THE PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE       ARIZONA   ARIZONA STATE PRISON (FLORENCE) This functioning prison has been in operation since 1908, and since 1910, approximately 100 convicts have been given the death penalty at this location. With so many executions over the last 100 years, it's no wonder both prisoners and guards have reported strange sightings and ghostly sounds near the complex's death chamber. There are frequent experiences of strange goings-on in the area known as Cellblock 3. Among them are the cold spots and localized mists that take human shapes customarily reported in the presence of spectral activity. There are also source-less, tortured cries and the occasional metallic clang of cell doors opening and closing by themselves. Sometimes, the doors are allegedly found open between inmate counts after they've all been locked shut. In 1973, two officers named Buckley and Morey were beaten and stabbed to death in a cellblock riot and their spirits still wander the prison. BIG NOSE KATE’S SALOON (TOMBSTONE) This popular saloon of today first got its start as the Grand Hotel in September, 1880. Declared as one of the finest hotels in the state, the hotel was luxuriously furnished, provided thick carpeting, and its walls were adorned with costly oil paintings. During its first few years, the hotel often housed some of Tombstone’s most famous residents including Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Gang when they came into town. In fact, Ike Clanton and the two McLaury brothers were registered guests the night before the famous OK Corral gunfight. Today, not only does this historic saloon continue to be popular among its new patrons, but is also said to remain home to a couple of spectral ones as well. Naturally, the most evident is that of the “Swamper,” who allegedly has never left the building. Staff, locals and tourists alike have had experiences with this old miner, ranging from photos where he has appeared, to a number of fleeting appearances as he roams the halls, stairways, and especially the basement.  Part of the legend claims that the “Swamper” hid his silver somewhere in the building and returns to protect it. Other appearances have been made by fleeting cowboy spirits which have been seen at the bar, standing in doorways, and by one account, knocking over cases of beer in the basement. Perhaps, this is one of our old friends – the Earps or Holliday? Other witnesses have claimed to have heard phantom people singing and talking in deserted rooms, reported that things fall to the floor of their own accord, doors open and close with unseen hands, lights turn on and off by themselves, and silverware has been known to go flying off tables. The mannequins on the false balcony have seemingly been moved and sometimes even tossed from the balcony. The sounds of footsteps and muted voices are often heard coming from the basement when no one is down there. Areas in the saloon also experience extreme cold spots and gusts of cold air. Other strange events have occurred on the staircases leading to the basement, including female employees who have felt pushed off the last stair. Another female employee felt cold, clammy hands encircling her throat. BIRD CAGE THEATER (TOMBSTONE) The Bird Cage Theatre was a theater in Tombstone, Arizona. It operated intermittently from December of 1881 to 1894. When the silver mines closed, the theatre was also closed in 1892. It was leased as a coffee shop starting in 1934. The Bird Cage Theatre opened on December 26, 1881. It was owned by Lottie and William "Billy" Hutchinson. Hutchison, a variety performer, originally intended to present respectable family shows like he'd seen in San Francisco that were thronged by large crowds. After the Theatre opened, they hosted a Ladies Night for the respectable women of Tombstone, who could attend for free. But the economics of Tombstone didn't support their aspirations. They soon canceled the Ladies Night and began offering baser entertainment that appealed to the rough mining crowd. The Bird Cage Theatre was recognized as one of the “wickedest” night spots in the area. Over 120 bullet holes are still present throughout the building. Visitors and staff have reported hearing disembodied whispers and talking, even singing. The singing is sometimes accompanied by a visual experience that focuses on a woman apparition who eventually fades away. Ghosts are described as wearing period clothing, which has caused guests to mistake them for living actors. Other reports include the appearance of a man in black wearing a visor that traverses the stage. There are many unexplained sounds, such as the echo of cowboy boots on the floor when no one is around and cards shuffling. Shadows are sometimes seen darting past windows and the aroma of smoke will suddenly appear even though no fire is ever found. BOOT HILL CEMETERY (TOMBSTONE) At the nearby Boot Hill Graveyard, called such because many of its occupants died with their boots on, more than 250 graves give partial stories of the Tombstone’s lawless past. Used primarily from 1878-1884, the graveyard was originally called the “Tombstone Cemetery.” Men such as those killed at the OK Corral Gunfight, Marshal Fred White killed by Curly Bill Brocius, an unfortunate soul by the name of George Johnson who was hanged by mistake, five men hanged for the vicious killings labeled the “Bisbee Massacre,” gunfighter, Charlie Storms who was killed by Luke Short, and dozens more, ranging from prospectors, to outlaws, lawmen, and prostitutes. Of some who were laid to rest here, their names were never known or were only known by a nickname. Today it is one of Tombstone’s most popular tourist attractions. Evidently, per a number of legends, it also remains popular with the many dead who lie there. Visitors often