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The Schwartz Hotel

The Schwartz Hotel


Located in Park County, Colorado

The History:

Alma, CO has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Colorado at 10,578 feet, so take some extra drinking water with you if you decide to visit this location. It has a rather small population of 235 residents. This is a community that was built on a mining industry. It was named after “the grocery store owner’s daughter”, Alma (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).

The Schwartz Hotel, originally owned and operated by Mrs. Schwartz, was built in the 1890’s and served as a boarding house in Alma. It is currently owned an operated by Rita and Carle Zimmerman. The Schwartz Hotel is currently offered as a retreat for artists and musicians as well as large groups (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).

In February 1998, a man named Thomas Leask murdered Willie Morrison, once the mayor of Alma. Leask was accused of first degree murder after killing Morrison “execution-style” and then proceeding to destroy a number of buildings in Alma (including the town hall, post office, fire station, and water treatment facility) using a bulldozer (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008; Denver Post, 1998).

The Willy Morrison Memorial Stage was been built in his honor. Apparently, the Alma Festival in the Clouds is a community event that was inspired by Willy Morrison’s murder to celebrate the arts and children as these were things that were once important to this man (Alma Foundation, 2005-2008).

According to Shadowlands (n.d.), the Schwartz Hotel is associated with a father-son dispute that happened in the 1800’s. We have not been able to verify this information as historically correct. Indeed, the Shadowlands report goes on to say that a woman was so frightened that she went ahead and hung herself from an upper balcony. This too, remains unverified and seems a little unlikely or at least lacking in essential details.
The Haunting:

Paranormal activity includes strange lights and eerie feelings as well as the apparition of the woman whom some claim hung herself from a balcony.


Denver Post (1998).

Alma Foundation (2005-2008). Alma, Colorado. Retrieved November 5, 2008 from

Shadowlord (n.d.) Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved November 4, 2008 from


Alma CO Colorado United States

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