JEROME - The Jerome Grand Hotel may be the most haunted building in the mountainside town known as "Ghost City." Jerome residents and hotel guests have reported many tales of ghosts, spirits and other paranormal phenomena.
Now, the haunted hotel, and its haunted neighbor the Clubhouse, will be featured Friday night at 7 p.m. on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures."
The Ghost Adventures' crew - Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin - recently spent a night in lockdown inside the Jerome Grand Hotel.
"While going through our locked-down facility," owner Robert Altherr said, "Zak and the crew made startling discoveries that surprised even us that work here at the hotel."
Altherr said the film crew was allowed only in certain parts of the hotel. Even so, he said they were really happy with the results. "Supposedly, they got some really good stuff on both buildings," he said. The crew filmed both in the hotel, which was the fourth hospital in Jerome during it's mining heyday, and in the Clubhouse, which sits next door and was the third hospital in town.
The Jerome Grand Hotel is well known as a haunted structure. Over the years, the Altherr brothers, Robert and Larry, have had a book at the front desk of the hotel for guests to enter descriptions of their own personal experience with the hotel's ghosts.
"There is an entry at least every other day," said Robert. "It will be that somebody heard something or saw something."
Some of the common experiences include orbs caught by cameras, or mist, or shadows - including, sometimes, a face. Other guests have reported seeing two red dots close together that appear to be floating up or down a stairwell or hallway.
The occurrences are so common that the Altherrs offer ghost tours, usually Monday through Thursday for the hotel's guests. During those tours, special equipment, such as ghost meters, infrared thermometers, digital cameras and digital recorders, are used to detect signs of paranormal activity.
Robert said there are many "believers" because the evidence seems to be overwhelming. "But it isn't negative," he said. "It's mostly fun and positive."