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Ghosts in Tucson

 This is a list of ghosts in Tucson:
(It is not a complete list.)

 Bank of America
902 N. Stone Avenue.  
A bearded ghost has been seen in the lobby.  The bearded man is about 25 years old and of average height.  There are unexplained footsteps on the stairs and self-slamming doors.  Also there are cold spots and a heavy perfume smell.

 
Barrio Historico House
46 W Simpson St
A man appears inside the bedroom.  Also a little girl “La muchachita” appears. "La muchachita" is 7 or 8 years old with light brown hair in braids.  She wears a red and white striped dress and brown shoes. "La muchachita" moves framed photographs from room to room. ”La muchachita" also open drawers.
 
Bloom Elementary School
8310 E Pima Street.
The spirit of a dead principal haunts here. Doors lock and unlock and there are apparitions.
 
Bonilla's Elementary School
4757 E. Winsett.
A young girl in an old fashioned flowered dress with blond hair and a matching bow is seen here. She is seen in the “first grade” girls’ restroom.
 
 
Catalina High School
3645 E. Pima St.
The ghost of a school custodian, Martin Valencia haunts the school.  In the 1970s, Martin Valencia died of a heart attack while on the job. This ghost was seen cleaning the restrooms in June 1980 before the graduation ceremonies. Trash containers and cleaning supplies disappear and turn up other places.  Doors slam shut and lights turn off.
 
Charles O. Brown House 
40 E. Broadway
“A specter is haunting Downtown's historical Brown House - the specter of Clara Brown, some say. Ghost rumor has it that a very real spirit loiters around the old building, causing the hair on the back of one's neck to stand up. People around El Centro Cultural de las Americas, 40 W. Broadway, have seen a woman in a long dress standing in the parking lot out back, said Mike Weber, co-organizer of Dia de los Muertos festivities at El Centro. But the historian-types who claim to have seen the shade of Brown, who died here in 1932 at the age of 86, didn't want to be associated with ghost stories. Though he's never met the ghost, Weber doesn't dismiss others' claims.”
 
Colossal Cave (Vail)
16711 Colossal Cave Road.
There was a "lady in white" who haunted the cave and its entrance.  She has not been seen in a while. There is the ghost of an Indian Maiden.  She was running from a bear and entered the original entrance, so she fell 12 feet and died.  Her sobs and cries are heard in the cave. Also the ghost of Frank Schmidt haunts this cave.  Frank Schmidt helped develop Colossal Cave.  His ghost is seen around the cave, checking things out.
 
 
Davis Bilingual School
500 W. Saint Mary's Road.  
A female spirit appears in one of the classroom here in the dawn hours only.
 
Davis Monthan Air Force Base
The ghost of a W.W.II pilot wanders around the mothballed aircraft.  When he is there patrol lights and flashlights do not work.  The ghost walks right through security fences, crosses Kolb road and disappears.
 
El Tiradito (Wishing Shrine)
221 S. Main Ave.  
There are many ghosts here.  One is a child named Pedro.  Pedro was a 6-year-old boy murdered near the shrine.
 
Fort Lowell Park 
Residents of this neighborhood report wispy figures and doors unlocking on their own.  Also there is laughter when no one is present. There is a soldier who haunted the area in 1900.  Residents shot at this ghost soldier but the bullets passed right through him.
 
Fox Theater
17 W. Congress Street.  
The spirit of a man from the Depression Era has been known to wander the theater asking for money to feed his family.
 
Fred G. Acosta Job Corps
901 South Campbell Avenue.
Doors locked by security are found open again in the mornings. There are shadows, lights, whispers and lots of cold spots.
 
Grant Road--Ghost 
3402 E. Grant Road.
This spot was a Mexican food restaurant, Tia Elena.  It is now Tom's used furniture. This ghost is a woman hat appears as a dark, shadowy figure.
 
Hotel Congress
311 E Congress Street.
The spirit of a man who passed away from a heart attack has been seen peeking from one of the windows here.  
A cowboy's ghost has been seen in the basement.
A female ghost dressed in Victorian Clothing is seen on the stairwell or in the lobby. When she appears there is a distinctive scent of roses.
The ghost of a man with the initials “T.S.” is often seen on the second floor. “T.S.” died in a gunfight that arose from an argument over a card game in the Hotel Congress’s lobby. This ghost is always dressed in an old-fashioned gray suit and frequently seen peeking out of the upper floor windows.
A permanent resident of the hotel still haunts the place. “Vince” lived in the hotel for 36 years, since his death in 2001 he haunts the place. Employees have found butter knives from the hotel’s Cup Café in difference places on the second floor. Vince carried a butter knife that he would use as a screwdriver.
 
Kino Community Hospital
2800 E Ajo Way.  
A spirit called “George” haunts the hospital.  He has been seen in the basement disappearing into solid walls.  He also pulls out chairs.
 
Li'l Abner Steakhouse
8500 N. Silverbell Road.
Various ghosts haunt this building.  Muffled conversations and knocking on the doors are heard. One ghost dates from when this building was an eyeglass factory.  This ghost is an ex-factory worker who is looking for his lost eyeglasses. There is another ghost called "George."  George is shy and only seen by the restaurant's staff.  He is the ghost of a maintenance worker who died in the 1990s.   George has been seen standing at the bar drinking a Coke.  (Like he did when he was alive.)  Also the staff has heard the ghost of George crunching on Cap'n Crunch cereal.
 
