The Bellingham Herald Building

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This historic heritage-listed building serves as the headquarters for the town newspaper, and dates back to 1926. The building is rumoured to be haunted, and features an elevator that moves around from floor to floor of its own accord. It is believed to be haunted by a former elevator operator who was murdered on the premises. Employees have also reported the eerie sensation of being watched by an unseen presence.

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State St and Chestnut St
Bellingham, WA
United States

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48.74740408843319, -122.4792791810898
Whatcom County, Washington
Nearest Towns:
Bellingham, WA (0.9 mi.)
Geneva, WA (3.5 mi.)
Marietta-Alderwood, WA (4.5 mi.)
Marietta, WA (5.4 mi.)
Sudden Valley, WA (6.3 mi.)
Ferndale, WA (8.5 mi.)
Alger, WA (10.8 mi.)
Acme, WA (12.7 mi.)
Edison, WA (12.9 mi.)
Deming, WA (13.1 mi.)


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  1. I used to work for Daylight Properties, the property maintenance company that runs the Herald building. I spent a lot of time there. There is no haunting. I am not saying this as a skeptic, I would love to be saying the opposite, but there is just nothing there. The elevators don’t move of their own accord, and the Herald building never used operators. Sorry guys, this one’s a bust.

    • there may never have been an operator but during the great depression 5 people jumped of the top of the building, killing themselves at the foot of the herald building. those spirits are believed to still haunt the place that drove them to such acts.

  2. I used to work at the Herald building but I just couldn’t do it anymore. The ghosts their and the elevators just creeped me out too much and i was going insane in that building.

  3. Ive been in the herald buliding alot and ive never experienced anything out of the ordinary, this buliding is definitely not haunted, just a myth people around here like to talk about to try to get a good scare out of people, also if you look up the history ive never found seen or heard about an elevator operator the whole time this bulding has been in use since it was built so definitley a myth/bust

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