Night at the Roads Hotel
Atlanta, Indiana -- July 26, 2013
Join at this Historic Haunted
Hotel for An All-Night Search for Ghosts!
the Roads Hotel
150 Main Street - Atlanta, Indiana
July 26, 2013 -- 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Join American Hauntings
and Rep host Loren Hamilton for an chilling ghost hunt at one of
Indiana's most historic -- and haunted -- hotels! Dating back to
1893, the hotel has seen more than its share of guests over the
years, many of them dating back to the " gas boom years" of the
early 1900s and including such infamous names as John Dillinger.
The are many legends told of the ghosts who linger in this fine
old establishment and in recent years, scores of ghost hunters
have walked through the doors, hoping to experience the spirits
in person. Many volumes of alleged evidence have been collected
and many return again and again to discover the place for
themselves! So, come along for our private outing to see if the
place is really as haunted as so many claim!
A Brief History of the Roads
The historic Roads Hotel was built in the small town of Atlanta
in 1893 by Abraham Kauffman. As short time later, it was
purchased by Newton Roads for his wife, Clara, who ran the place
with her son, John Everett, her daughter, Hazel Dell, and
two servants, Ida Cook and Minnie Summers. The business thrived
with most of the business coming from the fact that the hotel
became a layover for the railroad that passed through business
district of Atlanta, a town named for the city in Georgia
where several local boys died during the Civil War.
Sadly, tragedy came early to the new hotel. John Everett was
only four years old when he contracted whooping cough, an
ailment that left him with lifelong asthma. He was a sickly and
frail young man who contracted tuberculosis at age 19. In those
days, proper treatment consisted of little more than rest and
fresh air, so John Everett was confined to a room in the hotel
that might ease his condition and isolate him from the family
and guests. He died in his secluded hotel room on April 15,
||Over the years,
various members of the Roads family passed away in the hotel,
each from old age and various ailments. The hotel changed owners
a few times and then closed for business in 1927. But before it
closed down, it earned an infamous reputation as a speakeasy and
In the early 1900s, "boom times" came to Atlanta with the
discovery of natural gas wells. The population of the town
soared and local lore states that, with six taverns in town, the
Roads Hotel became the natural location for a brothel. Local
bootleggers kept the place supplied with beer and whiskey and
legends have attached a number of names to the place over the
years, from Al Capone to John Dillinger, although none of this
has been historically verified. However, the use of the old
hotel as a bordello is a poorly-kept secret in the small
community. After the hotel closed, it became a private residence
for many years and since then, has been opened back up as a
hotel and research site for paranormal phenomena. A number of
ghost hunters have visited the hotel in recent times and almost
all of them tell tales of their ghostly experiences. A portion
of all of the proceeds collected from tours and ghost hunts goes
toward the ongoing preservation of the hotel.
|Join American Hauntings at this
historic and haunted site and discover what other researchers
have also found --- reports of hearing conversations from
people in the upper story, when no one is there. Doors that open
and close and even slam when there were no people around them.
Reports of footsteps and shadows and even glimpses of men,
women, and children. The lights are turned on and off, even when
the hotel is unoccupied... and more!
Take part in our PRIVATE overnight and do your part to
help preserve this relic of the past!