Hotel Weatherford in Flagstaff

Hotel Weatherford in Flagstaff

Our hunt for the paranormal takes us to Flagstaff, Arizona. The Weatherford hotel is one of the historic sites here from the 1800s although it officially opened its doors to the public in 1900 on New Year’s Eve. It’s also home to news of the weird.

From mutts that wouldn’t go behind unseen enemy lines to petrified blind felines and spooked out staff members or guests… but when did all the paranormal activity begin at the Hotel Weatherford in flagstaff?

There have been many tales of weird events at the Weatherford hotel since the 1930’s. Most of these stories were told by guests at the hotel.

A couple once left their booked hotel room to spend the night in their car after a ghostly couple unceremoniously invited themselves for a group sleepover.

The owner of the hotel Sam Taylor and her husband have their stories too.

“One time while I was doing laundry down at basement I noticed that our dog would not go past a certain point not matter how hard I called her. She just sat there and growled at the empty space. That was very bizarre! It’s like something or someone invisible was in her way.”

Taylor recounted of one experience during an interview.

History of the Weatherford Hotel

A similar story is told of a blind cat that was once a resident at the Weatherford hotel. The blind feline was found hissing at something (or someone…) at the basement by one of the employees.

The back was arched and the claws were all out and ready to tear into an unseen assailant. The employee never found anything in the dark even after using a torch to light up the dark corners of the basement.

However, the owners also report of receiving photographic evidence as well as countless confessions of ghost citing occurrences from their guests.

Most of these photos show unknown people appearing as shadows in the background. While some only speak of feeling the presence of spirits, a good number of them have seen dark forms (silhouettes) or heard noises (either footsteps or talking voices) within the hotel’s hallways and more specifically the basement.

So who are these ghostly guests of the Weatherford hotel?

What’s their story?


The Couple in Room 54

This is the most famous couple haunting the hotel. It is said that this newlywed couple checked into the hotel in the 1930s for their honeymoon and booked into room 54.

The story goes that the woman hanged herself in the room when she thought her new spouse had abandoned her when in truth he had been caught in a blizzard that killed him while he was out. Another version says that the couple got into an argument that led to murder.

Flagstaff ca. 1899; view of Post Office and other buildings on Terrace Street
Flagstaff ca. 1899; view of Post Office and other buildings on Terrace Street

This couple reunited in death and they can be seen walking in and out of room 54 probably still trying to relive their botched honeymoon, more than eight decades later.

Another couple in more recent times woke up to a shocking discovery when they found the haunting couple seated at the foot of their bed. The ghostly couple then rose and walked hand in hand through the unopened door.

This and many other scary accounts which include the screaming couple in a fight led to the closure of room 54 to guests by the hotel owner. It has since been turned into a supply and storage room.


The Basement Bootlegger

This ghost of a murdered bootlegger lives in the basement of the Weatherford hotel. There was an alleged murder in the basement and the victim seems to have some unfinished business down there.

We wonder how he will react to the throngs of people suddenly filling his quiet resting catacombs when the basement is turned into another dining place as the hotel owners hint expansion.

This ghost is sometimes heard going up and down the basement stairs. Our guess is that this is the guy who was barricading the dog’s way and seen by a blind banana! The blind cat was called Bananas by the way… strange name for a blind cat that can see dead people…


The Zane Grey Ballroom Dame

Nothing is known of her reason for being here but the silhouette of a skinny short lady is often seen floating from wall to wall.

All our team was able to uncover is that the Brunswick bar was once serving a saloon from this room and we all know what happens in bars right? In the upstairs rooms…?

The Brunswick Bar
The Brunswick Bar

Anyway, she may have been a regular at the bar or some unreported tragic event involving her might have taken place here (maybe she can tell us when she stops running…) but what is evident is that she loved her drink.

Only a person who loves their drink will want to spend eternity in a bar right?


More Related News

There have been more reports every now and then about employees and guests encountering what they’d describe as paranormal activities at the Weatherford hotel.

Now, you will be interested in knowing that owners of the hotel DO NOT allow ghost hunting equipment setup anywhere in the hotel. So don’t get carried away if you run a ghost hunting gig.

The Hard Truth: We will have to take the word of the hotel owner, the employees and the guests but there’s a problem…

Ghosts are good for business therefore the hotel owners and the employees will definitely want to keep this haunting thing as their ace up their sleeve.

Secondly any guest who sees a ghost gets a 10% discount…who wouldn’t want to tell a sweet tale for cheap food?

Our take: The Hotel Weatherford in Flagstaff still remains one of the famous haunted places until someone can prove otherwise.

6 thoughts on “Hotel Weatherford in Flagstaff

  1. I’ll have to show this to my mum. She’s really into all things supernatural and watches programs as well as reading about it all the time. Maybe she has read something about some of these and can offer more comments. Especially, the post about Aberwystwth as we are in Wales!

    I’m not really a believer but I do still enjoy hearing the stories and trying to come up with scientific solutions. I was brought up on this sort of thing. 🙂

    Cath xx

  2. Nice…I love ghost stories and paranormal event news. I have never been to Flagstaff but I might just have to put this on my travel list. Do you have suggestions for time of year to visit or suggested length of stay in this hotel. I’m wondering if I should just book one night or more. Thanks for the info.

  3. I love your post.
    I like stories about ghosts and haunting. And this hotel seems to gave a lot of them, haha
    Have you been there and did you have any paranormal experiences?
    I don’t believe in ghosts, but still your story was very interesting to read.
    Flagstaff, Arizona seems like a nice city to visit and maybe see something unusual.

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