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Pioneer Hotel

Pioneer Hotel

Tucson, Arizona
85701 USA

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Tucson AZ is home to one of the most haunted places in the state,name of location. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.


In the 1920s, one of Tucson's richest men was Albert Steinfeld. In 1929, when Albert was 75, he and his son Harold built the Pioneer International Hotel. The 11-story hotel became Tucson's tallest building and soon became the center of activity in the city.

And it remained popular almost through most of 1970 when catastrophe struck, a fire at the Pioneer. Within three minutes, three fire engines and two ladder trucks arrived. Within fifteen minutes, Tucson's entire fire fighting force was battling the fire.There were over 700 people in the hotel; most got out safely, twenty-eight did not.

It took Downtown Tucson more than 40 years to recover, after the fire, major downtown businesses and stores, moved to the suburbs. The downtown area fell into disrepair and once-elegant buildings were either vacant or occupied by the homeless, alcoholics, drug addicts and prostitutes. The former hotel now functions as a business office and apartment building.


People report hearing footsteps and music playing. They also smell smoke when there is none. Guests and staff reported seeing shadowy figures of women and children in the halls. One story says a door was jammed shut and someone asked the spirits to open it. The door promptly opened and then slammed shut.



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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Mar/20/2020

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