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Copper Queen Hotel

Copper Queen Hotel

11 Howell Avenue
Bisbee, Arizona
85603 USA

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Bisbee AZ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Copper Queen Hotel. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.

The History

The Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company decided in 1898 that visitors, dignitaries, and investors needed somewhere to stay while conducting business in Bisbee, so they built the Copper Queen Hotel.

This historical hotel is considered the longest continuously operating hotel in the state of Arizona. Several famous guests have stayed here, including John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Lee Remick, Michelle Pfieffer, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Ollie North, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Jake Lamotta and John McCain.

The Hauntings

The Copper Queen Hotel receives so many stories and claims of ghostly interactions amongst their guests and employees, they actually keep a journal at the front desk! The hotel finally has curated the stories and published into a book! (See below). They have counted 16 spiritual entities at the hotel, from what they've gathered. For the purpose of simplicity, we will cover three primary ghosts that account for much of the activity in this beautiful hotel that they still call home.

Perhaps the most famous of all its multitudes of phantoms is Julia Lowell, who died in her 30s. Stories reveal she was a prostitute who made the mistake of falling in love with one of her clients. When she admitted her feelings to him, he told her he no longer wanted to see her. Crushed, she committed suicide. Many have said, her presence is felt often on the second and third floors. Men have actually reported hearing a female voice whispering in their ear. Playfully, she has also been seen dancing provocatively at the foot of the staircase.

There is also an apparition of an older man seen wearing a top hat and cape. He is described as tall, with long hair and a beard. Guests and staff say you can smell cigar smoke when the gentleman is in the area. He is frequently seen in the rooms on the fourth floor on the southeast corner of the building. Other times you will see him in the lobby and stairway. 

There is a little boy, Billy, who is heard throughout the hotel. It is said that he is a child who drowned in the San Pedro River. People hear footsteps and childlike giggling in the hallways and objects being moved in their rooms. He is also known for taking coins that are loosely found in guests' rooms. Being a playful one, he has also been seen jumping on the leather couch in the lobby. Children that are dining at the hotel, will catch little Billy sneaking under their tables.  Sadly, he tugs a cord about how he lost his life. Many hear him crying when they run the water in the bathtub. He has also appeared to folks wrapped in a towel.  

The most common activity reported includes mysterious disembodied voices, odd sounds, smells that don't belong there, and even levitating objects. Some have claimed to actually see a room key floating in the air! It is common for electrical equipment and gadgets not to work (such as cameras and television remote controls). Sometimes the doorknobs will shake (main ones and within the rooms). At times, they just go ahead and open them wide open to the surprise of the guests!

The hotel has been featured on both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters television series. 


More reads and watches...


The Ghosts of the Copper Queen Hotel Paperback – August 9, 2010 by Jean Nolan Krygelski (Editor), John David Krygelski (Introduction), Michael Nolan (Designer)      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)


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

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