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Best Haunted Places In Seattle

October 7, 2013 5:00 AM

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The city of Seattle has a long history of tragedy, seediness and even some dark, macabre tales. A number of famous people were born in Seattle and have also died or have been laid to rest here. It has survived a great fire and rebuilt a new city above its old, deteriorated one. There is no telling how many spirits actually roam its historic streets and districts, but many people have had ghostly encounters and strange, unexplained things happen in various parts of the city. Check out these locations in Seattle that still report paranormal activity in the present day.
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Butterworth Building
Kells Irish Pub
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1916
www.kellsirish.com

Kells Irish Pub was formerly known as the Butterworth Building, a mortuary owned and operated by E.R. Butterworth and Sons. This haunted hot spot has been featured on The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and reportedly has more than one spirit that still resides there. In previous investigations, images of a small child have been captured sitting on the stairs leading to the second level of the building and other ghostly figures have been captured on infrared cameras, which cannot be seen by the naked eye. The spirits at Kells Irish Pub are not unfriendly, but more curious and lonely, and will make noises and move things around in the bar to let you know they are there.

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Hotel Andra
2000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-8600
www.hotelandra.com

Formerly known as The Claremont Hotel, Seattle’s Hotel Andra sits in the Belltown district and is said to have the most paranormal activity on its 9th floor, which was a party hot spot during the 1920s Prohibition Era. It has also been recorded that in the 1960s, a former employee had fallen to her death from one of the upper floors of the hotel. However, it is unknown whether this was accidental, or if the woman was pushed or committed suicide. Previous hotel guests have often complained of hearing loud parties coming from the 9th floor, but upon investigation, the noise stops and employees find there is no rowdiness taking place. Other reported paranormal activity includes levitating objects, loud footsteps, jazz music playing and shattering glass.

Sorrento Hotel
900 Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-6400
www.hotelsorrento.com

Throughout the years, Seattle’s Sorrento Hotel and its on-site Hunt Club Bar have both had numerous reports of ghostly activity. As one of the oldest hotels in the Seattle area, it has its fair share of history and guests. In the Hunt Club Bar, hotel guests have reported bar glasses moving independently. On the 4th floor of the hotel, especially around room 408, guests have seen a female apparition dressed in antique clothing taking a stroll in the hallways. Other reported activity includes unexplained footsteps and the hotel elevator always stopping on the 4th floor, even though there is no one there when the doors open.

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Georgetown Castle
6420 Carleton Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 326-1395
www.georgetownhistory.com

Seattle’s Georgetown Castle, also known as The Castle, was once owned by well-known gambler Peter Gessner. This three-story gem was built in 1902 and is said to harbor many secrets in regard to illegal gambling, prostitution, suicide and murder. During a competitive time in the early 1900s, Mr. Gessner at times used his beautiful house as a brothel and also a tavern to beat out other area saloons. However, his activities caught up to him and he was found dead in one of the home’s rooms. It is said Mr. Gessner committed suicide, but with haunted reports of angered spirits, it makes a person wonder if that story is true. The apparition that is seen the most is of an aggressive woman who wears Victorian-era clothing and hairstyles and is said to have eyes that burn like coal and will place her hands on guests’ throats.

Harvard Exit Theatre
807 E. Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-0587
www.landmarktheatres.com

The Harvard Exit Theatre on Seattle’s Capitol Hill was once known as the Women’s Century Club that held meetings with the city’s former female mayor, Bertha Landes. She is only the female mayor the city ever had and the building became a special place for her to gather with her fellow female club members. It has been reported that several women in period clothing will be seen traveling through the lobby to their old meeting rooms. Many Landmark Theatre employees feel Bertha Landes is one of these women and keeps coming back, waiting for her weekly meeting to begin.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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