‘Unexplained Rapid City’ to be explored on Saturday night

10/10/07 - The Rapid City Weekly News

In the mood for a good scare? It is the season for chills and thrills, after all.
For a ghostly experience, attend the “Unexplained Rapid City Conference,” which will be held at the reportedly haunted Hotel Alex Johnson this weekend. Chad Lewis, co-author of “The South Dakota Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” will be one of four speakers at the conference.

“We have been doing these conferences in Wisconsin for more than 10 years and we are finally bringing it to Rapid City for the first time,” Lewis wrote.

The Rapid City Weekly News explored the haunted legends of the Alex Johnson in 2005, interviewing current and former employees who spoke of unoccupied elevators moving on their own, apparitions of little girls in hotel rooms and of a woman who plunged to her death from an eighth-floor room. The eighth floor is supposedly the most haunted area in the 80-year-old hotel.

Lewis offered this list of the most-haunted places in the region:

1. Black Hills State University in Spearfish: Students in dorms hear mysterious voices, witness objects move on their own and get a sense that they are not alone.
2. Hooky Jacks in Rapid City: Mysterious voices, phantom apparitions, and unexplained cold breezes are reported from this now-closed downtown establishment.
3. Bullock Hotel in Deadwood: The ghostly spirit of Seth Bullock continues to search for his eternal rest. Many guests report strange paranormal activity in their rooms.
4. Mountain View Cemetery in Keystone: Many visitors have spotted the ghosts of Mt. Rushmore construction workers who are continuing to monitor their work, even after death.
5. Homestead Opera House in Lead: The old Opera House is home to apparitions, objects moving on their own, and unexplainable voices.

“Unexplained Rapid City” will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Hotel Alex Johnson, 523 Sixth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the conference begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door for adults and $5 for children.

For more information call (605) 342-1210 or (715) 271-1831. Go to www.unexplainedresearch.com for more on the ghostly research efforts.


Room 812 in the Hotel Alex Johnson has a reputation for weird happenings. The entire eighth floor is thought by many to be haunted.

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