A Haunted Haunt
The Rosedeer Hotel is one of the first buildings you see in Wayne, sitting squat on a narrow piece of land between the railroad tracks and the hills behind. It looks like a movie set, and has been. Running Brave, Shanghai Noon,
and In Cold Blood
were shot here along with numerous commercials and music videos. A ten-gallon hat riddled with bullet holes wouldn't look out of place. Don't expect fancy cuisine—burgers are the norm, and if you want a steak, you'll be delivered the meat and instructions on how to use the BBQ out back. But people don't come for the food. Wayne is an authentic Western outpost, built before the road and at one time a thriving town, thanks to the nearby Rosedeer Coal Mine. People come in now for photo ops, for a chance to see one of the few remaining holdouts of the Wild West, and because the 100-year-old hotel and adjacent saloon are said to be haunted. But owner Fred Dayman, who was born and raised in the hotel, won't talk about it. Book a room, if you dare, and find out for yourself.