In essentially the middle of Pennsylvania sits the small town of Williamsport. The town, with a population of around 30,000, is primarily know for its involvement with Little League Baseball. Sitting on the picturesque Susquehanna River, Williamsport is about two hours away from New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Like most small-towns turned into small cities, Williamsport’s story starts with manufacturing – in this case it’s lumber. At one point in time, Williamsport’s lumber industry was so prosperous it had the most millionaires per capita in the world.Apart from The Little League World Series and its’ once-record setting wealth, Williamsport is also home to another notable fact, this one a little legend of epic proportion– “The Legend Of The Grand Hotel” or more commonly known, “The Legend of Hotel 33.”
Williamsport, PA: On May 10, 1953, police discovered that all 32 people that were in the Grand Hotel on opening night— including guests and staff – disappeared. They vanished without a trace; their possessions left behind. The city boarded up the hotel and swept the story under the carpet. It became an urban legend, a myth, and residents started referring to the property as “Hotel 32.” In early 1993, the hotel was reopened and turned into a haunted tourist attraction. On April 10, 1993, three boys—Troy Belger, Rob Laden and Jacob Carr—spent the night in Hotel 32, Jacob Carr was never to be found again. On April 12, 1993, Detective Richard Kaminsky died while interrogating the two boys regarding their missing friend. Shortly after, the hotel mysteriously burned down and “Hotel 33″ would become the center of a controversial haunted house tale for years to come.