Dining May 09, 2019
Sip Wine And Mingle With Ghosts In One Of Washington’s Oldest, Most Haunted Bars
The Oxford Saloon has been a local icon in Snohomish since 1910. The building was constructed in 1900 and used as a dry goods store before being converted into the saloon it is today. Needless to say, a lot has gone down between those walls, and not all of it has been pleasant. These days, it’s best known as one of Washington’s most haunted bars.
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The Oxford Saloon sits right on 1st Street in historic downtown Snohomish.
The family-friendly eatery is open daily, with live music almost every night at 9 p.m.
The bar is almost always packed with patrons, both locals and visitors, who come to have a good meal, sip beer or wine, and enjoy the band.
The atmosphere is upbeat and friendly now, but that wasn't always the case.
The Oxford Saloon used to be quite rowdy, and it has seen its share of violence over the years.
One of the most documented murders here was that of Henry, a friendly police officer who may have been moonlighting as a bouncer. Henry was stabbed to death while breaking up a fight, and his ghost has been spotted hundreds of time. He's known for poking and pinching the ladies, especially near the stairs and restrooms.
Many years ago, an entrepreneur named Kathleen decided to run a bordello upstairs. Sadly, during that time, one of her girls, Amelia, was found dead in a closet.
It's unclear whether Amelia committed suicide or was murdered. The upstairs rooms are now offices, but the spirits of both Amelia and Katherine have been seen, as well as that of a man in a bowler hat. Katherine is seen as an older woman wearing a purple dress with purple bows.
The Oxford Saloon is so well known for its ghost stories, there's a form on the website where patrons can write about their paranormal encounters.
The Washington State Ghost Society has performed several investigations here in the last 14 years, and they always pick up voices on their audio equipment.
Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you might change your mind if you spend enough time here.
From Henry the police officer to welcoming Kathleen and a ghostly bartender some have encountered, it's obvious that The Oxford Saloon is hard to leave.
Address: 913 1st Street, Snohomish, WA, 98290
Have you ever seen a ghost here in Washington? If you haven’t and you’d like to,
here’s where to hang out.