report seeing strange lights and hearing unidentifiable noises coming from the old graveyard. Spirits have been spied on numerous occasions, and even more frequently are said to appear in photographs. Billy Clanton, killed in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is said to rise from his grave before walking along the road back to Tombstone. CASEY MOORE’S OYSTER HOUSE (TEMPE) The house was built in 1910 by William Moeur, a significant figure in Tempe’s early school development, and his wife Mary. The house continued to be used as a residence, some say a boarding house, and there have been rumors of a bordello, until 1973 when it was refurbished for a restaurant called, appropriately, “Ninth and Ash.” This restaurant did business until 1986 when it was purchased and taken over by its current inhabitant “Casey Moore’s” Oyster House. Multiple independent residents, around the 4am hour, have reported seeing a couple dancing in an upstairs room, some have seen a faint glow from the upstairs window as well. Police have been called to the building and have always found that the alarms are still set and nobody inside. They say the dancing couple is that of William and Mary Moeur themselves, still enjoying the house that they built to live in so many years ago. Forks have flown off tables upstairs, and always manage to hit the same spot on the wall. Tables and chairs and place settings laid out the night before have been found moved and rearranged in the morning. Paintings have come crashing down from the wall in front of a room full of customers and lamps above tables swing on their own accord. The other spirit seen by customers and workers is that of a young woman with light eyes and dark black hair. Some say she was murdered by a male acquaintance that couldn’t take no for an answer, or others have whispered it was a “trick” gone bad. She appears out of the corner of your eye and is there until you meet her gaze and then just disappears. CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL (PHOENIX) One of the schools that make our list of the most haunted places in Arizona is Chandler High School which is among the oldest schools in the entire state of Arizona. The school was founded back in 1914, just 2 years after Arizona was declared a state. The number of people who have had a paranormal experience in the school is surprisingly high and it includes teaching staff, students, parents, administrators, visitors, and custodians – both former and current! The activity seems to be more or less focused on the second floor of the school’s North Wing which is in one of the oldest buildings on the school campus. Apparently, it is so haunted that at least one of the custodians has refused to clean that part of the building after she had a spooky experience there! COMMUNITY CENTER (JEROME) One of the town’s most well known ghosts is said to lurk at the town’s Community Center. Formally called Lawrence Memorial Hall, the building is more often familiarly termed as “Spook Hall” due to a number of strange happenings there by its resident ghost. Named for a major contributor of the Jerome Historical Society, Lawrence Hall was once the old J.C. Penney building. However, before the building was built, in its place, stood a number of small shacks, referred to as “cribs” used by the “sporting ladies” who lived there and entertained their guests. In one of these lived a prostitute who was stabbed to death by a miner as she tried to intercede in a fight. It is this forlorn soul that is said to be often seen in front of Spook Hall, lingering there momentarily before moving onward toward the Little Daisy Hotel, here she suddenly vanishes. During Jerome’s heydays, the town was teeming with vice, including, by some estimates, more than 100 prostitutes. The Spook Hall ghost was not the only unfortunate girl who lost her reputation, as well as her life, in a mining camp filled with rowdy men. COPPER QUEEN HOTEL (BISBEE) The Copper Queen Hotel was built by the Copper Queen Mining Company, later Phelps Dodge Mining Company. The company had to have some place nice for all of its visiting executives and dignitaries. Being a larger, rough and tumble town in the Old West though this area was filled with numerous bars and places where miners could find womanly company. This is where we come to the first of the three ghosts in residence at the Copper Queen Hotel. It is the Ghost of Julia Lowell, a prostitute who committed suicide in the hotel after being spurned by a customer who she had fallen madly in love with. There is actually a room named after her in which she is said to appear at the foot of the bed and reveal herself to customers staying in the room. She is also rumored to like to play with the men guest’s feet. The second ghost is that of a little boy, who, much like the Gadsen Hotel in Douglas, likes playing pranks on the guests. He is said to move jewelry around from where you have left it, and is present when you run a bath, perhaps because he is believed to have drowned in the San Pedro River. He returns to the hotel as a relative is alleged to have worked at the hotel. His disembodied giggle can sometimes be heard in the hallways. The third ghost is that of a distinguished older gentleman who appears wearing a cape and top hat, and the smell of a good cigar notifies you of his presence. You can find him on the fourth floor in the southeast corner of the building around the Teddy Roosevelt Room. CROOK TUNNEL (BENSON) The tunnel was built back in 1902, but in June of 1905 rock slide in the tunnel hit a passenger train that was bound for Benson, AZ and although the train only suffered minimal damage, the track ended up completely blocked by rocks and dirt. As soon as word got out about the incident, a group of men headed into the tunnel to deal with the situation. It