Arizona June 24, 2015
These 10 Hauntings In Arizona Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
Experiencing a good fright doesn’t have to just happen during Halloween. Home to many tragic endings, Arizona residents have long reported experiencing paranormal activities all around the state. Whether you are looking to visit or avoid haunted places, here are just a few of the haunted places in our state.
1. Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone
Plenty of ghost sightings in this old boomtown but one of the more famous comes from the Bird Cage Theatre which served as the town's prime entertainment area. Various apparitions have been reported along with ethereal music and voices.
2. Casey Moore's Oyster House, Tempe
Another popular destination for seeking paranormal activities, Casey Moore's second floor is believed to be haunted by a female ghost. There are conflicting reports from visitors who describe her as either playful or vengeful so take care if you visit!
3. The Copper Queen Hotel, Bisbee
One of the longest operating hotels in the state, the Copper Queen is reportedly haunted by several ghosts. The most famous is a former prostitute and has attracted attention from various paranormal investigation shows and even the New York Times. Her ghost is reported to be playful, especially with the hotel's male guests.
4. Hotel San Carlos, Phoenix
A gorgeous piece of Phoenix history, this hotel has housed a number of classic celebrities over the years such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, and Clark Gable. The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Leone Jensen who jumped from the hotel's roof in 1928.
5. Jerome Grand Hotel, Jerome
Perhaps one of the more popular and highly cited haunted areas, the Jerome Grand Hotel first opened in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital. A number of different hauntings and ghost activities have been reported, most of which have been attributed to murders and suicides that occurred before the building was converted to a hotel.
6. The Landmark Restaurant, Mesa
The recently closed Mesa icon was supposedly also the home to ghostly activities in the East Valley. In fact, one ghost hunting group based in Mesa spent a night in the restaurant and concluded the building was indeed haunted.
7. Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, Apache Junction
Local legend says a huge gold mine is located somewhere deep in the Superstition Mountains and has actually led many folks to attempt searching for it. Some even disappeared or died during their trek, which has led some to speculate the area may be haunted by the Dutchman.
8. Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Located just a short distance from Hotel San Carlos, the Orpheum Theatre is also reportedly haunted by a ghost dubbed Mattie. She has been seen by both theatre workers and patrons.
9. Vulture (Gold) Mine, Wickenburg
Part of an old ghost town sitting outside of Wickenburg, this abandoned gold mine is home to several haunted areas, most notably the old (and equally abandoned) mess hall. Some people have reported smelling various cooking food emanating from the area. There is also a large ironwood tree that once served as The Hanging Tree for criminals.
10. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma
This former prison first opened in 1875 and housed over 3000 prisoners (including 29 female prisoners) until it closed in 1909. Paranormal activities have been reported in various areas on the site, most notably around the so-called dark cell that operated as solitary confinement for breaking regulations. Although no executions were conducted on site, 111 prisoners died during the 33 years, most due to tuberculosis.
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