2017 Ghost Stories


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Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)



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DATE:  January 5, 2017

FROM:  Dane

SUBJECT:  Any chance you'd be interested?


Hello there my name is Dan

I'm among other things a playwright and a historic tour guide.   As a tour guide I worked in San Francisco for several years, giving tours of Golden Gate park... and Fisherman’s Wharf.   Later I was a tour guide at San Francisco Former national guard armory.

A couple years back though I returned to Washington State (Seattle’s where I grew up) and worked for a couple years at the Seattle Underground tour... though I'm not with them anymore.

Anyway I was approached a way back by the director of the Historic museum in Wenatchee WA.   He'd seen some of my work script writing and presenting history in a live setting that he thought was really engaging and he approached me about trying to put something together for their museum. 

After several months we agreed that I would produce a one night event (Hopefully something that could be reoccurring) were we have an adults only (21+) night were the museum features some temporary exhibits and a guided docent tour that is uncensored.  Basically giving contemporary patrons a chance to learn about some of the more juicy / Scandalous facts and stories that are usual not talked about in traditional museum settings with their All ages audiences. 

I'm working with someone from the Museum itself... and I had also been working with another young women with a particular interest in Northwest history... but she recently had to drop out because of health problems.

Anyway so now I'm looking for someone who might be willing to collaborate with me a little bit this month on the first, research phase were we are identifying what types of things we are going to feature at the event. 

Wenatchee is not a huge town... and Non-profits don't have all that much budget wise... especially for a sort of experimental even like this... but I do have a small budget to pay someone an honorarium for helping me identify some interesting things to include and lend a hand with some of the research.

Anyway I'm familiar with your work from a couple of publications... like the Weird Washington book, a little less through your ghost books... and thought that it would be amazing if by some miracle you might be free and interested to lend me some of your expertise on this.

Again the goal is to developed some more "adult themed"  exhibits and stories that can be presented, we want fight the perception some younger would be patrons have that History is boring.  We want to shed some light on the juicier stories that you often only hear about if you’re a real history buff.  These presentations may touch on a wide range of more adult topics including criminal activities, all manner of vices, sex practices and more.  and since it's being presented in the Wenatchee Museum, we'd want to connect it to Washington... and as much as possible to Wenatchee and the surrounding areas.  Given their placement on the Rail lines from the east... and what have you I'm sure there are many connections we can make with at least some connection that part of the country.

So... I've rattled on enough.  Please let me know if you might have ANY interest in working on the project and we can schedule a phone meeting to talk in greater details and see if we could make it worth your while.

Or if your not interested but feel like you know someone who would be perfect for this... by all means let me know.  We are supposed to start our research phase next week and so I'm short on time to replace my former collaborator.


Is Anyone Interested in Helping Dane?  If so, let me know and I will put you in touch with him.


DATE:  December 26, 2016

FROM:  Jackie

SUBJECT:  Sighting of the Young Lady at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon

On the evening of October 31st of 2000 and a full moon, We were cruising through Newport like we always did playing CB tag(Hide and Seek except with cars)and somebody mentioned driving through the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse park, so since I was driving we headed in that direction. As we entered the park I got an eerie feeling but I just kept driving not letting anyone else know how I was feeling and as soon as my car was in front of the lighthouse my car engine stalled and stopped and we all noticed a young lady ghost figure wearing a long white flowing dress. She kept saying "Help Me" over and over until each one of us physically told her that we couldn't help her. As soon as each one of us said that we couldn't help her my car started back up on its own and believe me we were OUT of THERE.



DATE:  26 February 2017

FROM:   Sheryl H.

SUBJECT:  Palace Hotel in Port Townsend

Hi, Jeff.  This is a strange little incident that I rarely tell because it is so “weird”.  Sounds like you may understand or have an explanation.

Part of my job has been to locate fun and interesting places for the management retreat for the company at which I work.  This group has a great sense of humor, so I thought it would be “fun” to book the Palace Hotel, which I had heard is haunted, and not tell the other managers until we got there.  I always research the places that are being considered, so my husband and I booked a room at the hotel prior to my booking the retreat.  When I made the reservation, I specifically asked to be placed in the room that had the most “ghostly” activity.  In all honesty, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary to happen.