took them several hours to clear the track. It is not clear if anyone died during this incident, but a few years later there was one confirmed death recorded. In 1912, the body of a man named Henry A. Marks was found in Crook Tunnel. His body was battered and bruised, his arms and legs were broken and one of his limbs was almost completely detached from his body. It is believed that he must have been run over by a train. Witnesses said that the man had been a little bit drunk when he left Bisbee and headed home via Crook Tunnel. His spirit is now said to haunt the tunnel and many investigators have suggested that Henry A. Marks is angry that his death was passed off as an accident! Is there more to his death than meets the eye? The unexplained activity that occurs in the now disused tunnel includes cold spots, disembodied voice, and even full apparitions! DAVIS-MONTHAM AIR FORCE BASE (TUCSON) Security police patrolling Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Boneyard, the mothballed aircraft storage area, allegedly have seen the specter of a fighter pilot, dressed in World War II-era gear slowly walking among the old aircraft, perhaps searching for his own plane. Some have said the headlights of their patrol vehicles go out during these encounters, and flashlights don’t function. Others said the ghostly figure walks through the security fence and across Kolb Road before disappearing. DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (PHOENIX) Phoenix is certainly not short of haunted buildings, but it seems to have an overabundance of a certain type of haunted property – schools! The first of several schools to feature on the list would be Deer Valley High School where students apparently run into a male ghost with some degree of regularity! He has been nicknamed ‘Dewy’ and most often appears in the school auditorium! He has been known to mess around with the lights and the projectors and students often hear his disembodied voice. Others say they have simply felt his presence or that they are being watched while others describe hearing faint crying and moaning. GADSEN HOTEL (DOUGLAS) The white five story building stands out among the buildings that surround it. Originally built in 1907 the building was named for the famous Gadsen purchase. The hotel became extremely popular with the burgeoning business brought in by the mining in nearby Bisbee and the settling of the new territory. The original hotel burned down, but was quickly rebuilt in 1929. The grandeur of the hotel has attracted not only wealthy travelers and dignitaries but Hollywood as well. It has served such celebrities as Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck and the stars of The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. The staff and visitors alike have seen ghosts in the basement, along the first floor mezzanine, and wandering the upper floors. The first ghost is that of a headless man that has been seen both in the basement and wandering the upper floors. Some say that he is the ghost of Pancho Villa himself, and that the reason he is headless is because he had tattooed a treasure map on his head and the treasure proved too tempting for some of his followers, and they removed his head to gain the treasure map. We’re not so sure about that identification as Pancho Villa was killed in his car in Chihuahua on July 20, 1923. Though, his skull was stolen, which perhaps gave rise to the ghostly identification. Another ghost that people have seen is that of a young Indian boy playing along the Mezzanine, and rumored to like to play pranks on workers and guests alike. Another ghost is a man in a khaki army clothes on the Mezzanine and the last and final ghost is that of an elderly woman that roams the fourth floor. She is relatively harmless, just wandering the floor. All of the ghosts are more active around Christmastime and Lent, and lots of paranormal investigators have explored the hotel. THE HERMOSA INN (SCOTTSDALE) The Hermosa Inn is a hacienda-style hotel in Scottsdale that is set in six acres of lush desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain. It is very much the type of accommodation that you choose when you want to escape from it all! It is also a must-see spot on any tour of haunted Arizona! The original owner of The Hermosa Inn was Alonzo Megargee, known as Lon to his friends, and it is said that he loved the place so much that he never wanted to leave, even after he had died. He is believed to be the spirit haunting the property today. Guests and hotel staff alike report seeing what they describe as ‘a lanky cowboy’ around the inn! He is often blamed for breaking glasses and bottles during the night and flushing toilets when nobody is in the bathroom! One staff member, Ms. Lindsey Bubeck says that she has also encountered ‘Lon’ as a shadow figure in a cowboy hat! HIGHLAND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (PHOENIX) Phoenix really does seem to have a high concentration of haunted schools! The next one to make our list is Highland Junior High School. The locker room is allegedly haunted by a young girl who flushes the toilets, turns the blow dryers on and bangs on locker doors. She is not a former student of the school, but rather a little girl who was killed on the farmland that the school was built on. Legend has it that she was killed by her own father when he ran her over with his tractor by accident. There is no evidence of who she really is, but most people have decided to just go with the name someone gave her at one time or another which is Lily. HOTEL CONGRESS (TUCSON) In 1919, Tucson had become a bustling center of commerce, due to the growing railroad and cattle industries. The need for a nice, upscale hotel for train travelers and cattlemen became evident. The Hotel Congress was built, offering