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Randy's Up The River

"A HiSTORICAL setting.

Built in 1860 as a stage coach

stop/hotel turned

speakeasy, and now a  bar and restaurant with lots of guests, both living and dead".

Linda and I went into the upstairs portion of the building which was once used as a hotel and in the distant past, a "speak easy-bordello" (there have been many names for this throughout the years.)

On an earlier visit I "saw" a woman in one of the windows looking out. I was standing on the patio downstairs at the time. On this visit as we approached the second room on the left I "saw" her once again. The room was full of misc. stuff that had been stored for many years as were the rest of the rooms. She stood  beyond all this stuff at the window as she had been before. I got nothing in my photos and I believe this was simply residual energy, ( a scene that plays over and over like a video)

Linda and I continued past the area that would have been a living room at one time and came to a room to the right with two white christmas trees in the middle of the room. Linda said she had an uneasy feeling standing inside the room. We took a few photos and then I heard a very distinct male voice say,"Get Out". I told Linda to get out of the room and she was more than happy to leave.

We went back downstairs to join the others and I felt and saw nothing to speak of. This was the picture I took in the room where we were told to get out....
There was a window in the room but there were
no reflections on the wall anywhere.


The place was a little disorienting.  I was not sure if it was the game machines or lights.  We were able to cover most of them with spare jackets etc.

At one point in the evening Sue and I went up stairs.  We went through a short hallway.  There was a small room on the left which I felt had an over whelming musky smell mixed with like stale, flowery old lady perfume.  I did not pick up anything sinister about the room.  We next investigated the small room to the right from the hallway.  I was not totally comfortable but was not sensing anything.  Sue suddenly hollered for me to get out of there.  Per our rules, I immediately spun to jump out when it felt like something blew through me and pushed me out of the room.  Sue asked if I had heard anything.  I said I had not.  She said she clearly heard someone very loudly say to get out of the room.  We immediately left the upstairs and spent some time taking pictures etc. on the outside upper walkway and down in the outdoor café part.  After spending 45 min. or so outside, we went inside to see how the others were doing.

At one point Sue suggested we take a break and gather ourselves.  After getting coffee and setting around the table for some minutes, I had the feeling like I was covered with an oil slick and wondered if it was residue from upstairs.  Nothing personally happened to me after this point.

The next day after viewing the pictures I had taken outside of the back part of the Inn, I had one which showed some form of fog or haze.  (No other pictures showed this – the evening was clear until close to dawn.  Please see picture posted on the site).  All other pictures taken outside were clear.  Of the pictures (35) taken inside the building, all came out distorted and blurry.  I have sense used the camera on several occasions with no distortions or problems.

A couple days later Barb posted some of the pictures she had taken.  Of them, 2 or 3 showed a black shadow both next to me and coming into a picture with me in it.  I believe she posted only the few pictures that had orbs, shadows etc. and deleted the rest as her pictures taken inside were also distorted. (See site for Barb’s pictures).

Jackie reported that both her camera and flashlight had died in the building, even though she had put new batteries in them before starting out.

Summation:  I feel this building has major distortions of some kind.  I do not feel it is haunted by any entities however I do feel there needs to be further investigation done.  My sense is there is some kind of a “warp” in the space there. 




(Jackie is our reseacher and found this article)

Owners can't explain tavern's creepy incidents

By Kate Day Sager
Olean Times Herald | Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:00 am

ALLEGANY - Randy Korkowicz isn’t the type of man who scares easily, but he admits that there have been creepy incidents through the years at his business, Randy’s Up the River, that have given him chills.

Mr. Korkowicz and his wife, Debbie, recently talked about the hauntings they and their staff have witnessed at the historic structure located on Nine Mile Road in Allegany. While the topic is brought up more during the Halloween season, they said unexplained incidents happen throughout the year.

Mrs. Korkowicz, who is a native of Austin, Pa., and her husband, who is originally from the Buffalo area, said they purchased the business 21 years ago. She had worked for a former congressman in the area and he had worked as a light technician for regional bands before buying the business. They said they wanted to live in the Allegany area because it was located halfway between their native communities and appeared to be a nice area to raise their child, Rikki Lynn, who is now an adult. When the former Terry’s River View tavern was put up for sale in 1988 they decided to buy it.

“We named it Randy’s Up the River because we figured we would be up the river without a paddle,” Mr. Korkowicz said with a laugh. He said when they purchased the business it had a very limited kitchen and was primarily operated as a bar.

