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
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