Legendary Ghosts of the Sedona/Verde Valley
Sedona’s Legendary Ghost Stories
The Sedona/Verde Valley area is a place that is considered mystical and magical. People from all walks of life have made claims that they have seen angels, UFO’s, Ghosts, Portals, etc. Many people with New Age beliefs flock to Sedona giving rise to the name “New Age Capital of the World” seeking out spiritual growth and enlightenment.
There are many mystical centers on Earth. These powerful places are all connected by ley lines. These high energy places can manifest vortexes and dimensional rifts into other out-worldly domains.
Healers, psychics, artists and spiritualists find Sedona as a spiritual Mecca. Not only is Sedona a spiritual Mecca, but it’s absolutely breath taking gorgeous.
People believe they can be empowered at Sedona. They feel they can be healed and rejuvenated by being stimulated with their senses. They feel that they will become in tune to their sixth sense. Some have even went as far as stating Sedona opens the third eye of awareness.
The Miller House Ghost
Ghosts aside, a visit to Sedona can be a breathtaking journey. The natural beauty of the red rock mountains can literally transport a person to a desert wonderland. It has been called one of the most beautiful places on earth and in recent years, has become a pilgrimage region for the New Age movement.
The most famous haunting to ever reportedly occur in Sedona was at a private residence that is still known as the Miller House today. This house was once owned by the famous Hollywood dancer and star Ann Miller. According to Ann Miller the place was haunted by the ghost of a fierce Native American Indian warrior.
After a while of being scared out of her wits for some time Ann Miller then asked a Hopi Shaman for assistance with the house in which she learned that it had once been owned by an early Arizonian whose son had somehow died during the construction of the place. The original owner than had the house blessed by a local tribal Chief because of the strange activity that he was reporting there.
However, dispite the blessing, this did not get rid of the ghosts, as the accounts of Ann have reportedly attested to. According to the Hopi shaman, the house had been built on land where an ancient and sacred Indian kiva had been located. The Shaman believed that some of the ceremonies that took place at the location activated the spirit of a guardian warrior who was supposed to protect the land. After having the home exorcised, the warrior spirit seemed to go away and not come back.
The Haunted Relics Restaurant
The Relics Restaurant is Sedona’s oldest operating restaurant dating back almost seventy years. Adding to the history of this place the foundation of the restaurant itself dates back to the 1800’s and was a stagecoach stop and a Military Recruiting Center during WWI.
The restaurant staff and visitors claim that there are “ghostly inhabitants,” as there have been reported numerous sightings of floating orbs, misty specters, as well as pictures of strange paranormal events taken within the restaurant’s old walls. If you were to visit the restaurant, there is even a table set for their ghostly visitors.
Jerome’s Legendary Ghost Stories
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. From 15,000 to less than 100, by the 1950’s, Jerome became Arizona’s largest ghost town. Why the ghost town became associated with paranormal hauntings is unclear, but Jerome’s reputation for its haunted houses and haunted places is surpassed by none. Jerome itself is probably one of the 10 most haunted places in America. It includes more than one haunted hotel and was called the “Wickedest Town in the West” in its time as a mining district.
The Jerome Grand Hotel
The Jerome Grand Hotel is a historic hotel that is in use in Jerome, Arizona. The hotel’s motto is “Arizona’s mile high historic landmark.” After being empty for more than 40 years except for ghosts of course, Larry Altherr bought the boarded-up 30,000-square-foot building from the old Phelps Dodge Corporation in 1994. The general manager of the hotel, Chris Altherr, son of Larry, stated he was skeptical and didn’t believe the rumors in the beginning, until the place only had six rooms open at first and immediately began receiving reports from guests hearing voices and a (hospital gurney) in the hallways, but no one was there.
It’s has been estimated that nearly 9,000 people died in the hotel during its previous life as a Hospital. While it operated as the United Verde Hospital and later became the Jerome Grand Hotel, many alleged hauntings have occurred. According to ghostlyfavorites.com., “Due to the high level of activity in the hotel, it is a quite popular destination for amateur ghost hunters.”
On record there are lots of creepy stories at the Jerome Grand Hotel, such as a caretaker who committed suicide, or when a maintenance man was found in the basement crushed by the elevator.
Various people have reported hearing the sound of doors opening/closing while the room is otherwise vacant are common. Guests have found electronics dead center beneath the bed. Front Desk staff, particularly the graveyard shift, have reported hearing coughing and sneezing from the hotel’s laundry room, seeing shadows in the same area of whom they believe to be Claude Harvey, the hospital’s maintenance man who was found dead pinned beneath the Otis elevator, presumably murdered. Claude was found pinned by the back of the neck by the elevator, quite dead. A thorough inspection of the elevator was done, as well as a coroner’s inquest, that determined the elevator could not have caused Claude’s death.
The hotel’s reputation led to The Travel Channel filming an episode of “Ghost Adventures” in 2011. Voices were captured, doors slammed, unexplained masses of darkness, and the crew on location reportedly felt numbness and tingling in their extremities.
“We have the real deal up here,” Altherr says. “It’s not just a gimmick, we acknowledge it.”
The Connor Hotel
Visitors today can enjoy not only a wonderful blends of the past and present, but by some accounts, perhaps a spectral ghost or two.
Tales of ghosts at this hotel circulates that the first guest to ever stay in the hotel Room 1 was it’s electrician, who was frightened by whispers and the sounds of women laughing in the room. Later, he felt cold chills in the room and spent the rest of the night sleeping in his van. Since that time, other strange events have been reported including the doors opening on their own and odd images appearing in photographs.