“We really built it up to what it is now” as a restaurant and tavern, Mr. Korkowicz said. He noted the restaurant has a full menu and is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight for lunch and dinner. The tavern remains open to 2 a.m.

The couple said they believe the building was constructed sometime around 1869 as a hotel. It was also believed to have been a stagecoach stop in its early years.

“There are still four hotel rooms upstairs and the proprietor’s apartment,” Mr. Korkowicz said.

He said they have been told the business was operated as a speakeasy by Ma Reesnor during the Prohibition Era. The business was also believed to have been owned by brothers Jim and Tim Brushingham in the 1890s.

“There were a lot of rough-and-tumble times here” in the old days, Mr. Korkowicz said.

He said he first realized the place had unusual happenings immediately after he had purchased it.

“I was the only one in here and I was sitting at my desk doing reports in the basement when I heard obvious footsteps upstairs,” he said. When he checked, there was no one to be found in the business that was locked up tight. He said the footstep sounds became a regular occurrence.

He and the staff also experienced other unnerving incidents.

Mr. Korkowicz said he discovered that when bottles of a certain type of liquor were left on a top shelf in the bar, the bottles always fell off for unknown reasons. When the liquor was replaced with another type of alcohol, the incidents stopped.

Mr. Korkowicz said there were many times when he was alone and closing up the business at night when he would have ghostly pranks played on him. After he would dead-bolt all of the doors, he would become frustrated a few minutes later when he would find them unlocked again.

“I would turn the lights on, lock them back up and say ‘Now, stop it!” he said.

Mrs. Korkowicz said she also has had eerie experiences in the tavern that have included hearing footsteps in the building when no one else was there.

She said a more recent experience occurred a couple of months ago when she was sitting playing a video game and two women started to step into the business.

“One tall blond woman came in and went up to the bar … and her friend stepped inside the door and stopped,” Mrs. Korkowicz said. “She looked around and said ‘There’s somebody here … and I don’t mean someone of this dimension.’ She stepped back out the door and said she wasn’t coming in.”

The couple and their staff said they also had seen what they thought was an apparition walking into the business through a front downstairs door. The door can be used to access the upstairs rooms, and leads to an alcove where a pay phone had once been located.

“You’d know with your peripheral vision that you saw somebody come in that door, but there was no noise,” Mr. Korkowicz said. “Then you’d wait to see if they would come around to the bar (or hear them go upstairs) … but when you’d look, nobody was there.”

Mrs. Korkowicz said she and some of her staff saw the vision enough times to realize the apparition always was dressed in a plaid shirt and blue jeans.

Mr. Korkowicz said there have been other weird, unexplained happenings in the place but the most unnerving thing happened to him while he was opening up the kitchen five or six years ago.

“It was about 9 in the morning and I came in to change the frying oil in the fryers,” Mr. Korkowicz said, remembering he was alone. “I’m bent over (the fryer) and right behind my right ear my hair moved from the breath (of a hissing voice) that said ‘Randy!’

“It (voice) was right here and my hair moved,” he said while pointing to the area behind his ear. “I jumped up (spun around) and I didn’t know who snuck in on me.”

After seeing there was no one there, he quickly walked out to the parking lot, definitely unnerved.

“That got me, right there. That was something,” he admitted.

He said his cook and bartenders also have heard their names hissed by the same male voice. The cook said there have been many times when items have been moved in the kitchen, almost under her nose.

Mrs. Korkowicz said she, also, has heard her name hissed or whispered by a male voice on a number of occasions.

“I heard it so many times that I thought they (staff) were teasing me all the time,” she said. “I quit responding to hearing my name called to the point where I was ignoring somebody standing beside me and calling my name.”

Mr. Korkowicz said he doesn’t believe the ghostly presence in the business is malicious, instead he thinks the apparition is just having a bit of fun and pulling


“Maybe somebody just doesn’t want to leave,” Mr. Korkowicz said with a laugh. “Who wants to leave a bar if they’re having fun?”

(Contact reporter Kate Day Sager at [email protected])


Worked with Jackie in kitchen. We both heard sounds we could not explain. We tried asking if anyone there wanted to speak to us but got nothing. Tried asking other questions but still no reply. Tried one last test to try to get someone to reply to knocks. We still got no  reply.


Next I went upstairs with darlene. We weren’t sure which rooms Sue and Linda had investigated. We checked all the rooms just to make sure everything was covered. Didn’t get anything we could hear and nothing on the recorder. There was a cat upstairs eating so that could explain any noises we had. There was so much stuff in most of the rooms, could be a mouse problem. Also as with the AOH  club, there were a lot of appliance noises.

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