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Irma Hotel

Irma Hotel paranormal

Location submitted by: sdonley on 05/14/2012
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Step back in time... into the old west of today, at the Irma Hotel, - a place that Buffalo Bill Cody called "a gem" just outside of Yellowstone National Park.

1192 Sheridan Avenue
Cody , WY 82414
Phone: 307-587-4221
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 44.5260249
Lon: -109.0643697

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 19
Evidence: 0
Resources: 0
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"Buffalo Bill," William F. Cody was probably the best known American in the world during his lifetime. Having been involved in many events that shaped the American West, he formed an arena show of the western experience called Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1883. It toured the United States and Europe for 30 years.

Buffalo Bill helped found Cody, Wyoming in 1895, and established his TE Ranch in the area. In 1902, he built the Irma Hotel, which he called - "just the sweetest hotel that ever was." Buffalo Bill maintained two suites and an office at the hotel for his personal use.

When the Burlington Railroad completed a spur line into Cody, his plan was to have travelers stay at Buffalo Bill's Hotels in the Rockies on their way to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park. They included the Irma Hotel in Cody, near the railroad; Wapiti Inn (a day's wagon ride west) and Pahaska Teepee near the East gate of the park.

The Irma Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service, in recognition of its contribution to the cultural foundations of America. It was designed by Alfred Wilderman Woods, a Lincoln, Nebraska church architect. Certain exterior walls are made of river rock and locally quarried sandstone from Beck Lake just south of town. The fireplace is an assemblage of rock, ores, minerals, and fossils from the Big Horn Basin.

The Irma's famous cherrywood bar dates to the period of construction and is one of the most photographed features in all of Cody. The original part of the hotel was built for Buffalo Bill in 1902. The northwest addition was constructed in 1929, and the southwest addition was added in 1976-1977.

Added by: sdonley on 05/14/2012 DB#:110


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1437 05/14/2012 sdonley An aggressive presence has been reported in the kitchen.
1438 05/14/2012 sdonley Irma (Buffalo Bill Cody's daughter) "The Lady in White" roams the halls of the second floor where the suites and rooms are located.
1436 05/14/2012 sdonley There have been sightings of a soldier dressed in an 1800's style uniform in the main dining hall near the cherry wood bar.
2337 03/06/2016 sdonley Covers of beds in room 35 have been ripped off the bed while people were sleeping.
2336 03/06/2016 sdonley Guests have reported to be woken up with a cold hand touching them.
2335 03/06/2016 sdonley Disembodied voices have been reported.
2334 03/06/2016 sdonley Extreme cold temperatures have been reported in room 35.
2333 03/06/2016 sdonley Man in old west Calvary clothing has been reported.
2332 03/06/2016 sdonley An apparition of a man has been seen to walk into the bar and take a seat, when someone goes to wait on him he disappears.
2331 03/06/2016 sdonley Water faucets have been reported to turn on/off by themselves.
2330 03/06/2016 sdonley TV and lights have been reported to turn off and on by themselves.
2329 03/06/2016 sdonley People have heard the sound of petticoat swishing from one side of a room to another.
2328 03/06/2016 sdonley Rocking chairs have been reported to rock on their own.
2327 03/06/2016 sdonley People have had drinks knocked out of their hand.
2326 03/06/2016 sdonley If people who look like the ex-wife of Buffalo Bill, they get messed with.
2325 03/06/2016 sdonley Buffalo Bill has been seen in a long mirror in the dinning room.
2324 03/06/2016 sdonley An apparition of a confederate soldier (from the waist up) has been reported in room 35.
2323 03/06/2016 sdonley Knocking on hallway walls so loud that it wakes up the guests have been heard.
2322 03/06/2016 sdonley Footsteps have been heard in the hallways.

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