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The Bush House

Index, Washington

Many people have claimed to see the apparition of “Alice,” a young woman who hanged herself at the turn of the century when she heard that her lover was killed in a mining accident. As it turned out, her lover had not died; he came home and found her dead.

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Andrew says:

November 22, 2005, 4:20 am

To who it may concern,

Jesse and I think that if Alice did in fact do this and does in fact linger in this life that we can prove she does not. We propose that someone sets us up for a weekend there and allows us to have the chance to prove this is not real. We simply just don’t believe and our willing to be proven wrong. Please respond, this reproposed Romeo & Juliette story just isn’t selling to us.

Andrew & Jesse

Brandi says:

March 24, 2006, 8:41 pm

im sure the storeys on here are true im not exactly convinced ghosts are real but i have ben doing a lot of research on the paranormal because part of me dose believe in ghosts anyways from what i know often times people donâ??t know there dead after they dye especially if they dye from a awful death although allice death was not violently bloody and gory im sure it was very emotional for her i know the storeys on this web sight are true maybe not the ghost sightings though Allice loved her other half very much so much she gave her own life up for hem something that can never be taken back and im sure after she passed on some way are another she realized he did not itâ??s a scientific fact that energy never dyes and we are made of energy right and other stuff :) my point is her energy may be such in that house because what happened to her is probably to hard to deal with

Altair says:

May 10, 2006, 4:50 pm

My name is Altair, I am a Psychic and I have a word or two to say about The Bush House. Just a couple of years ago my girlfriend took me to lunch at a place called The Bush House which I had no idea whatsoever that this place was haunted and did not know anything about its background because it was the first time I had ever been there.

In short, and at the time I arrived I was talking to the lady who greeted us in the waiting room and advised her that I had written a new book called “Incredible Reality” and a lot of the book was about all my psychic experiences. I was asked simply to go up the stairs (to the second floor) and see what I felt. I advised my girlfriend to stay remain downstairs because I didn’t want and input or other vibrations to alter my reading.

Later, I began to explain that what I had picked up on, was that someone had been “hung” up there, and that someone else had also jumped or fell of the back terrace to their death. Upon explaining this, the individual who asked me to do the reading said that I was so accurate about everything that she and another individual thought I somehow had known all of this a forehand.

Before leaving the dining area, I was simply asked to go outside and walk around the build (house) next door and to tell them what I picked up on. I did so. Upon explaining that I felt there used to be two pond filled with water (that were not there anymore) that the second pond was where a little girl drowned (laying face down) and was found dead. Then I explained that I felt that there were a lot of people buried where the lawn now was. The individuals whom I told this to began confirming (in excited voices) that I revealed was “absolutely” correct.

The end result was that I was correct about every aspect that I psychically read, concerning four (4) major things that occurred at the Bush House. The individuals I was giving this information to explained more of the details and added that only within the last couple weeks, did “they” only find out that the Bush House itself and the connecting house next door had been built over an old grave yard!

On and ending note I will say that this experience of mine was extremely rewarding. It confirmed to me that my psychic abilities are still in tact, and all the confirmations were all the reward I needed. I am just another one to confirm that the Bush House in Index, WA is truly a place of adventure. I have added this experience to my book (which is not yet published) called “Incredible Reality”. You will find my “book preview” on the following website:

PS. Everyone has the talent to be psychic. Test your own abilities and see how very exciting it can be! But please don’t allow for others to give you any details first, about the area of the reading. Otherwise you will never know if you were correct or just concluded the results from previous knowledge!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Altair – (Age 66 in 2006)

Nick says:

July 17, 2006, 3:30 pm

Dear so called psychic,

I am not going to say that you are a phoney because some of what you said i know to be true fore i am infact a whats known as a psion whcih is a person who has trained him self in all forms of the psy stuff also i would like to know if you beleive you were born with this or if you also trained yourself?


