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    Tombstone, AZ

    Tombstone, AZ

    Tombstone is said to be the most haunted place in Arizona. The town has a history full of violence, including many shootouts. Residents of Tombstone claim many lingering spirits, including that of Marshal Fred White. The first marshal of Tombstone, White was accidentally shot and killed while attempting to disarm a gunman in October of 1880. He is believed to haunt the street in front of where he was shot, which is also now the location of the Bird Cage Theater.

    In addition to frequent violence, Tombstone residents suffered two terrible fires within a year of each other. Both fires claimed many lives due to the crowded saloons and brothels, where it was impossible to evacuate everyone in time. Many of those who died in these fires are said to still haunt the town today, seemingly unaware of the horrific burns across their bodies. Often, people report smelling smoke and burning materials for no apparent reason. 

    For more information about all of the haunts of Tombstone, or to plan a visit, check out http://www.tombstoneweb.com/.

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    Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA

    Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA

    Never get a chance to see Marilyn Monroe in real life? Never fear, her ghost is said to still appear in the mirrors of guest room 229 in the Roosevelt Hotel! She has also been spotted dancing away in the hotel's grand ballroom. She is just one of many celebrities, long passed on, who still frequents the hotel. 

    But this hotel isn't just a haunt for the famous ghosts. The spirit of a little girl, Caroline, has been seen numerous times skipping and singing in the main lobby. One receptionist claims she appeared just as solid as living child, before disappearing right before her eyes. 

    In addition to ghost sightings, guests have returned to their rooms only to find that they have been locked from the inside. The lobby switchboard will also receive calls from empty rooms. Talk about creepy... and yet I'm dying to book a room there. If you're like me, you can visit their website http://theroosevelthotel1-px.trvlclick.com/ to book your stay.

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    Hotel Congress, Rooms 214, 220 & 242 - Tucson, AZ

    Hotel Congress, Rooms 214, 220 & 242 - Tucson, AZ

    Hotel Congress is probably best known for the fire that led to the eventual capture of the infamous John Dillinger. But did you know that this hotel also is known to be haunted by several spirits?

    Sadly, rooms 214 and 242 are known as the "suicide rooms" due to the fact that, in two separate incidents, people took their own lives in these rooms. Room 242 seems to have the most reports of being haunted. The woman, who shot herself in the bathroom, has been reportedly seen by many guests who dared to stay in this room. People also report having nightmares during their stay in room 242.

    The story of room 220 is not as sad. In fact, it is a bit warm and fuzzy by ghost story standards. In the late 1950s, a man named Vince Szuda checked into the hotel at a rate of $7/night. He decided to make room 220 his permanent home, so the hotel continued to honor Vince's rate over the years. He lived there until his death in 2001. During his stay at Hotel Congress, Szuda was forever making repairs around the hotel. Often, he would borrow butter knives from the Cup Cafe, which he would use instead of a screwdriver. To this day, current staff members still find butter knives in odd places. They believe this is a sign from Vince that he is still with them and making sure the hotel is looked after.

    There are a few other tales of spirits who would frequent the hotel while they were living. To read more, visit http://4girlsandaghost.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/haunted-lodgings-hotel-congress/. If you are daring enough to plan a stay in one of the rooms mentioned above, visit http://hotelcongress.com/ to make reservations.

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    Gadsen Hotel - Douglas, Arizona

    Gadsen Hotel - Douglas, Arizona

    This 160-room hotel, which opened in 1907, has not changed much since it reopened in 1929 after being badly damaged by a fire. From the marble steps to the manual elevator, entering this hotel feels much like a time warp.

    Many of the supernatural encounters are recorded in binders at the hotel's front desk, mostly written by guests of the hotel. Room 333 is considered to be the most haunted, and everything from seeing figures appear to hearing keys in door locks have been reported to be seen throughout the building. 

    To learn more about the Gadsen Hotel or to book room 333, visit http://www.thegadsdenhotel.com/.

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    Hoover Dam - Arizona/Nevada

    Hoover Dam - Arizona/Nevada

    Surveyor J.G. Tierney was the first death surrounding the creation of the Hoover Dam. He drowned on December 20, 1922 while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. 13 years to the day later his son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die while working on the dam. In total, 112 workers tragically died during the construction of the Hoover Dam. 42 additional deaths, which were not officially attributed to the dam's construction, were said to be caused by pneumonia. However, many people believe that this claim was used to cover up the fact that these 42 workers actually died of carbon monoxide poisoning, which they were exposed to when vehicles were used in the diversion tunnels.

