stay in a friend’s cabin in Estes Park for the summer. Immediately, they fell in love with the area and F.O.’s health began to dramatically improve. Stanley created the Stanley Steam Engine (a steam-powered horseless carriage) and, along with his twin brother Francis Edgar Stanley, founded the Stanley Steamer Company.

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haunted hotel ghost stories compiled by editor Goldi Beals

Is This A Real Haunted Colorado Hotel?

Some well known Paranormal/Ghost Hunters, guest and staff thinks so.

Ghost Hunters is a reality television series produced by Pilgrim Films featuring Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, Roto-Rooter plumbers who investigate claimed hauntings and ghosts as the creators of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). The show debuted in October 2004 on the American Sci-fi Channel.

It should not be confused with the original 1996 Inca Productions show Ghosthunters produced for the Discovery Channel. The format was sold to the US to become Ghost Hunters. The only remaining link between the two shows is presenter Ian Cashmore who anchored the UK/Europe show. Cashmore piloted the US show, but chose not to remain part of the US venture after he filmed the promos.

Ghost Hunters has attracted various critics and skeptics. Some feel that the episodes put too much emphasis on the melodrama between various TAPS members instead of focusing on the paranormal investigations. Others debate the scientific validity of the investigations conducted by the TAPS team, and contend that shows such as Ghost Hunters blur the line between reality and fantasy.

2006 Halloween Special - "Ghost Hunters Live" - aired live on October 31, 2006 at 11:00 PM EST. It was a 6 hour broadcast originating from The Stanley Hotel often called The Shining Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. ECW Extremist CM Punk joined the Ghost Hunters throughout the investigation.

As the night went on, the lead investigators searched in the underground employee passageway, while Punk ghost hunted with the other investigators in the Concert Hall. Hawes and Wilson continued to find creepy occurrences in the underground passage.

Hawes summed it up perfectly: “I’m telling ya, there’s a lot more than meets the eye at The Stanley.”

 

The Stanley Hotel Real Ghosts

In addition to its regular guests, the hotel is also said to play host to a number of otherworldly 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 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.

Not to be left out, 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 into the room they can see the piano keys moving. However, as soon as someone walks across the threshhold to investigate further, the music stops and no more movement can be seen upon the keys of the piano.

Room 418 gets the most reports of haunting activity, apparently from children’s spirits. Cleaning crews report having heard many strange noises from the room, as well as seeing impressions on the bed when the room has been empty. When guests stay in the room, they often report that they hear children playing in the hallway at night. One couple reportedly checked out of the hotel very early in the morning, complaining that the children in the hallway kept them up all night. However, there were no children booked in the hotel at the time. There have also been many reports by guests of haunting activities in Rooms 217 and 401. On a visit to The Stanley with his wife, Stephen King stayed in Room 217, where he swore that after their arrival and a quick dinner, they returned to the same room to find that their clothes and boxes had been arranged neatly in the closet. None of the hotel staff had stepped into their room that evening.

Tour guides tell a story of the ghost of a small child who has been seen by many of the staff in various areas of the old hotel. Reportedly, Stephen King also saw the child, who was calling out to his nanny on the second floor. Other past employees report footsteps and apparitions seen throughout the building. However, it is not simply the hotel proper that is haunted; ghostly activity has been reported in all three buildings. There are frequent reports of activity on the 4th floor, which reportedly was once employee quarters. Guests repeatedly complain of hearing children running and playing in the hallways on this floor, only to discover that no children are staying at the hotel. There are several rooms in the hotel that seem to be particularly haunted. One is Room 407, which is said to sometimes be occupied by Lord Dunraven, who owned the land prior to F.O. Stanley. Reportedly, he likes to stand in the corner of the room near the bathroom door. On one such account, witnesses reported that a light in that corner kept turning on and off. While the light was off, they told the ghost that they knew that he was there, they would only be staying two nights, and would he please turn the light back on. The light turned back on. However, later when the lights were turned off and they were trying to sleep, noises were constantly heard from the nearby elevator during a time when the elevator was not in use. At other times, a ghost has been reported to be looking out the window of Room 407, when the room is not booked.

Room 1302 in the manor has been difficult for housekeeping, as they often make up the room only to come back later and find it a mess again. The windows on the second floor of the manor apparently go up and down on their own. Footsteps can be heard in the concert hall, where a homeless woman who had sought refuge in the basement froze to death one winter. There is also reportedly also a girl named Katie who haunts the boiler room and downstairs employee passage.

The book that exposed the haunted legend

Twenty-seven years after its publication, The Shining remains a visceral, gripping read that showcases Stephen King's unfathomable powers to hypnotize and terrify readers, a power King had in abundance in the early stages of his career. The Stanley Hotel is from Where the inspiration begain.

Was King Really Haunted?

 

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Based on a Stephen King novel, frustrated would-be writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as the winter caretaker at a haunted Colorado hotel, bringing along his cowed wife and clairvoyant young son.

 

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Creative inspiration: Demon-driven delusions, followed by hours locked alone in an empty ballroom.


Former teacher and alcoholic Jack Torrance (Nicholson) interviews for a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel in an effort to rebuild his life after his volatile temper lost him a teaching position. The hotel manager, Mr. Ullman, warns Jack that he and his family will be snowbound through most of the winter and of the potential for cabin fever. He drives the point home by recounting a season when the caretaker, Charles Grady, went crazy and brutally killed his wife, his twin girls, and finally himself. Given his own desperation and the opportunity to pursue his true passion, writing, Jack acknowledges the warning, but accepts the job. Head chef Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers) instantly recognizes that Jack's son Danny is telepathic, and speaks to him mentally to offer him an ice cream. He explains that he and his grandmother both had the gift; because pictures sent telepathically seemed to glow, she referred to this communication as "shining." He also counsels Danny about the hotel, hinting that something terrible had happened there and left a trace, "as if someone burned toast," that only people who had the gift could perceive. Danny questions Dick about what went on in the hotel and in room 237. Dick does not answer, but sternly warns Danny to stay out of that room.


 

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