Kathy says:

July 30, 2006, 2:43 am

The Bush House Country Inn at Index, WA has been closed for 3 years. The owners name is Laurel Nordstrom and she won the place from her husband in a nasty divorce settlement. She spent a half million dollars on renovating the place, new paint inside and new antiques. But she failed to fix the crumbling foundation for the hotel, and the building inspector told her she couldnt reopen the place until she fixed the problem. She was paying her workers there to run the place for her, then she got tired of paying them so she went to the Bush House and fired everyone there, locked the doors and left. The locals there told her she had to at least get someone to mow the lawns as they were overgrown and the place looked abandoned, and the local teenagers were breaking into the place. So she now retains one of the locals ( I believe her name is Sandy) to maintain the grass around the property. I used to have a cabin up at Index and have had lunch there many times. I was up there this past March and was able to enter the building and took some pictures. One of the locals was with me and told me about why it has closed down. I thought Id share it with you all. Its a very sad story , around the side of the building there are large joyces holding up the back room by the bar, and the ceiling upstairs in one of the bedrooms is molding badly as the siding is missing from the building. Workers were busy putting up new siding when Laurel fired everyone, so they just left it. Everything that was there when people were working is still there, from the bar glasses to the towels. The kids broke in and stole all the booze from the bar, but thats about it. There are red signs throughout the downstairs from the building inspectors that tell you its uninhabitable because the foundation is crumbling. One of the locals at Index offered her 1/2 million for the place but she refused to sell it. Its a very sad story indeed, and its also quite true. The Inn will eventually cave in on itself, I hope to get up there at least one more time to see it before it does. I have also researched the history of the property and there is no graveyard on the premises…also, the original hotel burned down in 1893 but was rebuilt. The property that the Bush House sits on was originally purchased in 1889. It sits off Galena Street which is the name of one of the original mines that produced iron ore. I found a book entitled ” Told by the Pioneers” in which Mrs. Persis Ulrich tells about how her father purchased the land for the hotel and that he actually named the town Index. It was a mining town until the mining boom died out in 1893, with a resurgence in 1897-98. to prove that the place is haunted would require permission from the owner to enter, and she doesnt want to be bothered with the place. I got the feeling when I was there in March that I was being watched, and took some pretty interesting photos, but thats about it. With the foundation crumbling I would suggest if you get up there to see the place that you use caution, I wouldnt want to see anyone get hurt.

riverratt says:

August 7, 2006, 10:04 pm

It would be indeed interesting to investigate this property. I’ve never heard of this house, and they say investigators should go in pairs anyway. I understand old polaroid film is still quite usefull (although I don’t own one), just a new camcorder with night shot (Usefull for catching orbs).

Nayade says:

October 11, 2006, 1:19 pm

I think that what Alice did was very but very stupid. Why couldn’t she found another boyfriend!!!!

Gregory says:

October 11, 2006, 7:55 pm

I lived in the Bush House for about one and one half years begining soon after closing.While there I witnessed many strange happenings.A group of psychic investigators went through the place in about 2000 or thereabouts and announced that it was “the most haunted site they had investigated”. In addition many former employees have stories to tell. In the past the owner seemed open to paranormal inquery of the hotel.

Shelley says:

October 18, 2006, 3:06 pm

I own property at the foot of Mt. Index and have been to the Bush House many times. I find it exciting that it is a big part of Index history, ghosts or no ghosts, it is (was) a beautiful hotel in the greatest place in the world, and I hope someone saves it before it crumbles.

lilly green says:

October 26, 2006, 12:45 pm

I don’t belive a word of this storybecause i lived in that house for awhile and didn’t hear or see a thing.

Darah says:

November 7, 2006, 11:17 pm

That is a very sad story about how the bush house closed. I used to work there as a busser from 1998-1999 right before it closed down and all my best memories are there. My mom also worked there as a house keeper and she stated she had an incounter with a women named “annabell” she was there alone cleaning and someone said ” hi” and my mom said hello and the the women said “my name is annabell, will you be cleaning my room” my mom came out of the bathroom to see if there was a guest who was not accounted for and there was no one there, so she knocked on the care takers door to awake him and he said not to worry about it, there was a women who haunted the place, so ya my mom was really freaking out and she decided to clock out and go home since it seemed it was real, there was no one else there but the man sleeping in his room.
I always felt a little funny walking up stairs to get the left over breakfast platters but I made sure someone came with me….just some odd energy there. But it was a very classy place and it always smelt good and the people were all great! I loved it! I met some of my best friends there, I do suggest that you do go up there before it crumbles, the town has turned into a ghost town too. There is a general store (no gas though) and a tavern that has been closed for awhile and a little school that is grades k-8th which I worked at as well and the bush house that is closed now. There used to be people passing through all the time, but now its more like the wind passing through.

