On North High Street near downtown Columbus, just across from the convention center, is the old Elevator restaurant, today known as Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus. It’s a classic bar with gorgeous stained glass in front. Just outside is a clock, whose hands were for many years stuck at 10:05. The story of why those hands were stuck is a quick ghost story for a snowy day.
The story goes that in 1909, on a snowy February day, a man by the name of Pritchard was murdered outside the restaurant, a billiard hall at the time, by one of his many lovers. The woman stabbed him in the back, possibly with large sewing shears. He managed to lurch to the door of the pool hall, but bled out in the snow. His attacker ran off, though she was apparently wearing no shoes as she left footprints in the snow. Unfortunately, the police were unable to find her, but the story goes that she was a poor woman that Pritchard, a retired Colonel of the US Army, had forced himself upon, and she may have died of exposure shortly after exacting her revenge. The clock outside stopped at 10:05, the exact moment Pritchard died.
The legends say that on snowy nights, at exactly 10:05 PM, footprints will appear in the snow, followed by blood. Both only appear for an instant, right at the stroke of 10:05, then disappear as if they were never there.
The restaurant is still open, and quite popular with the Arena District crowds. Few know of the terrifying tale. The clock was moved during construction, and has been restored.