That’s right, it’s October. Witch, oops… I mean which, means things will be much scarier for the next few weeks. CENTURY 21 Northwest is always up for a little fun during this time of year so we have decided to give you a list of historically haunted places in Arizona. Whether you go visit them or not, we will leave up to you.
Historically Haunted Places in Arizona
Located in Flagstaff, this close to century old dormitory of Northern Arizona University is said to be haunted by a sorrowful spirit named Kathy. Depending on who you hear it from, the story goes that she hung herself in a stairwell during the 1950s because she was either abandoned by her family or had a boyfriend die in combat who was in the military. Kathy has been held responsible for many phenomena including flickering lights, malfunctioning TVs and radios, and even blankets being pulled off beds.
Way out in Bisbee, Arizona sits a little bed and breakfast dated back to the early years of the 20th century. According to locals, the former boarding house has been the site of several different murders. One particularly gruesome story involves a cop who blew away his cheating wife and her lover in 1920 before slaughtering more than a dozen others throughout the building. Guests have reported things such as footsteps in the hallways, doors, and shutters closing, and even gunshots being heard.
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 structure that looms over the rest of Jerome. Debuting in 1927 as the United Verde Hospital, it 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.
One of the many charms of this popular haunt for ASU students and Tempe residents are all the legends that have been built up over the decades regarding its resident ghosts. The most famous of which was a gal who lived upstairs in the former boarding house and residence built in 1910 and was strangled upstairs by her jilted boyfriend. Various neighbors have reported seeing figures moving around after closing time through the windows of Casey Moore’s second floor (which is now a dining room) longtime manager Michael Loney and co-owner Gavin Rutledge have also had a few close encounters with anonymous apparitions over the years.
Are You Scared Yet?
Well if you’re not scared, stay tuned to our upcoming blogs where we’ll talk about some of the best haunted houses in Phoenix to check out![photos sources: wikipedia.org, nau.edu, 4girlsandaghost.wordpress.com, phoenixnewtimes.com]