Kristina says:

June 26, 2007, 5:53 pm

Greetings Ghost Enthusiats!
I recently made a trip to Index this June 07, and was very much drawn to The Bush House. I remembered that my family gathered there to celebrate Mother’s Day back in 2000 I think maybe 2001, anyway I had recalled strange feelings but put them aside at that time. I later realized I had experienced the same feelings giving tours in the Klondike Gold Fields in the Yukon, where I had seen lots of “miners” that weren’t really there, watching and going about their business. It wasn’t until later when I shared a house with my grandparents and had daily encounters with our “resident ghost” Martha, that I realized I was an open person to such energies which boosted my confidence though I still get kind of scared of not knowing who or what I am dealing with. Anyway, when I was wondering about the grounds of TBH, I was drawn to the heirloom rose bushes that were in full bloom, but the fragrance of them was not from roses – I could recognize the scent but didn’t place it until researching TBH and found this site and another site that said “the scent of lavender was often detected on the second floor” – that was the scent by the roses. The entire time I walked around the place I was taking mental notes about what a wonderful place this was and that there is so much more to the story of TBH. I would like to research the history of the place and have made notes of what was siad in these comments, but if anyone has some good sources ie. books websites or knows of someone to contact I would greatly appreciate it. Please put in comments, I will follow up on it.
Thanks for sharing!

alisha says:

August 6, 2007, 2:09 am

Just so you know, there’s lavender planted all over the Bush House. It’s in the back by the rose bushes. I’m confused how you could have missed it.
The Bush House is for sale, so if any of you ghost enthusiasts have some money to spend it’s on the market. The owner is asking $550k, but i think she’d sell it for considerably less. Check it out on the MLS. Someone should really buy it before it falls down-would be a great place for a ghost themed B&B!

Jeff W says:

August 8, 2007, 2:05 am

I happened on the Bush house tonight when on a road trip showing my kids different areas near where we live. It sure looks like wonderful 1900’s history, what a shame to see it in such disrepair (even from the front).
Wish I could be involved in the rejuvenation of such a stately home. I love history- and would love to restore it. And that small town atmosphere is also wonderful!

As far as the paranormal/haunts.. not sure about that stuff.

Beth says:

August 29, 2007, 10:11 pm

My brother Greg & I spent 30 minutes or so at The Bush House just a few days ago. I’m from Syracuse, NY and was visiting Greg who lives in Seattle. He remembers the place when it was alive and bustling and was fortunate to enjoy brunch there on more than one happy occasion. We were very lucky to run into the nice gal who’s the realtor. She was taking pictures for the listing. She welcomed our company as she walked the whole main building. The downstairs, each of the guest rooms, the stairs up to the 3rd floor, the 3rd floor. We all knew about the ghost stories and talked about them as we walked. Nothing unusual, just memories and imagination of glorius days gone by. It is a wonderful place and certainly a valuable piece of history. The cottage next door was in the process of having the roof replaced. It looked lived in, we met a very nice black Lab and there were bikes as evidence of a couple of kids. I think I heard their voices and assumed they were out back. We did not go around the back where I guess there is another small structure. I wish we had.

Dustin says:

September 25, 2007, 9:19 pm

I have infact been to the Bush House in Index Washington, I went there with a few friends on Halloween night and saw what I thought looked like supernatural figures. I also saw a Female figure in the top middle window staring down on my in the parking lot. Doors were also being moved by themselves. I myself think its true.

alisha says:

September 30, 2007, 4:29 pm

The house next door is no longer part of the Bush House property. It was sold to a family who is currently renovating it. The people of the town are very grateful to see that at least they will not have to watch such a wonderful house continue to be vacant in disrepair. Although people can still walk the grounds of the Bush House, the house and grounds next to it are now private.

Angel says:

October 3, 2007, 6:58 pm

I have had two experiences at the Bush House
both very real,in my opinion Annabel(not Alice)and her soul mate are lost , tring to find each other. I believe that when it comes to true love not even death can keep them apart,as long as they have the will to find each other ,they will.

Kaili says:

October 15, 2007, 8:44 pm

I know of a haunted place in Lacey my friend used to live there when we were kids.One day we were cutting carpet for his fort and a chunk of it flew over are head.It wasn’t like someone just chucked it either it floated over us.We looked at eachother he was white in the face and I felt like something was there he asked me if I had thrown it and I said no and he couldn’t have cause he was cutting a peice of it and I was watching him.We were 8 and what I have heard is that children are more suseptible because of there innocents.Anyways we ran downstairs and told our moms and they believed us cause they also had witnessed wierd happenings in the household.For instants doors and coabords would fly open or it got really cold in some spots.And you can’t tell me different cause I was there all the time and everyone in that house saw things that just don’t happen bythemselfs I have had alot of wierd experiences with the paranormal.I don’t care if you believe me or not I know entitys exist.I have seen it so therefore no one can tell me they’re not real.Somone else said it in here we are made up of energy and matter and that energy(your soul,spirit)lingers or it moves on.

