THE PLAINS HOTEL
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The story of the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
“The Magic City of the
Plains,” as Cheyenne, Wyoming was known in the late 1800s seemed
like the perfect place to build a luxury hotel, according to the
Industrial Club in 1909. The decision was made at a dinner party
when Thomas Heaney, the club’s President announced that Cheyenne
needed something elegant and modern to spruce up the town a bit. Up
until that point, the biggest hotel in town was the Inter-Ocean,
which had become a place for locals to come and have a few drinks
after a hard day’s work than it was a place for rich travelers to
spend their days and nights.
An architect by the name of William
Dubois designed the hotel quickly and construction began in June
1910. By March 1911, the Plains Hotel was ready for its grand
opening. The hotel soon became known as a place of extravagance and
anyone who stayed there would talk endlessly about how wonderful the
services and amenities offered at the hotel were. However, the hotel
was soon to be the eternal resting place of two of its guests.
The story is about a woman named Rosie
and her new groom. The couple had come to Cheyenne on their
honeymoon and had chosen to stay in the luxury of the Plains Hotel.
The groom grew restless one evening and decided to go downstairs to
the bar for a drink. It was there that he met a prostitute. Rosie
grew even more restless as time passed and decided to go find him.
Stopping in the bar’s entrance, she saw her man and the prostitute
sitting at the bar, being fun and flirty with each other. She
watched both of them for several minutes until they left and went
upstairs to the woman’s room on the fourth floor. Enraged, she
followed them both and after they had been inside the room for
another several minutes, she burst the door open only to find them
in bed together. Engulfed with rage, she shot both of them with the
gun that was none other than her groom’s. Fleeing the scene and
going to her room, she then killed herself.
Ever since that fatal night, guests and
employees of the hotel have been witness to all three ghosts.
Housekeeping staff have said that they can hear sounds coming from
the room that Rosie stayed in. The sounds are those of both laughing
and crying. They often open the door and no one is inside. Rosie has
also said to be seen walking around the second floor in a long blue
The groom doesn’t often stay in one
place too long. Perhaps he is overcome with guilt, and that makes
him restless. He is most often seen on the fourth floor where he was
shot and he is also seen at times in the basement. He is seen in
early 1900s formal garb. This includes a long black dress coat with
tails, black boots, and a white shirt that features a large silver
button at the top.
The prostitute still lingers around as
well. She is seen wearing a short red, lacy dress. One particular
spooky Halloween, the hotel was decked out in Halloween decorations.
In the spirit of the holiday, they placed two mannequins in the
lobby. One was dressed as a bride and the other was a groom. One day
when an employee was in the lobby while the mannequin decorations
were still in place, they noticed the ghost of the prostitute. Just
as they noticed it, the mannequin that was dressed like a bride fell
to the ground. The employee had just enough time to look down at the
mannequin that had fallen before the ghost was gone.
The Plains Hotel is still host to many visitors today as they travel
through town on their way to other destinations or, like the
honeymooning couple, simply to enjoy the town of Cheyenne. It
retains its historic features but offers amenities that satisfy
today’s more modern clients. Although these guests are temporary,
these three guests will most likely stay at the hotel forever.
The Plains Hotel
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