Plaza Hotel Investigation report

Byron T. Mills, the hotel’s former owner is believed that his to haunt Room 310 of the Plaza Hotel. A photograph of the ghost is supposedly kept behind the front desk that was taken near his room. The hotel's employees say the ghost has been known to open and close drawers or sit on the beds of female guests. Witnesses also have detected the smell of his cigar smoke.

Photographs from our ghost hunts and investigations at this location are at the link below;

SGHA photos of the Plaza Hotel

   The ghost story of the Plaza hotel begins during the renovation of the hotel in 1982.  The phenomena that were reported were all low grade in nature. A fleeting shadow is seen on the stairs, a strange dark spot at the bottom of the stairs, which was speculated to be a blood stain, and unusual noises comprised the claims of paranormal activity at the historic building.

   After the hotel reopened for business on March 19th, 1983, it was decided that some "creative marketing" was needed to help promote the hotel. The ghost stories were soon used to help advertise the hotel as shown in several out of state newspapers. The items that appeared in the local newspaper were spurious events that have alternative explanations.

    This changed when two unusual (but explainable) incidents that occur to two women in room 316 and room 310.  As time passes myth building begins to distort the accounts, and the focus of the "haunting" becomes centered in Room 310.

   With the introduction of paranormal reality TV shows in 2004, the myth building increases and is propagated by the hotel employees, the media, several ghost hunting teams and by the appearance of several books.

   The phenomenon identified as being paranormal was investigated and found to have more likely explanations. As such, there is not probable rationality to believe that this location is haunted by the ghost of Byron T. Mills or any other person. The case of the building having paranormal activity is not sufficient enough to cast a benefit of a doubt.

The final results and details of our ghost hunts and investigations at the Plaza Hotel have been copyrighted by Cody Polston and placed in his book "New Mexico's Most Haunted: EXPOSED. The book may be purchased at the link below.

New Mexico's Most Haunted: Exposed

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