a lovely place to stay and rest/recover and enjoy some R and R! The upscale Hotel Congress was originally a three storied building, equipped with the niceties of life. On January 22, 1934, somehow a fire started in the basement of the hotel; (probably the boiler), and spread upwards through the elevator shaft, totally burning the third floor, that was never replaced. A group of gangsters, who were laying low in the hotel, had offered a huge tip of twelve dollars for some firemen to retrieve their rather heavy baggage; proven later to be filled with guns and money, which peaked the interest of one of the firemen. The firefighter, who didn’t miss much, and had an avid interest in crime, recognized the members of the John Dillinger Gang, who had also climbed through the window to safety. He told local police officials, and John Dillinger and his gang members were caught within a few hours after a police stake-out at a different location; a house on 2nd Street, in Tucson. A friendly male entity thought to be a long-time patron named Vince has subtly made his presence known. While he doesn’t bother the living, his apparition is seen, looking out the windows of the upper floors, just enjoying the view. Vince still likes to tinker around the hotel, “helping”. While alive, he used to borrow butter knives from the Cup Cafe, to use as screwdrivers, which staff now still find around the second floor rooms. The apparition of another patron, a WWII veteran, can sometimes be seen out of the corner of the eye, sitting at the very end of the bar. He loves the juke box. He turns up the volume of the songs that he likes and turns down the volume on the ones he doesn’t like. The staff leave money for him so he can play the juke box. There is also a female entity, thought to be the spirit of a mentally ill woman who killed herself in room 242. A cold spot is felt right outside the door, and a dark shadow has been seen. The apparition of the suicidal woman has been seen in the bathroom and in the hallway outside the room. She appears as a misty cloud or form. She likes to whisper in the ears of staff, investigators and guests who stay here; perhaps sending some more sensitive guests quickly down the stairs to the main desk to check out! Others have reported hearing strange noises and having bad dreams when staying in the room. Dressed in a pin-striped gangster type suit, another spirit has been seen mostly on the first floor, though he likes to enjoy the view of the city of Tucson from the second story windows. He doesn’t seem to be angry over his murder. Perhaps he finds it a consolation to continue to enjoy his favorite hotel. A bloody hand print has been seen in room 214. This entity doesn’t like the sound of the vacuum and has been known to pull out the plug. HOTEL SAN CARLOS (PHOENIX) Built in 1928, this historic boutique hotel was, at the height of its popularity, a frequent go-to for members of Hollywood’s Golden Age — Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Mae West, Gene Autry and Marilyn Monroe, among them. But even with guest lists as celestial as the ones that marked its heyday, Hotel San Carlos is still most often referenced for its hearsay haunted history. Perhaps it's the forlorn spirit of distraught hotel guest Leona Jensen, who in May 1928 leaped to her death off the San Carlos. She checked into room 720, on the hotel's top floor, says general manager Angela Hentz, “and later that day committed suicide.” Since her death (popularly believed to be the result of suicide over a breakup with her bellboy boyfriend), a number of witnesses have reported seeing a woman in white standing at the foot of their beds for several seconds before she walks toward the door and vanishes. Guests also occasionally hear childish laughter in vacant rooms, and see three young boys bouncing balls and wandering the halls. A little girl stands in an upstairs hallway and cries. Every floor seemingly has a story. HOTEL VENDOME (PRESCOTT) Built in 1917, this 2 story restored hotel bed and breakfast truly has an old-world atmosphere, with some modern conveniences as well for the comfort of their guests. The Hotel Vendome has had many owners throughout the years. A woman, Abby, had come to Prescott in the late teens for treatment for her consumption. She fell in love and married a Mr. Byr. This couple, in 1921, bought the Hotel Vendome and ran the hotel. Unfortunately, they lost the hotel because of unpaid taxes. The new owners kindly let the Byrs stay in room 16, located on the second floor and hired them to continue to manage the Vendome. One evening, Mr. Byr went out to get Abby some medication and never came back, either because he met with foul play or he deserted her. Abby was so heartbroken that she refused to eat and died in her room, along with her cat Noble, who had been locked in the closet and starved to death. Abby and her cat Noble began to make their presences known around WW2 and have continued to this day. They basically haunt room 16, though she has been known to venture out to check up on the living. The closet hangers have been heard moving by themselves and the sound of a cat toy being played with can be heard as well. Guests have experienced objects being moved when they are not looking, being touched softly by unseen presences, hearing or feeling Noble or Abby sitting on the bed, the smell of a strong perfume and feeling a gentle cool breeze blow past them in the room. Maids, while cleaning up the various rooms, sometimes have the TV on while they work. They have reported that Abby will turn down the sound on the TV, if she doesn’t like the program being watched or listened to (she hates MTV). Above the entrance to the Vendome, spirit entities have been seen in various forms. JEFFERSON PARK (PHOENIX) On the surface, Jefferson Park looks like any other