In other rooms it is said that objects tend to move around of their own accord, including furnishings and small guest items. Guests and staff have reported hearing the growl of a dog and an old man coughing.
Who ever these lingering apparitions are remains a mystery.
Ghost City Inn
A female ghost haunts the Cleopatra Room of this hotel. A male ghost has also been seen on the veranda. Ghostly voices and doors slamming shut have also been reported.
Surgeon’s House Bed and Breakfast
The 1917 residence of the former town surgeon is now a quaint bed and breakfast, and is rumored to be haunted by a plethora of ghosts. The house was the scene of many extravagant parties held by the owner and his wife, and to this day guests staying at the inn have reported hearing phantom music, while others have seen a ghostly couple dancing. Other apparitions seen here include a friendly woman in a blue dress and a man carrying a leather doctor’s bag.
United Verde/Phelps Dodge Mine
Once upon a time in Jerome mining jobs were lucrative and extremely dangerous. While death rarely occurred inside the mine, it wasn’t uncommon for miners to die from injuries sustained during the job. According to some people, miners still haunt their old work place, including the spirit of Headless Charlie. You can probably guess that Charlie lost a certain body part during a mining accident and a tale is told that he wanders the old mine in search of it. The body was never found. The mine is currently closed and off-limits, so you’re unlikely to run into him.
There are plenty of other haunted places in Jerome as well for it seems to be a common theme. Jerome is also famous for having more gold come out of its mines then any where else around which legend says is the true source of all the hauntings relating them to the miners having dug too deep in the mines.
Cottonwood’s Legendary Ghost Stories
Cottonwood Arizona also has its share of ghost stories. Some readers will believe these stories are all nonsense while others will be convinced that some of the stories must be true. But for most, it seems, curiosity and the occasional and unexpected chill in the bloodstream keeps people walking the line between admittedly not knowing, and tending to believe.
The Cottonwood Hotel
The Cottonwood Hotel was first built in 1916 and was called the OK Hotel. In 1917, the new owner Samuel Steinberg changed the name to the Cottonwood Hotel. In 1922 the hotel changed owners again to the Giordano’s ironically passed away on the exact same day in December of 1933.
The legend surrounding the Cottonwood Hotel begins in 1925 when Reverend George Brooks, a pyschic and spiritual lecturer that frequented Cottonwood and the Red Rocks of Sedona, predicted his own death at a psychic reading get together in a neighborhood home, just a few hours before a big town fire of the bootlegging still blowing up a couple of doors down took his life.
Reverend Brooks, said to be one of the greatest platform lecturer’s in the United States on the subject of metaphysics, reportedly couldn’t escape the small town’s most devastating fire which destroyed the whole west side of town including 10 homes and numerous warehouses. First hand accounts of the predicted blaze state it was the stairway which gave way trapping the Reverend Brooks inside as the townspeople watched him run down the hallway on fire, back to his blazing room where he fell back unto the burning bed and was burned alive. Nobody could unfortunately get close enough to save him with the rip roaring fire and reported 45 mile an hour winds.
Rev. Brooks had been frequenting the Cottonwood Hotel, monthly, as he would hold spiritual seminars and lecture in Cottonwood and the red rocks of Sedona during the 1920’s movement. He had been in Cottonwood for several days when the fire broke out. Some believe the minister still walks the upper hallway of the hotel, perhaps trying to escape the flames that trapped and killed him.
The fact Rev. Brooks reportedly predicted his own death just hours before hand is a little “Spooky”making this the most famous haunted place in old town Cottonwood Arizona.
The Little Daisy Motel
This family-owned motel located on Main Street in Cottonwood Arizona is rumored to be haunted by a ghostly prostitute who by accounts roams around scaring people who visit the place. A certain room is rumored to have a few additional hauntings for the paranormal seeker, with guests reportedly smelling perfume and hearing ghostly laughter.
Camp Verde Legendary Ghost Stories
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle was built into the side of a cliff face because the people in the area were “Man Corn” to Anasazi Indians who ate people. These people left their ground level homes at places like Chaco in the Arizona badlands and moved to the cliffs for a good reason risking the lives of the elderly, woman, and children scaling up 100 feet of primitive rope ladders to protect themselves in an area with no natural predators. Learn more by reading the book, “Legends of the Verde Valley” available at Amazon.
Clear Creek Church and Cemetery
The historic Clear Creek church was built in 1898, and was the scene of an infamous shootout. The builders placed in the cornerstone of the building a bible and a $5 gold piece (which was chiseled away in the 1920s). It was Camp Verde’s only church until 1913, when it was transformed into the city’s one-room schoolhouse. In 1946, the church was abandoned. Today the Clear Creek Church is looked after by the Camp Verde Historical Society. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 6, 1975.
Visitors to the graveyard and church after dark claim to have seen a misty apparition moving quickly among the headstones, as if looking for someone.
Clarkdale’s Legendary Ghost Stories
Clarkdale Historical Museum
The Clarkdale Historical Museum was once a private residence before it became a ward for ailing people in the area.
Sometime during the mid twentieth century, the former residence was converted from a ward to a police station which had a cell built into it’s basement. The people who have occupied the building over the years claim to have heard strange noises reportedly emanated from its lower floor, but upon investigation find nothing.
There have also been reports of visitors who also claim to have seen a menacing looking shadowy figure appearing and disappearing in various parts of the building. The actual identity of the apparition is mysteriously unknown.
Su Casa Mexican Restaurant
One of the best restaurant in town serving up traditional food in a great atmosphere with an abundance of ghost stories. It is reported the building of the place was allegedly constructed over the top of an ancient American Indian burial ground which led to staff and diners seeing shadowy figures running through the restaurant.
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