The announcement of the construction of a new lodge was published in the Alamogordo News on February 17th, 1910. It read; “Cloudcroft, the premier Resort of the Great Southwest will be rebuilt. That is now beyond controversy. Mr. Simmons, General Manager of the El Paso and Southwestern route, which owns Cloudcroft, said some time since … Read moreThe Lodge at Cloudcroft, History
The legend of Rebecca is built upon a foundation that is no more solid than the apparition that supposedly haunts the hotel. The biggest problem is the inability to link the supposed ghost to an actual person. Several years have been spent searching genealogical records, law enforcement records, and missing persons reports in an attempt to … Read moreThe Lodge at Cloudcroft, my opinions
Sometimes realistic events can also shape and change legends. A good example of this is the story of Rebecca. As one researches the various ghost stories about Rebecca, you stumble across sudden changes in the myth as the story is told through the decades. The earliest variants say that Rebecca was buried in the dirt … Read moreChanges to Rebecca’s ghost story. (The Lodge at Cloudcroft)
In the beginning, the ghost stories of Rebecca were not told outside of the Lodge because previous owners believed that having a ghost would be bad for business. Therefore they kept the stories quiet. Buddy Ritter, who owned the lodge between 1959 to 1973 is quoted and an El Paso Times article on October 31st, 1984 … Read moreThe Lodge at Cloudcroft, looking for answers
10/30/1984 By David Sheppard Times staff writer CLOUDCROFT- Tales abound of the mischievous ghost that for decades has lurked about the rooms and corridors of The Lodge. Guest and employees of the rambling country inn tell of doors opening and closing on their own accord and of faucets turning themselves on. A bartender once watched … Read moreRebecca’s riddle; Is she just a ‘presence’ or was she real?
Having a ghostly encounter is predominantly a human experience. Therefore it is important to consider those experiences. If you want to investigate haunted places seriously, your best tools of the trade will be your ability to talk and draw information from your witnesses. I rely upon interviewing witnesses more than any other method of investigation. … Read moreThe Lodge at Cloudcroft, witness accounts
In 1993 the Alamogordo Daily News ran an article entitled” Alamogordo native reflects on past, present, and future of his 90-year life”. The article is about Paul Hernandez who spent most of his life as an employee of the Lodge, working continuously there for 61 years. He has many fond memories of working for Mr. … Read moreStill looking for the genesis story, the Lodge at Cloudcroft