The Haunting of the Red Onion Saloon

The Red Onion Saloon – Skagway Hoonah Angoon County, Skagway, Alaska

Photograph ©Tara Long Lawner, 1999-2007

The Red Onion Saloon was originally constructed to be a bordello in 1898. Many of the apparitions that haunt the building were from that same era and came to Alaska during the gold rush. This period in time is riddled with shootings, accidents and incurable diseases. One such disease, diphtheria, had made its way into this Alaskan town during this period and killed many children.

Today, the second floor of the Red Onion is definitely haunted by restless spirits who are determined to make their presence known.

Guests and employees have made reports of footsteps going upstairs. No one lives upstairs and footsteps should not have been heard. One employee heard these footsteps, in addition to running and pounding noises coming from the second floor and called the police. When the police and the employee investigated, a shadowy figure was seen going down the hall and into one of the rooms. When they entered the same room, nothing was there.

Other reports of the second floor include; cold spots, the strong smell of a woman’s perfume that moves down the hallway and a shadowy apparition roaming around. Also, and this is kind of odd, it has been reported that someone, or rather, something, waters the plants on the second floor!

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