Accommodation February 28, 2019
The Oldest Hotel In Oregon Is Also One Of The Most Haunted Places You’ll Ever Sleep
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, ghost stories can be fascinating and spine-chilling especially in the right setting. The Historic Wolf Creek Inn is Oregon’s oldest hotel…and some say that it’s one of the haunted places you’ll ever sleep.
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The Historic Wolf Creek Inn was completed around 1883, and has the distinction of being the the oldest continuously operating hotel in the entire northwest. The inn has a rich history, but according to some visitors and staff, it also has quite a bit of paranormal activity.
The address of the inn is 100 Front St., Wolf Creek, OR 97497.
Over the years, many famous people stayed at the inn, including President Rutherford B. Hayes, John Wayne, Orson Wells, Mary Pickford, Sinclair Lewis, and Clark Gable (who often stayed in this room at the inn).
Wolf Creek Inn was a favorite spot for author Jack London, who frequently stayed here, and even spent an entire summer at the inn. The room where he stayed has been preserved, and it's one of the sites said to be haunted - by Jack himself. People report hearing his voice and even seeing him standing in the room (which is open for guests to see, but not stay in).
Many other spirits are said to haunt these historic rooms, including the ghost of a female stagecoach driver who's often seen in the main floor common areas. Like all of the spirits at the inn, she's reportedly not scary, but rather seems to be keeping an eye on operations of the inn.
A young woman is sometimes seen or heard in the hallway and sometimes in the Clark Gable Suite. She's thought to be the daughter of one of the previous owners of the inn, and seems to be pleasant and happy, though she often startles guests when she appears. Guests have also heard her singing at all hours.
The ghost of an older gentleman is seen wandering through the common areas and halls. He seems friendly and at ease and has had some very close brushes with guests, walking right past them in the hallway. It's believed that he may have been a former guest here, and liked it so much that he returned after his death, much like Jack London.
There's another more ghoulish entity here, who is typically seen on the grounds but is also sometimes spotted on the main floor. He appears to be a creature or small man with vampire-like fangs on blood around his mouth. While he's the scariest of the spirits here, he doesn't seem to have evil intentions.
In addition to actually seeing these spirits, guests and staff also report strange happenings in rooms that appear empty. This piano in the main floor parlor often plays music all by itself.
Chairs and other furniture are often rearranged in the middle of the night, and some objects disappear from tabletops, only to be found in other spots throughout the inn.
In the kitchen, staff report items flying off their hooks on the wall, and the feeling of someone brushing up against them while they're preparing meals.
Paranormal experts and mediums have visited the inn on many occasions, and have collected what they feel is hard evidence of the spirits' existence. One medium claims to have had a conversation with several of the spirits in one of the guest rooms, who told her they were happy that the inn had been renovated recently.
Paranormal investigators have brought in EVP machines and video cameras, and claim to have captured spirits saying things like, "Good morning!" and "Don't leave," as well as singing and other answers to questions posed by the investigators. One asked, "Am I at the Wolf Creek Inn?" and the answer, "Yes you are!" was captured.
Wolf Creek Inn is a State Heritage Site, and ranger-led tours are offered daily, starting in April, 2019. Call the inn at (541)866-2474 for more information. You'll learn all about the history of the inn, and hear many stories of its guests.
If you'd like to learn more about the paranormal activity at the inn, take one of the ghost tours led by a professional medium. Choose from a three-hour tour, or book the overnight stay with a four-hour late night paranormal tour through the inn.
Do you think that Wolf Creek Inn is haunted? If you’ve ever stayed there, we’d love to see your thoughts in the comments.
For more information about this beautiful inn, visit its
website. Interested in more haunted locations in Oregon? Check out this mansion that’s one of the most haunted in the country, and read about these nine haunted spots throughout the Beaver State.