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The Haunted Stanley Hotel: The Inspiration for King’s ‘Overlook’

December 27, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is known as the inspiration behind Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in his novel and subsequent film, The Shining. In 1903, Freeland O. Stanley (co-inventor of the Stanley Steamer, with his twin brother Francis) and his wife, Flora moved to Estes Park from Massachusetts. Mr. Stanley had contracted tuberculosis and his doctor suggested the mountain air may help to heal him. When the climate in Colorado succeeded in healing Mr. Stanley, the couple decided to make it their permanent home and in 1909, opened the luxurious Stanley Hotel. At a time when modern-day amenities were new and […]