The city of Tucson is tucked away in the Arizona Desert, surrounding by mountains. It is a University town and as such it is filled with an eclectic mix of nightclubs, vintage shops and a number of rundown buildings. It is a somewhat modest and simple town, but it has plenty of paranormal activity to boast about!
Lets dive right in and take a look at we think are the top 10 most haunted places in Tucson, AZ:
Fox Theatre is a popular haunt for those who enjoy drama, but it is also reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Tuscon. On occasion, live performances have been interrupted when props move on their own! There have also been unexplained giggling and other outbursts from the wings! The theatre has been explored by a number of mediums and ghost hunters and it is agreed that there are a number of spirits tied to the building including the ghost of a man who died in a car accident outside the theatre.
9 – Bloom Elementary
Ever since the female principle of Bloom Elementary passed away in the school there has been some strange things happening! Apparently the principle is still keeping an eye on things and making sure everyone stays in line! There have been frequent reports of her apparition wandering the halls and staff say that doors will also lock or unlock on their own.
8 – Pioneer Hotel
The Pioneer Hotel is said to be haunted by no less than 30 spirits who have become trapped in the hotel following a fire at the hotel which claimed their lives. Staff have described having their stationery moved around and their electronic devices malfunctioning. One of the most amazing reports of paranormal activity coming out of the hotel involves a door that was permanently jammed shut, until a staff member asked the spirits to open it. The door promptly opened and then slammed shut! It is also common for guests and staff alike to see shadowy figures, mostly of women and children. However, it is the basement that is particularly frightening. There is supposed to be a young girl’s spirit in the basement hallway, but she is not alone. Staff claim that there is not one, but two evil entities lurking down there with her!
7 – Bank of America
When you think of the most haunted places in Tucson, the local bank probably isn’t the first place that you would expect to have a resident spook. However, the Bank of America branch on Stone Avenue apparently has a ghost who likes to make his presence known. The spirit of a young man with a beard is often spotted roaming the lobby of the bank and staff have heard his heavy footfalls on the stairs as well. He has also been known to slam doors and is apparently accompanied by a strong, fragrant smell.
6 – Velasco Pueblo
Velasco Pueblo was built in 1850 in a traditional adobe style. It originally had just 3 main rooms and an entry hall, but over the years it has been expanded with some more upscale rooms and features. Carlos and Beatriz Velasco bought the house in 1878 and spent much of the 1880’s renovating and remodelling it to create their dream home. When Carlos died in 1915 the house was sold and underwent yet more remodelling. Eventually it became apartments, but they were not maintained well and the building soon fell into disrepair. It was around this time that the hauntings seem to have started! Was this Carlos and Beatriz voicing their displeasure? The building has now been bought by a group aiming to restore it to its former glory and although the spirits are still making themselves known, they seem to be more friendly than they have been in the past!
5 – Tucson Medical Center
For many years now Tucson Medical Center has been a hub of paranormal activity. Staff often complain that they get their hair pulled, their faces slapped and are hit by unseen forces. Those working nights have also described hearing phantom footsteps and disembodied voices. Some patients have even described chairs being pulled away as they went to sit down even although nobody else was in the room. There have been sightings of a number of apparitions. The most common one reported is a child seen roaming the corridors, but others have seen an old lady and even a ghostly cat! All of this adds up to making Tucson Medical Center one of the most haunted places in Tucson.
4 – Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
The University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall is not a particularly old building. It has been around for about 70 years, but the land that it sits on has history that can be traced all the way back to the Spanish Colonial period, circa 1521. This explains why one of the spirits that now calls the place home is said to be a Spanish male. He is often seeing walking on the catwalks above the stage and hanging around in the backstage area as well. It is believed he died on the land during a duel. He is certainly not alone in haunting the Centennial Hall. There are also reports of a lady in Victorian style clothing, but she is not all that friendly. Aside from standing in the wings trying to put the actors off during performances she has also been blamed for pushing people on the stairs and in hallways.
3 – Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress is located in the historic downtown area of Tucson, where it has stood since 1919 when it became clear that there was a need for an upscale hotel for the train travelers and cattlemen who were passing through the bustling industrial town. In the 1920s the hotel became popular with gamblers and gangsters, most notably the John Dillinger gang. Over the years there have been a number of reports of paranormal activity in the hotel including those killed over gambling debts, suicides end victims of epidemics. One of the most well known spirits at the Hotel Congress is said to be a long term resident named Vince who died in the hotel after suffering a heart attack. He had been in residence for some 36 years, so it seems only natural that he has stuck around even after death! He is often seen in the bar area which is where he spent much of his time in life.
2 – St Mary's Hospital
St Mary’s Hospital is said to be one of the most haunted places in Tucson thanks to the presence of a ghostly nun roaming the fourth floor. The hospital was established back in 1880 and it was the first hospital in the state of Arizona. Originally, St Mary’s was intended to serve as a tuberculosis unit, but at some point is switched to a general hospital. There are all manner of tales of the spectral nun that resides here, but due to the high number of nuns who have worked here over the years nobody can say for certain who she is! It is said that whoever she was, she still follows the staff around keeping an eye on her patients. On one occasion she is actually said to have saved a woman’s life by alerting a nurse to her situation. The nurse described seeing a nun at the end of the corridor pointing to a patient’s room. When the nurse got close the nun vanished, but when the nurse looked into the patient’s room she found the woman in the process of attempting to take her own life.
1 – Santa Rita Hotel
The Santa Rita Hotel is said to be so haunted that the owner decided to close it down due to the paranormal activity. Over the years, a number of staff were too terrified to return to work citing harassment from ghosts as the cause. There were a number of occasions where security guards called the local police to report intruders after hearing loud footsteps upstairs and seeing lights going on, but there was never anybody there. There are several spirits said to reside in the property, but the most well known is a male called Ferguson who is said to have murdered his wife and her lover by shooting them both in the hotel. He then hung himself in the elevator shaft. His apparition has been seen frequently in the hotel and he is well known for fiddling with the lights and other electrical equipment. He is also believed to be the one throwing stones at people and moving items around. Other paranormal occurrences include doors opening on their own and wet footprints appearing at the edge of the swimming pool. It is certainly easy to see why this hotel is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Tucson.