Spokane was named for the Spokane Tribe natives who traditionally settled here. It is believed that there have been Spokane here in the area that is now the city for around 8 thousand years!
As you might imagine there is a huge amount of history here. When American settlers arrived, and attempted to claim the land, the natives were unwilling to yield which resulted in some long and bloody battles.
This has certainly left its mark on the city if the number of haunted places is anything to go by!
Let’s look a little bit closer at some of the most haunted places in Spokane WA:
10 – Monroe Street Bridge
The Monroe Street Bridge first opened back in 1911 and at the time it was the biggest concrete arch bridge in America.
It has undergone a considerable amount of renovation work over the years with work being carried out in 1925, 1934 and then again in 2003.
It is said that the bridge is haunted by the restless spirit of a construction worker who was killed during the construction of a much smaller bridge which stood here before the current one.
Those who have seen him say that he is dressed in very old fashioned clothing and that sometimes he asks where all the native Americans went.
If approached he will usually throw himself into the water, although he vanished before reaching it!
9 – Greenwood Cemetery
Greenwood Cemetery is creepy as it is, even if you don’t know the legend connected with it! It is after all, an old and tumbledown cemetery! However, once you learn about the haunted staircase it goes to a whole new level of eeriness!
The staircase, known as ‘the thousand steps’ was originally built to lead down into Greenwood Cemetery, but it has been a long time since they served this purpose.
Rumour has it that they were abandoned because they are guarded by some overprotective spirits! Apparently, if the spirits judged a visitor unworthy of entering then they would simply block the stairs and not allow entry.
It was because of this that an alternative entrance was made! Of course, some people will still use the stairs, just to test out the legend and there are plenty of local reports of being denied entry and of sightings of the ghostly guards!
8 – Fox Theater
Spokane’s Fox Theater was built in 1931 and cost around $1 million to construct. That may not seem like a great deal now, but in the thirties, this was a huge sum of money to spend on such a building.
Over the next three decades Fox Theater was a great success, but it then saw a period of economic decline. It is only recently that it was renovated to restore it to its former glory and modernise the facilities to the tune of around $30 million!
The theatre is apparently haunted by its original architect, Robert Reamer. He has never really interacted with the living, but is often seen wandering around the theater looking at various features.
He is perhaps simply checking out the upgrades that have been done in his building.
7 – The Davenport HotelSTAY HERE
The Davenport Hotel is well known as being one of the most haunted buildings in Spokane!
It was built in the early part of the 1900s by Louis Davenport and at the time it was something of a hotspot in the city.
However, by the 1980s it had become very run down. It was fully renovated in 2002 and is one of the top-rated hotels in Spokane.
However, it just cannot shake its reputation for being haunted! I 1920, a female guest apparently fell t her death from the tower.
It is not clear if this was an accident, a suicide or maybe even a murder.
Whatever the cause, Ellen returns to the tower once or twice a week and is said to scream for several minutes before disappearing again!
6 – Patsy Clark Mansion
These days, the Patsy Clark Mansion houses a local law firm, but that wasn’t always the case. In 1897 the property was built as a private residence for a local millionaire.
He lived there for some time before he passed away. The building was then sold and converted into a restaurant before becoming the law offices it is today.
However, despite these changes in the building’s purpose over the years, the original owners still consider it to be their home!
They were known for throwing huge parties, and the music and sounds of general frivolity still linger in the building.
The lawyers working there have also noted seeing the ghost of a lady named Mary on the stairs dressed as though for a party.
5 – DoubleTree HotelSTAY HERE
On the surface, there does not seem to be all that much that stands out about the DoubleTree Hotel.
It is a pretty standard chain hotel that is owned by Hilton Hotels and it does not have any unusual or noteworthy features. It is the sort of hotel that you might just pick at random when visiting Spokane.
However, appearances can be deceiving and the DoubleTree Hotel is one of the most haunted places in Spokane!
There have long been rumours that the hotel is home to several mysterious shadow people who have on occasion physically attacked unsuspecting guests!
Amid reports of people seeing these long, slender shadow figures there are a handful of reports of them sneaking up on the living and grabbing them by the throat.
Nobody has been seriously hurt, but it is enough to give guests a bit of a scare to say the least!
4 – Horse Slaughter Camp
As we noted above, Spokane was the site of some brutal conflict between the Native Americans of the Spokane tribe and the early settlers.
The Natives killed many settlers who they felt were encroaching on their land and this would cause the settlers to retaliate.
In 1858 there was a large-scale retaliation campaign put in motion by the settlers in an attempt to deter any further attacks from the Natives.
The idea was that they would slaughter some 800 horses belonging to the Spokane, knowing that they very much relied on their horses.
Today, the site of this slaughter of innocent animals is known as one of the most haunted places in Spokane. Visitors have reported seeing dozens of ghostly horses in the area.
3 – Hahn Mansion
The Hahn Mansion originally served as a home to playboy millionaire Rudolph Hahn during the 1920s and 1930s.
However, in 1940 his lover was found dead in the house and although it was ruled a suicide, many believed that Hahn had murdered her.
He moved away soon afterwards and ended up being murdered by a salesman!
The very fact that the Hahn Mansion is said to be the site of a possibly murder makes it creepy anyway, but the fact that there have been reports that Hahn’s dead lover is still haunting the home makes it even spookier!
2 – Monaghan Hall
Monaghan Hall now sits as part of Gonzaga University in Spokane, but it was originally built in 1898 as a private mansion by pioneer James Monaghan.
It was sold to the university in 1942. Monaghan Hall is one of these places that you can just tell is haunted simply by looking at it from the outside!
It is a formidable three storeys tall building with a turret and an expansive porch which shadows the lower windows even on the brightest day!
The mansion now houses the university’s Music Conservatory, but particularly in the seventies students hated going there because they were afraid of the menacing presence there.
Just some of the unexplained activity documented in Monaghan Hall includes a door handle turning on its own before the door was flung open with some degree of force, the organ playing by itself, growling coming from a locked storage room, flute music playing in an empty music room and even security guards being strangled.
Due to the increasingly violent nature of the haunting an exorcism was performed to cleanse the property in 1975. However, although the angry ghost is allegedly gone, students still say they often feel uneasy in the building!
1 – Mirabeau Park HotelSTAY HERE
There is a very good reason why the Mirabeau Hotel is said to be one of the most haunted locations in Spokane – it is apparently home to an entire family of ghosts!
No-one is sure who they are, or what happened to them beyond the fact that they are a mother and her two children.
However, they have been reported on several different occasions visitors have seen a variety of paranormal activity in the house including paintings being pushed off of walls, doors and windows being slammed shut, items moving around and even being pushed on the stairs by unseen hands!
There are also a handful of reports concerning a male spirit who does similar things, but it is not known if he is a part of this same family group, or someone else entirely!