Another Halloween approaching, and what a better way to celebrate than staying at a haunted hotel! If you live or visit Arizona during this Pagan vacation, there are plenty of opportunities to find yourself a ghost, Zoiks Scoob! So get your digital voice recorders, EMF detectors, night vision cameras and an extra pair of underwear ready for some ghost hunting.
San Carlos Hotel
The first place most Arizona visitors go is to Phoenix – the capital and the 5th largest city in the United States. Make sure to spend the night at the San Carlos Hotel, where modern and ancient spirit is said to be familiar. The hotel has been in continuous operation since 1928 and less than 2 months after the hotel opened, Arizona Republican (now Arizona Republic – or "repulsive" depending on the day), 22-year-old Leone Jenson jumped to his death. It is rumored that Jenson was abused by her boyfriend and / or that he was having an affair with another woman. While most evidence points to suicide, some speculate that she may have been murdered by her boyfriend or the other woman. Her ghost appears as a white, cloudy figure accompanied by an eerie groaning sound. Mwuhahahaha!
If you are looking for a place with a number of haunted places to visit, head to Prescott, AZ. Prescott was the first and third territorial capital of the Arizona area before Phoenix became capital in 1889. Prescott has stuck to its history and can be seen in the restored Victorian homes and courthouse in the center of the city.
Room 16 in Hotel Vendome is reportedly haunted by Abby Byrs and her cat, Noble, ghost. By 1920, Abby and her husband – name unknown – had owned the hotel, but had to sell out after falling on hard times. The new owners let the couple and their cat stay in the hotel – in room 16. Abby suffered from tuberculosis, and as her illness got much worse, she was less able to take care of herself. In 1921, her husband traveled to get cigarettes or medicine and never returned. Her illness and depression made her bedridden and unwilling to accept medication or food. In February 1921, 33-year-old Abby died with Noble shortly after.
People staying in room 16 have seen, heard and smelled Abby. Guests have reported seeing Abby & # 39; s uncertain reflection in the closet mirror while others claim to see her in detail. Guests have also reported the relocation of quilts and smells of perfume and roses.
However, the story does not support Abby & # 39; s existence, but there is a story with others who lived in the hotel and on the ground before the Hotel Vendome was erected. Abby; therefore, not the only apparition seen on the property is that guests have reported seeing children and a man in the room, as well as odd occurrences such as turning NO SIZE sign, and taps, lights and fans that turn on and off.
The Clawson House Inn
Bisbee, Arizona is another Arizona city with numerous haunted locations. Bisbee was founded in 1880 as a copper, gold and silver mining town and now has a population of just over 6,000 and a healthy population of ghosts.
Clawson House Inn is the owner of many haunted spots and carries with it the history of mining. The inn was built in 1895 by Mr. Dave Clawson, a mining manager who was used as a residence and later a boarding house for my employees. In the late 1890s, a labor dispute broke out in the Queen's mine southwest of the city, and the miners struck. While the striking miners were arrested and moved out of town, replacement workers moved in and took over the vacant jobs. Three of the workers found boarding and death at the Clawson House Inn. It is rumored that several of the striking miners returned to the city and murdered three of the new workers within the walls of the house. It is said that they still haunt the inn today and they are not Casper!
Jerome Grand Hotel
Like Bisbee, Jerome, AZ was also a mining town. Established in 1883, Jerome once had a population of over 15,000 people (now over 350) and housed the workers of the nearby United Verde Mine, which produced over $ 1 billion in copper, gold and silver until the 1950s. During its heyday, Jerome was a hotbed of prostitution and gambling, giving it the mark of "the wicked city in the west" in 1903 by the New York Sun.
The Jerome Grand Hotel started as United Verde Hospital in 1927 to treat sick and injured miners. The many patients brought to this 30,000-square-foot building died either from mining damage, during childbirth, from their mental illness, or by accident. A man was killed in 1935 when he was crushed under the hospital elevator. When mines were dried, the hospital closed in 1950 and sat vacant for 44 years until it was bought and remodeled as a hotel to accommodate the many visitors to one of Arizona's major tourist attractions.
The ghosts of the hotel manifest through apparitions, sounds and movement. Before the hotel was purchased in 1994, it was reported that lights were to be turned on and off while there was no electricity for the building. Passers-by heard screams, moans and labored breaths. Today, guests and staff at the hotel report seeing ghosts from a nurse and a patient. They also report evidence that the ghost of the man killed under the elevator roamed the area, lights being turned on and off in unoccupied spaces, the smell of cigars and the groans and screams of former patients.
These are just a few of the many haunted hotels you can find in Arizona. But if you decide to stay in one, just remember that you might have a bed at night, but don't expect to get much sleep! In addition, it's probably just old Mr. Withers trying to scare you curious kids.