Recently I had the excitement of staying at a
haunted hotel for a friend’s birthday bash.
Palmer House of Sauk Centre was built in 1901 after
the first hotel burned. It is known to be haunted.
It’s even in the book “Minnesota Road Guide to
It’s been told that one young boy supposedly died in
one of the rooms around the time of the flu epidemic
and he can be heard bouncing his ball at night.
was surprisingly unafraid. Normally, upon hearing
scary ghost stories, my eyes will water with fear. I
was one of the brave ones this time as my friend
clinged to my arm on our tour of the basement.
story was told by the owner of a woman who had a
dream. In her dream there was a man buried under the
stairs of the Palmer House Hotel. Prior to the
dream, she hadn’t heard of the place.
looked up the hotel, drove to
Sauk Centre, and told the current owner of her disturbing dream.
They took her down to the basement and the woman
guided them to where the body was supposedly buried
under a set of stairs. This was a large basement
with many rooms, so how she knew the exact spot is
night the owner and a couple of staff decided to
start digging. They found some rib bones which quite
possibly could have been from a butchered animal.
They put the bones in a crate and placed it on a
nearby shelf for it to be taken to be analyzed
When the owner went to retrieve the crate, it had
disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
Later, the owner told the woman about the bones they
had found. Her reply was, “You didn’t dig deep
enough.” She described how the body was laying in
Some day, the owner said she will go digging again.
our tour of the basement, people took pictures with
their digital cameras. In almost all of the photos
there are orbs floating randomly around.
party was held in the downstairs restaurant. My two
girlfriends went to the restroom together. The
scared friend came running out of the bathroom in a
panic. Her toilet had flushed by itself. This was
not an automatic toilet mind you, just a regular
toilet with a handle to flush, and it mysteriously
flushed on its own.
next morning, my friend noticed in the room next to
us the toilet flushing on its own. We could hear it
running, and then it would flush. Maybe it’s just
old plumbing, but I’d like to think it was something
did notice while I was at the Palmer House, I was
much more aware of my surroundings. In a place like
that, you wait for something to happen.
of the guests told of the night before, when he woke
up in the middle of the night to hear what sounded
like a ball bouncing in the room above him. Later he
woke again to what sounded like large furniture
moving across wooden floors. All the rooms are
of the wait staff informed us at breakfast another
couple workers were closing and cleaning up the bar
one night. They heard “ping” and noticed a glass had
shattered right on the shelf.
There might be a reasonable explanation for all of
these, but it’s fun to think of the alternative.