children’s playground in the heart of a suburban neighborhood. However, when night falls the atmosphere here becomes very different. The park is haunted by the spirit of a little girl who was raped and murdered in the park. Her spirit lingers here and as midnight approaches teenagers and passing adults will often report hearing the girl screaming and have also glimpsed her apparition on several occasions. JEROME GRAND HOTEL (JEROME) They don't call Jerome a ghost town for nothing, as the quaint hillside hamlet in northern Arizona is filled with infamous yarns of specters and spirits that haunt its historic buildings. However, none are as notorious as the monolithic, four- story Jerome Grand Hotel that looms over the rest of Jerome. Debuting in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital, this was where local miners came after suffering gruesome injuries while digging for copper (many of whom succumbed to their grievous wounds), or where the insane were brought to be cured of their mental illnesses. After closing in 1950, the building reopened some 47 years later as a vintage hotel where many a visitor has supposedly been scared by visions of phantom nurses, faint cries of distress, or the odd scream or two. Tragically, in the mid 1930s a man was found dead in the basement after being pinned underneath the elevator. Considering the elevator was functioning perfectly, some believe that the man's accidental death was actually a murder. The upset spirit of the man crushed by the elevator is reportedly seen around the hotel, especially in the basement. Many who visit the hotel claim to often hear the sounds of people pacing in the hallways as well as going up and down the stairs.  Several stories of death surround Room 32, from a man wheeling himself off the balcony to meet his death to another poor soul shooting himself in the head. Today if you decide to book your stay in this room, you'll reportedly see things like doors opening and closing on their own, faucets turning themselves on as well as chilling noises of upset spirits. Various sightings of a bearded man, perhaps a former miner, appearing on several different floors have happened over the building's history. LEE WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL (KINGMAN) Some believe the campus is haunted by restless phantoms from a previous century, when Kingman was a frontier town and Arizona still a territory. Part of Lee Williams High sits atop the former site of the old Pioneer Cemetery, which spreads beneath a portion of the school's football field and a set of bleachers, near a memorial stone honoring the 350 deceased settlers once interred there — ranchers, miners, railroad men and Hualapai tribal members. Many call it the scariest place on campus. During renovations in 2010 construction workers ran across a nasty surprise. In a trench dug behind the bleachers seven coffins and artifacts were unearthed. These ghosts, perhaps angry that their resting place had been disturbed, present themselves at games and graduations. The ghosts have reportedly appeared at graduation events on the football field — women in prairie gowns and men in fancy wear — specters said to be displeased that their final resting place was paved over in the name of progress. In the school building, there's the quiet fellow in a bowler hat and long coat who lurks in the hallways. And the little girl who calls out at night that she just wants to go out and play. And don't forget the disembodied footsteps and voices, the lights that flicker, or the alarms, hand dryers and motion detectors that go off seemingly at will. MONTE VISTA HOTEL (FLAGSTAFF) Located along old Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona is the Hotel Monte Vista. Opening on New Year’s Day, 1927, this historic hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places has been fully restored to its former glory and continues to serve the traveling public today. Along with playing host to numerous famous figures over the years, such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, and Harry Truman, it also apparently is home to a number of unearthly figures. In fact, it was John Wayne, who reported seeing one of the hotel’s first ghosts in the late 1950’s. Describing the spirit as friendly, this benevolent ghost evidently made a brief appearance in the movie star’s room. In the 1970’s three men robbed a Flagstaff bank near the hotel, where one of the men was shot during their escape from the bank. Today, staff and guests feel as if this dead bandit is one of the many spirits that haunt the building. One manager reported that he would hear an eerie voice that said “Hello” or “Good Morning” when he opened the bar each day. Others have told stories of feeling a ghostly presence while enjoying a drink in the cocktail lounge. All types of other strange phenomena are reported at the hotel by spirits who make noise, move furniture around, make sudden appearances, ring the lobby telephone, and knock things down. Both employees and guests have heard band music coming from the second-floor lobby, when there is no band playing. In Room 210, called the Zane Grey room, many guests have been awakened in the night by a phantom bellboy, who knocks on the door with the statement that room service has arrived. However, when the guests open the door, they see nothing. Others have reported seeing the image of a woman who wanders the halls outside this room. At one time, after a maintenance man had made several repairs to one room, he turned off the light and locked the door. However, returning just five minutes later, the light was back on, the bed linens stripped, and the television broadcasting at full blast.  