It was October of 2015 when I happen to run across an article about an old historic hotel in Trail, Oregon that was for sale. Two stories of 5088 square foot, 10 bed, 5 bath hotel sitting on 4 acres of property for under $200,000 had my mind blown already. But as I looked at the photos of the majestic building I immediately started to fall in love. With stars in my eyes I couldn’t help but dig into the history of the property.
Built in 1914, it was once a landmark destination housing guests like Zane Grey, Clark Gable and Herbert Hoover, & many more. Luckily, it didn’t take long for my husband and I to convince ourselves to take the 8 hour drive to take a look for ourselves.
About 30 miles from Medford, nestled neatly along the Rogue River and surrounded by the beautiful Oregon mountains, there she was … the Rouge Elk Hotel. And if the outside wasn’t enough for our hearts to skip a beat, the inside hid the biggest secrets of them all.
Beautiful hard wood, large dance halls and living rooms with massive 90 ton fire places made of native rocks, tall ceilings with chandlers with left over furniture and photos scattered about the hotel. It was enough to take your breath away.
However, we weren’t there just to enjoy the view. We were actually quite interested the possibility of purchasing the hotel. So, we spent a great deal of time speaking with the realtor, locals and examining the structure and property. If it’s one thing all the locals would agree on is that the hotel is home of many spirits. I don’t think there was one person we spoke to that didn’t believe it was haunted.
Stories of ghostly apparitions and other strange happenings on the property were not difficult to come across. Fortunately, it only made my husband and I all the more curious. It wasn’t until much later that we would become believers ourselves.
My husband decided to inspect under the building when he came across a rather particular object. On old naked doll with sharp looking teeth. It was too strange of a find of us to just cast aside so we decided to take her home.
For some odd reason were ever we placed her in our home she seemed to fall onto the floor along with anything that might be around her. Even though we moved her several times these incidences didn’t seem to stop until we purchased a display case for her. At times, she even emitted a strange glow.
Sadly, we were unable to purchase the Rouge Elk. But to this day we think of the hotel fondly and hope that perhaps someday, someone will have enough love for her to rebuild it to its original glory. And like a friendly reminder, the old doll remains in her locked display case grinning to us wither her creepy smile.
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