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The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel


The History:

The Stanley is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. It was opened in 1909 by F. O. Stanley who sought to create some hospitality in Estes Park. Stanley did a great deal for the economic conditions in Estes Park in the early 1900′s before his death in 1940.

Much of the building was built from timber taken from the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park, from wood that was part of a fire that happened in 1900.

Ghost tours are offered at the Stanley, check in advance for dates and times. These tours take guests on a tour of the hotel, exploring the history of the hotel, including its associations with Stephen King’s "The Shining".

The Haunting:

The Stanley is revered by TAPS as a prime haunt where paranormal activity reliably happens. A variety of different types of paranormal events have been recorded there.



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Estes Park, CO Colorado, USA

Estes Park, CO Colorado, USA

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