In number 305, the ghost of a female apparition is often reported as sitting in the rocking chair. Further, if the cleaning staff moves the chair, the next day it will always reappear next to the window. MORTON HALL (FLAGSTAFF) The near-century-old women's dormitory on the forested grounds of Northern Arizona University is said to be haunted by the forlorn spirit of a heartbroken student named Kathy, who supposedly hanged herself in a stairwell during a winter break back in the early 1950s. Depending on who's telling the tale, she was either abandoned by her family or had a boyfriend in the armed forces who died in combat. Over the decades, the alleged apparition has been blamed for a litany of phenomena, including lights flickering, radios and televisions malfunctioning, posters flying off the walls, and blankets being pulled off beds. OLD TUCSON STUDIOS (TUCSON) Old Tucson Studios was built in 1939 for the movie “Arizona.” Later, legends like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were just a few of the movie cowboys who filmed there. The site’s historic buildings and sets, which had become a popular tourist attraction, burned in a massive fire in 1995. But it rose from the ashes, maintaining the spirit of the Old West. Some folks say another sort of spirit is in the place—the kind that gives you goose bumps! At Rosa’s Cantina and the Grand Palace Saloon, a disembodied voice sometimes startles visitors and employees. The spirit, known as Rosa, will say your name and call out for help. She has reportedly pulled hair or brushed against people. People who have heard Rosa cry for help sometimes go looking for her, but all they find is an empty room. The Storyteller Theater is even spookier. Workers have reported hearing bloodcurdling screams in the theater. They also blame a malevolent spirit in the theater for pulling pernicious pranks. OK CORRAL (TOMBSTONE) Tombstone;s most famous place – the OK Corral, was the site of the best-known gunfight occurring in the Old West. Portrayed in dozens of western films and books, the gunfight made a legend of Wyatt Earp and brought Tombstone, Arizona fame. After tensions had been building between the Earps and the Cowboy faction in Tombstone, for some time, Marshal Virgil Earp determined to disarm the men on October 26, 1881, resulting in the 30 second shoot out, which left Frank and Tom McLaury, as well as Billy Clanton dead. Also involved in the gunfight for the Cowboys were Ike Clanton, Billy Claiborne and Wes Fuller. In the Earp party were brothers, Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan, as well as Doc Holliday. Today, the OK Corral is allegedly haunted by the ghosts of the Cowboys Over the years, a number of witnesses have reported seeing the fading apparitions of men dressed in cowboy attire, often appearing with guns drawn, perhaps locked into a perpetual battle with the Earps. Others have claimed to have felt numerous cold spots in various areas of the corral. OLIVER HOUSE (BISBEE) This funky, two-story bed and breakfast dating back to the early years of the 20th century is a favorite of ghost hunters everywhere due to its bloody history. Per local lore, the former boarding house has been the site of numerous murders stemming from cases of adultery. One particularly grisly tale involves a cop who blew away his cheating wife and her paramour in 1920 before going on to slaughter more than a dozen others throughout the building. Over the years, guests at the Oliver House have reported such unusual occurrences as doors and shutters closing, ghostly footsteps in the hallways, or sounds of gunshots being heard. ORPHEUM THEATER (PHOENIX) The Orpheum Theater was originally built in 1929 and underwent a huge restoration between 1986 and 1997.  Many people have reported spooky activity at the theater, so FOX 10 joined in on a new, special tour hoping to have a brush with the supernatural. The first step is the second story office of the original owner Harry Nace. He died mysteriously from two gunshots; now he's said to haunt this very room. Some people have heard male voices call out to them and talk to them, and even call out their name which is probably the creepiest thing you can get. In the theaters balcony, some have seen a ghost named "Maddie." She's interrupted shows, hit patrons on the head, and even been captured in snapshots. It's not just humans haunting the theater, a resident cat from the 1920's still lingers too. In the early 2000's people were reporting that they would hear a cat moving around purring and that sort of thing above their heads, and it's where no cat really has a place to stand. PALACE RESTAURANT & SALOON (PRESCOTT) The Palace Saloon in Prescott, AZ was first opened back in September of 1877. This was much more than just another drinking den. It was decorated in lavish and tasteful décor and stocked only the finest liqueurs imported from some of the most exotic locations all over the world. In short, it was a little bit more upmarket than most saloons of the time. However, in 1883 it was destroyed in a fire and the owner, one Robert Brow, had to rebuild. The new Palace Saloon was even grander than before and Brow invested money in a stone foundation, brick walls, and a long bar. Unfortunately, it was again damaged by fire in 1900! One of the most well-known ghosts to call the saloon home is a male spirit who goes by the name of Nevins. It is believed that in life he lost everything to the town’s Sheriff when he put up his mortuary business as collateral in a high stakes poker game! Now, whenever men play cards in the saloon, Nevins is said to make an appearance always looking for the chance to win back his property. PIONEER LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM (PHOENIX) The Pioneer Living History Museum consists of 26 separate buildings ranging in age from the earliest 19th century to 1912. The buildings have been relocated to the historical community and they all seem