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Washington Ghost Stories

As a Washington based company we are always curious about local stories and history. This time, we take a look at some of Washington’s most legendary ghost stories!

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Central Washington University, “Kamola Hall” (1940). CWU Building Photographs. 290.

Lola in Kamola — Ellensburg, WA

A student named Lola, attended Central Washington University during World War II and was rumored to have committed suicide in the Kamola resident’s hall after discovering the love of her life was killed in action. Students over the years have reported ‘sightings’ of Lola, including noises, cold gusts of wind, and apparitions. CWU’s photographer Richard Villacres says he dealt with Lola personally during a photo shoot in 2002, prior to the Kamola hall remodel. During the photo shoot things seemed fine. Then he developed his film.

“I shot three rolls of film inside Kamola of my model, and the three rolls of film that I shot inside — two of them came out black, nothing — which has never, ever happened to me,” Villacres said.

Getting angered by the apparent camera malfunction, Villacres was surprised to see the third roll of film developed — but not into something that he took.

“The one roll that came out had all kinds of bizarre fogging and weird marks on it,” Villacres said. “Especially one that was taken in the hallway inside. There is this ghostly figure in the background — all this weird effect is on there. I had no explanation for that.”

Puzzled, and thoroughly creeped out, Villacres had the film sent back to Polaroid to see if there was anything wrong. They said there was nothing. He developed other photos he had taken that day outside the building. They turned out fine. He took his camera out on another shoot, and again, everything was working perfectly. Just not in Kamola’s attic.

 

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Hotel Andra Seattle, WA

The 119-room Hotel Andra, located in the heart of Seattle, is a 10-story building that opened in 1926 as the Claremont Hotel. It has been remodeled several times and is still a functioning hotel. Renamed the Hotel Andra in 2004, it’s “one of the premier luxury hotels in downtown Seattle,” according to the Andra’s website. Andra officials said the hotel provided efficiency apartments when it first opened, and acted as a transfer station for members of the Women’s Army Corps from 1945 to 1947. It was transformed into a small boutique hotel in the 1970s before opening as the Hotel Andra in 2004.

Staffers and guests have reported apparitions in the building, and are said to have witnessed objects moving on their own. One of the more common stories from guests involves the apparition of a woman who appears in guests’ rooms wearing 1930s-style clothing. Hotel patrons have reported hearing jazz music and parties on the ninth floor, only for staffers to check and find nothing.

 

800px-WANSHPC1940sThe Northern State Mental Hospital — Burlington, WA

The Northern State Mental Hospital, was a self-sustaining hospital complex, once the state’s largest facility for the mentally insane, or not so insane. It sits on 1,100 acres and was operational from 1912 to 1973.

The complex was designed as a “self-sustaining and therapeutic colony for the mentally ill,”. The site boasted patient and staff quarters, a lumber mill, a quarry, a greenhouse, a laundry, canning facilities and more. There was also a 700-acre farm, and the site had a cemetery where thousands of people have been buried. The hospital closed in 1976, but some of its buildings are still in use as a drug rehab center and for job corps projects.

According to some reports, patients died at the facility from all kinds of experimental treatments, including electroshock therapy, sterilizations and botched transorbital lobotomies. The eerie remains of Washington State’s Northern State Mental Hospital is rumored to be haunted with apparitions and unexplained screams reported by unsuspecting visitors. Investigators of paranormal activity have said the ghostly remains of the Northern State Mental Hospital are haunted.

 

Seattle_1921_First_Avenue_03Kell’s Pub — Seattle, WA

Kell’s Pub is in the Butterworth Building, a mortuary, the entire building was used to store the dead. Kell’s Pub was an entrance for delivering bodies. Workers would put the bodies into an elevator and take them to the third floor to process them for burial.

There are two ghosts that are known to regularly manifest at Kell’s. The first is a little girl with long red hair. She’s known to play pranks on the guests, but really she wants to play with other kids. During the day, you can have children in the pub, so that’s when she’s most active. It is said that this ghost girl can manipulate physical things and has made toys for children, like rag dolls, who visit the bar. No one knows the girl’s identity: She may have been one of the many children who died in the 1918 influenza outbreak.

The second ghost is named Charlie. He manifests in the Guinness mirror, then disappears. Charlie does it quite often on nights when a band plays. You’ll know it’s him because he’s an older gentleman wearing a derby hat.