Luz Academy of Tucson
2797 N. Introspect Dr.  
Luz Academy of Tucson used to be Desert Hills Behavioral Treatment Center. There are numerous rumors about deaths on the grounds of the school. Some report seeing a middle aged woman with long curly black hair wandering the hallways. There are also reports that there is the spirit of a young boy throughout the school that cannot get out. Lights switching on and off, voices and other noises can be heard in many areas of the school.
 
Office Building of Attorney Louis W. Barassi
485 S. Main Ave.  
In 2003, this office was occupied by attorney Louis W. Barassi.  The attorney and his staff said that the building was haunted.   A heavy briefcase was forcefully slammed to the floor without any obvious reason.  An attorney was forcefully pushed against the wall by an invisible force.  Items on Barassi’s desk had been found scattered.
 
Pioneer Hotel (Now an office building)
100 N Stone.  
The Pioneer Hotel had an arson fire in 1970 that killed 29 people.  So there are many ghosts here. Unexplained screams and groans are heard.  There are sounds of unexplained footsteps in the halls.  Also sounds are heard below a false ceiling.  The area above the false ceiling was allegedly used as a morgue after the arson fire. Sometime screams are heard.
 
Rialto Theater
318 E. Congress.
There is a ghost of a pianist who was crushed to death by his piano.
 
Sabino Canyon
The ghost of an angry mountain lion chases visitors out of Sabino Canyon.
 
Santa Rita Hotel (Closed)
88 E. Broadway.
There are several ghosts at this location. One ghost is a Texas rancher who came to Tucson in pursuit of this cheating wife.  When he found his wife he shot her.  He returned to Room 822 in the Santa Rita Hotel and hung himself. This ghost manipulates light and sound. This ghost's name is "Ferguson."**
Many of the ghosts here are children.  One ghost is a little boy who running around the pool, slipped and drowned. There is a light that come on in the tower though no one ever turns one on.  Sometimes the light is golden, sometimes it is green.  NOTE:  The Santa Rita Hotel building was torn down in 2009.  The end of October 2009 the building no longer existed.
 
Tucson High Magnet School
400 N. Second Ave.
A condemned vocational building is haunted by a student who killed himself. Tapping on doors, cold spots and footsteps have been reported.
 
Tucson Medical Center
5301 E. Grant Road.
Education Building
Ghosts are found in the Education Building at TMC.  One ghost is of a well-respected nurse who died of an unknown disease.   The nurse is known as "The Lady in White". “The Lady in White” is friendly; she greets people and opens doors for them. Another ghost is an older man who took care of the horses when this building was a horse stable.  The old man was murdered on this site. He was stabbed to death with a pitchfork. The old man is known as “The Cold Spirit.” "The Cold Spirit” likes to make people uncomfortable.
 
22nd Street Antique Mall
5302 E. 22nd Street
There are several hauntings at this place.  Furniture moves on its own.  There was a woman in a long dress floating above the floor.  There is the sound of an antique typewriter typing when no one is around.
A rocking chair rocks when no one is near it. Also a little girl has been seen here.
 
University of Arizona:

Modern Language Building 
There is a ghost in the Modern Language building. She is known as the “Woman in White.” This ghost is a dark-haired young woman.  She wears a 1920s shawl and a long skirt. She peeks through the small window in the Romance Languages lab.  This ghost is a young woman murdered on this site.  When the Modern Language Building was built in 1965 workers were said to have discovered human remains.  The construction workers did not report the human remains for fear that investigation would delay the project.

Centennial Hall
The spirit of a woman in a long, white dress is said to haunt the now sealed off balcony area and the green room. This ghost has been known to push employees. Also, a man who some think was a patron who died of a heart attack wanders the hall, as well.
There is a ghost of a young man dressed in black in the balcony area. He has been seen ducking through the stage entrance.
 
Velasco House
471-477 S. Stone Ave. 
This ghost is believed to be Carlos Velasco the original owner of this house.  The head and shoulders of a Mexican man have been seen floating in the air.  This Mexican man has also been seen lounging in the hallway.
 
 
Sources:
"An old Pueblo ghost story." Tucson Citizen.  October 31, 2003. Page A1.   All about Ghosts http://www.dawghouse.topcities.com/arizona.html (accessed 11/19/2005--web site no longer available) 
"Arizona Historical Society is hosting talks that explore myths, legend and mysteries from around the state." Arizona Daily Star. February 2, 2001. Page E1.  
“Clara Brown, Downtown's Very Own Ghost. “ Arizona Daily Star. October 31, 2003. Page. F6.
"Downtown Haunt." Tucson Citizen. October 31, 2003. Page D1.  
Eppinga, Jane. Arizona Twilight Tales.   Boulder, Colo.: Pruett Pub. c 2000. Pages 53-61, 69, and 106,111.
**"Ghosts of the Santa Rita."  Arizona Daily Star.  May 20, 2009.  Page 1.
"Ghosts of Tucson's Past." Tucson Citizen.  Calendar section, October 27, 2005. Page 28.
Haunted Tucson www.prairieghosts.com/tucson.html  
Robson, Ellen. Haunted Arizona: ghosts of the Grand Canyon state. Phoenix, AZ: Golden West Publishers, c2002. Pages 98-99 and 102-103.
"Haunting." Arizona Daily Star. October 30, 2008.  Page E1.
"Our old haunts."  Tucson Citizen.  October 24, 2008. Page B1. Robson, Ellen.  Haunted Arizona.  Phoenix, AZ: Golden West Publishers. c2002.  Pages 98-106.
 

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