El Tovar Hotel

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The historic El Tovar hotel was one of the original Harvey Houses that served the rail lines, staffed by the civilizing influence of the Harvey girls. Although a grave marked “Pirl” can be found in the parking lot of the Tovar, its occupant is somewhat disputed. Legends say it is either a Harvey girl or a cowboy and nobody is really sure which. Regardless, a black-garbed figure is often seen walking near the grave before vanishing behind the Hopi House. In addition, it is claimed that Fred Harvey himself makes an annual appearance to invite the guests to Christmas festivities, which is nice, even though he’s been dead since 1901.

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    Geographic Information

    Address:
    1 El Tovar Road
    Grand Canyon, Arizona
    United States

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    GPS:
    36.05739935191971, -112.13756843927001
    County:
    Coconino County, Arizona
    Nearest Towns:
    Grand Canyon, AZ (0.2 mi.)
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    1. When I stayed here a few years ago, I awakened one night to see a man standing by my bed looking down at me. He was so clear and solid I thought an intruder had come into the room. He was a man in his 70’s with thinning gray hair, a craggy face, and wearing a plaid long – sleeved shirt with an open collar. His arms were hanging to his sides and his head was tilted down, as I said, looking down at me. I blinked and he was still there. I screamed for my husband who woke after my second yell at him. I didn’t think ‘ghost’ until he just disappeared in a blink. My husband insisted it was a dream but I was oriented in time and place and I was looking at the actual room around him. Was it a dream? Possible, I guess. A ghost? I think it was, I really do.

    2. I stayed here and I had something unusual happen. I had a lamp in my room that was controlled by a wall switch. When I went to turn it off I took a step towards it to turn it off when it dawned on me to use the wall switch. The next morning when I went to turn it on with the wall switch it would not go on. I then stepped over to the lamp and discovered that it had been turned off at the lamp. I was pretty sure that I had not done that the night before. I remember chuckling at myself for even starting to do it. The real clincher for me was that I was completely unfamiliar with how the switch on the lamp worked. I was surprised how far up under the shade I had to reach to find the switch. I tried to turn it and found, instead, that the switch toggled.

    3. I also had the same exact experience as Julie. We stayed 3 nights back in 2001 for our honeymoon. One night I woke to an older man dressed in a suit from the early 1900’s standing above me over my bed. He was staring intensely at me. I was sort of in an awake/dreaming state. I started screaming and woke my husband but the man was gone. We also had our heavy door sling open in the middle of the day and the shower would turn on in the middle of the night. I have never in my life had such a blatant feeling that a place was haunted. We were in the 3rd floor to the right hallway overlooking the parking lot. We were in the 1st room on the left.

    4. My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon back in 1996. At the time, we were not aware that the hotel had a reputation of being haunted. In the middle of the night, I woke up and saw a black figure (almost like a shadow) in the shape of a man wearing a cowboy hat just hovering by the bed. It felt like it was looking at me! I was really scared. I wasn’t able to wake up my husband so I flipped on the lights and left them on all night.

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