Mary says:

October 16, 2007, 6:59 pm

The house next door is a part of the property and The Bush House is for sale right now along with the home next door.

Heather and Caylee says:

November 18, 2007, 5:06 am

We have been to the bush house before, a few times. We have seen many many things happen there that a definatly not normal and are caused by something or someone lingering around that area. Caylee’s first time there her and her family where seeing blue t.v light flicker and go dim over and over her family saw the curtin part and someone there, that was the first trip up there. The second time me and caylee where in the back seat of the car looking into the bottom far left window and saw a woman i white standing there, the car horn was honked and she ran away, The third time we went in the basement of the cottage nothing went on but there were lots of negative energy, the fourth and our most recent so far was tonight, we saw a man in all black walk from bush to bush and around 2 minutes later there was bright flash from the window that coverd the whole room.

Broberg says:

December 10, 2007, 9:06 pm

It can be yours for $525,000.

Darah says:

December 13, 2007, 1:18 pm

So the place is for sale its super sad, its falling apart as I type, its gonna take way more money to fix then to buy. The foundation is the reason as to why Laurell gave up on it in the first place. The place has been robbed of its antiques and beauty. No one even bothered to remove and pack anything, its so bad because the things in that B&B are old and historic and for someone to just let it go to waste is just upsetting, its about the only history Index had alive, its becomeing one big ghost town.

If anyone has any ideas on how to help restore or get donations for this place please let me know. I used to work here and live in the town for about 5 years and it was one of the best places in my life to live, I was a city girl who met some of the coolest people and had such a good teenage life here. I would hate to see the town wash away like this.

THank you,

Save Bush House says:

January 30, 2008, 5:14 pm

For anyone interested in buying this property check here and type in mls# 27121846

mike says:

April 9, 2008, 2:32 am

Today i was at the Bush house with a couple others. I had the opportunity to meet most likely the final caretaker. He has lived there for the last 3 months, and he shared vivid stories of all kinds of spooky experiences. I am very interested in the restoration of such a place. I do not ignore history, or unconfirmed accounts of deaths or tragedy in a location. However, we live in a world of life and death, and so often untimely tragic death, yet all souls are required upon death to give account of their life, not to overstay their welcome after check out time at any hotel. If their is spooky activity at TBH, its demonic, and not to be messed with, not entertained by, or communicated with. There is only one Spirit stronger than those encountered there, the Holy Spirit of the triune God and Lord Jesus Christ. He is also not to be commanded about as an errand boy, He is God, ALmighty, and to be petitioned by His grace and power to cleanse that place. Demons must submit to HIs will but as a human do not engage a battle that you have not been directed to fight in. I hope the BH survives the neglect of humans and is restored to strength, to bless many, and to never bring curses again.

Laura M. says:

April 30, 2008, 1:06 am

I also am interested in the restoration of the Bush House! Please feel free to contact me if you are truly interested. I am interested in preserving history and yet making the Bush House into a successful Bed and Breakfast. I have written a small bit on my blog about the Bush House for any who would like to read. I loved my visit last summer. I took my contractor with me for estimates, and depending on both the unseen needs and the contractor bid, there is a possibility of restoration. Unfortunately the house is in a sad state, which means it would not be open to the public for a few months at the very least, which should be taken into consideration.

Amy says:

June 27, 2008, 1:49 am

I live directly next door to the Bush House and I can say that it is indeed haunted because the gosts visit us. Our house is not for sale, by the way. It was renovated and we began leasing it a couple months ago. The owner did not tell us about the Bush House history though, we heard about it from the local townsfolk after I mentioned the strange things happening after we moved in! I am a Christian and didn’t think I believed in gosts, but I am convinced that something is going on here. Our bedroom window faces the side of the Bush House, and sometimes lights go on and off upstairs in the middle of the night. I have also seen a woman in a white nightgown with long hair at the window. As for the activity in my house, it is not malicious…I think they are just bored. Before I read all the comments here, I felt like there was an adult man & woman and a little girl presence here. I guess I was right! Doors sound as if they are being opened and shut but are in the same position if you look at them, and lights turn off by themselves. Funniest of all are the soaps. There are three sinks in my house and I keep soap and lotion at each one. They sometimes get turned around 180 degrees so you have to turn them back around to use them. Lately I have started hearing footsteps in the middle of the night which I don’t like at all. I go out there and of course I see nothing but I continue to hear the footsteps walking away from me. I heard also that just before the Bush House closed some people got drunk at the lounge there and decided to play “chicken” on the train tracks right next to it, and a man died as a result. I am losing sleep over this because my husband works nights and I am here alone with my kids. I plan on asking our friend to pray over the house with us this weekend. I’ll put up another post next week and let you know what happens. As a side note, when we first moved here in April it had a For Sale sign out front but that has been taken down. No one knows if it is still for sale or not.

