Olalla, Washington is a quiet community located in Kitsap County near Gig Harbor. It’s such a peaceful place, you’d never guess it was the site of something very sinister… something so evil that it warranted a book called Starvation Heights being written. Have you ever heard the story?

Was Linda Hazzard a con artist like most believe, or was she simply a misunderstood doctor with good intentions? We’ll never know for sure. But the horrors of Wilderness Heights in Olalla will never be forgotten.

Have you ever read Starvation Heights or heard the story of Hazzard’s sanitarium in Olalla? What other eerie, historic stories have you heard from around Washington?

For more peeks into the spooky side of Washington state history, check out these haunted stories… and discover why Washington might just be the most haunted state in the country.

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What are the most haunted places in Washington?

Over the centuries, Washington state has gained quite a spooky reputation. From chilling cemeteries and haunted hotels to stories of possessed parks, mansions, and more, here are just a few places in Washington that are said to be haunted (although not all are open to the public):

  • Black Diamond Cemetery
  • Butterworth Building, Seattle
  • Campbell House, Spokane
  • Davenport Hotel, Spokane
  • Hotel de Haro, Roche Harbor, San Juan Islands
  • Lewis County Historical Museum, Chehalis
  • Maltby Cemetery
  • Manresa Castle in Port Townsend
  • Meeker Mansion, Puyallup
  • Mount Baker Theater, Bellingham
  • Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley
  • Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
  • Rucker Mansion, Everett
  • Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma
  • Tokeland Hotel, Tokeland
  • University Heights, Seattle


What are the oldest historic hotels in Washington?

For a dose of history with your room service, Washington's vibrant landscape is filled with hundreds of historic hotels boasting centuries of charm and uniquely storied pasts (that occasionally include hauntings). In fact, while Washington only has a few hotels on the Historic Hotels of America list, the unofficial list goes on and on. A few of the oldest and most historic hotels and inns in Washington include: