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Ghosts roam Spirit Lake tavern

Manager of The White Horse Saloon Dolli Massender talks about a shadowy figure that is often seen near the windows of Room 2 on Wednesday at The White Horse Saloon in Spirit Lake. More here. (Jake Parrish/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

SPIRIT LAKE — Coeur d'Alene Press photographer Jake Parrish received a mighty scare Wednesday while investigating the ghosts of the White Horse Saloon and Café in Spirit Lake. His eyes were focused on his camera when he heard nearby floorboards creak. Then, a person appeared, causing Parrish to nearly jump out of his skin. “He just scared me,” Parrish said with a laugh. “I thought at first that he was someone who worked for the hotel who dressed up to scare us. That was my initial reaction, after my first reaction was being terrified.” Former White Horse manager Danny Dobyns of Spirit Lake didn’t mean to startle Parrish, but when Dobyns quietly emerged from one of the second-floor rooms of the old hotel while wearing a hat that uncannily resembled that of a Wild West prospector, he seemed to appear out of nowhere. "Well, I should have done that differently," Dobyns said, and proceeded to descend the squeaky, creaky wooden staircase as Parrish caught his breath. "I haven't been that scared in a long time," Parrish said/Devin Heilman, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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