Please read part 1 last week for a little more background on thehotel; so let’s continue with the wonderful stories coming from this hotel in Mountainair, New Mexico.
The Jack and Jill rooms, numbers 17 and 18: in 1928 a cowboy was staying in the Shafferwhile attending the Bean and Cattle Auction. Well the bad news is the cowboy was found hung in the bathroom between rooms 17 and 18. Pa Shaffer found the body and not knowing who he was strangely buried his body in an unknown burial site, for the cowboy didn’t sign the hotel register. Those were different times I guess. A couple of years ago a local skeptic on the cowboy hanging stayed in the same room where this incident took place.
The skeptic challenged the cowboy ghost to show himself. Note other past guests to the room had seen out of the corner of their eyes a body lying on the floor in the bathroom. So the skeptic in the middle of the night got up to go to the bathroom and suddenly he was shoved head first into the wall and held there for several minutes. He howled for his kids who were in the adjoining room 17, but they could not move to help their dad; finally he was released from the ghostly hold.But he next found out that all doors to the hall werelocked and after several minutes of struggling to get out, the doors opened freely. The skeptic and his children were found in the hotel lobby at 4am in the morning by the early staff, very shaken,not asking for their money back but just wanting to check out as soon as possible. He vowednever to return to the hotel, which he hasn’t to this day.This event happened just a few years ago.
Part 3 to come and remember to sleep tight, Ghosts and other beings have been among us from the beginning of Human time and probably before.
This was my third visit to the sleepy town of Mountainair New Mexico, once known as the Pinto Bean Capital of the World, and there resides the Shaffer Hotel, a hotel rich in paranormal activity. There were two fires that nearly destroyed the hotel back many years ago when Pop & Ma Shaffer owned it.
So here are some interesting stories from the Shaffer. My research partner and I were toured around the hotel by Ms. Becky who knew many of the stories that make this hotel so very special. She took us first to one of the Cowboy rooms, a very small one person room, where she showed us the tiny footprints on the freshly vacuumed carpet, which are from the small ghost child that lives in the hotel and has been seen many times in the past.
Next Ms. Becky was in a room where the bath tub was right against the window. She noticed the window needed cleaning, and the only way to do that was to stand on the tub, which she starting doing. Suddenly somebody shouted out in a stern voice “No, don’t.” To her surprise she was the only person in the room. Apparently the ghost was warning her there was danger in standing on the tub next to a window.
The present owner Sheryl told us a story about when her mother ran the Shaffer hotel in the 70’s. Sheryl was walking down the hallway at the hotel and Sheryl clearly saw Ma Shaffer’s ghost standing in front of her smiling.
There is a beautiful honeymoon suite, room #12, where several guests have seen a reflection in the armoire mirror of the ghosts of Ma and Pa Shaffer sitting together on the bed.
Next week in part two, many more great ghost stories from the Shaffer.
Sleep tight, reality is not what it seems.