Murphy’s Lamplight Inn - The Blue Pelican Inn

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Once Murphy’s Lamplight Inn built in the early 1900s, the Blue Pelican is now predominantly a restaurant but it also rents rooms. Ghosts are said to have taken up residence here since the 1950s. Spirits here include a man and woman in late-1920s to early-1930s clothing, sometimes seen dancing together in the bar with a little girl ghost watching. The ghosts also are said to peep into the second-floor windows.

Some folks here will tell a tale of a former owner’s daughter who was killed after falling down the stairs as she was preparing to elope. Her ghost is said to walk the hallways wearing the wedding dress. Another former owner, Mrs. Gill, also is said to haunt the place. She passed away in an upstairs bedroom there and has been seen in the upstairs window looking out onto the town.

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    2535 North Main Street
    Central Lake, MI 49622
    United States

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    45.072125591626246, -85.26485998783568
    Antrim County, Michigan
    Nearest Towns:
    Central Lake, MI (0.1 mi.)
    Eastport, MI (4.8 mi.)
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    East Jordan, MI (9.1 mi.)
    Norwood, MI (11.5 mi.)
    Alden, MI (13.2 mi.)
    Ironton, MI (13.3 mi.)
    Advance, MI (13.8 mi.)
    Elk Rapids, MI (14.3 mi.)

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    1. Dawn M Gascoyne  |  

      When I was about 6 or 7 years old (early 1980’s), I was dining with relatives at this beautiful restaurant. About halfway through dinner, I had to use the bathroom. My mother told me it was upstairs and I really did NOT want to go alone. Regardless, I went upstairs to the Ladies’ room. I was quite happy to hear a nice lady talking in there. Only problem was, as I came out of my stall (I think it was a stall back then…), there was nobody there but me. I proceeded to wash my hands, and as I glanced up, there was a beautiful young woman smiling at me from behind me. I turned around to get a better look at her formal gown, and I was alone. I looked up and down the hall, peeked back into the bathroom, but all was quiet and empty.
      I know in my heart that I had seen and was blessed to see a ghost at the age of about 6. Nowadays, I would overanalyze or dismiss such a precious moment in time.
      I still live in a neighboring town, and my heart smiles every time I drive past the Lamplight Inn.

    2. I haven’t been back to Central Lake in 5 year’s and I was surprised to see Ms. Joy Albert in the photo with the ghost in the video. She was my girl friend. lol

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