to have brought their own ghosts with them when they arrived! Caretaker Ken Johnson said that when he accepted the job taking care of these historic buildings he had no idea that he would be hearing the disembodied voices of children singing in the old schoolhouse or watching a dark shadowy figure darting out of the Opera House! These are just two examples of the paranormal phenomena that has been reported here! Other stories involve seeing apparitions, experiencing ice hold blasts even at the height of summer and hearing the sound of disembodied voices. Some visitors to the attraction have also reported being touched or having their hair and clothing tugged by unseen hands! THE ROSSON HOUSE (PHOENIX) The Museum is a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house museum which interprets the history of Phoenix. Tours of the house include all living areas and offer visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles of early Phoenix families. Built in 1895, this once Victorian home turned museum, is no stranger to encounters of the paranormal kind. Rumor has it that the caretaker of the property was shot in the early 1980s and nowadays visitors and employees of the museum report unexplainable activity like doors locking on their own, fireplaces giving off phantom heat and ghost sightings. The paranormal activity here has been attributed to the spirit of a former caretaker who was shot dead right outside the property in the 1980s. Visitors and employees alike have reported some of the strange occurrences including phantom footsteps coming down the stairs, items moving around in the museum when nobody is there and even some reports of the caretaker’s apparition. SAGUARO BOULEVARD (PHOENIX) One of the most haunted places in Phoenix is said to be Saguaro Boulevard. There is a tragic and gruesome tale that is connected to the location. In the early 1980s, it is said that a young girl was kidnapped and then murdered. Pieces of her body were then hidden in a variety of different places throughout a house here on Saguaro Boulevard. This is believed to be what is now causing the paranormal activity in the area. Locals have reported hearing crying and screaming without being able to trace the source. Some also claim to have seen an apparition of the little girl outside the house in question and she is always scared and attempting to run away. SANTA RITA HOTEL (TUCSON) Before it was demolished in August 2009 to make way for the Unisource Energy's corporate headquarters, the Santa Rita Hotel stood on the corner of East Broadway Boulevard and South Sixth Avenue. When it was time to close up shop the spirits of the hotel did not go quietly. In a 2009 Arizona Daily Star story, several months before the building was torn down, police were called to investigate the empty hotel after a security guard claimed to have heard something eerie. The guard heard footsteps coming from the fourth floor, but police searched the hotel room by room and found nothing. A week later, a guard reported that a light on the fourth floor came on, and it sounded like someone was moving around in the room. Police checked the room and adjacent floors and found no one. Construction workers near the hotel say they've heard stories of rocks skipping down the hallways and doors slamming shut. And a Star reporter walked by the building Monday night and heard a creepy belly laugh emitting from the building. He hopped a fence and spoke to a security guard, who said the noise didn't come from the hotel. Spirit medium Amy Allan of the Travel Channel's Dead Files has said the Santa Rita Hotel was just as inhabited by spirits as the San Diego's Whaley House, which is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America. SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS (PHOENIX) Located just east of Phoenix, Arizona is a rough, mountainous region where people sometimes go... only to never be seen again. It is a place of mystery, of legend and lore and it is called Superstition Mountain. According to history, both hidden and recorded, there exists a fantastic gold mine here like no other that has ever been seen. It has been dubbed the “Lost Dutchman Mine” over the years and thanks to its mysterious location, it has been the quest of many an adventurer... and a place of doom to luckless others. There is no way to guess just how many people have died in pursuit of the Lost Dutchman Mine. Some who have disappeared may have just quietly slipped away, unwilling to admit that they failed to find the treasure.... while others may have gone in secretly and never came out, their names recorded as a missing persons case somewhere. Something that watches over the mine, or even the mountain itself, waiting for the unsuspecting interloper to dare and trespass on what the Apache believed was sacred ground? Perhaps the prospector named Joe Dearing said it best when he described the mine as “the most God-awful rough place you can imagine... a ghostly place.” It is certainly a haunted spot. Haunted by an unknown energy that claims the lives of men? Haunted by the ghost of the Dutchman, Jacob Walz? Or haunted by the spirits of the countless men and women whose lives have been taken because of it? THORNTON ROAD DOMES (CASA GRANDE) There's a very eerie aura surrounding the unusual-looking, UFO-shaped concrete structures located on a five-acre patch of desert terrain off Interstate 8 south of Casa Grande. Vacant since the early '80s, when a now-defunct California electronics manufacturer constructed the buildings for office space and a factory, the so-called Thornton Road Domes have become a quaint curiosity, fodder for local shutterbugs, and an impromptu gallery for graffiti artists. Some spooky stories have sprung up in recent years about shadowy figures scurrying about the property, slamming