It’s that time of the year where we all find joy in scaring ourselves and convincing each other of the supernatural. Read on for some Estes spookiness… if you dare.
The Haunting at the Baldpate Inn
In 1911, Gordon and Ethel Mace built a classic log cabin for themselves and several smaller tourist cabins to accompany it. In 1917 they built a larger lodging facility which became the Baldpate Inn, named from a fictional inn in a mystery novel. Regulars were given keys to their own buildings, just like in the novel. This tradition was practiced until WWI when the cost of metal rose so steeply, they could no longer afford to give away keys. So guests started bringing keys with them to leave at the inn, starting the famous “Key Room.” Word on the street is that today, both Ethel and Gordon continue to stay at their old Inn. Ethel has been spotted in her rocker reading the Bible or spilling drinks while Gordon has been sighted roaming the hallways and enforcing the no smoking rule by smashing guests’ cigarettes or stealing the pack all together.
Legend of the Blue Mist
Miner Bill came to Estes in 1883. He was known around town to have some strange tendencies and spent about a year in an insane asylum. When he was released he set to prospecting in the Horseshoe Park area, which is now our beloved Rocky Mountain National Park. He filed two mining claims and began constructing trails for access to these mines. Often, he would come into town for supplies and had a habit of talking to himself and of the “divine.” He had a fear of something he liked to call, the blue mist. According to Bill, on cloudy nights near his cabin, “a being” would manifest and a blue mist would appear in the trees. It would always leave three toed claw marks in the snow and on the trees around the cabin. Animals were often found dead with nothing left but bones and Bill believed there to be a connection. Bill went missing and was eventually found dead with nothing left but bones along with three toed animal tracks surrounding him.
The famed Stanley Hotel, is well known for being haunted. After all, it’s where Stephen King was inspired to write the Shining. The Stanley is overflowing with ghost stories and of course, ghosts. These ghosts are friendly, some are even helpful! Among these spirits are F.O Stanley and his wife, Flora, who you might hear playing piano in the music room from time to time. Room 217 is the room Stephen King stayed in during his visit to the Stanley. The room is thought to be haunted by the hotel’s head housekeeper, Elizabeth Wilson. During a storm in 1911, Wilson was injured during an explosion as she was lighting lanterns in room 217. She survived at the time but her spirit is said to linger in room 217 to this day, still sticking to her housekeeping duties by unpacking guests luggage and turning lights on and off. She still holds the traditional belief that unmarried couples should NOT be sleeping together and she makes that very clear to guests. Book room 217 to find out.