Ghosts of Albuquerque
Albuquerque Press Club - Originally
built as a family residence in 1903, it was called the Whittlesey House. Over the years it passed into various hands and at one time many of the
rooms were rented to people who were convalescing from two nearby
sanitariums. Today, the building serves as a nightclub and most of
the phenomena are the many strange sounds heard by the staff and visitors. High heeled shoes are often heard walking across the bar and lobby areas,
the piano sometimes plays of its own accord, and strange voices are
sometimes heard. The apparition of a woman in a black shawl that the staff
call "Mrs. M” has appeared to numerous people over the years.
The Arroyo – The Spirit of
La Llorona, the weeping woman, is said to wander along this draining ditch crying and searching for her lost children. Thought to have murdered her children long ago, the legend is often
told to children by their parents in order to get them to behave.
Children's Hospital - Allegedly there are glowing rooms that have
been seen in unused portions of the hospital as well as invisible
"force fields” that sometimes stop people from passing through doors
and hallways. These barriers make a hissing sound when
encountered. Also reported, are the sounds of sobbing, voices
and heartbeats and black robed figures are seen in the darkened
Street Café – This 18 room hacienda, nestled in the heart of
Old Town, dates back to 1709. Originally built as a residence by
the Ruiz family, it was referred to as the Case de Ruiz for nearly 200
years. One of the oldest structures in the State of
it remained in the Ruiz family until the last family member, Rufina G.
Ruiz, died in 1991 at the age of 91. After Marie Coleman
purchased the property and began renovations for the Church Street
Café, it was found that the building continued to be inhabited by the
spirit Rufina Ruiz’s mother, a woman named Sara Ruiz. Known to
be a "curandera,” or healer, Sara was obviously not happy with the
renovations as she once yelled at Marie when she brought in a
contractor, "Get him out of here, now!" Once a contractor was
finally hired, buckets began to mysteriously get kicked around. These types of antics continued until Marie began to talk to the
spirit. Employees have seen Sara’s spirit in the café dressed in
a long black dress and a number of customers have felt her presence.
Haunted Hill - Located at the end of
Menaul Boulevard in the foothills, allegedly visitors have heard the
sounds of screaming, phantom footsteps and bodies being dragged. According to the legend, an old man once lived in the caves at the top
of the hills, sometimes bringing prostitutes there and killing them. Other reports tell of the apparition of an old man walking and the
swinging of a lantern by unseen hands.
Kimo Theatre - The
Kimo Theatre, a Pueblo Deco picture palace, was opened on
September 19, 1927. No institution stands through time without
something bad happening and the
Kimo is no exception. In 1951, a six year old boy named Bobby
Darnall was killed when the boiler in the basement exploded,
demolishing part of the original lobby. It is this boy, wearing
a striped shirt and blue jeans that is often seen playing on the lobby
staircase. But he is also known to play numerous impish tricks,
such as tripping the actors and creating a ruckus during performances.
To appease the spirit, the cast hangs doughnuts on the water pipe that
runs along the back wall of the theatre behind the stage.
Luna Mansion – Actually located in
New Mexico, a nearby suburb of
Luna-Otero Mansion in is known for its great steaks, hot chili, and
tantalizing deserts; but that’s not all it’s known for. It’s also
renowned for its resident ghosts. In side this 1881 mansion turned
restaurant, there have been many reported sightings of the ghost of Josefita Otero, who seemingly prefers the second floor bedrooms and the
stairway. Other reported phenomenon includes chairs that move on their own
accord and pots and pans that often heard rattling in an otherwise empty
Luna-Otero Mansion is renowned
for its great
food, ambiance, service, and -- it's resident
The Kimo Theatre is said to be haunted by a
young boy who was killed in a fire in 1951.
Maria Teresa Restaurant –This beautiful
old hacienda, turned restaurant dates back to 1783 when it was built by a
man named Salvador Armijo. Today it has the dubious distinction of
being one of
most haunted buildings. At least four different spirits have been
seen wandering through the restaurant on various occasions. Other
phenomenon includes a piano that seemingly plays of its own accord,
employees who are touched by unseen hands, reflections of ghosts appearing
in mirrors, unseen voices, and flatware and tables that mysteriously move
on their own.
Rancho de Corrales – Not actually in
but about 15 miles north of the city, in Corrales,
this gracious old hacienda was built in 1801 by Diego Montoya. The
sprawling adobe home, with its thick walls and heavily timbered ceilings
was, at first, a peaceful oasis surrounded by orchards. However,
that all changed when the Luis and Louisa Emberto purchased the property
in 1883. Some five years after they moved in, a bloody shootout
occurred. It all started when Luis discovered that his wife was
having an affair and moved out of the hacienda promising to return and
kill both her and her lover. On April, 1898, made good on his
promise and shot his wife twice.
armed posse soon surrounded the hacienda and in the gun battle that
ensued, Luis was struck down. Due to the scandalous circumstances of the
couple’s death, they were not allowed a proper burial in the church
cemetery and were their remains were interred across the irrigation ditch
to the west of the building.
Today, the restless pair
continue to make their presence known at the hacienda turned restaurant.
Reported activities include items that seemingly move on their own, the
sounds of disembodied voices, and the appearance of a woman in 1800’s era
clothing. Others have heard the sound of midnight parties in the old
Wool Warehouse Theater Restaurant - This building, a National Historic
Landmark, was built in 1929 by prominent wool business man, Frank Bond, as
headquarters. Designed by T. Charles Gaastra, who had recently
returned from a trip to Egypt, the building prominently displays the
Egyptian influence. Today the historic building is part of the Double Tree
Hotel Complex. Encompassing some 5,000 square feet, the Wool
Warehouse Theater Restaurant is housed on the second floor. During
performances a man in a cream-colored double breasted suit has been known
to have appeared on the stage. Thought to be Mr. Bond himself, the
spirit seems to be pleasant and is also known to happily watch the
productions from the side stage. On the other hand, the stairs
behind the stage that lead to the basement, are thought to hold are more
malevolent spirit. Employees have reported feeling pushed by unseen
hands, something or someone that grabs their ankles, and strange noises
emanating from the walls. This has frightened some to such an
extent, that they refuse to go to the basement. Other paranormal
activities reported are the feeling of hot and cold spots, being watched,
and items that are mysteriously moved.
Xilinx Building – Today, this building serves as a technology
development center, but this has not always been the case. The building
once served as a mental health hospital. Today, staff report
mysterious banging sounds throughout the building, groans heard in the
courtyard, and whispers in the back office area. Others tell of
objects that seemingly move of their own accord, and shadowy figures that
are soon moving along the hallways.
of America, updated August, 2015.
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