Top 5 Haunted Places to Visit in Prescott, AZ
The Most Haunted Places in Prescott, AZ
They say it’s not healthy living in the past, but with a history as rich as Prescott’s, you can’t help but be fascinated. We live in a town that was settled in 1864, housing miners, writers, and dreamers. The ghost stories are inevitable. The idea that past and present could somehow collide in this little town is both unsettling, yet fuels our curiosity.
Whether you’re new in town, or have lived here for a while, it’s worth getting to know our famously haunted places.
1. Hassayampa Inn
Designed and built in 1927 as Prescott’s first luxury hotel, the Hassayampa Inn was set to be the cornerstone of our beloved downtown. It was not intended, however, to be one of the town’s most reputable haunted locations.
The Hassayampa is said to be haunted by the ghost of Faith, a woman who killed herself in the hotel. As the story goes, Faith and her newlywed husband checked into the hotel. Her husband left to buy cigarettes, and never returned. After three days of an agonizing wait, a distraught Faith hung herself in her room. So begins the reputation of Room 426. Visitors and hotel employees alike claim to see her lingering spirit, still awaiting the arrival of her beloved husband. Beware, though! Some have said she’ll give men nightmares, while doting upon the female guests. Do you dare test this theory?
As if a single ghost wasn’t enough, there have also been reports of a six-year old boy who has a habit of tugging on women’s shirts in the laundry room, as well as The “Night Watchman”. The Night Watchman has been rumored to roam the halls of the Hassayampa, wearing old western attire. He has broad shoulders, and wears an old brown overcoat. Was he a drifter? We’ll never know.
2. Hotel Vendome
The Hotel Vendome was built in 1917 to help with the housing demand in Prescott. Today, it’s home to resident ghosts Abby and her cat Noble.
Abby was believed to have been the owner of The Hotel Vendome, but lost the business due to overdue taxes. When the hotel was taken under new ownership, they kindly allowed Abby, her hubsand, and cat to stay in Room 16. However, Abby soon became ill with tuberulosis. She sent her husband to get medicine, but he never returned. Devastated, Abby starved herself and her cat Noble. They perished shortly after in their beloved Room 16.
Many visitors book this room by request, and often bring mementos or gifts. They are said to be friendly ghosts, known for moving things around, opening doors, and turning on the TV. Maybe you’ll even get a late night snuggle from Noble, the famed ghost cat.
Curious what it’s like to stay in Room 16? Check out what happened when this couple visited Hotel Vendome.
3. The Palace Saloon
Despite the Whiskey Row fire in 1900, The Palace Saloon survived and was rebuilt and restored. As a former jail, brothel, and opium den, it’s no wonder there’s there have been several reports of serious paranormal activity.
After several incidents of plants being thrown, mannequins shattering, unexplained footsteps, and female employees being groped, the team of Ghost Adventures was brought in to investigate. During their time, they explored the hot spots throughout the saloon, captured audio, and collected unquestionable evidence of violent activity. If you haven’t seen the episode, it’s definitely worth the 42 minutes to make the hair on your neck stand up.
4. Elks Theater
There are a few stories floating around about the Elks Theater, but none that are as violent as the previous three. Many have captured images of light orbs, or have claimed to see spirits wearing 1900s-era clothing. The deep history of the Elks Theater is captivating enough to have a walk-through if you’re on a ghost hunt this Halloween.
5. Hotel St. Michael
Now I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Hotel St. Michael and its famous haunted elevator. There have been several reports of a woman who frequents the elevator, but there isn’t any documented history of a tragic death.
Simply search haunted stories in Hotel St. Michael, and you’ll find quite a few. This couple claimed to have an unforgettable experience where they actually had a spirit come into their room. Their story will give you goosebumps.
It’s been over 150 years since Prescott has been settled, and its rich history lingers in our beloved downtown. Do you dare sleep at one of the haunted hotels? Would you sit in on a ghost-hunting experience?