Despite the situation, ascendant horror writer Stephen King did not hesitate to put his pen into play in the cavernous old hotel at the foot of the Colorado Rockies.
In October 1974, the writer had gone to spend the night with his wife at the close of the season in the old hotel when he got the inspiration to write.
After eating a sumptuous meal in the grand yet empty dining room, King walked through the hallway to enjoy the winter’s looming cold. But what seemed like a casual walk soon became the genesis of another record-breaking novel.
The new novel King thought of while walking through the dining hallway soon became a reality when he later had a terrifying dream about his son being chased through the hotel’s halls.
When asked about his inspiration, he stated, “I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in the chair looking out the window at the Rockies and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”
The book was titled The Shining Hotel. Not only did the book reintroduce the hotel to a new generation, but it also gave it a new birth.
Here are the uncovered eerie past and thrilling present of the hotel.
Stanley’s doctor had told him to seek the clean air of the West to cure his tuberculosis. So he traveled to Estes Park Colorado as instructed.
Fortunately for him, his trip paid off, and he became healthy.
Stanley fell in love with the vicinity and decided to visit the place every summer.
Later on, he acquired the land in the area to build a hotel, and in 1909, he completed the construction of the hotel.
The Earl of Dunraven, an Irish nobleman, visited the land where the hotel was built when he was on a hunting trip in 1872.
Soon after, he illegally acquired about 15000 of the surrounding acres and attempted to create a private hunting preserve.
However, his legal plans were prevented when the locals stood against him.
Before he left in 1884, Stanley purchased the land from Dunraven and built the hotel.
Stanley decided to name his hotel after the Earl of Dunraven by naming it, “The Dunraven,” but 180 locals signed a petition against the proposed name.
Many people have shared their experiences as regards room 407.
To date, many believe that the reason why the lights in the room flicker is because of Dunraven’s ghost, which keeps haunting the room.
Several people also claimed to have spotted ghostly faces in the room.
Years before the eruption of the hotel, Stanley and his twin brother, Francis, invented “Stanley Steamer,” a number of powered cars which made them wealthy.
Before the invention, they also sold their photographic plate company to Kodak, and that also increased their fortune.
While living up to his ideology against Payment on Delivery (POD), Stanley reportedly paid for his hotel’s construction in cash.
Many of the hotel’s original features, including its billiard room, veranda, and grand staircase, remain in place to date.
Stanley spent a lot of money to incorporate “class” and luxuries in the hotel.
Some of which include; a casino, an airfield, and a trap shooting range.