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Red Garter Inn

Red Garter Inn

Williams, Arizona
86046 USA

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Williams AZ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Red Garter Inn. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

Established in 1897 by August Tetzlaff, a German Tailor, The Red Garter Inn was part of the plan to cash in on the expected silver and copper boom that was anticipated coming from the Grand Canyon. The initial use of the building was a saloon on the first floor and a convenient brothel with a parlor on the second floor. Equipped with eight cribs, the girls would leisurely hang out of the windows calling to the working men below. Leading to the upstairs was a steep flight of stairs that was called the "Cowboys Endurance Test". The second floor also had a two-story outhouse off the back of the building, so that the brothel guests could use this to navigate down after their visit.

Behind the saloon downstairs were two rooms that once housed Chinese railroad workers while operating a chophouse and an opium den. Though no murders have been proved to have taken place at the inn, it’s rumored that someone was slaughtered in the stairway. The sheriff was often called to investigate crimes here, only to discover nothing out of the ordinary once he showed up. After a while, the tales became so frequent that the local garbage collector was hired to inspect the property for bodies. The sheriff and his posey found nothing. Finally, with all the non-stopping claims, the authorities led a crackdown on all the bordellos throughout the city. The Saloon and brothel were shut down, becoming later a rooming house and a general store.

In 1979, a man by the name of John Holst bought the building, converting the eight cribs into four guest rooms, each with its own bathroom. Hence the Red Garter Bed and Grand Canyon Coffee and Café were opened to the public.

The Hauntings

When the building was being renovated in 1979, transforming it into an inn, the guests and staff began to report signs of ghostly activity. These included sounds of disembodied footsteps, doors mysteriously slamming, and strange “clunking” noises heard throughout the building. Some of the gues have even felt their beds shaking while they are in it, or an unearthly person touching their arms. Maids get upset because they will see indents of something that just laid on their freshly made beds with tightly fitted linen.

Though one might think that the spiritual activity could be attributed to the murder that occurred on the stairway or the many missing people during the Chinese opium days, the spirit is said to actually be that of a young girl, for which no one can account for.

Many believe the primary phantom responsible for all this activity is that of a young shy girl. She is called Eve or Eva, as identified by various psychic mediums during seances. Eva's apparition reveals a Hispanic girl with long dark hair, often spotted at the top of the stairs. She wears a white nightgown and is holding something in front of her, which no one has been able to identify.

She has actually been identified from an old photo that is still kept at the inn. She is photographed with members of the Mora family who owned the saloon for many years. She is pictured suspiciously smiling, standing in front of a mirror. Mysteriously does not seem to have her reflection.

This certainly has to be on the ghost hunting enthusiast list for an incredible supernatural experience in a lost wild west town.


More reads and watches...


Haunted Arizona: Ghosts of the Grand Canyon State Paperback – November 17, 2002 by Ellen Robson  (Author)      Sleeping With Ghosts!: A Ghost Hunter's Guide To Arizona's Haunted Hotels And Inns Paperback – August 17, 2004 by Debe Branning  (Author)     Arizona's Haunted History Paperback – September 4, 2008 by Jill Pascoe  (Author)


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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: May/30/2020

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