HAUNTED WEEKEND AT THE ELMS --
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MISSOURI
MAY 19, 2012 -- Join us for our First Spooky Event at this
Haunted Weekend at the Elms
401 Regent Street - Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Overnight Hotel Stay, Tours & Ghost Hunting Included!
American Hauntings for a special overnight event at one of the
spookiest towns and hotels in Missouri -- the legendary Elms of
Excelsior Springs! For the first time,
American Hauntings travels to Excelsior Springs for an amazing
historic and haunted weekend! Enjoy a one-night stay at the
famously haunted Elms resort; Meet Excelsior Springs: Haunted
Haven author Janet Reed for a historic afternoon at the
Elms; get cold chills during a nighttime guided tour of the
haunts of Excelsior Springs with Beth Cooper, author and owner
of Ghost Tours of Missouri; Hunt the hallways of the Elms in
of the hotel's phantoms; and much more!
$400 Couples Price ($200 Per Person)
$375 Single Price
($100 Deposit Due Now / Remainder Due Before Trip)
Click Here to Register for this Weekend
A Vintage Photo of Excelsior Springs
Haunted Weekend at the Elms Includes:
* One-Night Stay at the famous Elms
* After Dark Ghost Tour by Bus of Excelsior Springs with Beth
* Ghost Hunting at the Elms
* History Presentation & Book Signing with Author Janet Reed
* Transportation to Excelsior Springs not
|One of our Spookiest and
Best Haunted Weekends Yet -- Don't miss out on this event by
waiting too long to register! We have a limited number of rooms
available at the Elms and you don't want to be left out
in the cold by not getting signed up early!
Join American Hauntings for a
weekend you won't regret!
In the late 1800s, the discovery of
healing mineral waters in Excelsior Springs changed the small
town from a farming community to a luxury resort town that
became known as
|"America's Haven of Health". The Elms
was one of the many hotels that sprang up to provide lodging for
those who came to take in the waters.
To this day, it continues to
play host to guests who checked in, but have never checked out.
amidst the rolling lands
and lush trees on the edge of town. The three-story hotel hosted
scores of visitors every season, offering large, shaded verandas
on all four sides, a live orchestra, large heated swimming pool,
bowling alley, billiards room and a target range for skeet
Unfortunately, in 1898, the beautiful hotel was destroyed by
fire. Although no one was injured, the structure was a total
loss. Plans were made to rebuild the place but due to various
delays, construction did not begin on the new Elms until 1908.
In July 1909, the new Elms had its second grand opening and the
popularity of the place continued to spread – but only for two
short years. On October 29, 1910, the hotel burned down again.
Following a large party in the Grand Ballroom, a boiler ignited
and spread a fire throughout the interior and set the roof
ablaze. The hotel was lost once again, but thankfully, no one
was killed – no guests anyway. Rumor has it that staff members
who were working on the boiler in the basement died in the
blaze. There ghosts are still said to be haunting the hotel,
banging on the pipes in the walls.
The first Elms was built in 1888
Once again, the owners were determined to rebuild and the Elms
opened once more in 1912.
Business at the hotel boomed
during the Prohibition era, since it earned a reputation as a
very popular speakeasy, serving alcohol during a time when it
was illegal across the country. The Elms attracted all sorts of
guests during this time, from average folks to the cream of
Kansas City society. One of the guests from this era has never
checked out of the hotel. He is reportedly a ghost that haunts
the European lap pool, killed during the violent Prohibition
days. Gangsters often stored their booze and held parties in a
blocked-off section of the hotel and this unlucky spirit was a
man who crossed the wrong bootlegger and got a bullet for his
During the Depression, the hotel fell on hard times and closed
down for a time. In the late 1930s, though, it was open again
and thrived during the World War II, again both hosting famous
guests and ordinary people who came to take in the legendary
waters. The late 1960s
dealt a serious blow to the Elms when the U.S. government ruled
that mineral water treatments could no longer be covered by
insurance. People largely stopped coming to town and most of the
local water sources were capped. Other hotels in town were
closed, boarded up and abandoned – but not the Elms. While much
of Excelsior Springs was closed down, the old hotel has managed
to endure, fully restored to its former glory and still hosting
hundreds of guests every year.
And many of those guests simply never leave. Who haunts
the Elms? Staff members from the past, former guests, or both?
You'll have the chance to find out for yourself during our
haunted weekend in Excelsior Springs!