Estes Park

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                            ..........Nestled in a high mountain valley at just above 7,500 feet elevation

According to archaeologists, Estes Park has been a resort community for 10,000 years, attracting Ute and Arapaho Indian families
for the summer.

Drawn by the lure of pristine mountain surroundings, modern day visitors have included gunslingers, ranchers and inventors - one
of whom was F. O. Stanley who opened his famed Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in 1909.

The word "park" in the name "Estes Park" comes from the geologic description of a glacially cut level valley between mountain
ranges. "Estes" refers to one of the earliest settlers, Joel Estes.

              "It's Ghost Time at the Stanley Hotel"

                                                 *** New ghost book by Billy Ward! ***

April 2010

It is available at the Stanley Museum, Estes Park Museum, and MacDonalds Book Shop in Estes Park.

Price: $10.95.

To order call (970) 577-1903 for the
Stanley Museum.

Or E-mail Billy Ward for more info:

       Annual “SHINING” Ball" at the haunted Stanley Hotel!

Held annually around Halloween-time!

Call (970) 577-4000 for reservations

For details & more info - go to:

.... sleep in one of the most  haunted rooms- which are up on the 3rd & 4th floors!)

........You can also take a ghost tour of the old haunted hotel; which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.


The Stanley Hotel
333 Wonderview
Estes Park, CO  80517

Toll Free: 800-976-1377
Direct: 970-586-3371

                                 ~~~~~ Click HERE for info about the movie The Shining! ~~~~~

                                             Stanley Hotel Historic Ghost Tours!

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........Have you ever wondered what that chill was running down your spine, or why the curtains were moving when no windows
were open?

........Have you ever heard the creaking of floorboards or the laughter of children, but when you look around, there was no one

Join Billy Ward, resident historian of the Stanley Hotel, and his tour team on a spooky sojourn through time at the Stanley Hotel.

* 1900's history tour featuring the beginnings of the hotel, FO and Flora Stanley, and the Stanley Steamer.
* Stephen King's "Shining" connection to the hotel- his room #217, where he wrote his book The Shining.
* Ghost stories and sightings
* The Stanley's most haunted rooms and places
* Tours through the underground tunnel
- max 25 people
- no children under 5 years old

$10 per person

The Stanley Hotel's Ghosts and History Tour is very popular. We recommend making reservations at least a week or two in
advance of your stay to make sure you can join us on the tour!

Call Billy Ward, Tour Director, at (970) 577-4110

                                    Ghost Stories from the Estes Park Museum!

Call for details

Ghost Stories about the Stanley at the Stanley Museum
517 Big Thompson Ave., Lower Stanley Village

Event Description:  Retired Park Ranger Tom Danton shares Ghost Stories about the Stanley Hotel.

Ticket Price:  Adults $5; Children $2

Get Tickets at: Stanley Museum Lower Stanley Village ~ 517 Big Thompson Ave ~ Estes Park, CO 80517

Event Contact Phone #:  970-577-1903

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Article from 2009  ~ (About the 2009 Halloween season)

Get spooked! Haunted happenings in Estes Park

By Suzy Blackhurst Special to the Trail-Gazette

Posted: 10/16/2009

The month of October is filled with fun and spooky activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Ghost Stories of the Stanleys

The Stanley Museum in Lower Stanley Village is offering "Ghost Stories of the Stanleys," Saturday afternoons through October
when retired Park Ranger Tom Danton shares informative stories about F.O. and Flora Stanley and of the hotel. Danton says he
enjoys telling the Stanley ghost stories because they are not terribly scary. Some hotels, he says are haunted because of

According to Danton, ghosts return to the Stanley Hotel because they remember it as one of the most splendid times of their lives.
He says things mysteriously move around the hotel and museum, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley are often spotted on the grand
staircase overlooking the lobby at the hotel. Danton mixes interesting elements of history into the ghost stories, and audiences
depart with more knowledge about Estes Park and the hotel than they had before.