Melisa says:

August 28, 2008, 5:30 pm

I’ve been to the Bush House on several different occassions. It is definitely haunted! I would LOVE to go back and investigate more. I aquired an EVP and several pictures with apparitions in them while at the Bush House in January/February of 2008. We also had many personal experiences there…heard footsteps in the kitchen, cold spots and a strong scent of lavender in room #9. We meet the care takers once while there and they told us abll about their experiences. It IS haunted!

Rob says:

September 7, 2008, 4:26 am

i visited the Bush House in the 70’s A friend’s parents had bought it and restored it and were running it at the time. I heard a story that Teddy Roosevelt had stayed there ar one time. The owner, Maureen, my friend’s step-mother let me go thru a nunber of old hotel registers she had found in the attic and, low and behold, there it was, in the early part of the century, when he was still president, the signaure of teddy roosevelt. he really did stay there on one of his trips west as president. also found a picture in the archives of roosevelt sitting at his desk at oyster bay. truly a historic house.

shari says:

October 6, 2008, 7:07 pm

My aunt owned this hotel when is was a kid.I still have the furniture out of (my room)upstairs.Could always feel another presence.And the third floor being boarded up really sparked my interest!

scrappy cocoa says:

October 19, 2008, 5:30 pm

Drove by the Bush house yesterday on the way to Leavenworth. Juat a run down abandoned old restraunt and hotel, kinda sad.There was a house next to it that didn’t look much better. I was just wondering how much business they did get way out there when it was open.
There was a memorial park across the street..there was the name doolittle engraved on an old swa blade. Wonder if those Doolittles are reated to the ones barried up at the Maltby cemetary..hmmm We didn’t see anything there that looked “haunted”. Of course it was during the day. But if you went there at night you most likely could scare yourself. At night most anything can be scary.

Niki says:

October 24, 2008, 1:28 pm

my friends and i have visited the bush house several times, we’ve never gone inside or walked on the property at night, not wanting to be disrespectful to the people who might own it. i’d love to go in and check it out, or talk to the grounds keeper.
the first time i went there, i got a really bad feeling,it was like the air was really thick, i didn’t want to roll down the windows, i just wanted to leave but my friend wanted to drive around so we did.
The second time we went by, a few months later i didn’t feel anything.
The third time my friend and i went to the house was probably the most disturbing, when we drove up to the house there was this overwhelming feeling of very deep grief. this time my friend felt it to. Sinse another group of friends of my friends had recently expressed interest in paranormal investigation,my friend who i was with and i pulled out our phones and started taking pictures of the house to show them. I wanted to check out the pics to make sure Iâ??d gotten good ones so I went to the picture file on my phone only to find that none of the pictures of the house had saved, only the picture Iâ??d taken of the forsale sign. I pointed this out to my friend and almost immediately his phone started beeping that his battery was about to die, and that it needed charging. Curious about this, i looked down at my phone, and in the less than 10 minutes that we’d been there my battery had gone from full to half empty as well. The weird thing about the batteries is that him and I had gone to Leavenworth, I charge my phone at night, and weâ??d kept our phones on the charger in his car all day and a couples miles from index he had just taken his phone off the charger, so it had been completely full of energy.and the weird feeling that was there when we approached the house seemed to stick with us untill we were well out of index. call me weird, but it was such an overwhelming feeling of grief that i acctually started to cry, which had NEVER happened to me before.
I do believe alice, or annabell, or whatever female enitity is there is very sad.That she’s not trying to hurt people and be malicious, but that she’s trying to find her love, or her way home *if that makes any sense* trying to get to the place where her soul belongs.
Iâ??ve heard about the other people dying, but the only thing I feel is one very sad female yearning for something it seems that she canâ??t find or get.
If anyone who lives in index would be willing to give me a tour of the house, or share their experiences with me, I would love that! I donâ??t want to be disrespectful to the town or the people there so Iâ??ve never gone into the house or anything which is something that if the owners would allow, I would REALLY like to do!
Also one of the times I went up I noticed that the for sale sign is gone, and that the vines I remember growning on the front of the building are gone *I donâ??t know if they just died â??cause itâ??s getting close to winter, or what* but if anyone knows anything about that and would care to share, that would be lovely.
My e-mail is

