SPOKANE - People pay a lot of money to be spooked, from haunted houses, scary movies and frightening costumes. Sometimes however urban legends and local ghost stories can be the best scare of all. That is if you're brave enough to see if they are true.
With so much rich history is Spokane there's bound to be a ghost or two lingering throughout the city's most beloved landmarks.
One of those landmarks is Greenwood Cemetery. The steps leading up to the cemetery were built over a century ago. Taken back by nature, they still draw curious visitors every year. So many people in fact are interested in the thousand steps and the cemetery around Halloween Greenwood hires extra security.
Urban legend has it ghosts have been said to scare away anyone who even tries to scale the steps.
?I have yet to see one,? David Ittner, the groundskeeper for the cemetery, said.
Another famous landmark is Spokane?s Davenport Hotel. Known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, thousands of guests check into the hotel every year. According to urban legends some never leave.
?Probably the most famous ghost story we have is Ellen MacNamara who was our guest in August of 1920,? Davenport Marketing Director Meg Harper said.
On the night of August 17th MacNamara, a tourist from New York, fell through the Tiffany skylight, landing on the marble floor below. She died in her room a few hours later.
Harper says MacNamara?s spirit lingers to this day.
?She has been seen, not too terribly recently, but a woman in white asking ?Where did I go??,? Harper said.
Those words were actually MacNamara?s last words after she fell through the skylight.
Lois Davenport, the hotel's namesake, is rumored to roam the halls as well. The hotel was his labor of love and it's where he died on the 11th floor. Today Harper says guests staying in Room 1105 have reported items mysteriously moving and turning on without being plugged in.
?There's been footsteps on the marble floor very early in the morning in the lobby and the bellmen turn to welcome the guest or assist and they turn and there's no one,? Harper said.
Mr. Davenport used to do his room inspections very early in the morning and very late at night, so maybe it's him, still on patrol.
Built in 1897, the Patsy Clark mansion tops the list of haunted houses in Washington. Clark made his riches in mining; he shared the 14,000 square foot mansion with his wife Mary and children for 30 years. They loved to throw extravagant parties and it's said music from those celebrations can occasionally be heard to this day.
A law firm now owns the home. Jon Neill is an attorney with the firm, when he's not working on litigation he loves to tell ghost stories.
?Mary Clark is the one who reportedly haunts the mansion. There's been a number of sightings over the years of a woman figure wearing period attire that circulates around the mansion,? Neill said.
Neill's favorite ghost story is from when the home was a restaurant.
?And the bus boy said when I was clearing the tables upstairs I walked down the main staircase and I made it down nearly to the main floor and I just felt like there was something behind me and I stopped and I paused and I looked behind me and I saw this figure floating down the staircase toward me,? Neill said.
Deep in the basement of the house, the dungeon as Neill calls it, lies the wine cellar, which is reportedly the most haunted room in the mansion.
?There were a lot of reports of broken wine bottles and glasses down there and even some sightings of glasses moving back and forth in the air,? Neill said.
However Mary hasn't been seen for years.
?Maybe the reason we haven't seen her is because she's happy,? Neill guessed.