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http://www.scenic.com | Whether you’re a seasoned ghost hunter, or just love the history of the Wild West, be sure to check out these famous haunts on your next Grand Canyon sightseeing tour. You’ll love learning more about the Grand Canyon’s unconventional past.
Plagued by severe weather, dangerous outlaws, and treacherous terrain, the Wild West has
long been the source of lore. The storied past of the Grand Canyon is no exception. From tragic
tales of romance gone wrong, to spooky stories of eccentric early settlers, be sure to check out
these famous ghost hunting locations on your next Grand Canyon tour.
Built in 1905, the El Tovar Hotel is the oldest remaining inn on
the rim of the Grand Canyon. When the hotel opened, it was
operated by proprietor Fred Harvey and his famous Harvey Girls.
It’s said that Harvey roams the third floor to this day, especially
during the holiday season. Many guests have told chilling tales
of being invited to the hotel’s Christmas Party by a man who
disappears into thin air.
Built only a few weeks before the El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House was designed as a living museum
to pay tribute to local tribes. Today it’s a must-see gallery and gift shop for visitors to the
canyon’s South Rim.
The construction of Hopi House was evidently a disruption to the locals’ way of life. Since it
opened, there have been many reports of mischievous poltergeists causing a ruckus in the
building. Employees have mentioned incidents of computers turning off randomly, plus
displays being thrown onto the floor at will.
During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to
make new jobs for unemployed Americans. The work program helped improve many of our National
Parks, including the Grand Canyon.
One CCC worker fell to his death while installing railings at Maricopa Point along the South Rim of
the Grand Canyon. To this day, visitors have reported seeing a shadowy black figure at sunset, along
with hearing mysterious sounds of a shovel scraping against the pavement.
Brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb built their home on the
edge of the South Rim, offering a fantastic canyon backdrop
for the early photographs and films they captured. They
were known to be eccentric, especially Emery. Relatives
claim that Emery loved to scare guests by arranging a real
human skeleton on their dining room table.
Today Kolb Studio is a museum celebrating the brothers’
lives. While no ghosts have been reported there (yet!), the
quirky relics on display may trigger an unnerving feeling in
even the most skeptical visitors.
In 1956, two passenger airplanes collided in midair over the Grand Canyon, killing everyone on
board. It is thought to be one of the worst air disasters of all time.
Hikers who camp in Crash Canyon have reported seeing ghosts on nearby trails, as well as hearing
cries for help. Others have seen eerie lights floating along the rim of the canyon, where it’s too
steep for mortal humans to venture.
A natural phenomenon sends air from the Grand Canyon
more than sixty miles west into underground caves known
as the namesake Grand Canyon Caverns. For centuries, the
site was home to Native American burials, and visitors
have reported hearing whispering sounds and tribal
shadows dancing along the cavern walls. Others have seen
the ghost of Walter Peck, the cowboy who gave the
caverns their name in 1927.
The historic Grand Canyon Lodge is
located along the North Rim.
Legend states that a woman
committed suicide here in the
1920s, after learning about the
tragic hiking accident that resulted
in the death of her husband and
son. She’s often seen wandering
the grounds in a ghostly white
dress with blue flowers.
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