Nikki says:

October 26, 2008, 1:51 pm

I belive that the Bush House is haunted. My dad actaully has an old picture of that he bought a couple years ago or so. He has also been there a while back…

keith_in_seattle says:

November 27, 2008, 3:12 am

I visited the Bush House several times before it closed. It was a wonderful place for a weekend getaway and as a place to stop for dinner after a day of skiing at Stevens Pass. The upstairs rooms were adequate for an overnight but were not very comfortable chiefly because they were very small. I think it would be wonderful if the Bush House could be renovated and put back into operation again. With the right management and marketing, I think it could be a successful operation that could attract additional business to Index. Ideally, the renovation of the Bush House should be part of a development plan for the town itself.

Larry says:

December 16, 2008, 2:41 pm

Thats a *****

Katie says:

January 10, 2009, 4:42 pm

this story is true
it was in the paper
& i went to this place with a bunch of my friends it was scary
we swear we saw her sitting at her table!!
and room nine

shireen says:

January 17, 2009, 12:47 am

I live in Gold Bar and just recently went to the Bush House but didn’t go in due to forgetting to bring flashlights. But I took 3 pictures and later when I zoomed in on the windows, I saw what appeared to be a face in a window on the 3rd floor. I was freaked out but not quite convinced so me and a big group are going to go back tomorrow night and going around the back and inside and get a lot of pictures and maybe videos hoping to see something supernatural. If I do see something with my own eyes, I will definitely believe in ghosts from now on. But right now, it’s just too hard to know when I haven’t experienced it in person….

Krystal says:

January 28, 2009, 7:30 pm

I used to have a family member that worked at the bush house for a while. I remember going there for the first time and wanting to see the rooms upstairs. At that time i hadn’t heard any of the stories about it being haunted. As soon as i started walking down the hallway upstairs i got a weird feeling like someone was up there watching me from one of the doorways. I believe that there is something there from the feelings i got just by being there. I don’t know if it is Alice or if its someone else but there’s something there!

donna says:

March 16, 2009, 4:51 pm

I went there in april or may of 2007 it needed 280000.00 in just foundation work also window on left needed major leak repair I was thinking about buying it but the price and all that needs to be fixed was to high. I took many photos plus video of entire place. all i got was one “orb” in the bar area and a skank load of reflective dust ball in the attic to numerous for ghost, my conclution is the attics “orbs were dust reflections but the lonely one in the bar ???perhaps was a spirit it felt like it was hoping for someone to open the house once more.I do paranormal inveatigations would love to do a more formal investigation and if we get info such as rosavelt being ther we might be able to get some help to save it before its to late. I am planning to make some contacts to see if we can get a group up there to do investigating. as far as lights being on there was no electricity turned on the place when i was looking at it.
donna p.s i would like to get into maltby but have found that it is private now. if eny one knows please leave a comment here. thank you

David Brain says:

March 23, 2009, 4:45 pm

I have visited the Bush House on several occassions when it was still open. On one of those visits a friend of mine and I got a little drunk in the bar and decided to rent a couple of rooms for the night. My friend and I heard all the stories of the ghost of annabelle that hung herself in her room by the light fixture. Nothing happened to either one of us that night but we found out the next morning that my friend had slept in annabelle’s room. Word has it that she takes offense to anyone moving the furniture even a little bit. She will turn the light on and off and open and shut the door keeping you awake. I hear it made one young man come down stairs and sit in a chair because it shook him up so much. Also Annabelle has her own table in the dining room and she will move the silverware and place it sideways and if anyone returns it back to normal she will move it again. I witnessed the waiter who was a frindly older chap move the silverware to straighten it out. I told my ladyfriend that I wasn’t going to take my eyes off of that table just to see if Annabelle would move it again. When we got up to leave I only took my eyes off of it for a moment and it was sideways again. I don’t think Annabelle was scary at all, if anything I would say she was a prankster. Everytime I pull up to the closed Inn now I feel like I’m being watched. It’s still not frightening though. I wish someone would buy the place and fix it up including the third floor which has been closed off everytime I went there. Mrs. Nordstrom was from the same wealthy family that owned the department sores and at one time the Seahawks. Someone in the Nordstrom family even named their dog Largent.

