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A Ghostly Adventure at the Irma Hotel…

February 11th, 2011 by Park County Travel Council | Comments (7)

The Irma Hotel in Cody is haunted.  No, really!

Now, I’m a pretty level-headed gal, and have personally never seen anything “other-worldly” – but if you ask the members of the Wyoming Area Paranormal Society, they’ll tell you that at least one ghost haunts the famous Irma Hotel, and they’ve got scientific proof!

The stories of Buffalo Bill’s ghost haunting the Irma have been going around for years.  But Mike Darby, whose family owns the hotel, says that when they bought the place 22 years ago they didn’t know a thing about it!  It was only after they purchased the historic building that they started hearing stories about strange phenomenon – like waitresses seeing people in dining room booths, then finding no one there when they went back to that table; or feeling someone touching them when there was no one around…  What’s more, visitors staying in Room 35 over the years have reported very visible disturbances – the water in the bathroom turns on and off by itself; clothes may be moved in the middle of the night; pictures have been found off the wall and on the floor in a way that wouldn’t have resulted from falling from the nail; and most disturbing, there have been many sightings of a soldier in a cavalry uniform with a sword… BUT THEY COULD ONLY SEE HIS BOTTOM HALF.

So when the W.A.P.S. group approached Darby last year about holding a ghost hunt, Mike thought it sounded like a good idea – let’s get these sightings and disturbances on the record!  About 25 people showed up last year to utilize the tools of the trade – electromagnetic field indicators; infrared cameras; thermal imaging cameras; and digital voice recorders.  According to W.A.P.S. founder Jez Krubeck, this equipment is used to detect what human eyes and ears simply can’t see or hear.  Last year when the ghost hunters camped out in the “hot spots” of the hotel, Jez said that some of them were rewarded with tell-tale readings on their equipment, and some of the ghost hunters heard sounds on the voice recorders after they’d left the room… SPOOKY!

So after the success of last year’s ghost hunt, the W.A.P.S. group decided to host a second annual event, and last weekend more than 30 ghost hunters from near and far – along with ghost hunting celebrities like Karl Pfeiffer from Ghost Hunters International, and a representative from the also-haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado – gathered at the Irma to see if they could capture evidence of paranormal activity at the famous hotel.

Seems like the ghosts were more cooperative this year, as Krubeck said that almost every participant had “something” happen to them.  Several people reported being touched by an invisible hand in Room 35, which is notorious for strange goings-on; and in Room 20 (the Colonel Cody Suite), the EMF readings showed quite a bit of activity!  What’s really interesting is that both Krubeck and another participant found that several days after the hunt, their watches quit working… and Jez says that’s the second watch of his that’s stopped after investigating at the Irma!  WEIRD…

Mike Darby says that the ghost stories have actually been good for business – he says the stories give the hotel an added dimension, which appeals to some folks who specifically book rooms at the hotel because they’ve heard it’s haunted!

And as for making this ghost hunt an annual event?  Well, Mike says, “That’s up to the ghosts.”

Until next week, I’ll be… lovin’ life in Buffalo Bill’s Country (and on the lookout for spooky specters at the Irma Hotel)!

Corrie N. Cody


Lea Ann Wilson (October 19, 2011)

My husband & I stayed at the Irma Summer 2010 and we enjoyed our stay, however we heard music playing all night. It seemed to be the same song over and over again. We thought about going down stairs to check it out but were tired and stayed in bed. The music seemed to stop at about 0400. The next morning we asked the ladies at the hotel desk if a band had been playing at a bar nearby.They said no, that there wasn’t any music playing that night. We didn’t think about possible hauntings, until today Oct. 19, 2011 while listening to a radio show called Coast To Coast AM with George Noorey. Maybe a ghost or not. Cool We’ll have to go back again. There was no fear just good music. We Love Cody! Thank you.
David and Lea Ann Wilson
Missoula, MT

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Alice Jaynes (June 25, 2016)

My family stayed in room 20 Colonel Cody suite on June 21st . Before going downstairs for dinner the two fans and lights were turned off, upon returning both fans were turning super fast and both lights were on. Light in sitting room was turned on also. While standing near the basin the towel hanging on the wash stand flew off onto the stand. Sometime during the night I was awakened to the feel of an arm across my face covering my nose and mouth. My husband was turned the opposite side over to the other side of the bed. I felt like someone or something was lying between us

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theadmin (June 27, 2016)

Wow, that is some very strange happenings at the Irma! Thank you for sharing your experience, it would be fun to hear around a campfire!

Sadie Knowlton (October 16, 2016)

At the Irma Hotel in August 2015 I was looking in the mirror brushing my hair and I saw a woman screaming, but I didn’t hear anything. After that she disappeared and my bedside lamp turned off. She wore a dress from what looked like it was from the 1800s and had her in a bun.

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theadmin (October 21, 2016)

Thanks for the comment about the Irma Hotel Sadie. Several guests who have stayed there report strange happenings!

Laura Buher (November 8, 2016)

We were in Room 20 this past July and my friend had gone in to take a bath. When she finished she said you are real funny Laura, and I asked what she was talking about. The bathroom has two doors, one to the bedroom and one to the sitting room. She had closed both doors and I was sitting on the bed watching tv. Apparently when she went to exit the bathroom a chair had been placed in front of the door on the sitting room side. Needless to say we were a little apprehensive and stayed awake most of the night. Also the alarm clock, which was turned off of the alarm function went off at midnight. I have stayed at The Irma for the past 8 years and this was the first encounter in a room.

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theadmin (November 21, 2016)

Wow, that is a great ghostly encounter! Thank you for sharing!

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