Lick Springs Hotel,
Most of this information can be found in Mark
Marimen's Haunted Indiana 2, he also goes into some detail about
the history of the area and hotel. Here is
a summary of what I have read, heard and seen. When I was
part of another group in Indiana, we hosted a haunted weekend in
October 2002, where we got to do a bit of ghost hunting. The hotel
also offers a historic tour of the hotel and grounds, they might
throw in a few stories of the supernatural, if you ask. We definitely
plan on going back to do some more investigating.
is a former owner that built the hotel into what it is today.
said to haunt the service elevator, some employees
claim to have seen mists, smelled pipe or cigar tobacco, but the
most popular story is that when the hotel is busy and employees
have their hands full, the elevator opens and closes by itself,
open just long enough for them to get into the elevator. Usually
a button must be pushed to perform both of these functions. It
is also known to run between floors in the middle of the night
I have also heard stories about this elevator that claim someone
is buried behind a wall of the elevator shaft, there is also some
graffiti that may or may not be satanic symbols painted in the
was also known to ride his horse down the long hall to the ballroom
in his day. Today people have seen
a ghostly figure
of horse and rider in the ballroom and have heard the sound of
horse trotting down the hall. Some of the hotel staff have also
told us that when they clean up after parties or stand just outside
ballroom doors they have heard the sounds of a party going on
when no one is in the room. Sounds such as clinking china, voices
some rooms in the hotel that have a certain "reputation." One
of these includes a room where a man jumped out the window
and hanged himself. When his new bride discovered this gruesome
committed suicide in the bathtub. Supposedly the tub in that
room has a recurring red stain whenever they try to replace
sixth floor has a reputation among the cleaning staff. So much
so that they are reluctant to work up there alone
at all. There have been stories of shadows moving down the
of footsteps, a woman's laughter, and cold breezes rushing
by. One of the most popular stories among the staff is the
floor that calls the front desk, when the room is not occupied.
One time when this event occurred, the room didn't even have
a phone installed.
When they answer the phone there is nothing on the other
We heard stories
about a head bell-hop that was well-liked, there is a picture
of him in the hotel. One of the people
we were with
is extremely psychic, he was in the lobby around 3 a.m.
There weren't many other people around at the time. He was taking
a digital camera when he got a feeling he should concentrate
on the bell-hop stand. When we saw the picture, we could
it. It looked like an African American man in a bell-hop
uniform, he assured us that no one was around and we confirmed
desk that there weren't any bell-hops on duty all night.
by: Lee Weaver AKA spiritmagnet2000@
also got to explore an old jail cell in the basement where
they kept criminals back in the days when gambling was
prevalent in French
Lick. Some people got a bad feeling when peering
into the dark
cell, that is still padlocked.
We also heard
about a few rooms in what they call the penthouse. The staff
did not know
much about it except
that it is
off-limits even to them. Sounds like further investigation
on this subject.
Other accounts of strange activity:
- 7th floor
is scary, something white floats up and down the halls, it
appears to be a woman.
- In the
north service elevator, devils are painted in the shaft,
no one knows how they got there.
Skaggs worked at the hotel in the late 60s to 70s. He was found
dead at the bottom
of an elevator shaft. Charlie
is said to be
a friendly spirit that talks to guests. A convention of
police officers was visiting the hotel, and wrote a thank you
note which said, "Tell
Charlie we said hello." There was no one employed by the
hotel with the name "Charlie" at that time.
- A man who
was gambling in a casino across the street from the hotel brought
his large winnings
back to his room, and was found dead at
bottom of a stairwell
and the money was gone. He is seen walking around looking
for his money.
- A manager
at the hotel committed suicide in a bathtub at the hotel, and
is said to be roaming about the halls.
Taggart's daughter or daughter in law killed herself in the
area between the Governor's
Suite and the President's
near a spiral staircase. There is still blood on
the floor under the carpets.
- There is
a mansion on top of Mount Aire. This was Taggart's house and
it is very haunted.