Ghost Tour of the Stanley Hotel

Of course, Estes Park is known for the Stanley Hotel -- named as one of the top ten haunted hotels in the United States, inspiring
Stephen King to write his famous novel, "The Shining." The hotel has several ghostly opportunities available during this season.
Visitors can take a historic Ghost Tour of the Stanley Hotel where they'll learn about the history and haunting of the hotel during
this 90-minute tour.

On the fourth floor, which used to be the servant's quarters, visitors may hear the squeals of children playing echoing down the
hallway. The tour includes the music room where Flora Stanley often is heard playing her piano and the billiard room where the
aroma created by smoke from F.O. Stanley's cigar has been noticed. Guides take sightseers into the underground tunnel used by
servants and employees over the years. Many a visitor has returned from the Stanley with photographs of orbs and ghostly
apparitions -- and even audio recordings of melodic harmonies from Flora's antique grand piano.

For an even more extensive exploration of the hotel and possible apparitions, join the Stanley Hotel's professional ghost hunter to
explore the paranormal world at the hotel. Investigations are held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and participants must be at least 18 years
old. Reservations are required.

The Stanley Hotel's annual costume party -- for those 21 and over -- the Shining Ball, is Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Prizes will be awarded to the sexiest couple. The scariest couple, most original couple and the best character from the movie, "The

Weekend Out

A good day to get spooked at the Stanley Museum

Denver Post Article

By Kat Valentine King ~ Special to The Denver Post

Posted: 10/31/2009

                                                           Above picture from the Stanley Museum

Today at the Stanley Museum in Estes Park, history buffs can hear all about one of the nation's most famous haunted hotels.

The Stanley Hotel — infamous for its connection to Stephen King's novel "The Shining" — celebrated its 100th anniversary in July.

It was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley, co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile. For most of the 20th century, the hotel was
known for its chichi accommodations and wealthy clientele. It had that reputation long before King penned "The Shining" after a
night spent with the Stanley ghosts.

"It's been called the most famous hotel west of the Mississippi," says Tom Danton, a volunteer at the Stanley Museum's Estes Park
location and a former ghost-tour guide at the hotel.

"And not just for the hauntings," Danton adds. The hotel also was one of the first in the country to have private guest bathrooms,
electricity throughout, and a phone in every room.

"The early guests were super- wealthy, and came here for entire summers," Danton says.

Some of the hotel's illustrious early guests included Margaret "Molly" Brown, Theodore Roosevelt, and the emperor and empress
of Japan. The mountain resort's pre-World War I popularity is one reason some people believe it is now home to numerous ghosts
or spirits.

"We've had psychics say that the ghosts remember (staying at) the Stanley as the happiest times in their lives," Danton says.
"Some people think the ghosts get lonely, or depressed, which is why they want recognition."

Reports of moving furniture, whispers in the night and lights turning on and off by themselves are common. Spookier encounters
include staff members being shoved by an invisible force, the feeling of hands tugging on clothing, breath blowing through hair,
and even guests waking in the night to find their bedding removed and neatly folded on the floor nearby.

Leslie Hoy, the hotel's assistant general manager, says that so many people seek out the Stanley to satisfy their spectral
curiosities that she keeps a ghost hunter and a psychic on the payroll.

"We conduct ghost hunts and communicate with spirits regularly," Hoy says. The Stanley also hosts the annual Shining Ball on
Halloween night, a costume party that lures an international crowd and sells out weeks in advance.

The most haunted room at the hotel is No. 217, the same room that inspired Stephen King's book. While living in Boulder, the
author and his family took a mini-vacation to the Stanley and stayed in that room. It was reportedly an eerie, late-summer getaway
when the hotel was nearly empty.

Now the facility regularly screens Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film adaptation of King's story, and shows the movie in guest rooms on a
continuous, closed-circuit loop.

But who, exactly, is haunting the Stanley?

Danton tells of a 1911 gas leak (gas lamps were the backup during electrical outages) that caused an explosion in Room 217,
nearly killing housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson. After Wilson's passing in the 1950s, reports of ghostly activity in the room increased.

