JNR Crescent Hotel: You’ll check out but never leave…

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year at JNR. We are lucky enough to have leadership who enjoy this holiday and encourage employees to participate by dressing up and decorating their workspace. Each year, management and Human Resources come up with a fun theme that employees can choose to participate in. The common areas are decorated according to that theme and contests are held for Favorite Group Costume, Favorite Individual Costume, Favorite Decorations, Most Original Costume, Most Gory Costume, Scariest Costume, Funniest Costume and Best Themed Costume.

It is amazing to watch our contemporary offices take the form of a JNR Horror Story Freak Show Carnival or, in the case of this year, the JNR Crescent Hotel.

The 2016 theme is based on an actual hotel from American history. The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas is not lacking in its share of supernatural and horror stories! Building began in 1884 and was completed in 1886, but not before a construction worker fell to his death. Since that time the hotel has taken on multiple forms. It started as a luxurious resort to draw in socialites and notables from across the country. In 1907 the resort was closed and reopened in 1908 as the Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. In 1924 the College closed and was leased as a summer resort before reopening as a junior college from 1930 to 1934. In 1937, the resort fell into the hands of its most infamous owner, “Dr.” Norman Baker, who used the building as a hospital to “cure” diseases. He lured unsuspecting patients in, charged them thousands of dollars, and practiced fake medicine that often ended with them in a body bag in the “morgue” he built in the basement. His scheme finally collapsed in September of 1939 and from then until 1946 the building was unoccupied until a Chicago businessman reopened the hotel, which thrived until 1967 when it caught on fire and suffered severe damage. In 1997, Marty and Elise Roenigk bought the hotel and restored it to its former glory.  Marty, was killed in a traffic accident in 2009.

Now, on October 31st, 2016, the 1886 Crescent Hotel will gain a West Coast branch for one day only — the JNR Crescent Hotel.

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The Most Haunted Places in Every State article, which appeared in Travel and Leisure. http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-haunted-places?xid=NL_and

Written by Stephanie Thomas


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