Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hilton Skirvin Information:
The Hilton Skirvin is located at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway in downtown Oklahoma City. It the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City and it is listed at the National Register of Historic Places.
When it first was opened in 1911, the Skirvin Hotel had 224 rooms as a two-winged ten story building. In 1925, during the roaring twenties, a third tower was built with 12 stories. Then, in 1929-1930, all three of the wings were given additional stories so that they all had 14 floors. At this time, the Skirvin Hotel had 525 rooms.
The Skirvin Hotel was named for its founder, William Balser “Bill” Skirvin. The hotel stayed in operation until 1988 when it was abandoned for 19 years. In February of 2007, Hilton purchased the hotel and renovated it into the Hilton Skirvin Hotel.
According to one source, Bill Balser Skirvin took a liking to a maid and had a scandalous affair which resulted in a pregnancy. Bill locked the maid in a room on the 10th floor and held her and the new infant captive. She eventually jumped out the window with the new baby. The story was not covered in the newspapers, according to this report, purportedly because William Balser Skirvin was a powerful man in Oklahoma City at the time.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Hilton Skirvin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
The Chicago Bulls and the New York Nicks both reported that the Hilton Skirvin is haunted. Players from both teams complained that the doors in their rooms would open and shut without a good explanation. The players were apparently freaking out about weirdish sounds inside their rooms.
The ghost of the maid makes visits to lonely men at the Hilton Skirvin, according to some male visitors who hear their names called seductively by a ghostly voice in the middle of the night. Some claim to have seen the ghostly form of a naked woman in their bathroom with them while taking a shower. Some men have even reported being sexually assaulted by a female ghost in their rooms late at night.
Women who visit the Hilton Skirvin regularly report having difficultly sleeping due to the cries of an infant that they think is in the room next door. However, research confirms that there were no infants in the rooms next to theirs.
Employees at the Hilton Skirvin report that objects regularly move by themselves as though pushed by ghostly energies. They report that they hear odd sounds frequently in the middle of the night as well.
The Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved January 30, 2011 from http://theshadowlands.net/places/oklahoma.htm
Wikipedia (2011). Hilton Skirven Hotel. Retrieved January 30, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skirvin_Hilton_Hotel