When we got there, I asked to see the book containing all of the prior guests’ ghostly encounters just so I could debunk any questionable stories for the room we had booked.  When we walked into our room (the Madam’s room), I felt a great deal of anxiety which I simply chalked up to being in a reportedly haunted hotel.  (The hotel and its rooms are beautiful, by the way!!!)  There were a few reports of the lamp in the room falling over when nobody was near it.  Guess what?  The bottom was rounded instead of flat, so of course it would fall over sometimes.  A scent of perfume would occasionally waft through the room, which again I felt could have been from a past guest or from an adjacent room where somebody was wearing perfume.  I still couldn’t get rid of the creepy feeling, though.  Again, anxiety caused by my own fear of the possibility a ghost.

In the morning, my husband left the room to go to a nearby coffee shop to grab a quick cup of coffee.  I was terrified while he was gone.  My anxiety had increased over time instead of decreasing.  I made myself get out of bed and go into the bathroom to take a shower.  While I was in the shower, my husband had come back, and I heard him yell my name.  I went running out of the bathroom to see what was the matter.  He was standing beside the bed, looking down towards the floor with the strangest look on his face.  He looked at me and said, “Did you do that?  That’s not funny!”  I didn’t know what he was talking about.

When I asked him what he was yelling about, he pointed to the shoes he had kicked off the night before.   He always takes his sneakers off the same way before going to bed.  He kicks his shoes off without untying them.  He also ties his shoes the same way each morning.  He puts his foot up on the opposite knee, and ties his shoe, with the bow facing upward.  It causes the bow to always be on the side of his shoe instead of on top.  (A trifle odd, but that’s how he does it!)  Now, instead of being in the rumpled heap where he had left them, his sneakers placed nearly beside the bed, and the laces had been pulled completely tight.  They were stretched out absolutely straight in front of the shoes, with a perfect bowtie at the end of each shoe.  He couldn’t have tied that perfect a bow if he had tried, and wouldn’t have had any reason to do so.  He doesn’t think ghostly matters are humorous at all. 

 Marie's Suite, aka the Madam's Room, from Palace Hotel website

If I was going to try and trick him into thinking that there was “really” a ghost in our room, I’d never have thought of doing anything so silly.  I believe that, if there is no plausible explanation, the ghost in our room must have been a playful one with a wonderful sense of humor.  We were both so frightened by the whole thing that we checked out of the hotel immediately, and I didn’t book our management retreat there.  After all, at that time I was the only female on our management team, and there was no way I was going to stay in a room by myself at that hotel!!!

Since then, I’ve done a lot of reading about all things paranormal.  I would love to find a ghost hunting group that might research the Palace Hotel.  This time, I think I’d be more scientific and less emotional about my methodology, though!!

Sheryl H.

My Response to Sheryl's inquiry: 

 Hello Sheryl,

I confess I had not heard of such a helpful ghost at the Palace Hotel.  It does not sound like the Madam, but more like a maid.  However, if you want a possible, paranormal interpretation on this?  If the room was haunted, and you and your husband spoke openly in the room about how you doubted the place was haunted, doing this would be a low energy way for the spirit to let you know you were wrong?

I have posted a query looking for other investigators on a paranormal group I host.  I hope to be able to put you in touch with the  principles soon.  Until then, I will keep your story private.


So far, no one I have been able to speak with has performed any recent paranormal investigations of the Palace Hotel.  I may make a trip up there next Fall.  If anyone is interested, here is their website address and other information:

The Palace Hotel

1004 Water Street

Port Townsend, Washington 98368

(360) 385-0773/(800) 962-0741

E-mail: palace@olympus.net





DATE:   March 17, 2017
FROM:  Sheryl H
SUBJECT:  The Lion's Paw


I emailed you a week or two ago about the Palace Hotel.  Since that time, I was reminded about the Lion's Paw in Seaview, WA.

