It’s the Most Famous Haunted Hotel in Oklahoma, Maybe the Nation!
It's the most famous haunted hotel in all of Oklahoma, maybe even the Nation. Have you ever heard of the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK? It's the oldest hotel in OKC and has been listed as a historic landmark by both the Historic Hotel of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The hotel was originally built back in 1911 and is now over 110 years old. It's been reported numerous times throughout the years that it's haunted. Several people have experienced paranormal and all kinds of nightmarish supernatural activity while staying at the Skirvin. It's incredibly active, not to mention terrifying!
The hotel has been renovated and improved throughout the years and has grown to its current 14 story height which features 225 rooms. It's a very beautiful hotel and despite renovations, it maintains its historic look and feel both inside and out. It's like stepping back in time with all the decor, furniture, amenities, and craftsmanship that the Skirvin possesses. It's incredibly elegant but terrifying all at the same time.
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So when did all the paranormal activity start and what are the stories? The hotel got its name from its original owner and builder William Skirvin. The story goes that Mr. Skirvin was inappropriately involved with a hotel maid who got pregnant. To avoid all the controversy since he was a married man he locked the maid named "Effie" in a room on the 10th floor. She was a prisoner even after her child was born and was never allowed to leave the room she was locked in. The only means of escape Effie thought she had was to leap out of the 10th story window along with her baby, killing themselves. A tragic story, that turned into a ghost story.
I've never had the opportunity to stay at the Skirvin Hotel, but I've had friends and family who have. Most tell of hearing strange noises and seeing objects move by themselves. Some have even said they saw a female ghost wandering the halls and heard slamming doors, glass breaking, and a woman and child crying.
Watch a quick documentary about the Skirvin Hotel filmed for Dr. Caleb Lack's "Science vs. Pseudoscience" course at the University of Central Oklahoma.
These types of experiences have been reported by numerous people throughout the years. Even some NBA superstars who have stayed at the Skirvin while in OKC to take on the Thunder. A lot of them said they wouldn't stay there again due to the haunting. More than one person has left early during their stay.
There have been books written about all the strange happenings at the Skirvin and we could be seeing a movie sometime soon that details the history and ghost stories of the hotel. Most of the activity occurs on the 10th floor where the rumored suicide of Effie and her baby took place. The 10th floor was also a popular place back in the old days for gambling, drinking, and other nefarious, not to mention illegal activity.
Hit play below to hear the stories of NBA players who have stayed at the Skirvin Hotel.
Maybe someday we'll see a movie about the Skirvin Hotel. It's been discussed before and with it being featured often on all the ghost hunter TV shows the legend of the haunting continues to grow. Search Skirvin Hotel on YouTube for kinds of videos from people and investigators that have braved booking a room there.
I've never had the opportunity to stay at the Skirvin Hotel but plan to change that sometime this Spring/Summer. Maybe do a little staycation in OKC and book a room at the Skirvin to do some ghost hunting and investigating of my own. If you're interested in staying at the Skirvin click here to visit their official website or call (405)-272-3040. It's located at One Park Ave, Oklahoma City, OK. in historic Bricktown.