Location Description and History
restaurant, dancing pavilion, tennis court, golf links, bowling alley. billiard parlor, burro trips and children's playground were accessible for weekend rates of 53.00 round trip. Lodge rates were $12.50 and up per week.
On June 13, 1909, a disastrous fire destroyed The Lodge. But by 1911 The Lodge had been rebuilt and reopened on its current, more scenic site. Since then it has undergone numerous renovations, but the initial appearance remains almost unchanged.
Over the history of The Lodge, thousands of Southwestern families have called The Lodge and Cloudcroft their second home. The Lodge has entertained and hosted hundreds of politicians, artists, entertainers and business leaders, including such notables as Poncho Villa, Judy Garland and Clark Gable. Gilbert Roland was known to frequent The Lodge. Both U. S. and Mexican government officials have long visited the historic hotel. Military leaders, scientists and astronauts from all over the world have made the Lodge a retreat during their visits to White Sands Missile Range, Holloman AFB and Fort Bliss. And, in fact, the most famous hotel in in the world was once associated with The Lodge; Conrad Hilton managed it in the 1930's.
Another story tells of a man who came back to his room late one night to discover a beautiful red headed woman soaking in his bath tub. He reported this to the front desk, who sent someone up to the room, but the young lady had mysteriously vanished. Wet foot prints, the size of a petite woman's, were discovered on the carpet, leading out of the room and down the hall. The man, who was present in the room while waiting for the staff, saw no one leave the room.
Marty Mills, the hotel's recreation director, says the "Lodge has a spirit. I'm not just talking about Rebecca. I don't know much about the paranormal, but there is a presence here." At 49, Mills has been feeling a presence and seeing things she can't explain for a number of years, going back to the 1960s, when her father managed the golf course. As a child, she often played in the Lodge's dimly lit corridors in search of subterranean passageways rumored to exist there. "If you believe in the spirit, whether you call it Rebecca or whatever, the spirit will leave you alone," she adds. "If you do good for the Lodge, you're OK. But you better not push the spirit's buttons."
Guests and other staff members have reported seeing an apparition, and tell about toilets that flush themselves, ashtrays that move, champagne glasses that explode, and the woman who appeared in a mirror only, but wasn't seen in the room. Strangest of all may be the stories of the moving golf carts, which happened in 1976 when Mills was 26. "There was this shed here about full of golf carts, and when we unlocked it we would find that all the carts had been moved around and jammed together so tight you could hardly budge them. That wasn't how we'd left them the night before." Thinking at first it was a prankster, Mills changed the locks and plugged all holes in the shed. On her return the next day, the carts again were all jumbled together. The jumbling repeated every two or three nights for the next two weeks, until one morning she went into the shed and said, "Look, I believe you're here. I believe you exist. But you're filling my life with grief, and I'm getting tired of it. I'd rather you not mess with my carts." Sure enough, the carts weren't moved again.
Over the years the Lodge has played host to many famous guests, including Pancho Villa, Judy Garland, and Clark Gable, but Rebecca, for whom the Lodge's restaurant is named, remains it's most well known lodger. Sandra Naylor, who works in the gift shop, says at first she was skeptical about the ghost. In the spring of 1994, she was interviewing a young woman, also named Rebecca, for a job in the shop. "I was saying to her that if she came to work here she would get kidded a lot because our ghost's name was Rebecca, too," says Naylor. "Just as I was saying that, one of the books in the gift shop, a book about ghosts called The Ghostly Register, fell over. There was no reason for it to fall. There were no fans on, no windows open, no breeze." The book landed open. "It was open to the page about Rebecca," says Naylor. "It made a believer out of me."
Source: "Chambermaid's Ghost Prowls Lodge Set in New Mexico Mountain Range," Ollie Reed Jr., from the Albuquerque Tribune.
At one in the morning, Jessica retired to her room to rest while Cody sat in the lobby, taking occasional photographs and monitoring the area with a Natural trifield meter set on sum mode. The meter's alarm went off twice and both photographs taken show "orb-like" phenomena in them. After an hour and a half, Cody moved back upstairs and was searching the main corridor on the second floor when he felt someone "pat" his behind twice. Assuming that it was Jessica, he asked, "Have you gotten anything?" There was no reply.
Moments later, Jessica emerged from her room down the hallway. Cody immediately turned around only to find an empty hallway. Quickly he snapped off one photograph, which reveled an odd mist-like in it. Smoking is not allowed on the second floor and no one had been smoking in the area when the photograph was taken. Another photo was immediately taken and it came out completely normal. No EM readings were obtained during this event.
We searched the building and the area outside for another 2 hours with nothing interesting occurring. No other EM fields were located and nothing was captured on our cameras.
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