Friday, October 16, 2020
1875, the hotel served as a hospital for those suffering with yellow fever. A fourth story was added in 1886 and more renovations occurred in 1890.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
It’s October and that means time for the annual A Grave Interest haunting posts. Take a few moments and we'll stroll though some of the hotels that aren't normally talked about when it comes to hauntings ... and discover guests who refuse to check out.
|The Brown Hotel|
Dinner dances were popular during the 20’s and The Brown was the place to go with more than 1200 people attending in an evening.
Then came the Great Depression and with it hard times for The Brown Hotel.
Employees worked during 1931 without wages just to keep the doors open. The Great Flood of 1937 flowed into the first floor of the hotel. But the hotel rebounded during the 1940s. With Fort Knox located south of the city, an influx of servicemen passing through stayed here on route to war assignments during WWII.
But as with most historic hotels, this one is haunted. Rumor has it that James
The Brown Hotel is located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway in Louisville, Kentucky.
Happy October Hauntings!
Friday, October 25, 2013
Haunted Alton, Illinois and the Mineral Springs Hotel
Once again, the month of October is upon us…. a time for hauntings, Halloween - and all things spooky. This month, A Grave Interest is traveling around the Midwest, taking ghost tours and getting a look at some ‘lively’ places, and, maybe, the spirits who make them so…
I decided early on that it would be smart to get some guides for these haunted jaunts. And who better to seek out than the local experts on all things paranormal in their towns.
On a cool, rainy night about 30 people milled around in the foyer of what was once a grand hotel in Alton, Illinois. First, let me preface by saying that Alton has the reputation (well earned, I might add) of being one of the most haunted towns in America.
The building we were in was, at one time, the Mineral Springs Hotel; given the name because of the mineral springs that flow below the building. At the turn of the century sulfur springs were thought to have healing properties. Here the water was pumped up inside the building to be bottled and used as cures for a variety of aliments. The hotel opened in 1914 and thrived for several decades before finally closing in 1971.
|Mineral Springs Hotel Building|
The building was reopened in the late 1970s as an antique mall and has had a rocky time since then. Today it is home to a few shops, the Torture Museum, and Mineral Springs Haunted Tours, which is where we began this night with tour owner, Janet Kolar.
|Sarah Bell's Stone|
|Tour in Cemetery|
|Alton to Edwardsville|
|Cemetery at Night|
|Lobby Area Today|
|Basement Pool Area|
|Mural of Alton|
Staff and customers have reported smelling alcohol in this section of the building and of having the feeling of being watched. The guide on this tour said that Charlie has been known to follow some women from the tour back home, but once he’s told to go away, he returns to Mineral Springs.
Probably the best-known ghost is that of the Jasmine Lady. The story goes that a woman and her husband came to the hotel to enjoy the healing waters around 1925, but while staying here she became involved with another guest.
|Jasmine Lady's Room|
|Down the Hallway|
Mineral Springs Haunted Tours offers several walking tour adventures, after dark, in the downtown area, and in the cemetery, which also includes a tour of the hotel. Or, if you’re feeling very spirited, you might consider an exclusive overnight camp-out in the pool area.