The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has experienced a lot of spooky history since being built in 1886. This resort town in the Ozarks drew visitors from all over due to the reputation of its springs, which were thought to have healing powers. The Crescent was originally built as a luxury resort, catering to wealthy visitors who had come to “take the waters” as well as enjoy the scenery and clean air of the Ozarks.
By the 1920s, the resort had been converted to a conservatory for young women, and in the 1930s it was the location of an infamous hospital run by a radio star and medical quack named Norman Baker. Baker’s horrific, useless, and very expensive cancer treatment revitalized the town of Eureka Springs, whose healing waters had fallen out of favor during the Great Depression, but did little to help the people paying for the medicine.
Now, the hotel is open again, advertised as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” due to the many tragic stories and deaths that have occurred on its grounds. In this video, guests spot some cabinets opening on their own.
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To be honest, I don’t know if I’d have the wherewithal to stand there and watch the cabinet door open “by itself” for six whole minutes. Other ghostly happenings at the hotel include the spirit of a young boy who bounces balls down the halls, and an uptight female ghost who rattles her keys outside your door and folds your clothes if you aren’t looking.
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If I was going to have a ghost in my hotel room, I’d want that one.