|photo: Olivia Lewis | UCD Advocate|
$15 will buy you a tour of the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration behind Stephen King's novel The Shining. Kubrick didn't use the hotel as his filming location, but mini-series director Mick Garris did. The creepy spooks aren't just the stuff of novels and movies, seems some people actually believe the old place is haunted.
Advocate "In Focus" editor, Lindsay Maynard, took the tour and wrote a very nice article. It seems this time of year there are always a pile of stories about the Stanley Hotel. Maynard's is a lot more fun than most! She wholeheartedly embraces the spooky elements. In fact, she says the hotel is deemed one of the "most haunted." Not most haunted in America. . . just "most haunted." I assume she means in the world! Yikes.
HERE is the article, titled "Tour Estes Park's most haunted hotel."
Maynard has an interesting story about Jim Carrey, who stayed in room 217 -- but not for an entire night! Seems a few hours after checking in, he left the room and "never returned." Why? Seems he's never said a word about it. Could it be that the woman in the tub bothered him? She was so very pretty! Or perhaps the two dead girls made it hard to settle down. I dunno.
About King's visit, Maynard writes, "While stuck in the mountains, King and his wife begged the innkeeper to let them stay for the night. They were the only guests to occupy the hotel and they stayed in Room 217, where they experienced uneasy tension throughout their visit. Seven days later, the outline for The Shining was created."
I'd never heard that they "begged the innkeeper to let them stay for the night." Sounds familiar, though.
Some interesting facts gleaned from the article:
- Ghost Hunters has visited the hotel nine times!
- Travel Chanel's "Ghost Adventures" has also paid their respects.
- In June 1911, during a power outage, a chambermaid named Mrs. Wilson entered room 217 to light a candle. A gas leak caused the room to explode! What's amazing is that she lived, and was given a job at the hotel for life. Maynard says that she is known to appear from time to time and even put away clothes for guests. Nice ghosty.
- On the fourth floor, there is sometimes the sound of unseen children playing.