Melisa says:

April 4, 2009, 1:03 am

The Bush House is completely boarded up now…there is wood over all of the doors and windows. I have EVP’s, personal experiences and pictures of appiritions from when I was there about a year ago!

kasie says:

June 2, 2009, 3:14 pm

I believe this story, this story is amazing to me i like the fact that a place is haunted. To see something ,ove down the hall or move things and send messeges in weirod ways is very cool. Goast are real in my mind if you see something that you thinkis a goast it mostlikly is being in a haunted house. I like to here what goasts do and how they act move and communiacte with teh living. I totally beleive in the story.

Linda says:

July 1, 2009, 1:59 pm

A little over a year ago The Bush House was for sale. I was interested in investing in a B&B (but my husband wasn’t), but I decided to go see it anyway. The RE agent couldn’t meet us there but we looked around the outside. The picture online made it look like it had a big parking lot when in reality it has only street parking. I was totally drawn to the place and wanted to buy it very badly (I still would love to buy it). My husband did not want us to quit our jobs and move to Index (45 min from where I live) to run a B&B. But my sister and I were joking about this place being haunted because it has a “haunted” feel to it. It is hard to explain.

donna says:

July 3, 2009, 6:08 pm

yes i to wanted to buy it but it needs 280,000 thousand in foundation plus a lot of other fixin up it still needed. but i was able to get in side with a realestate agent and have film. and lots of pics it has plenty of charm and lots of ghost stories and history. which ever stories you wish to beleive its still a real awsome place. the house to the left was part of it once and its basement was the bushes house water sorce back when it was an inn for the miners. the owners lived there and ran the bed and breakfast. to bad its looking bedrageled if only i had the m0ney to buy both places and fix it up then live there till the bushes house is finished.
that little parking lot is the parking for the bushes house and house next to it, but the road is real close.the house im refering to is the one on the left of the bushes house.

teresa says:

July 4, 2009, 10:29 pm

My friend and I went up there last weekend. It’s a beautiful town. We took lots of pictures of the Bush House, and the rest of the town, but no ghosties looked down on us from the windows. We read that the Inn has been put on the Washington Historic Site now due to the efforts of a young boy in Index. Maybe it will be restored now. Someone was there working on the place when we were walking around taking pictures.

graham says:

July 17, 2009, 8:04 pm

bull **** gas.

Roxanne says:

September 17, 2009, 4:27 pm

Well i dont live in washington i live in san antonio texas i can not say that this story is false or true but i can say i believe in ghost and haunted place that has many stories behind them. What kind of women kills her self for a man that got in an accident thats really dumb even if she loved him that is very dumb. but still if you want ture storys click on texas ok cause i live in san antonio and all the stories that it has on there are true. I have posted some comments on some of them ready them and see what you think

Rick Wilson says:

October 31, 2009, 5:19 am

It was probibly late november last year, I met Alice for the first and only time.
Alice was in fact a very lovely ghost that seemed to want to touch my body, most frightning but she means no harm, later I found out she was blind and only knew people by touch….. later that night we made love!

David Raddatz says:

November 21, 2009, 9:23 pm

I know Bush House is haunted as I slept in the room where the woman hanged herself, in fact, I channeled her as I was the David on the Investigation. Lots of other stuff went on there, read the report.


Waylon says:

September 11, 2010, 4:48 pm

The Bush House is very historic it was built in 1889 and looks about the same as iy originally did but right now it is ready to fall down but there is hope a rafting coumpany called Outdoor Adventures is ging to buy the place if Loyal Nordstrum the ownerr signs the papers on the place than it will be restored and opened back up.

Tepet says:

September 11, 2010, 4:52 pm

I am a physical medium and I channeled many “ghosts” at Bush House with the Washington State Ghost Society. Slept in the room where they see the body hannging. Channeled that ghost. I know lots about that place.

Waylon says:

September 18, 2010, 3:08 pm

The Bush House has been bassicaally saved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The paopers have been signed and work will start in a month

Tepet says:

September 19, 2010, 12:25 am

I channeled Alice, I slept in the room with the hanging woman. Alice could not look her husband in eyes cause of what she did. In fact there is a film called Channeling Alice, which was made while I channeled Alice and others.

