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October 3, 2005
The tour guide we had was great; he’s one of those people who you can tell really enjoys their job. He was very knowledgeable on the history of the hotel and a lot of fun to listen to.
We toured some of the different rooms of the hotel, such as the dining and billiard rooms. As we toured the different rooms, it felt almost as though I had gone back in time. I looked around in awe as I imagined what it must have been like long ago. The tour even included information about the different rooms and areas that are supposed to be haunted. We were even allowed to tour one of the guest rooms that are supposed to be haunted. Jim Carey is said to have stayed in this room during the taping of "Dumb and Dumber" and have asked to be moved to another room - he didn’t care which one. To this day, he will not talk about what happened to him in that room. We were also told about Stephen King writing "The Shining" there and what areas were used in the TV miniseries.
If you love old historic places and/or haunted places, be sure to take this tour!
From journal Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
by The Wallaces
North Richland Hills, Texas
May 5, 2003
From journal Beautiful Estes Park - Gateway to RMNP
May 4, 2003
When coming into Estes Park, you can actually see The Stanley Hotel from afar. The view it provides is massive, yet elegant. This romantic and secluded hotel and its surrounding land is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
HISTORY ON THE STANLEY HOTEL:
F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, arrived in Denver in 1903. F. O. (Freelan Oscar) had been sent by his doctor to Colorado to seek the fresh mountain air after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. With no signs of improvement, they traveled to Estes Park and fell in love with the area. F.O. Stanley's condition improved. Because of his newly improved health condition, Estes Park was to become their home.
In 1906, thus began the construction of The Stanley Hotel. This magnificient structure opened up in 1909.
THE HAUNTED ROOM(S):
If you are a Stephen King fan, then you know all about the movie The Shining and Room 217. It was this room that inspired this hotel, this mystery, this spookiness.
However, it is Room 418 that has the most ghostly activities. In fact, the entire fourth floor (formerly the servants quarters) is quite active. It has been reported often that sounds of children playing in the halls can be heard, even when no children are present.
The hotel's original owners, F.O. and Flora Stanley, are said to haunt The Stanley Hotel as well. People have reported of hearing (and seeing) Mr. Stanley playing the piano in the music room, frequents the billards room, and the lobby.
It was a coincidence that right before our Estes Park, Colorado trip, there was a show on TV about The Stanley Hotel. This show was about the "Haunted Places" in United States. Curiousity got the best of me and naturally I watched the program. Let me say after watching this show, I did not visit either one of those rooms when we took our tour of The Stanley Hotel. Would you??
From journal Things To Do In Estes Park, Colorado