This is the third post in a three-part feature on the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Previously: Part One: A Weekend in America’s Most Haunted Hotel, Part Two: A Horrific Past
The ghost tour at the Crescent Hotel was interesting, even without any close encounters with actual ghosts.
The tour starts upstairs, across from the hotel’s Sky Bar, where a period costumed guide tells the tale of the hotel featured in the previous post. (Recap: Construction death. Depression. Crazy, murderous doctor.)
Our tour guide also told us about how to capture photos of ghosts – digital cameras with the flash on. She explained that sometimes dust can be confused and gave a little primer on how to spot the difference between a speck of dust and a ghostly orb. She also advised to not delete photos from the camera until they are viewed full-screen on a computer, because sometimes details become more clear with a larger view.
First stop was the outlook next to the Sky Bar, which overlooks downtown Eureka Springs and the Christ of the Ozarks statue (AKA the Flying Milk Carton). Legend has it that a suicidal woman runs down the hallway and jumped from the deck to her death. Her ghost recreates the scene many evenings, and the police have been called in after people across the valley have reported a suicide from the hotel. But it always turns out to be nothing more than a sort of ghastly recording.
We did not see this ghost.
I’ve been there four times, at least. I have never seen this ghost.
Other ghost stories on the tour include a child that fell between balusters and fell down the center of the open staircase from the top floor all the way to the basement. Guests have reported apparitions, and the staircase is crazy with orbs in many pictures.
We did not see this ghost. We did catch some orbs, though.
Another stop on the tour includes a room where a woman regularly appears to guests before walking through a wall.
We did not see this ghost. We did catch some more orbs.
They showed us the hallway that links the south part of the building, which served as the main hospital, with the annex to the north, which served as the place the evil doc put his patients who were at death’s door. The story in this area is that a nurse walks up and down the hallway with a service cart, and it can be heard at all hours of the night.
We did not hear this ghost. We did catch some more orbs.
The climax of the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour was a visit to the former hospital’s morgue. In our initial meeting upstairs with the guide, she had showed us footage from a TV show of a ghost hunting crew that had captured activity, including a glowing hand print on a locker in the basement.
Of course, they pointed out the locker when we were downstairs. We also got to take small groups into the actual morgue room and sit for a few minutes in the pitch black waiting for something to happen.
Nothing happened for us, but I’m pretty sure it’s a great opportunity to feel up your date.
After everyone had their turn in the cooler, they killed all the lights and set an EMF reader on the ground and tried to talk to the ghost. If you’ve seen ghost shows, you know the drill. They ask questions and try to get the ghosts to turn the light on or off. This went on for quite awhile.
Nothing happened. (Except a few cheap feels, certainly.)
From there we were released to grab more photos and ask the tour guide questions. She was charming, interesting and a definite believer. I don’t think our experiences would have convinced any skeptics, though, and she seemed a bit disappointed that we didn’t get
more any activity.
The most interesting photo of the evening for me, though, came outside the hotel after the tour was over. I took several pictures – with nobody around – of the back of the building. Most were pretty bad outdoor nighttime pictures of an old building. One picture, however, had a weird mist that had no obvious explanation, even though photos from the same spots, taken within seconds of each other, had not hint of the mist.
So I leave you, dear reader, with the most interesting picture from our ghost tour:
Is it a ghost? Who’s to say? We couldn’t find anything to explain the difference in the photos. Maybe you can go to the Crescent and find an explanation of your own.