It's now privately owned, but served as a hospital for the Long Beach Peninsula in the 1930's and 1940's.  it was a bed and breakfast for several years, and closed in 2013.

My family rented the Lion's Paw for a family reunion before it closed.  I knew it was purported to be haunted, but found it to be quite the opposite from the Palace Hotel.  When I walked into this house, it felt welcoming, inviting and very friendly.

The only odd things that happened were that, on one night, the smell of formaldehyde was so strong in the basement that nobody could sleep there because it burned our eyes.  The smell was gone in the morning.  On the day that we left the Lion's Paw, the formaldehyde smell reappeared in one corner of the dining room.  It didn't even occur to me at the time that this could be indicative of a haunting.

The other odd thing was that one of my sisters said that somebody sat down on the bed next to her, but when she turned to look, nobody was there.  We've often thought that this sister has an overactive imagination, so none of us put too much credence in her ghostly claim.

I hadn't let it be known that this location was thought to be haunted, as it was the only place I could find that was big enough to house all of us.  Now, in looking back, I'm wondering if we did actually meet up with the "healing spirit" that was claimed to reside there.

Am just wondering whether you've heard about the Lion's Paw before this.  While it's no longer open to the public, I do have the name and phone number of the owner in case anyone might be interested in doing an investigation.

Thanks again for your time!
Sheryl H


My Response:

Hi Sheryl, thanks for emailing me about the Lion's Paw.  I have heard about the place.  One of my friends stayed there several years ago, before it closed.  She believed there were two ghosts there, and at least one of them was accompanied by distinctive smells.  I put part of her story in my Haunted Astoria book.  

It looks like I will have to find some friends to visit there soon.  Perhaps during the Oregon Ghost Conference in a few weeks?




DATE:  24 March 2017

FROM:  Rielly W.

SUBJECT:   Native American Spirits

Hi, there!

I happened to find your site when I was looking for some answers. I live in Ridgefield, WA which is where the "Cathlapotle" Chinook tribe lived years and years ago. As you probably know, there is a walking wildlife refuge which has a plank house replica. I have lived in Ridgefield since I was in 4th grade, and everyone has walked through there refuge many times, especially as kids. I always remember feeling a little uneasy down there for some reason, but never could pinpoint why. Just last night I was chatting to a friend of mine about a time that we walked to the refuge from her house and as soon as I stepped into the field by the beginning of the refuge I felt a really heavy weight on my chest, and felt like it was hard to take deep breaths. I didn’t mention anything to her at the time because I didn’t really know what to say. We eventually got to a spot in the refuge where it is like a rocky/grassy hill with a tree on top. We were just sitting in the grass relaxing and she mentioned that she felt like she was having trouble getting a deep breath, and I told her that I felt the exact same way.

There has always been urban legends growing up in this town that there were native American burial grounds all over the refuge because there are a lot of random bumps and mounds/hills in the refuge. It is just kids talking, but we started talking about how there most likely is remains of early people in the area just from the fact that they used to inhabit the area. Once we began to talk about this I felt a little more uncomfortable being there.

So we were talking about this last night and she told me that she has heard a lot of weird stories from people in the area about experiences they have had at the refuge. For example, a guy she is friend with who went to school with us both had told her about a few things that have happened to him there. One night when he was in middle school he decided to walk to the refuge to meet up with from friends (this was like 8 or 9 so it was dark out.) When he was walking up to the entrance to the refuge he heard someone running up behind him, but they were really light-footed and quiet. It didn’t sound like a gawky teenage boy running through the rocks to meet his friend. But he thought maybe it was just a friend messing with him so he turned to look behind him and as he turned, the entity that was making these running sounds ran past him and brushed past the side of his body and continues running away from him in front of him. But there was no one there, just the  sound of someone running moving further and further away. When I heard this I immediately thought about a Native American being able to run quietly because of how well adapted they were to the area, and also the type of footwear they had. Could this have been the spirit of a native person trying to get him to leave? Well, he turned around right away and ran home because he was so freaked out.

