Nebraska October 27, 2016
The Most Haunted Hotel in Nebraska Will Delight You In The Best Way Possible
There’s no shortage of stories about hauntings in Nebraska, but one of the most compelling is that of the Argo Hotel in Crofton, in the far northeastern corner of the state. Inside those red brick walls is the kind of history you could only hope to find in a movie…but this is definitely real life.
The Argo Hotel is linked to the very beginnings of the town itself.
The burgeoning railroad town was full of amenities in the early 20th century, but it was lacking a modern hotel to house weary traveling businessmen. In 1911, local businessman Nick Michaelis began construction of the new hotel.
In the following century, the building saw many changes and bore witness to countless events.
The Argo was operated as a hotel for more than 20 years. In 1923 its name was changed to the New Meridian Hotel, a name it operated under until 1935 when it was sold and became the New Meridian Clinic. The health clinic was successful and helped countless patients, but many died within its walls, as can be expected.
The clinic was sold in 1962 and turned into a doctor's office.
The doctor sealed off the second floor of the hotel and used the first floor for his offices and living space. He operated the business successfully for many years before he closed up shop and the Argo building was left abandoned.
In 1994, Sandra McDonald and Jerry Bogner, brother and sister business partners and natives of Crofton, purchased the building and painstakingly restored it to its original grandeur. They restored the building's rightful name: The Argo Hotel.
The reopened hotel is just as glamorous as it was a hundred years ago - though more modern now, of course.
But the renovations didn't shake loose the spirits which had taken up residence within the hotel's walls. After having been a medical building for such a long time, the building held on to many of its memories. The owner and guests reported seeing many spirits roaming the hotel, but none of them were described as menacing or scary. They simply wander about as if they are still guests of the fabulous hotel, or perhaps waiting for their appointment with the good doctor.
During the renovations, something unusual was found within a wall.
A burlap sack of bones was found inside of a wall, and at first it was thought that these were the bones of a baby who had died in the building when it was a medical clinic. The owner buried the bones in the hopes of giving the little one some peace. The story of the bones, however, is not quite as tragic as it originally seemed. Rather than a baby's remains, the burlap sack actually contained those of an animal.
Still, ghostly experiences and apparitions have been part of the hotel's identity since its grand reopening in the 1990s.
Some of the most commonly reported occurrences include unexplained cold spots, doors closing with no apparent cause, pictures that move on their own, and wandering apparitions. No one has reported feeling threatened by the hauntings; they're just part of the hotel's background. Paranormal researchers have visited the hotel and concluded that it is, indeed, the site of paranormal activity.
One of the hotel's most famous "residents" is Alice, a young woman said to wander the property looking for her little lost baby.
Staff and guests have reported seeing Alice in the basement, eternally searching for the baby she will never find. A portrait found during the hotel renovations is thought to be that of Alice. No image is visible on the portrait, even in the bright light...but if you shine a flashlight directly onto the portrait, the likeness of Alice will appear.
The video below is a fascinating feature on the hotel’s history and the stories contained within.
The hotel changed hands again in January 2016 and continues to operate as the historic Argo Hotel. You can visit the hotel at 211 Kansas St, Crofton NE, 68730.
Visit their website for information about booking a room or eating in the fantastic onsite steakhouse.
Many people have reported sightings and other experiences, but almost as many have said they experienced nothing out of the ordinary. Have you ever stayed in the Argo? Did you have any ghostly encounters while there?
If you want more ghostly hotel action, see our list of
five haunted Nebraska hotels (including the Argo).