Ringling Towers

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No longer around (it was demolished in 1998), this old-school monster of a hotel was left to rot for many, many years in downtown Sarasota. It was a popular haunt for ghost hunters, who swore there were evil presences residing there.

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    Geographic Information

    North Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL
    United States

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    27.125163515784063, -82.4541099601883
    Sarasota County, Florida
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    1. We would sneak in there in the late ’80’s when it was abandoned and full of graffiti (black mass looking stuff too). We were walking up one of the stairwells and when we reached about the 4th floor, we looked down to the end of a hall through the gloom. There on the far door was a pentagram and suddenly we ALL felt chilled and heard loud growls coming from that direction. Needless to say, we high tailed it back down the stairs and out the door!!!

    2. When I used to travel past this place I could hear elephants when I was waiting for the light. Very Erie. Never had guts to go in but wish they wouldn’t have tore it down it was beautiful.

    3. Kathy Kallenbach  |  

      We went into all these places this was in 1964…no graffiti… it was too early for kids that damaged things. but our Ouija board did act up every time we used it in this one. it would fly across the room. that all was before we knew we could draw in dark entities.You could feel really cold spots. but we didn’t understand what that meant.

    4. I volunteered to rehab the place in the 90s. Some of the eerie happenings I noticed were when going up the stairs to find the foreman, following the voices we heard, my friend and I didn’t ever find who’s was talking. The foreman came up behind us asking who else was with us because everyone else was outside.

      Another day I was looking out back for the foreman to get my next task when I heard a rushing sound. I thought it was water from in the boiler room, so I stepped into the doorway of the room just as a while line of roofing tiles smashed into the yard where I’d been standing. I ended up with cuts on the backs of my arms and legs from the exploding ceramic. I could have been crushed or had the shrapnel hit my face.

      I adored that place and put a lot of love into the work. I was absolutely heartbroken when it was demolished.

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