    Many people report seeing a man in old-fashioned work clothes, standing in restricted areas. When asked why he is in these areas, he simply disappears. Additionally, unexplainable echoes of footsteps have been heard throughout corridors.

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    Molly Brown House Museum - Denver, CO

    Molly Brown House Museum - Denver, CO

    This was the home of Molly Brown, aka "the unsinkable Molly Brown," who was also famous for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. In her home in Denver, it was known that she did not allow her husband to smoke. Workers and museum guests alike have reported smelling cigar smoke - a sign that J.J. Brown is doing some postmortem rebelling against his wife's stringent rules. Cold spots are also felt in Molly's room, and people will sometimes see an apparition (wearing a Victorian dress) rounding corners or sitting at the dining table of her former residence. The Browns also had a daughter, who died young, and her room seems to be haunted as well. The blinds in this room open and shut on their own. Aside from the hauntings, this museum provides a rich history of the family, as well as the region. Visit their website for more information: http://www.mollybrown.org/visit-us/.

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    Saint James Hotel - Cimarron, NM

    Saint James Hotel - Cimarron, NM

    Built in 1880, the Saint James hotel was frequented by many criminals. Around this time, New Mexico was known was a haven from any sort of justice, which is what attracted these criminals to Cimarron. This is also why this hotel has such a violent past, and is now occupied by many spirits who are unable to move on.

    Mary Lambert, the wife of the hotel's original owner, is known to appear as if she is still comfortably living in the hotel. Apparently, she does not like when guests leave their windows open at night, and will incessantly tap on it until the guest shuts the window. She is also busy keeping after her 2 1/2 year old son, who died in the hotel after being severely burned by a large pot of fried food. The little boy is still seen throughout the house, and one employee even mistook him for a hotel guest late one night. When he asked to boy to return to his room, the employee saw the burns on the boy's face as he turned to walk away. Then, as he jumped off the bar stool, he completely disappeared.

    Room #18 is haunted by a card player, who was murdered shortly after winning a large sum of money. Finally, after making his presence known a little too strongly (including knocking people over upon entering, and swinging the room's chandelier), the hotel decided to no longer rent this room to guests. 

    There are a few more stories of spirits who roam the halls of this hotel. Check them out for yourself by visiting http://www.exstjames.com/index.cfm?fa=paranormal. After researching this particular location, I'm dying to take a road trip to visit this creepy haunt!

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    The Flamingo Hotel - Las Vegas, NV

    The Flamingo Hotel - Las Vegas, NV

    Infamous mobster and founder of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino, Bugsy Siegel, is said to haunt the presidential suite of the hotel. Bugsy personally helped design and decorate this suite, from the green bidet to the bullet-proof windows and five exits (some hidden passageways). After he was gunned down at his girlfriend's home in Beverly Hills, apparitions began occurring in the presidential suite around the pool table or near the bathroom. He has also been seen near the pool late at night and, upon spotting him on the fifth floor, a cleaning lady quit her job. Siegel played a pivotal role in helping the Vegas strip to become what it is today, and perhaps this is why he is not willing to leave.

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    The Wool Warehouse Theater - Albuquerque, NM

    The Wool Warehouse Theater - Albuquerque, NM

    As the name suggests, The Wool Warehouse Theater was formerly a wool warehouse. Built in 1929 by Frank Bond, this building was passed down to Bond family members until the city took it over in 1974 and used it as a records warehouse. In 1984, the second floor was turned into a theater restaurant, and it became the Wool Warehouse Theater Restaurant. With Egyptian architectural influence, plus touches of 1920s art deco features, it was known for its casual elegance. 

    After renovations, spirits made themselves known in various locations throughout the building. Many employees of the restaurant theater reported feeling a strong push as they went down the stairs behind the theater stage, as well as the feeling that someone is grabbing their ankles. This is the only location where people report hostile experiences. The rest of the building is just reported to have unexplained movement of objects and to give people the feeling that they are being watched by an unseen presence.

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    Whaley House - San Diego, CA

    Whaley House - San Diego, CA

    The Whaley house is the site of many dark events, including an accidental hanging, illness, and murder. In addition, part of the house was built over an old cemetary. Thomas and Anna Whaley's daughter is often seen around the historic home, and is even sometimes mistaken for a live child. This location has earned the title of the "most haunted house in America." 

    Located near Old Town San Diego, daily tours are available to those looking to encounter lingering spirits.

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