"The door opens and closes behind you by itself when you come and go, and lights go on and off," Danton says. "The maids now
are used to it, and just say 'Thank you, Miss Wilson.' "

Visitors also report that some ghosts show themselves. "Stanley and his wife, Flora, are the most common full apparitions
reported," Danton says. Regular sightings, he adds, are recorded several times each week. "Sometimes they're seen sitting in the
public areas, or dressed to kill on the main staircase."

Other reports put Stanley in the administrative offices, looking over the hotel's current accounts. "The Stanleys died in 1939 and
1940," Danton says. "But some people say that they never did go away."

F.O. Stanley, top, and his wife, Flora, are among the ghosts most reported at Estes Park's Stanley Hotel.

(Photo from the Stanley Museum)


The Haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Published August 31, 2007 by:  uncgrad
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is famous. Yes, it is a historic building and thriving business. That's not why some are
familiar with the hotel. You see, it's haunted. Stephen King even stayed there once; the experience inspired him to write The
Shining, a horror novel about a haunted hotel known as The Overlook Hotel. A televised version of the novel was filmed there as

In 1903, F.O. Stanley was in poor health and moved west, along with his wife, at his doctor's urging. He discovered that Estes Park
lacked amenities at the time, so he purchased 160 acres from Lord Dunraven. Construction on the eleven building complex began
in 1907, and was completed in 1909. Many of these buildings are still used today.

It is said that F.O. and his wife Flora still haunt the Stanley Hotel. Mr. Stanley is fond of the lobby and billiards room. The piano in
the music room is sometimes played and many believe it is Mrs. Stanley playing it.

Room 418 in the Stanley Hotel is reported to have high levels of paranormal activity. This haunted room, as well as the fourth floor
as a whole, is active. Children are often heard playing in the hallway - when no children can be found in the halls. One couple
complained about the noisy kids in the hall keeping them up at night, but no kids were booked in the hotel at that time.

A ghost child has been seen by many, in various locations throughout the hotel. Former employees of the Stanley Hotel have
heard footsteps when no person could have made them, or seen apparitions.

Room 407 in the Stanley is haunted as well. Many hotel guests have said Lord Dunraven occupies this room. His presence, or at
least a presence, has been witnessed near the bathroom door in this room. A guest once reported that a light in this corner kept
going on and off, and once they asked the ghost if he would leave the light on, the light turned on and remained on. Some have
also seen a man looking out of room 407's window, when the room has not been rented.


Visit the Famous and Haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Published January 17, 2007 by: Sherri Granato

You just never know what secrets are hiding behind the exterior of what appears to be a nice hotel, so you would probably never
guess that the Stanley Hotel was once used for the horror movie, "The Shining" or for
filming the last part of "Dumb and Dumber". The hotels popularity has drawn in many stars over the decades, whether it is to
investigate the supernatural or just to get away from the stress of real people while relaxing in the comfort and beauty of the luxury
hotel that offers a little more than just hospitality, you will easily find it at the Stanley Hotel.

Construction of the Stanley Hotel began in 1906 and officially opened in 1909. F. O. Stanley and his wife Flora built their family
home in Estes Park, Colorado, then later built the hotel nearby. F.O. was extremely intelligent and constructed a hydroelectric
plant within the mountains so that the hotel could be all electric. He later added the convenience of telephones to every room
which was quite a luxury for that period of time. The Stanley was once used as a summer resort so heat was not necessary, but it
was eventually installed in 1979. Prior to that time the hotel was heated from fireplaces located on the first floor.

It is thought that Mr. and Mrs. Stanley loved their hotel so much that they still live there today, not in the physical form, but rather
in the form of friendly and annoying spirit forms. F.O. Stanley likes to play the piano in the music room late at night, and Flora is
known to be highly visible at just about any time of the day or night. Her image is considered a high profile haunting as she is quite
frequently spotted in the billiard room and in the lobby.



The Haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.

