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At the age of 136, the Wolf Creek Inn is the oldest continually operated hotel in the Pacific Northwest. With its age comes a lifetime of stories, and some of those stories are unsettling.
You can find the Wolf Creek Inn just off of Interstate 5. It was built in 1883 by Henry Smith to function as a stage coach stop on the Applegate Trail.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wolf Creek Inn was originally a refuge for early Oregon stagecoach pioneers heading north on the Applegate Trail. Men and women could rest and socialize in the inn’s two parlors, which remain furnished as authentically as possible — original flooring and bricks (with actual bullet holes) included. President Rutherford B. Hayes, John Wayne, Orson Wells, Mary Pickford, Sinclair Lewis and Clark Gable are famous historical figures who have stayed at the wolf Creek Inn. It is where author Jack London completed his novel Valley of the Moon. Other visitors that have signed the guest register include Carole Lombard and Orson Wells.
John Dougall, the inn’s owner from 1922-1935, regularly prepared chicken dinners in the upstairs ballroom, where today’s guests can also enjoy a square meal before retiring to their quarters.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Inn was acquired by the State of Oregon and restored. Wolf Creek Tavern is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is among the best preserved and oldest active travelers inns in Oregon.
Today the inn is a convenient stop for fishers, hikers and others looking for a quick stop off Interstate 5 just north of Grants Pass, nearby Roseburg and the Rogue Valley.
The haunted tales have caught the attention of amateur ghost hunters as well as paranormal experts at the famed 1913 Pioneer Saloon in Nevada. Shroyer allowed the saloon to send two of its mediums to the Wolf Creek Inn with their equipment, who came to the same conclusion as Shroyer: there was something “really heavy” going on in throughout the building. Rooms 3, 7, 8 and 9 have reported activity, especially room eight, where most of the ghostly vibes have been reported. The mediums told him the spirits were highly active because they’re happy the building is being reactivated.
Shroyer has gotten used to it by now. While past reports have put an evil spin on the haunted happenings, Shroyer and others interpret the shadowy phenomenon as friendly acts of mischief. “I get goosebumps, but I don’t feel anything negative,” Shroyer says. “I always talk to the building; I say ‘Good morning, Wolf Creek.’ I’m never surprised when something [ghostly] brushes up against me.”
Such is the case at the Historic Wolf Creek Inn in Southern Oregon, which has a long history of eerie tales from visitors and past owners. The unexplained activity continues with Ghostly apparitions, flickering lights, unexplained voices, moving objects and other spine-tingling events.
When: April 25, 2021 2:30 PM to April 26th, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Who: 4 Investigators participated from WestSound Paranormal plus 3 additional Wolf Creek Inn guests.
Where: Historic Wolf Creek Inn. The Inn has 9 rooms. We reserved rooms 4, 5 and 9 on the 2nd Floor. Two other rooms were occupied. Guests in one of the rooms joined us for our investigation. Unoccupied rooms were open.
Equipment used – EMF readers, K-II meters, Video Cameras, Trail cams, Audio recorders, digital cameras, flashlights and Spirit box, SLS Camera.
Weather was clear outside with no wind blowing. Small town local noise.
Normal guest activity at the Inn with people coming and going until quiet time.
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