Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hauntings: Crescent Hotel


Crescent Hotel (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)

Crescent Hotel & Spa is one of America’s most historic—and haunted—locations.  When built in 1886, it advertized "healing waters,” but when the curative waters didn’t work, people slowly stopped coming and the hotel went out of business.

In 1937, Norman Baker opened it as a cancer hospital and promised his patients they’d walk away “cancer-free.”  However, Baker was a con man and was arrested in 1939 for defrauding his patients out of approximately $4,000,000.  While no one died from Baker’s "cure” directly, the investigation showed that his bogus treatments most likely hastened their death, since they didn't seek legitimate treatment.

The hotel was completely refurbished in 2002. But the new amenities include the supernatural!


Ghosts from the Victorian era:

In the lobby a gentleman dressed in formal Victorian clothing, complete with top hat, has often been spotted at the bottom of the stairway or sitting at the bar. Described as distinguished-looking with a mustache and beard, some have tried to entice him into conversation. However, he just sits quietly and never responds, before abruptly disappearing.
In the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room, many have seen groups of 1890’s dancers in formal attire, whirling around the room. Other reports tell of a gentleman who sits at a certain a table near the windows. When approached, he says, "I saw the most beautiful woman here last night, and I am waiting for her to return."
Once during the Christmas season, the Christmas tree and all its packages were found mysteriously moved from one side of the room to the other. Additionally, all the chairs had been moved to face the transported tree. On another occasion, staff arrived in the morning to find the dining room in perfect order, with the exception of all of the menus scattered across the floor.
In the hotel kitchen, the apparition of a small boy has been seen skipping around and sometimes pots and pans come flying off their hooks.

In the 1920s, a young woman either jumped or was pushed from a balcony to her death. Today, guests report hearing her screams as she falls.

Ghosts from Baker’s Cancer Hospital:
The lingering spirit of a nurse, dressed all in white, is often seen pushing a gurney on the third floor.  Others who haven’t seen the apparition have reported the sounds of squeaks and rattles that sound like a gurney rolling down the hallway.
The apparition of Baker himself has been seen in the old Recreation Room in the basement and at the foot of the first floor stairway. Dressed in a purple shirt and white linen suit, the vision appears identical to old photographs of the infamous "doctor.”
Another remnant of the old hospital days is a ghostly figure often seen by housekeepers in Room 419. The woman introduced herself as Theodora, a cancer patient, before quickly vanishing.
The antique switchboard continued to be utilized in the 40s and continually received phone calls from the empty basement, the location of Baker’s office.

The most haunted room is 218, where the lights and television go on and off by themselves, doors open and close, and pounding can be heard from the walls.  Some people have witnessed hands coming out of the bathroom mirror and heard cries of what sounded like a man falling above the ceiling.  Other guests have been shaken during the night, and on one occasion a patron ran screaming from the room, claiming to have seen blood splattered all over its walls.





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47 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

I don't remember if I ever went Eureka Springs, but I did go to Hot Springs several times when I was a kid. They had a similar thing there with their water. No hauntings as far as I know, though.

Lynda Dietz said...

Oh, this one is definitely winning the creep factor! I can't imagine staying in a hotel room that had so many things going on. And that con man...$4,000,000 would be an incredible amount in 1939!

parichitasingh said...

Quite fascinating!

I wonder what was it before anything was built here.

S.K. Anthony said...

Eeek! I keep thinking how creepy, sad, and romantic that the gentleman waits in the dining room for the beautiful woman to return...I didn't even remember living one of my lives during the 1800s, goes to show. :P

Annalisa Crawford said...

A tragic history, but I'd love to visit.

Sara C. Snider said...

There's just something very, very wrong about old haunted hospitals. It's so much more creepy than anything else that's haunted! *runs away*

Weekend-Windup said...

Thanks for sharing the history!

Kate Larkindale said...

So people actually go to stay there and be scared? Not my idea of a fun vacation....

Sally @ Breaking Cover said...

Returning your visit from the A-Z. Great stuff - I shall be back.

Ms Misantropia said...

What a magnificent building, perfect for a horror movie backdrop. Too bad it looks nothing like that anymore.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I LOVE that you're doing haunting for the A to Z challenge - such fun!

And that picture just screams haunted - it's like the building's designers were sending out a personalized invitation to all ghost when they built it. All the examples are creepy (especially the phone calls from the empty basement), but if I saw a hand coming out of the mirror, I'd be done. As in heart attack done.

JeffO said...

It made me think of the infamous Overlook Hotel of Stephen King fame....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Think I would take room 218 as a last resort.

Julie Flanders said...

Like Jeff, this made me think of The Shining right away. Especially the dancers! So eerie, I love it.

messymimi said...

It might be interesting to stop by during the day, but i'm not so sure about staying over.

Winter Moon said...

Oh...I'd love to visit this. Not alone though mind you. Definitely not alone.

Steven said...

This is going on my paranormal tourism list :)

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

When stories are told about ghosts, they always seem to be doing the same thing over and over. That poor lady has been screaming since 1920. Maybe that is hell.

Robin said...

I wouldn't mind visiting this place, but I would NOT stay in room 218. Yikes.

Guilie Castillo said...

Oooooohhhhh, creepy! I love ghost stories (even though, or maybe precisely because, I don't believe in ghosts) and all these incidents sparked my imagination. That man waiting for "the most beautiful woman"--how very, very sad. Thanks for a great post!
Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

Bish Denham said...

The building is as spooking looking as the stories!

Keebles said...

I don't live near Eureka Springs, but I have been an annual visitor for pretty much my entire life. The Crescent's vibe is so strong, I can't even approach the hill without getting nauseous, and, even in the bright light of day, it pretty much looks just like the picture. I can't even imagine why anyone would want to stay there.

Munir said...

Oh, wow ! What a hotel and then a hospital run by a con man ? Eek !

cleemckenzie said...

I found about a hundred plots in this post. I'm especially intrigued with the man who waits for the beautiful woman at the table. Hmm. Off to write that one down.

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Err, I don't think my comment went through. I was saying that I love ghost stories and this places looks and sounds like great inspiration for a story. Here in Colorado we have a place like this called The Stanley Hotel. It's the same place Steven King used as his inspiration for The Shining and it's definitely got a creepy vibe. I've been there before and it's definitely given me ideas for stories :)

Ava Quinn said...

Yikes!! Scary stuff. But I have to say I really wish I could try to talk to one of the ghosts!

Alyssa said...

Wow, that's so scary!!! I don't believe in ghosts, but hearing stories like this make me wonder!

Pam Faro said...

What a fascinating series for A-Z! As an oral storyteller, they're not my main genre but sometimes ghost/haunting stories are JUST the best! I'll keep visiting - I bet I'll get some story ideas/inspiration from you. :-) (And with a last name like "Faro," I love your blog's banner photo-!) Happy A-to-Z - Pam (storycrossings.com/blog/)

Pam Faro said...

I drive by the Stanley about once every 2 months here in Colorado (the hotel that inspired King to write The Shining-!)...and once I performed on the very stage that Stephen King himself stood on when he was in the TV-movie remake of The Shining- !...! It's beautiful, and creepy, and magnificent...!

The Wicked Writer said...

A brilliant series for A to Z can't wait to read more, but it will be during daylight hours...hotel ballroom sounds like the one in the shining...

Vanessa Morgan said...

The Crescent Hotel really looks like an abandoned hotel I visited a couple of months ago. The place is definitely creepy.

Brandon Ax said...

I've got to show my daughter this she loves ghost stories. I will have to bring her in each day to see your A-Z.

Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

Jay Noel said...

Love this kind of stuff! I think the Ghost Hunters investigated this place.

Ayden said...

My husband and I spent our anniversary in Eureka Springs last year. Having lived in Arkansas most of my life, I can't believe I hadn't been before then. It is such a beautiful place. The husband is dying to go back so we can stay at the Crescent. I was content just taking pictures of the hotel. The way it looms over the area gives the entire area an almost ethereal quality. It's breathtaking.

Kim Graff said...

Hey! I've actually been here. I spent my first spring break in college here because I wanted to find a haunted house and had a friend who would put up with me doing that for spring break instead of going partying. It's really nice and Eureka is a cute place, but that place is so not haunted. They have the TVs on this auto-turn-on thing randomly.

seezooeyrun said...

Oooh! Ghosts! Love it! I'm from New England where ghosts abound. Cool.

Jak Cryton said...

That's one creepy picture. Someone mentioned that it doesn't look like that anymore. May have to investigate how it does now.

I have no idea why I haven't heard of this place either. Maybe I have and I just never remembered the name. I suppose subconsciously maybe I'm purposely blocking out many haunted places, so that I don't get curious and take road trips and become ghost food!

There may only be that one highlighted death, but it sounds like a whole hell of a lot more took place in that hotel! Who is up for a night in? Room 218 anyone?

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anyone?

Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

Joyce Lansky said...

Wasn't 218 the room from The Shining?

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Lynda R Young said...

I don't think I'd stay there. I've seen enough ghosts, thank you ;)

T.F. Walsh said...

Awesome post... I know I'll learn lots from these. Loved it.

Jeff Chapman said...

I wonder if all that is included in the brochures for the place? And would it be part of a disclaimer or an attraction?

Donna B. McNicol said...

This place is SOOOO creepy!! Not sure I could manage a visit or not. Brrrrr....

D.B. McNicol
A to Z: Romance & Mystery...writing my life

mshatch said...

Reminds me of the hotel in The Shining...creepy!

Al Diaz said...

Yes it reminded me of the Shining too. So interesting, your theme!

Zoe Byrd said...

talk about bad joujou the place has been riddled with fraud and bad karma...

Millie Burns said...

That's a very cool looking building.

Misha Gericke said...

The ghost waiting for a beautiful woman is an intriguing story idea. :-D

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