Built in 1900, aka "Hotel Hell"
Update: August 8, 2013: Historic hotel destroyed by storm
This was a terrifying storm -- tornadoes now confirmed. And I'd recently had the thought to go back and rephotograph the hotel, since this link gets far and beyond the most hits on my website. I now deeply regret not listening to my inner voice. As of this update, there have been over 400 visits to this page since the storm.
Maribel Caves Hotel Crumbles in Severe Storm
While en route (which turned out to be the wrong route) to locate the Winnebago Trial marker, I came upon the ruins of the Maribel Caves Hotel. It’s literally in the middle of cornfields, so coming upon this empty, massive stone structure is a kind of shock to the senses.
There’s a lot of history about this building, including ghost sightings, which now explains the rather eerie feeling I had pulled over in the middle of nowhere taking photos. I do confess to being disappointed at the “No Trespassing” sign (which I did honor).
I’ll be there again tomorrow with a couple of friends to explore the Cherney Maribel Caves County Park, just a little past the hotel ruins and which I also stumbled upon on my way to the wrong place. But, then, there really are no “wrong places,” no mistakes, when on a Zen journey . . .
Wisconsin Sickness: Maribel Caves Hotel Hell
Curiosity.com: What happened at the Maribel Caves Hotel? -- she took an axe and buried it into his head 14 times . . .
Local Haunts: Maribel caves and hotel hell
Unexplained Research: Hotel Hell
Unexplained Research: Town to discuss fate of Caves Hotel