Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Haunted Palace Theater

While we were in Louisville, I wanted to go and see The Palace Theater. This is a beautiful theater and it is also said to be haunted. It is one of Louisville grandest movie venues. It was designed by John Eberson and was said to cost 1.2 million dollars to build. The Palace opened on September 1, 1928. When the theater was being restored in the 1980's is when workers began reporting sightings and strange sounds. There has been all kinds of strange noisy and sighting of people that are out of place or that should not be in the building. There have been sightings of a man dressed in 1930's clothing seen on the balcony. There has been sighting of a woman in 1940's era clothing climbing the  lobby's grand staircase. People have also heard the giggling sounds of a young child coming from a restroom. 
The theater itself has a seating capacity of 2,700 people. It has arcades, balconies, and turrets. It is done in Cobalt blue, with red and gold. Above is a curved vaulted ceiling with a 139 sculptures of faces of historical figures. 
This is a beautiful building both inside as well as outside. 
If you are in Louisville be sure to check the theater out and if you can go inside or see a show and who knows you might even see someone that is not suppose to be there :)
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Seelbach Hotel

We visited the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. I wanted to go here for a couple of reason's. Reason # 1 was it is a beautiful hotel and I love architecture and old buildings. Reason # 2 was because it is rumored to be haunted and reason # 3 was because many of America's gangsters has visited the Sheelbach the most famous one and the one that stayed there the most was Al Capone. When you visit the hotel you can see Al Capone's favorite alcove in the hotel's Oakroom lounge. Also there is still the giant mirror that he had brought in from Chicago so that he could watch his back while he playing a card game. There is secret passageways that leads out to an alley behind the hotel. There is a bar in the basement called the Rathskeller. It is another favorite place for Al. The inlays are all Rookwood Pottery. 
If you have ever seen the movie The Hustler with Paul Newman then you would had seen some of the Sheelbach Hotel as it was partially filmed there. Also Author F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed at Sheelbach and later used the hotel in a scene in his 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. There has also been a number of presidents that have stayed here as well as Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hoffa, Janet Jackson and the one and only Miss Piggy as well as many many more.
But it seems like there is another famous guest of the hotel that has not checked out and that would be The Lady in Blue. They have said that she has haunted the hotel since 1936. It is said that a young woman committed suicide. She threw herself down a empty ten story high elevator shaft on her wedding day wearing her blue gown that had been made just for her after she found her new husband in the arms of another woman.
The Sheelbach is a beautiful hotel and the people who work there that we meet were all very nice. They did not have an issues with us coming in and taken pictures or asking questions.
I think it is so neat that we have so much of this history in our state. Even if you are not into the ghost thing, the history and the guest that have stayed at this hotel is amazing. If you are visiting Louisville be sure to stop by and look at the Sheelbach or better yet stay there, you never know what or who you might see.
The Sheelbach is located in downtown Louisville at the corner of Fourth an Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Big South Fork Scenic Train Ride

My dad and Doug took a trip to Stearn's, Kentucky to take a ride.  My dad has been wanting to take a train ride that took you through scenic views. This was the perfect ride for him. They both had a great time. When they arrived at Big South Fork they were able to go through the museum they have there. The museum contained facts and things that were used by the coal miners when they used trains to transport the coal. Having a Grandfather that was a coal minor that was pretty neat to see. They also had two gentlemen there that was playing music and they boarded the train and when the train stopped for the lay over they performed again.  Once they were on the train they set out for a 16 mile trip down to Blue Heron. The train also descends 600 feet into the Big South Fork Gorge. Alone the way the train slows down so you can hear some history about the Stearn's family. The train had seating inside the train as well as outside. On the way down they sat inside but coming back they sat outside so Doug could take some beautiful pictures. My dad and Doug had the Adult tickets that included a coal miners lunch. The lunch consists of a 1/2 ham and 1/2 turkey sandwich, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert, and a drink. It was served in a insulated souvenir bag. They both said the lunch was very good. The price for this ride was $33.75 for Doug and $ 32.25 for my dad ( senior price).  They both had a great time and said they would love to go back and ride the train again maybe in the spring this time ( they went in October). You can visit their website at www.bsfsry.com
They also do Bunny Express train rides, Blue Heron Ghost train rides, Haunted Halloween Express train rides, Trick or Treat For Tots train rides, and Santa Express train rides so there is something for everyone.
If you are looking for something fun to do I would check this out. I am sure you will love it and also you will love the beautiful view from the train. 
They are located at Main Street. Stearn's, Kentucky.

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