car doors, kicking around rocks, or unleashing demonic-sounding screams. Though they're still more or less standing as of this writing, Pinal County has ordered the demolition of the domes. VISION QUEST LODGE (EL FRIDA) Opening its doors in 173, this lodge was once a dude ranch – now its a place for troubled teens. Legend has it that one night one of the stable boys went insane and killed the owners and guests at the ranch. Since then, recurring bloodstains appear on the bathroom wall and a woman in white is said to haunt the guest quarters. In the location of the old stables, a young girl was accidentally killed by a horse. She can sometimes be seen standing in the area where she died, and other times she can heard heard crying. Additionally, the ghost of a man riding a white horse in the mountains near the ranch has also been seen by guests and visitors. Also, a two year old was killed in the old stable and it has been reported that guests have heard a crying child where the stable used to be along with an apparition of the child standing in that area. VULTURE MINE (WICKENBERG) The Vulture Mine was a gold mine and settlement in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The mine began in 1863 and became the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver. Historically, the mine attracted more than 5,000 people to the area, and is credited with founding the town of Wickenburg, Arizona. The town that served the mine was known as Vulture City. In 1942, the Vulture Mine was shut down by a regulatory agency for processing gold. This was a violation at the time because all resources were to be focused on the war effort. Visitors and people working at the mines as tour guides  have both reported strange elements such as apparitions, faint disembodied voices, the distant shuffling of footsteps and dark shadowy forms on the walls when no one else is near. One of the most interesting things about the Vulture Mine is the accounts of people hearing someone whispering in German to them. This was Henry Wickenburg’s original dialect. It is also said to be haunted by the spirits of dead prostitutes from the bordello, school children and miners who died while at work here. WEATHERFORD HOTEL (FLAGSTAFF) When Arizona was just a territory and vigilantes ruled the dusty streets and trails, in rode John W. Weatherford to Flagstaff.  Having a grand vision for Flagstaff, Weatherford soon began to build what would become known as one of the finest hotels in the West. Opening on New Year’s Day, 1900, the luxurious hotel would attract such visitors as newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, former President Theodore Roosevelt, Old West author, Zane Grey, and lawman, Wyatt Earp. The Zane Grey Ballroom, complete with its stained glass windows and antique Brunswick bar from Tombstone, is the site where at least one of Weatherford’s ghosts is said to most often appear. In this beautiful ballroom the ghostly woman has often been spied floating across the room. On other occasions, she is said to dart from one side of the room to the other. Other phenomenon in the ballroom includes the light over the pool table that seemingly sways of its own accord and the sounds of whispers and voices coming from an otherwise empty bar. Apparently, there the ghosts of a long ago bride and groom also haunt the hotel. According to the legend, the honeymoon couple was murdered in Room 54 of the hotel back in the 1930s. On at least one occasion, an employee who was staying in the hotel, awoke in the middle of the night to find a bride and groom sitting on the foot of the bed. Today, the room has been turned into a storage closet, but that hasn’t stopped the ghostly pair, as guests have often reported seeing the couple enter the room. Staff often report hearing their names being called out by an unseen spirit while on the fourth floor as well as feeling a presence standing behind them. YUMA TERRITORIAL PRISON (YUMA) The ghost of a little girl at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park sneaks up and pokes and pinches visitors, apparently knowingly alarming everyone she touches with her icy cold fingers. The playful prankster seems attracted to children and people wearing red.  The girl perhaps died as families took up residence after its closure in 1909 during The Great Depression. The offices and museum have also seen their share of strange happenings. Things are often moved about, lights turn on and off, and on one occasion, coins from the cash register in the gift shop literally flew into the air and landed back in the drawer. Inmates such as John Ryan, who was imprisoned around 1900 for “crimes against nature,” are thought to haunt the place. Ryan was not liked by the prison staff, and reportedly committed suicide in Cell 14. To this day tour guides say they feel a cold chill when walking by the cell. One reporter planned to stay in the cell overnight shackled to a ring bolt for 48 hours with a jug of water and a loaf of bread, but after 37 hours called for help to be released insisting that she felt she wasn’t alone in the cell. Assistant Park Manager Jesse Torres was in the museum early one morning when he thought that a co-worker had called out to him. “Did you get it?” he recalled her to say. “I proceeded to the back office to talk to her,” Torres says, “but learned that she was in the Ramada building, which isn’t even close to the museum. In fact, I was the only one in the museum.” Other accounts are muffled conversations in vacant rooms; witnesses “seeing” things out of the corner of their eyes; and a woman who sings in the visitor’s area early in the morning. “Johnny,” another harmless ghost, doesn’t venture out of the gift shop. He’s content flicking coins in the cash register but always leaves the bills alone. BACK TO PARANORMAL WORLD DATABASE