Waylon says:

October 23, 2010, 5:25 pm

The Bush House is being restored and there are plans for it to be opening soon.

Alicia says:

November 13, 2011, 3:31 pm

Ok so about a year ago i went to the bush house for my first time. My cousin wanted to walk me around it and show me all the buildings. as we walked up we went to the front door and read a sign stating that the town was restoring it. so then we walked around and was going past a window, I heard a slight older type kinda like a record player type of music, mu cousin could not hear it. then i got a weird feeling and said we needed to leave, so as we were leaving she heard the music as well. I stood infront of tbh and she took pics i heard something in the bushes, but felt ok. when we returned we looked at the pics and orbs we everywhere. moving ones as well that looked light flashes of light. My cousin said she goes there all the time and always respects the place she just likes the ghosty things. So last night we were talking and she and her kids had went into the house (just one of the many times) and they were telling me they wanted to go back up last night, I got brave and went with, I was very scared but then felt at ease in the room number 9.we headed to the third floor and I sat in a nook, I didnt really feel anything up there just that i didnt want to be there so we went down, as we were walking back down the hall on the second floor getting ready to go back down i thought i saw a figure by the last room before the stairs on the way to go down,later in the car my son said the same thing and so did my cousin.we took video and played it back at home and after we asked if anyone was there on the video we heard what sounded like a spray bottle like windex or something and appeared to be right next to us.this was on the 2nd floor hmmm. so after veiwing that the kids wanted to go one more time so we gave it like an hr or so and then went back. this time i was not afraid, I felt very safe, but after being in there for mabey 10 minutes… but it felt like 30 mins, time seems to go slow there, I heard a faint cry, so i turned and sitting at a table was a woman with her head in her hands. BTW I didnt read any of the info on this page or any other things about tbh till today, and I felt i wanted to leave, so I headed back to the the receptionist desk and to head to the staircase area and that side room there and four out of nine of us heard this mean deep growl, and I felt breath on me and the smell of mold, I got scared and ran to the first room on the left side of the stair case on the first floor and i saw a big dark tall figure that felt angry so i bolted and actually peed my pants, the others remained in tbh for mabey 10 more minutes then came out, oh and as i left i was gonna walk calmly to the car which was parked across the street but heard someone following me but when i turned around no one was there and so i ran to the car, my son then told me when they came back that right after i left he heard foot steps right outside the window, we took pics of outside this time and no orbs, sad they arent happy anymore. We did however capture standing in one of the window in two pics same window, a figure with what looked like a greenish bluish suite on with a tie in both pics he has moved alittle, Its not like a real person kidna ghostly. I am terrfied to back into the house but I will look at it from outside, I do hope it gets fixed up mabey then I will go inside and feel safe. OH and we got another pic of what appeared to be three smokey figures walking on the sidewalk infront of two of the kids we brought. weird and my cousins daughter had just said before we took the pic that she felt “they” are walking on the sidewalk as she said it.

Alicia says:

November 13, 2011, 3:33 pm

Oh and BTW my Aunt told me worked there but never told me anything about it at all. All she said was it was haunted. Ive never even heard half these stoies on here till i decided today to do research of the place that scared the pee right put of me.

charmaine burgin says:

April 7, 2012, 6:32 pm

Doing genealogy I am told that the Bush house was built by my x husbands family, My x is a builder also. I am told that Alice was some relative of my x . I went to the Bush house and the building is a bit eerie, I can see the style of building is like my x and also I know that my x’s grandfather was the sheriff of Index during the time of the building of the old house. too many people have said that Alice walks past the upstairs window. We talked to many of the locals and older people in surrounding towns. all have the same story. I wanted to speak to Nordstrom but she never returned my calls.

Washington residemt says:

September 4, 2013, 3:28 pm

I have visited the Bush house and had a vey convincing experience. To the left of the main building is a smaller builiding that looks like a small house. It was comepletly boarded up but when we got close to it we heard music playing. The weird part was it sounded like it was playing old 1930s music on one of those old, old fashioned record players. So creepy! I am convinced its haunted.

Ashley says:

October 26, 2015, 4:57 pm

Her name was not “Alice” it was Annabelle

Deb Cuyle says:

July 12, 2016, 8:13 pm

I would love ton use any stories and pics in my next book about Haunted Leavenworth, WA and the Cascade Loop! Please send them to:
Happy Ghost Hunting!

travis says:

March 8, 2017, 12:37 am

just go up there its condemd boarded up and all but u can get in still

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