 

Miller Creek Ghost — Burien, WA

Around 1915, a railway man’s little girl got washed away when Miller Creek overflowed its banks during a horrible storm. It’s rumored that, that little girl now haunts the creek near Ambaum Boulevard and 163rd Place in Burien, Washington.

When the drowning happened, Burien went by a different name, Sunnydale, and it was nothing more than a few houses. It was hard to reach and people used trails through a dense, wet forest to get there. The girl, an alleged descendent of Mike Kelly, lived in a small house by the creek. In the early spring of 1915, a terrible storm came off the Pacific Ocean and pounded the Burien area. High up in the Cascades, the storm water collected until it burst through a lake made by log jams. The wall of water crashed through the wilderness and flowed into Miller Creek, causing it to grow to four-times its normal level.

Downstream, the girl played with a few friends, none of them heard the stream roar with rage until it was too late. Two children drowned.

Today, locals tell her tale, but refrain from looking for ghostly activities at Miller Creek. The girl, who still has no name attached to her legend, is said to manifest on very rare sunny days after storms roll through. There has been reports of giggling, rustling of leaves, and moths fluttering around you.

 

A.B.H.S Facility — Spokane Valley, WA

The former nursing home was notorious for its criminal mistreatment of patients. The corpses of patients were stored in the basement, enabling staff to perform social security scams. The macabre history of the basement has carried through to present day, effecting the staff and patients of the behavioral health facility. Staff members have been known to refuse to enter the basement, convinced that malevolent spirits lurk in the shadows. Patients have claimed white orbs and shadowy figures appear throughout the building, contributing to the facility’s haunting atmosphere.

 

2008-1018-023-DavenportHotel-int1The Davenport Hotel — Spokane, WA

Since the Davenport reopened in 2002, one story has been told more than others. “A woman walks through the mezzanine in vintage 1920s dress,” Most people didn’t pay much attention to the story until they found an article from the 1920s in the Spokesman-Review. It reported that a woman walked through some doors, out unto the lobby skylight and fell to her death.

An official spokesperson of the hotel believes Louis Davenport’s “legacy of supreme hospitality” is what really haunts the building, but he holds open the possibility that something supernatural is also at work. “The law of physics says energy is neither created nor destroyed,” he says. “If you believe that, where does all this human energy go? Maybe it’s still alive, in this same physical space that has all this human history.”

 

Manresa_HallManresa Castle — Port Townsend, WA

The century-old Manresa Castle was designed to resemble a medieval castle. Completed in 1892, it was used as a vacation home and a training college.

Two ghosts are said to haunt Manresa Castle. The first is a young woman named Kate who is said to have leapt to her death from her room (306) in despair after her lover either failed to show up, or was killed. The other is the ghost of a monk that legend claims hanged himself in the tower above room 302. So if you are looking for a haunted night’s stay, pick one of those two rooms.

 

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The Oxford Saloon — Snohomish, WA

Over the years, the Oxford Saloon was often the scene of violence, especially around the basement, a men’s card room and the bar. One well-documented killing was that of a policeman, named Henry. He was a regular at the Oxford and may have moonlighted as a bouncer. One night there was a fight, and when Henry attempted to break it up, he was knifed and died.

Henry seems to have stuck around, and has been sighted hanging out around the stairs leading to the basement and in the ladies’ restroom. Seen and felt, as many women report being pinched by him.

The second floor of the Oxford is now rented out as offices, but at least three ghosts seem to remain from the Oxford’s darker days. One is a man in a bowler hat, and the others are two women. Some people believe one is Kathleen, who eventually lived upstairs. The other woman is Amelia, one of Kathleen’s girls, who had been forced into prostitution. Her dead body was found curled up in her closet, and no one was sure whether she committed suicide, or was murdered.


This post is apart of our 13 days of Halloween series. Checkout our other spooky posts:

  1. Washington Ghost Stories
  2. Out of Place Artifacts
  3. Henry Rathbone
  4. Charon and the Journey to Hades
  5. Post-Mortem Photography
  6. All Hallows Eve Divination Games
  7. Saved By The Bell and other Idioms
  8. Halloween Coins
  9. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Coins Connecting You to the Spirit World
  11. Ancient Egyptian Alien Coins
  12. Superstitions Around the World
  13. A Brief History of Halloween
  1. A Brief History of Halloween

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