It is also worth mentioning that this guy doesn’t scare easily, he is kind of a tough-guy who I honestly wouldn’t think would open up about having that experience. The second thing he told her about was how a few years ago him and a friend were walking through the refuge during the day and they came up on this hill/mound and were standing on it. They found a crack pipe and other supplies that someone would use to smoke crack and they picked it up and chucked it away into the forest. As soon as they did this they began to hear a noise. You know when your hearing kind of fades in one ear and you hear a faint ringing sound from inside your head? Well it was like that but the sound got louder and louder until this guy was wincing and looked over at his friend who was having the same exact reaction. They stepped off the little hill to leave and the ringing stopped suddenly at the same time.

Sorry for making this such a long message, but I am just trying to give you some background info. I was talking to my friend about contacting someone who belongs to the Chinook tribe to ask them about the spirituality of the Chinook and how they feel about spirits of their own people being stuck behind in this life. I want to be as sensitive as possible and try not to offend them in any way, but I think it would be interesting to see if I could find someone who would be willing to come out to the refuge and walk around and see if they can pick up on any residual negative energy. I feel sad for any potential spirits that are upset about us being there and I want them to have peace. I don’t even know if there is some kind of negative spirits or energy there, but I figured it could be something for me to work on.

I would like to find someone who belongs to the Chinook tribe because I wouldn’t want to anger the spirits or disrespect them by bringing in (excuse me to put this so frankly- but a white medium or spiritual reader) because these spirits would still be stuck in a time where the white men were pretty evil to them. But it is also pretty difficult to find someone who fits the description of what I need.

If you have any resources or know someone (even if they aren’t native) that I could talk to about this I would really appreciate it.

Thanks so much,

Rielly W.

My Response:  

Hello Rielly,

Thank you for your long and detailed email.  I confess, many messages people send me are composed on their phones, and I am not up to some of the abbreviations the phone thinks up! 

You have had an impressive number of encounters out there, with your friends.  It seems like you managed to keep your head, even when things became intense.  A lot of people would have run away in fear. 

There are a lot of different types of hauntings.  They can range from spirits trapped in one location, because of unfinished business, or they do not realize they are dead.  Not all of these spirits want to move on.  Some people call this a self-aware, or autonomous spirit.  Then again, some people seem to leave an imprint on the land, which replays over and over again, in the right conditions.  This can happen, even if the actual spirits have passed on or over.  Some people call this a snapshot in time haunting, or a remnant.  I am unsure if either of these classifications apply to what is happening at Cathlapotle.  It would take a few visits to find out. 

To learn more about the spiritual beliefs of the Chinook and other people of the Pacific Northwest, there are two good sources/authors to look into.  In the 1850s, the US Government hired an ethnographer named George Gibbs to gather information on the region’s tribes.  Here is a link to a Wikipedia article on him, which is pretty accurate.


I will see about attaching a few documents written by Gibbs, which can tell you about the lifestyles and language of the people here, in the 1850s-1870s.  Unfortunately I do not have access to pdf documents of his collection of spiritual tales of the native people. 

Decades after Gibbs’ death, a woman named Ella Clark published his collected stories, as well as other tales she collected from other sources.  These stories are as close as you can get, except for visiting living, Native American heritage-speakers.  Here are some links to places to download or buy copies of Gibbs/Clark’s works.




Regarding your question about getting a spiritual person to come out to Cathlapotle. 

I appreciate the way you want to learn more, but also want to be respectful to the Native Americans, both past and present.  If you are interested in contacting the Chinook, the website for the Chinook Nation is:  http://chinooknation.org/. They are headquartered in Bay Center, near the mouth of the Columbia River. 

While you are right, many of the Native Peoples did not like whites, in the decades following Lewis and Clark’s visit.  However, others were friendly, so perhaps a visit by a non-native clairvoyant could be helpful. 

Would you be interested in meeting myself and such a person in a week or so?  If you are, let me know and we can put something together.

Best wishes,
Jeff Davis


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