During the 1920s a hotel was built for a rancher named Alfred Gage in Marathon, Texas. This fifteen room hotel has been beautifully restored and remains open for service.
Many people passing through Marathon, fall in love with the authentic western style of this unique hotel. However, rumor has it that the Gage Hotel has been subject to recent paranormal activity. Many have reported a spirit dressed in antique clothing has been seen wandering the halls of the hotel.
The Late Night Visitors
A few witnesses believe that this entity is the ghost of Mr. Alfred Gage himself, unwilling to leave his beloved hotel. But one guest named Maggie believes there’s something more sinister afoot. “When I was a little girl, I hit my head on the edge of a pool and suffered from a severe concussion,” Maggie (Names changed for privacy) explained.
“Ever since then, I’ve been able to sense the presence of people who have…passed on. The moment I started walking through the halls of the Gage, I felt a spirit who had been there for a very long time. It’s hard to explain how it feels,” she said, running a hand through her hair.
“But I could tell immediately that the spirit was a kind one, so I didn’t have any concerns about staying in the hotel. However, during the night I had a vision—and I think it was Mr. Gage who showed it to me.
The Angry Businessman of Marathon
What happened in your vision?
“My vision was of a man, sitting in a chair. I could tell by his vest and jacket that he was alive in an earlier time period. All at once I could tell he was a stern yet kind spirit, and that he was a hard worker.
“I knew in an instant that this was Mr. Alfred Gage. But suddenly another spirit entered the vision… The man was quite opaque, and I knew from his aura that he had already moved on from the living,” she nodded. “He was hovering over Mr. Gage, enraged with balled up fists.
“I could tell that he was an evil entity, one that specifically targeted Mr. Gage. He might have even started haunting Mr. Gage while he was living,” Maggie nodded.
What happened next?
“After I woke up, I began to feel the presence of the unknown evil spirit lurking around in the hotel. It’s like he somehow recognized that I saw him in the vision, and began to follow me everywhere I went. The following night, I felt him hover over me while I slept.
“I demanded to know why he was there, and why he tormented Mr. Gage,” Maggie said, looking slightly frightened. “The entity snarled down at me, but showed me a vision in my mind. It was of him, attempting to purchase the property that the Gage Hotel was located on, long ago in 1918.
“The deal went through with the bank, but this man blamed Mr. Gage for his misfortune… He was so distraught, he committed suicide, and began to haunt Mr. Gage when construction began.
“To this day, I don’t know who that man was…he never revealed his true identity to me. All I know is that people who are sensitive to spirits should take precaution if they plan on visiting Marathon or the Gage Hotel.”