The Story Behind South Dakota’s Most Haunted Hotel Will Give You Nightmares

Staying in this hotel would likely give an experience you would never forget, but probably not in the best of ways. The Fairmont Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota is one of the most haunted places in the whole state. There have been a many paranormal investigations carried out here and most all come to the conclusion that this place is loaded with a dark history.

The hotel was originally built in the late 1800s and served as a brothel and saloon. A lot of people went through it and not all of them were good. One of the first nasty stories that took place here was in 1907 when a girl who worked upstairs named Margaret Broadwater took her own life by jumping out a third floor window. Why she did this is not entirely known, but there are rumors she was “crazed with drink” and possibly trying to cover up the fact she had gotten pregnant.

Another deadly story happened within the same year. A man shot and killed a client of his girlfriend’s, who worked there, while he was distraught with jealousy. While escaping after the murder, he accidentally shot himself and died after collapsing on the streets outside due to blood loss.

The ghosts of Margaret and both of the men, and even others like a little boy captured recently in photographs, have been seen and heard lurking amongst the shadows of the hotel. Apparitions are extremely common here and many people also experience the feeling of brushes against their skin or hair.

There is no doubt about it, this is one of the most creepy and ghost-infested places in South Dakota. You can’t stay there at the hotel anymore, unfortunately, but the souvenir shop on the first floor is still open and there are nightly tours of the notorious third floor you can take…if you’re brave enough, that is.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

Have you been here before and experienced anything? This hotel is part of the South Dakota Haunted Road Trip. If you’re interested in the paranormal, then you need to visit this place and all the other ones listed. You won’t be disappointed, but you might not be able to sleep at night for quite a while afterwards.