El Rancho Hotel

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The 1937 El Rancho Hotel was built by R.E. “Griff” Griffith, brother of movie magnate D.W. Griffith. Well-known past guests here include Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn and Kirk Douglas; it was a headquarters for the filming of many 1940s-1960s films. Witnesses who say the building is haunted have reported unexplained footsteps and laughter in the upper lobby, doors that open and close by themselves in the bridal suite, and objects that move around on their own throughout the hotel.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    1000 E 66
    Gallup, NM 87301
    United States

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    GPS:
    35.5294536, -108.72802469999999
    County:
    McKinley County, New Mexico
    Nearest Towns:
    Gallup, NM (0.8 mi.)
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    1. Renee Hofener  |  

      We stayed at the El Rancho on May 22, 2015, in the Dale Robertson room. About 11 p.m. while we were watching television the bathroom door, which was completely open, shut itself, by itself. The a/c wasn’t turned on yet and nothing else was moving or open in the room. We didn’t feel threatened, we just figured there was a visitor who wanted some privacy in the bathroom.

    2. About 12 years ago me and my family stayed at the El Rancho. We occupied 3 of the rooms in “motel” part. I was awaken by the feeling of someone sitting down on the bed beside me. As I sat up to say “who is it”, I was pushed back down on the bed and as I kept trying to say “who is it”, a cold rush of air pulled the words away and that was it! I immediately sat up to make sure everyone staying in my room was in bed. Everyone was sound asleep. I waited til the next morning to tell the rest of my family of my experience. They didn’t believe me until the desk clerk said that there have been some ghost sightings in the hotel.
      We went to Four Corners after breakfast, my family learned that the Indians used to put cedar seed necklaces on the children when they slept to keep the spirits away. They insisted that I needed several!

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