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Haunted Stanley Hotel

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The Stanley Hotel is a 420-room Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Approximately five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long’s Peak. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century.

The Stanley inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write The Shining. In 1974, King and his wife Tabitha spent one night in Room 217 while on vacation during their short residency in Boulder, Colorado. Upon arrival, they discovered that they were the only overnight guests. “[The hotel staff] were just getting ready to close for the season, and we found ourselves the only guests in the place — with all those long, empty corridors” He and his wife were served dinner in an empty dining room accompanied by canned orchestral music. “Except for our table all the chairs were up on the tables. So the music is echoing down the hall, and, I mean, it was like God had put me there to hear that and see those things.” The Kings were shown to Room 217. That night, a dream struck King with inspiration for his next book. “I dreamed of my three-year-old son running through the corridors, looking back over his shoulder, eyes wide, screaming. He was being chased by a fire-hose. I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”According to King in later interviews, the Stanley served as his model for the Overlook Hotel, the ominous setting of the novel. The hotel in King’s book is an evil entity haunted by its many victims. Room 217 of the Overlook Hotel features prominently in the novel, having been the room at the Stanley where King spent the night. – Wikipedia

Resources

Haunted Hotel History

Ghost Hunting At The Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel ghost story supported by evidence of Room 217 event

The Strange Hauntings of the Historic Stanley Hotel

Spirits of the Stanley Hotel: Ghost of Lucy Photographed at Haunted Hotel That Inspired The Shining

The Stanley Hotel and Parente’s Haunted Ghost Tour

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, Ghost Investigation

Elijah Wood’s Ghost Sighting at the Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel Ghost Room 217

Stanley Hotel: Door closing caught on tape

Ghost Hunters The Stanley Hotel Tunnel Hello voice

The Stanley Hotel: An Investigation

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Posted: January 8, 2017

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