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Eastholme in the Rockies

Cascade, Colorado, United States

In this quaint bed and breakfast in the heart of the Rocky Mountains lives a female ghost whose identity is unknown. She has been heard on the third floor whispering, “Grace?,” tickling the piano keys, and walking throughout the building. She has been seen in a red satin dress standing on the balcony, and in the foyer wearing a long dark dress.

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Hotel del Coronado

California, San Diego, United States

For a hotel as grand and large as the Hotel Del Coronado in California, it seems a pity it hosts only one ghost. But once youâ??ve heard the tale of this tragic young woman, perhaps youâ??ll understand why in some cases one is enough.

The Hotel Del Coronado, affectionately called â??The Del,â? sits overlooking the San Francisco Bay, dominating the beach with its brick colored roofs and sharp white walls. A true American beauty, it remains a stunning and sprawling example of the traditional wooden Victorian seaside resort. Opening in 1888, the Del has hosted such famous folks as â??Lucky Lindyâ? (Charles Lindbergh), Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Brad Pitt, L. Frank Baum, Babe Ruth, President Benjamin Harrison, Madonna and King Edward VIII (at the time only the Prince of Wales). The Del was also used as a backdrop to Marilyn Monroeâ??s 1958 movie â??Some Like It Hot.â?

But one of the Delâ??s most famous guests has never checked out and rumors still circulate about her identity. Kate Morgan was supposedly a grifter working the rails in the late 1800s with her husband, Thomas. The two set up poker games on trains all across the country, pretending to be brother and sister so that Kate could use her wiles to help blindside the playing men. They were gifted cheats, but it seems (according to somewhat reluctant eyewitness testimony) they got into a loverâ??s spat and Kate drifted into the Del, signing in under the name of Lottie Bernard (a passenger on the same train she had recently ridden). Logging in to the Del just before Thanksgiving of 1892, â??Lottie Bernardâ? carried no luggage and looked to be in poor health and a poorer state of mind. She essentially told the staff not to worry about herâ??she claimed her brother (a Dr. M. C. Anderson) would arrive shortly with her luggage. He would take care of her.

And perhaps â??Lottieâ? truly believed her partner in crime would come to her rescue, but even after several days, he had not appeared. Lottie just got sicker. Distraught, she got transportation into San Diego where she made the biggest decision of her life. She returned to the Del. Returned to room number 3327 (then room 302). The next morning she was found dead on the stairs outside the Del, shot by the pistol she had purchased the day before in town. Nicknamed â??the beautiful strangerâ? by the papers, her identity was finally revealed. But why did she and Thomas quarrel? Why the sudden separation? Police found quinine when they searched her possessions, leading some to believe she had been pregnant, and realizing her life could not continue in the same manner once her condition showed, she decided to try a home abortion. Or perhaps Kate wanted to settle down with a family and Thomas had other plans… Either way, the story seems to end the same wayâ??in tragedy.

Recently, a medium located in San Diego claimed to have contact with this famous ghost and said that the ghost is truly Lottie Bernard and not Kate Morgan at all. Supposedly Lottie stays on at the Del waiting for her real story to be told.

Regardless of who haunts the Del, several odd things are often reported. People have claimed to see a woman dressed in the proper period and style as Kate paging through books and walking the halls. Lights flicker on and off in Kateâ??s room and the sheets and blankets are played with. In the gift shop, the Marilyn Monroe merchandise used to literally jump off the shelves when it had a prominent place, but stopped its crazy behavior when it was moved to a less visible location. Was Kate angry with sharing the spotlight or might she have had a jealous streak because of some anonymous blonde bombshell making things difficult while she was still alive and with Thomas? Unfortunately we will probably never know, and it seems the more research done into Kateâ??s story only raises more questionsâ??not more answers.

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The General Stanton Inn

Charlestown, Rhode Island, United States

In more than 200 years of history, the General Stanton Inn has only had six owners since the time the Native Americans owned the land. In 1655 the land was given to Thomas Stanton, an interpreter for the Native American tribes in the region, as a show of gratitude. Thomas had arranged a successful hostage exchange between rival tribes. Essentially, when the Manesses tribe kidnapped a Niantic princess they demanded far too much wampum for her safe return. The Niantics went to Thomas at his little trading house on the Pawcatuck River and asked him to intercede on their behalf. He brokered a deal and was granted a nice chunk of land by a Niantic Sachem as a result. That land became the Stanton estate in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

The General Stanton Innâ??s owners over the years have tried to maintain some of its original ambiance. The Inn still has traditional low ceilings and rough-hewn beams. And ghosts.

The original house, a modest one-room building was moved onto the property in 1667. For a while it served as a simple schoolhouse for local Indian children, as well as Thomasâ??s own offspring. Over the years rooms were added to the original structure (now called the â??Indian Roomâ?; in 1740 Joseph, a son of Thomas, added the â??George Washington Cabinet Room.â?

Joseph made a name for himself as one of Rhode islandâ??s very first Senators in the US Congress and later a State Representative. But as things settled after the fall-out of the Revolutionary War, the family fell on hard times and the home (considered a mansion then) became an Inn. Joseph, the militia General the Innâ??s named for, let his nephews run the business. It became quite successful as a regular coach stop between the towns of Providence and New London. While other business struggled under the early Prohibition, the Inn attracted gamblers and partiers of all classes and backgrounds.

People have reported everything from strange noises and sensations to actual apparitions at the General Stanton Inn, one of the hot spots for paranormal activity being the Washington Room. A male ghost has been spotted here, and people have reported being touchedâ??often tapped on the shoulderâ??by something otherworldly in both the Washington Room and Williamsburg Room. Is a spirit from the Innâ??s rich past trying to get someoneâ??s attention? If so, it seems the spirit has gotten frustrated with visitors at least once, when a finger of a mannequin was reportedly hurled by an unseen force at a workman in the attic. Perhaps it was merely the spiritâ??s way of delivering a somewhat coded and yet not so subtle message… But most spirit activity at the General Stanton Inn is what many would consider mild and well-mannered, so stay the night and arrange for a proper tour. Although not necessarily a spine-tingling experience, a stay at the Stanton can be quite educational.

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Boys and Girls Club

New Mexico, Santa Fe, United States

This Boys and Girls Club, located on a former burial ground is said to be haunted. Many have reported showers turning off and on randomly during the middle of the night. There is one report of the sound of children playing in the pool though it was covered by a tarp at the time.

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Main St.

Salem, United States, Virginia

During the rush to buy Christmas presents, the mother of the house dashed out, and forgot her son. When she realized what she had done, she quickly turned around and headed back to the house. She expected that her son would be in tears, for he was claustrophobic, but instead, he was in the kitchen drinking a glass of chocolate milk. When asked about how he got the milk, the son explained that a nice old lady said that his mommy would be home soon, and she prepared a glass of milk for him. He also told the police that he could see through the lady, and she looked exactly like a woman on a picture in the attic–a woman who lived in the home during the 1920s.

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Eastern State Penitentiary

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

As one of the most carefully studied paranormal building in the U.S., this former prison is abound with unexplainable occurrences.  Since the 1940s, inmates have reported seeing visions and experiencing eeriness throughout the grounds.  Paranormal experts have been exploring this site for years, recording ghosts.  Now a museum, it’s open to the public for touring.

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