The St. James exterior at night.  Built by Henry Lambert in 1872 it was a travel stop on a branch of the Santa Fe Trail.

The St. James exterior at night.  Built by Henry Lambert in 1872 it was a travel stop on a branch of the Santa Fe Trail.

Exterior of the St. James by day.  Cimarron, early on, was a wild town on the Santa Fe Trail.  Locals commonly asked, "Who was killed at Lambert's last night?" 

Exterior of the St. James by day.  Cimarron, early on, was a wild town on the Santa Fe Trail.  Locals commonly asked, "Who was killed at Lambert's last night?" 

The St. James Hotel - Cimarron, NM

It is in the small town of Cimarron in New Mexico with a population just over 1,000 that paranormal investigators can find the haunted and historic St James hotel.  Trust me… there’s little else unless the traveler is into outdoorsy adventures.  The town of Cimarron sprang up on  the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe trail and became a booming stage coach stop.

Among the guestbooks of the St. James one can find the signatures of infamous characters such as Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Cody, Black Jack Ketchum, Annie Oakley and Clay Allison.

Among the guestbooks of the St. James one can find the signatures of infamous characters such as Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Buffalo Bill Cody, Black Jack Ketchum, Annie Oakley and Clay Allison.

 

Henri and Mary Lambert brought their boarding establishment to Cimarron in 1872 to service the needs of travelers.  Needless to say, being located on the Santa Fe Trail, the St James was visited by a wide variety of guests, including outlaws and gunslingers.  A rough and rowdy crowd through trekked through this upscale establishment over the years and lists among its notables, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James.  Rumor and personal experience leave no doubt that many of the original guests remain today.


With 26 documented murders in the Hotel’s history, this paranormal friendly hotel offers plenty of action for the historian and the paranormal enthusiast!  The signage directing ghost hunters around the property attests to  the influx of paranormal investigators that frequent the establishment.

Davy Crockett, a guest at the St James and descendant of the original Davy Crockett murdered 3three Buffalo Soldiers in the bar in 1876.

Davy Crockett, a guest at the St James and descendant of the original Davy Crockett murdered 3three Buffalo Soldiers in the bar in 1876.

Infamous Room #18 is closed to the public.  Upon opening the door of this room, the temperature in the hall dropped 15 degrees instantly and K2 activity spiked.  It is rumored that psychics have been thrown to the ground in here, which is why it, generally, remains padlocked today.

Infamous Room #18 is closed to the public.  Upon opening the door of this room, the temperature in the hall dropped 15 degrees instantly and K2 activity spiked.  It is rumored that psychics have been thrown to the ground in here, which is why it, generally, remains padlocked today.

The Haunting of the St. James

With 26 documented murders in the Hotel’s history, this paranormal friendly hotel offers plenty of action for the historian and the paranormal enthusiast!  The signage directing ghost hunters around the property attests to  the influx of paranormal investigators that frequent the establishment.

 

It is important to know and note that certain parts of the hotel are “locked down” at night and that the hotel does not provide open access to enthusiasts without special arrangements.  Even with special arrangements, the hotel restricts access to the famously haunted Room 18.  The story behind this room accounts for 1 of the 26 murders here…

Replaced in 1901, the current ceiling still shows over 20 bullet holes.  When the ceiling was replaced, hundreds of bullets were collected.  The Lamberts had layered wood between the bar and upstairs rooms to prevent bullets from traveling through!

Replaced in 1901, the current ceiling still shows over 20 bullet holes.  When the ceiling was replaced, hundreds of bullets were collected.  The Lamberts had layered wood between the bar and upstairs rooms to prevent bullets from traveling through!

 

A gentleman staying at the hotel won the hotel in a poker game.  Apparently the owner at the time was a bit reluctant to loose his hotel and as T.J. Wright returned to his room, the owner shot him in the back.  T.J. crawled into room 18 and died.  He resides there to this day and is not a friendly spirit.  The hotel has had experiences of psychics being thrown to the floor, as well as other acts of violence against those who enter Room 18.

 

When I visited, the hotel staff agreed to open the room.  After the ritual to appease T.J. the double padlocks were removed.  Even standing down the hall, meters in hand, there was a significant temperature drop and huge spike on the K2.  As the cameras rolled and with an investigator in the room, a ball of light shot floor to ceiling.  A few moments later, the ball of the light shot straight sideways into the investigators head.  He was completely unaware of this yet began scratching and shaking his head.  After, when asked what had occurred in there, he stated that it felt like someone was messing with his hair.


This is not the type of place where average investigators can ask the “usual” paranormal questions.  The ghosts here are bombarded by groups of people harassing them asking them the same questions day in and day out for years.  They are bored by it and it takes a little down to earth creativity to get these spirits interactive.