Are you a history buff looking to explore the rich and storied past of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin? Or are you a ghost hunter on the hunt for some spooky paranormal activity? Look no further than the Hotel Retlaw, a haunt of both history and ghosts.

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Built in the 1920s by Walter Schroeder, the Hotel Retlaw (pronounced "ree-law") was once the crown jewel of Fond du Lac. With its luxurious ballroom, state-of-the-art elevators, and opulent guest rooms, the Retlaw was the place to be for the city's elite.

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But with luxury comes tragedy, and the Hotel Retlaw has seen its fair share. In the 1940s, a man named Harold Gottfried jumped to his death from the hotel's ninth floor. In the 1960s, a woman named Mary Jane Mudd was found murdered in her guest room. And in the 1980s, a fire broke out in the hotel, claiming the lives of three guests.

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But it's not just human tragedy that haunts the Hotel Retlaw. Many guests and staff have reported strange occurrences, from doors opening and closing on their own to the ghostly sound of music and laughter coming from the empty ballroom. One guest even claimed to see the ghost of Harold Gottfried wandering the ninth floor.

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But fear not, brave ghost hunter! The Hotel Retlaw has embraced its haunted past and now offers ghost tours, giving guests the chance to experience the paranormal for themselves. And for the history buff, the hotel's old-world charm and vintage architecture offer a unique glimpse into the past.

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So why not spend a night at the Hotel Retlaw and see for yourself the ghosts of its haunted history? But be warned: you may never want to leave. After all, as the saying goes, "once you check in, you may never check out."

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