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.