Ghosts Of San Diego: The Horton Grand Hotel Ghost

I recently visited the Horton Grand Hotel with my friends Vero, Alexes, and Eric. Many claim this hotel is haunted…

You may have seen the Horton Grand Hotel while out having fun in Gaslamp. It’s right across the way from Fluxx on Island Ave. I recently visited there and it is beautiful inside, restored to the times.

By Bernard Gagnon (Own work)

Horton Grand Hotel, San Diego. By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0

By Bernard Gagnon (Own work)

Horton Grand Hotel, San Diego. By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0

A fascinating thing I learned about this hotel is, at one point in the hotel’s history, it was actually two separate hotel buildings — one being The Elegant Grand Horton Hotel (opened in the 1880’s) and the other being The Khale Saddlery Brooklyn Hotel (opened in the 1880’s). It was during that time period that the famous Wyatt Earp of Tombstone legend lived in The Brooklyn Hotel.

In the 1970’s The Horton Grand was closing and went up for sale for $1 each, crazy right!?! Well, even though the hotel was only priced at $1, whoever purchased it would have to tear it down brick-by-brick and then restore it in another location. That person ended up being Dan Pearson.

The same thing happened to The Brooklyn Hotel in the 1980’s, and Dan Pearson bought that building as well, FOR $1!

Eventually he moved the hotels, combined them, and rebuilt them on Island Ave. $12 million later, in 1986, on the hundredth anniversary of both of its progenitors, the Horton Grand was reopened in finer style than it had ever known.

This hotel is haunted by many ghosts, but the one to me the most was the ghost of Roger Whittaker, a gambler from the 1880’s, who owed a lot pf people money. With people chasing him, he managed to run into a hotel to find refuge. He hid in an armoire but was eventually tracked down and shot to death.

When the hotel reopened in 1986 guests reported that, while staying in room 309, the bed shook, lights flickered on and off, and items were regularly misplaced after the room was serviced. Sometimes, the room was dead bolted from the inside even though it was unoccupied — CREEPY!

Hotel managers wanted an explanation for these unexplained activities, so they hired two psychics to investigate. The psychics determined that the spirit in room 309 was that of Roger Whittaker, the gambler from more than 100-years ago!

If you are craving a ghostly sighting, book room 309!

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