the Baker Hotel Cloud Room
Playing for Casper
Uncle Jim T____ was one of the residents of the Baker
Hotel back in the late 60's / early 70's when it was rented out
as apartments. My older Brother Bruce and I spent hours on end investigating
the Baker and riding up and down on it's crank elevator.
I can tell you "without any reservation" that the Baker
is without a doubt haunted.
I would be all too happy to take any lie detector test you could hook
me up to!
When I was 5 years old, I made my way up to the cloud room atop the
hotel, and discovered my first piano. It was an upright in much disrepair.
It was, in fact, the first piano I ever placed my hands on. I played
that old piano, experimenting with simple melodies and chords and
later I grew up to attend college and major in music. I become a professional
piano player, so you can imagine the amount of time I spent in the
cloud room tickling those ivory's. It was hard to keep me away from
time while up there by myself, I witnessed a levitating full body
apparition that was completely white and translucent in appearance
slowly making its way from the back of one end of the ballroom to
the other. Although I really didn't understand what a ghost
was at the age of 5, I was absolutely frozen with fear. Although it
never came toward me as if to harm me, I knew that what I was witnessing
was very much supernatural. I never returned to the cloud room by
myself until many years later when the hotel was purchased by O.C.
holds so many great memories for me and my Family. Most of that generation
of my Family (Mother, Father, Uncle) have passed away now, but I would
like to think that they still get together at the Baker,
drink entirely too much alcohol and dance and sing the night away.
has so made an indelible impression on me, it is never very far away
from my thoughts! - (Name witheld by Request), San Antonio, Texas
A More Detailed Account
This may sound somewhat comical,
but the apparition was neither male nor female that I could determine.
It was approximately 5 1/2' tall, levitated about 2' off of the ground
at all times, moved very steadily and deliberately all the way from
the back of one end of the ballroom to the other (about at the speed
that an older adult person would walk if not hurried). Here is the
comical part......if an adult were to place a large white bed sheet
over themselves (much like Casper the Friendly Ghost) and make this
same walk, it would've appeared very similar. The largest differences
being this sheet figure was absolute radiant
white, almost giving off a shimmering effect much like a pearl
shell, was not opaque nor transparent, but translucent, and steadily
levitated off of the ground at all times just as I have indicated.
The only thing I have concluded after all of these years is this "thing"
was some form of light energy! A picture is worth a thousand words,
and I would do anything if I could show you exactly what has been
captured in my mind all of these years. Although this "thing" apparently
meant me no harm, it did manage to "scare the living [daylights] out
of me!" Immediately after this occurrence, I ran down to my Uncle's
apartment like a scared little rabbit and told my Uncle, Mom, Dad
and Brother what I had seen. They quickly went up to the cloud room
to investigate and found nothing, but I was not going to go back up
there on a bet, with or without them! I wanted NO part of it! I would
sure like to one day know what that "thing" was!
- (Name witheld by Request), San Antonio, Texas, August