In a tiny town in central Oklahoma lies a beautiful Victorian mansion. She stands out amidst the sleepy town, and her all-white exterior and double wraparound porches boast of elegance. Built in 1907, The Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie hides something much darker underneath her stately exterior.
The inn was originally built as a residence for Frederick Ernest Houghton and his family, consisting of his wife and their twelve children. Unfortunately, one of their many children perished, with rumors swirling that the daughter was poisoned by the maid.This can’t be verified and the name of the girl seems to change depending on who you talk to. The Houghtons, however, faced financial difficulties and moved, leaving the house to be leased to a mortuary business. There is not much to be found about the business itself. In 1986, Becky Luker purchased the home, and said it felt like the home was calling to her. She soon opened up a bed and breakfast. When she moved in, there was an embalming table original to the mortuary business that still sits in the front hall to this day.
There is another, more strange element to the story of the Stone Lion Inn. It involves an American outlaw, his death, and his burial almost 80 years later. Elmer McCurdy was a bank and train robber who was shot by police at a mere 31 years old. McCurdy’s story doesn’t end in his death, though. McCurdy’s body was placed on display in a funeral home in Pawhuska. His body was embalmed with a particularly strong solution which was used for bodies that may be sitting awhile as they were unclaimed. Two men finally stepped up to claim the deceased criminal and said they were his brothers. James and Charles Patterson were indeed not McCurdy’s brothers, but were actually owners of a traveling carnival and side shows. They used McCurdy’s now mummified body in the carnival. After years of being used as a prop for shows, Elmer McCurdy sat in a warehouse. He was once again found and used as a prop in a television show. A prop man moved the corpse, and to his shock and horror, a finger with a human bone fell off. McCurdy died in 1911, and was officially buried in 1977. He was buried in the Boot Hill section of a Guthrie cemetery. Concrete was actually poured over the casket so McCurdy would always be at rest, never to be moved again.
So how does this tie in with the Stone Lion Inn? Becky Luker, the current owner of the inn, hosts dinner murder mysteries in the home. People from all around the country flock to this event. Becky’s favorite murder mystery to play out is the death and discovery of Elmer McCurdy. Some folks have claimed that Becky herself performs satanic rituals to contact McCurdy and to keep his spirit trapped in the Inn. Ms. Luker, however, finds these claims ridiculous and unfounded.
Reports of the paranormal include music playing with no source, general feelings of unease, footsteps with no living being around, slamming doors, cold touches from unseen hands, and more. The owner’s son has even had multiple experiences, including a door slamming and moving in front of his very eyes. EVPs have also been captured, the most interesting one caught by OKPRI seeming to say, “Sarah… Good sister…” Some say Elmer McCurdy’s spirit also frequents the inn, also though he has no official ties to it.There are some YouTube channels who have visited, and even Ghost Adventures ran an episode about the inn. Whatever the history, someone or something is not willing to check out.
Are you brave enough to stay a night at the Stone Lion Inn?