If you know me, you know I love a good Ghost Story. There’s just something tragic and romantic about a soul staying here on Earth. Though I’ve never seen and ghost myself, I have scared myself beyond belief. I guess I love that adrenalin rush.
So I thought over the next couple of days I’d share some of my favorite haunts with you.
The San Carlos has been in continuous operation since 1928. This posh hotel was state of the art with air conditioning (the first in Phoenix), elevators, circulating chilled water in the rooms and steam heat. Many celebrities stayed here including Mae West (who rode her horse up the stairs), Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Marilyn Monroe and Gene Autry.
Now let’s talk about it’s ghosts.
The site where the hotel sits was the location of the first school in Phoenix. The four room adobe school was inaugurated in 1874. They say in the basement you can hear the children still playing. It doesn’t help that many area children died during the 1918 swine flu epidemic that attacked the United States.
Some say Marilyn Monroe has made a few ghostly appearances as well as Clark Gable. Want to take a look for yourself? Well you can, Take a ghost tour of the San Carlos.
Odd Inns also posted this story
On May 7, 1928, 22 year-old Leone Jensen ended her life by jumping off the roof of the seven-story Hotel San Carlos. Dressed in an evening gown as if she had planned for a night of dancing, Jensen died heartbroken from the lost love of a bellboy at a nearby hotel. Seventy-five years later, her spirit remains at the hotel, leading some to wonder if she did indeed jump from the roof, or if in fact she was pushed. The two different newspapers in Phoenix reported vastly different circumstances surrounding her death. Since her death, there have been reports of strange breezes, haunting noises and the white cloud of a woman’s figure throughout the hotel. Leone Jensen checked into the Hotel San Carlos in 1928, and to this day has never checked out.