April 13 and 14, 2019, Everett, Snohomish and Seattle, Washington
Katy and I met our other friend Katie at her house after the Tulip Festival – the next morning we were going to do the Mimosa 5K down in north Seattle. We wanted a bit of girl time the evening before, so we headed over to Snohomish to try out a haunted historic tavern called the Oxford Saloon. The Oxford was originally built in the 1890s as a dry goods store and then became a saloon in 1910. There are also rumors that the upstairs rooms were home to a brothel. At least two people are known to have died in the Oxford, one was a police officer named Henry, who history says was a bouncer at the Oxford during his off time. He was stabbed while trying to break up a fight.
The other was supposedly a prostitute named Amelia, who was found curled up in the closet of her room, dead. It is not known if she committed suicide or was murdered. Ghost hunters have investigated the Oxford; you can read about it here. Henry, Amelia and Kathleen (or Katherine), the woman who ran the brothel, are all believed to haunt this historic saloon, whispering to patrons, touching people on the shoulder and moving through the saloon, especially in the basement and in the upstairs rooms. We didn’t see any ghosts, but our server told us that strange occurrences are common late at night after things shut down. Maybe next time!
The next morning, we got up early and braved the cold for a non-competitive fun-run around Green Lake in Seattle. I jogged a little bit but wasn’t that concerned with getting to the finish line fast. It was fun to enjoy the mimosas and medal at the end though! I’m a sucker for a race medal! There was also some good live music and several great costumes. We all had a good time and were able to stop off at one of my favorite restaurants in Everett, the New Mexicans, for brunch and a mimosa afterward!
I always love spending some time with my friends.