Victor Hotel - Victor, CO
N 38° 42.621 W 105° 08.463
13S E 487736 N 4284644
Quick Description: The Victor Hotel is located in historic victor, CO at the corner of Main St. and 4th St.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2009 11:57:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM7W3X
Excerpts from Cripple Creek District Ghosts
The first Victor Hotel was built in the early 1894 by the Woods Brothers just in time to accommodate travelers arriving on the newly completed Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad.
However, when a devastating fire swept through Victor in August, 1899, the wooden building succumbed to the flames that spread quickly and destroyed the entire town in just five hours.
Not to be deterred, the building was reconstructed to stand the test of time, with brick and stone. Larger than the prior building, the “Bank Block,” as it was called, housed not only the “new” Victor Hotel , but also the Woods Brothers Investment Company and the First National Bank.
One distinctive feature of the hotel was its elevator, which came in handy for yet another function that the building took on.During the winters, when the ground was frozen between October and June, it was impossible to dig graves for those that died in the quickly growing city. As an alternative, the bodies were taken up the elevator and stored on the fourth floor of the building until the ground thawed enough to bury them.
It is apparently many of these long-dead Victor residents that haunt the historic hotel today. Though seemingly harmless, several people have witnessed the site of disembodied apparitions on the fourth floor. Reports include what look like both doctors and patients, sometimes without arms, legs, and even a heads, moving about this place that once acted as “holding cell” for the dead.
The Haunted areas include the elevator, basement, the third floor, and the kitchen.
But the most prevalent ghost is that of a man named “Eddie” who allegedly fell down the elevator shaft years ago. Staying in Room 301 at the time of his death, Eddie has often been seen in the room, in the hallways, and in the elevator. Guests who stay in Room 301 also report hearing footsteps and other strange sounds that cannot be explained. Though the elevator is regularly inspected and maintained, it often tends to activate itself going up and down the shaft when no one is near it. Always stopping on the third floor, the elevator’s ghostly activity usually occurs around 3:00 a.m.
There are no restrictions that I am aware of.
Open Year round.
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