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Barbee Hotel

Barbee Hotel paranormal

Location submitted by: sdonley on 05/27/2012
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The Barbee Hotel was considered a very high-class resort during Al Capone's time. He stayed in the hotel frequently, often clearing out all the guests so he could stay in seclusion. He always stayed in room 301 at the back of the hotel.

3620 North Barbee Road
Warsaw , IN 46582
Phone: (574) 834-1111
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 41.288129
Lon: -85.715413

Database Summary:

Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 7
Evidence: 0
Resources: 3
Retrievals: 3952
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The Barbee Hotel was considered a very high-class resort during Al Capone's time. He stayed in the hotel frequently, often clearing out all the guests so he could stay in seclusion. He always stayed in room 301 at the back of the hotel.

When cleaning the rooms employees have smelled cigar smoke and when investigated it is coming from room 301. The bartender who has worked there for years has seen an old man sitting at one of the booths on several occasions. When she goes to get someone, he is gone.

People have reported hearing footsteps on the stairs, and in the halls above the dining area. Many parties when taking their picture will line up on the stairs. There are several pictures on the wall where you can see orbs of light in the background behind the group. Many other celebrities stayed there as well. Rita Hayworth was said to go and stay in her room for days at a time. When you drive by the area of the hotel she stayed in late at night sometimes you can see a faint light.

Added by: sdonley on 05/27/2012 DB#:119


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

The Barbee Hotel in Northern Indiana was a popular spot for Chicago gangsters to get away from the city in the 1920's. One of the guests was none other than Al Capone himself.

It is believed that many of these gangsters returned to the hotel in death. Staff members have reported seeing an old man sitting in a booth after closing. When staff members talk to him there is no response. Thinking they are dealing with an unruly customer they leave to get assistance. However, upon returning the bar is empty and no one has seen anyone leave.

One legend states that the hotel was a popular place that gangsters took their girlfriends to. One gangster however took the girlfriend of another gangster. She was then murdered in the hotel by the jealous thug. People have reported that they hear her wailing at night and they feel cold spots generating from the area.

Other phenomena includes the appearance of faces in photographs taken at the hotel, and more commonly orbs.

Around the hotel itself is a popular place to see orbs and apparitions.

Added by: sdonley on 05/27/2012 DB#:1073

Paranormal Claims

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1470 05/27/2012 sdonley Cigar smoke has been smelled coming from room 301.
1471 05/27/2012 sdonley An apparition of an old man has been seen sitting in the bar area.
1472 05/27/2012 sdonley Footsteps have been heard on the stairs.
1473 05/27/2012 sdonley Footsteps have been heard in the halls above the dining area.
1474 05/27/2012 sdonley Orbs have appeared in photographs.
1475 05/27/2012 sdonley A woman has been heard crying at night.
1476 05/27/2012 sdonley Cold spots have been felt throughout the hotel.

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History and Folkare about the Barbee Area
Added: 05/27/2012 By: sdonley
An investigative write up by Mary Lee Willman about the Barbee Area,
Review of Location
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A blog post by Rick Garrett reviewing this location.
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