Paranormal Researchers Looking to Investigate Occidental Hotel

Paranormal Researchers Looking to Investigate Occidental Hotel (Photo courtesy the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce)
Paranormal Researchers Looking to Investigate Occidental Hotel (Photo courtesy the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce)

Sheridan-based paranormal investigators, the Paranormal Researchers of Wyoming, say they hope to investigate Buffalo's Occidental Hotel in April. The hotel's recently drawn the attraction of the Travel Channel, as crews with the television show Dead Files recently finished filming an episode at the hotel investigating paranormal activity. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.


Kevin Bennage, an investigator with the non-profit group who's performed hundreds of investigations, says he's heard a fair share of stories about seemingly unexplainable phenomena at the hotel.

The group hopes to reserve a room in the hotel next month and bring along a slew of equipment to conduct an investigation to prove or disprove paranormal experiences with scientific methods. Bennage explains.

Dawn Wexo, who owns the hotel, says some guests have reported unusual activity in the northwest wing. But the most common haunting tale at the Occidental Hotel is that of Emily. And it's just a sliver of the hotel's fascinating history.

At the turn of the 19th century, a portion of the hotel was a brothel. Some guests report seeing the apparition of a sickly young girl wearing a white nightgown in one of the rooms. According to local legend, her name was Emily - and she died of cholera at the age of seven, likely the daughter of a prostitute.

Bennage says it's possible the hauntings and otherworldly phenomena experienced in Wyoming are somehow related to it's vast and often mysterious history.

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