The original hotel was built in historic Hollidaysburg, PA, by John Dougherty, in 1835.
Although the U.S. Hotel has had many owners since it was built, many of the original unique fixtures are still in place.
You will literally step back in time when you enter the historic U.S. Hotel. For instance, when was the last time you have seen a spittoon running along the base of a bar? I doubt if anybody uses it to spit in anymore but it does add a unique backdrop to days-gone-by.
The Ghost Research Foundation, a group of Paranormal Investigators from Bedford County, has been to the U.S. Hotel many times to investigate the many testimonies of customers, tenants, and the owners of this haunted hotel.
After spending the night on several occasions they have witnessed strange and spooky paranormal incidents. One incident actually sent one of the investigators screaming and running from the upstairs bedroom and refused to return.
With four eye witnesses, three paranormal investigators and one of the U.S. Hotel owners, there was no doubt a apparition was laying across the hotel bed.
Investigator and writer of paranormal stories, Patty Wilson & Scott Crownover, described the apparition as being a young woman with tangled chestnut colored hair. She was withering in pain and holding her head. She vanished within moments of the investigators finding her.
That same night another paranormal investigator suddenly screamed to everybody, "Run, everybody out of here now!" He later explained seeing a shadow of a man step into the light, the man was carrying an ax!
This was just one night of many testimonies about the Central Pennsylvania haunted hotel, read on, it's all interesting, very mysterious and a bit creepy.
Testimony of Ghostly Woman
It's hard to comprehend someone actually haunting a building that was once a customer or possibly an owner almost 200 years ago.
There's so much Pennsylvania history connected with this region and many ghost sightings throughout Central Pennsylvania.
The 1800s was a time when there was no electricity, and very little communication. The only transportation families would have enjoyed would have been horse and buggy or the historic PA Canal Basin, located across the road from the U.S. Hotel.
The Historic Pennsylvania Canal Basin had just been completed when this now famous Allegheny Mountains historic haunted hotel was built. The Pennsylvania Canal had 14 daily canal boats loading and unloading goods.
The small community of Hollidaysburg, PA was gaining recognition as a booming and growing community. Pennsylvania history was being recorded.
It was the frontier of a young nation. The Pennsylvania Canal provided the luxury of people and goods to be shipped to and from the west. Twenty years later the canal shipping business was replaced by the now historic Pennsylvania Railroad.
When I attended the ghost hunt at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum I jumped at the chance to talk to Patty Wilson about other haunted sites in the area.
Patty told me about her last experience at the U.S. Hotel. She laughed as she told me about couple of ghosts that are real characters. Patty Wilson explained, "He likes to play tricks and tell me jokes. But another ghost is grumpy and shouts at me to get out!"
She invited me to attended an upcoming ghost hunt at the U.S. Hotel. The dinner event was being planned for the following week at the haunted hotel but my schedule didn't work out. No doubt I will be attending a ghost hunt there one day!
Stop by the U.S. Hotel the next time you are in the area of historic Hollidaysburg. The food is fabulous and they have live entertainment on many evenings.
Sometimes the entertainment isn't live but it's always entertaining!
Who knows which ghost will be joining you for dinner at this legendary historic haunted hotel.
Have you heard the story about the famous Historic Haunted PA Brothel? It's located in Bedford County. The building and the brothel dates back to the 1700s.
You'll also enjoy finding another famous haunted Tavern in the Bedford County area. Historic Jean Bonnet Tavern is known for it's ghost sightings that also date back to the 1700s.