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The real hotel from The Shining remains haunted

The real hotel from The Shining remains haunted

If you are looking for an interesting trivia question to ask someone, here you go: Stephen King’s novel The Shining is set at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado. That hotel is based on a real place near Estes Park, Colorado, known as The Stanley Hotel.

And the Stanley Hotel is a weird place.

The hotel seen in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film was a mixture of the Timberline Lodge in Oregon, sets, and various location shoots, but King drew his inspiration for the book following a trip to the Stanley Hotel with his family.

Built shortly after the turn of last century and opened in 1909, the hotel has a lengthy history of paranormal encounters. From multiple apparitions spotted to the echo of children’s’ voices heard in empty halls to things moving on their own, the site is a frequent spot for paranormal investigators.

Part of the reason for the continued ghost stories come from completely random encounters from tourists that have no idea of the paranormal history – or at least they aren’t there to actively ghost hunt. Sure, The Ghost Hunters claimed to have witnessed a table jump two feet in the air (wackily, it happened just during a camera change), and yes the Ghost Bros (Ghost Adventures) spent the night there, but the really freaky occurrences were random.

The clip below shows an image taken by a Houston tourist named Henry Yau as he wandered through the hotel. He turned and took an image of the grand staircase and captured something weird – although he didn’t recognize it at the time.

“When I took it, I didn’t notice anything,” Yau, director of public relations at the Children’s Museum of Houston, told He claims it was much later, away from the hotel that he saw the image.

You can check it out below and decide for yourselves what to think. And if you ever find yourself in Estes Park, CO, drop in and send us a postcard.



Founder and DBP boss. Ryan likes the Kansas Jayhawks, long walks on the beach, and high fiving unsuspecting people.
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