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Oxford Saloon is one of the most haunted spots in Washington

Not everyone believes in ghosts, but those who do tell us one of the most haunted places in western Washington is Oxford Saloon in Snohomish, where spirits and spirits co-mingle every night.

Oxford Saloon was built in 1890. It's 127 years old. From 1890 to 1909, it was Blackman's Grocery Store. Then in 1910, it became the Oxford Saloon. Ten people died there, including two who were murdered. One of the resident ghosts is Kathleen. As the story goes, she ran the brothel upstairs back in the 1800s and her death was just a little unsettling.

"She was decapitated in the claw-foot bathtub that we still have upstairs," said Brian Swanson, owner of Oxford Saloon.

Step by step, the place is creepy. No matter where you turn, there's a story. Like police officer, Henry, who was murdered on the stairs.

"Stabbed. Died. Rolled down the steps," explained Swanson. "But as recent as a month ago, I was here about two o'clock in the morning. I had a band member just finishing up, packing her stuff up. She didn't know the place was haunted. A lot of our musicians don't. And she was like, hey Brian, I'm going to wash my hands and can you get my check for me. She runs downstairs. She's down there for about 10 minutes. She comes laughing up the stairs. And I'm like, everything alright? She says, yeah, you have the nicest bartender downstairs. He told me the whole history about the building, about Henry and Kathleen and I'm like, sweetie, I'm the only one here. I'm the only person here. And she just instantly pauses, turns white, walks over, picks her guitar up and walks out the door. She didn't want her check. I've tried calling her. She doesn't want anything to do with us."

Check out the story in the video above. Also, thanks to Seattle Haunts for making up our ghosts for the video.


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