Last year we toured out towards Estes Park here in Colorado, and like the last time we went through there, the huge hotel that
stands out in beauty there, completely caught my eye! Luckily for me, we had time to explore it this time around. The one burning
question burning in my mind was: Is this where Stephen King’s “The Shining” was filmed? We made our way to the Hotel and
started snooping around.

Upon our exploring we learned that this is not in fact where “The Shinning” was filmed, but where Stephen King got his inspiration
for the story. He had originally had an idea of a family stranded in an amusement park, but he couldn’t seem to use it. He was
renting a home in Boulder, Colorado at the time (close to where I lived last year, how awesome!) and after he arrived in Estes Park
at the Stanley Hotel, he had dinner, and then walked along the corridors. It says he could imagine the grand hotel cut off from the
outside world- snowbound. His plot thickened: a family hired as caretakers of the vast hotel until spring; an innocent wife; a
husband going mad; and their small son with a special gift – The Shinning.

The movie itself wasn’t filmed there because there simply was not enough snow, the town was too close to the hotel, and adequate
powder did not exist at that time. However, the Mini series of ‘The Shinning’ was indeed filmed there years later in the spring of

Famous Guests that have stayed at The Stanley:

* John Philips Sousa- Opened the Concert Hall in 1910 and performed Concerts yearly until his death.
* Theodore Roosevelt- Stayed in Room 217 in 1915
* Stephen King- Stayed for one night in room 217 during the inspiration of the book The Shinning. And also was back in the late
1990’s for the production of the ABC miniseries “The Shinning.”
* Jim Carey- Stayed in room 217 during the production of Dumb and Dumber. (My brother in law and I swear the bar inside of the
Hotel looks like the one filmed in the movie – I’ve yet to find fact on this,though)
* “Unsinkable” Molly Brown- Titanic Survivor, she stayed in room 217 during her stay.

Other notable Guests:

Wayne Newton, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, The JC Penney’s, Steven Webber, Rebecca DeMornay, Billy Graham, Dr.
William Mayo, and Emperor Akihito.

The Hotel also has a famous history of Ghosts. Room 418 seems to have the most ghostly activity reported. In fact, the entire
fourth floor of the Stanley Hotel (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. Often, the sound of children playing in the halls of
the Stanley can be heard, even when no children are present.

The Famous Ghosts of the Stanley Hotel:

* Lord Dunraven- Resides in room 401.
* Ghost Children- Play around on the 4th floor hallways.
* Mr. Stanley – Appears in the Bar and in the Main Lobby.
* Mrs. Stanley – Plays the piano in the Music Room.
* Maid Elizabeth Wilson – Cleans up room 217 to her liking.
* Homeless woman- Haunts in the Concert keeping guard.


Rocky Mountain Shine

Spooking Stephen King is no small feat. But during an overnight stay here in the 1970s, The Stanley Hotel managed to do just
that. Overlooking the Rocky Mountain town of Estes Park, CO, the grand old Stanley inspired the fictional Overlook Hotel, the
eerie setting for King's novel, The Shining. The building sits on land originally owned by the British Fourth Earl of Dunraven, who
once maintained a private hunting reserve on the property. Irate locals and legal battles drove him out, paving the way for famed
automaker F.O. Stanley, who opened the Georgian-style hotel in 1909.

The bitter Lord Dunraven haunts the 4th floor, his ghost particularly fond of terrorizing guests in rooms 401, 407 and 418. Lights
switch on and off mysteriously; furniture moves around by itself. In addition to Dunraven, the ghosts of children have also been
heard playing in the hallway, just outside the doors. And if you've always harbored a secret desire to speak in tongues, request
room 412. Here a guest claims to have been possessed by an evil entity, driving him to speak in tongues.

As for Stephen King, he is said to have been tormented by the ghost of a hotel maid, who apparently died in his room, 217. The
Stanley celebrates its apparitions with a daily guided tour, though "Shining" fans may be disappointed to discover the hotel bar
does not pour "redrum."

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