Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Haunted Houses in Arizona

If you happen to be in Arizona on Halloween and looking for a haunted house to visit, here is a website with a list of the many around the state:

http://www.hauntedhouse.com/search/Haunted_Attraction_Directory/_USA_,040All_50_States,041/Arizona/

Here is another website with a list of the 10 best haunted houses throughout the country:
http://www.bestcollegesonline.net/blog/2010/10-best-haunted-house-attractions/

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bigfoot's Potty?


This past weekend my husband's company had a camp out on the Rim, northeast of Payson, AZ.  As I was wandering around taking pictures, I came across this strange looking tent in the forest.  I slowly approached it and peeked inside.  I found a makeshift potty with two rolls of toilet paper sitting beside it.  Hum, is this the work of a cleaver Bigfoot who is more human than we originally thought?  Perhaps even Bigfoot prefers his privacy when he or she is doing their business.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Where Has Adamsville Gone?

In 1900, Adamsville was wiped away by a flood when the Gila River overflowed its banks.  This town was small with around 400 residences and was bustling with activity.  It had several water towers and a thriving flour mill.  Today, all that is left of Adamsville is a couple of cemeteries, a water tower, tanks from the flour mill, and a shell of an adobe building.  I did get pictures of them except for the adobe building.  They had it fenced off and we were too tired to trespass.  I know, I know, but it was hot and we were ready to get home.











I scheduled this to post at exactly 12:13 am on
October 8th.
This is the exact time and day I was born 52 years ago.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Florence: A Ghost Town

I'm not sure if it was because we were in Florence on a Sunday at four in the afternoon, or this crappy economy, but this town was virtually empty and looked like a ghost town.  We saw two cars and two humans on the sidewalk pass us by on this lonely downtown street.  Many of the buildings were empty but there was only one that Sharon pick up some sort of reading.  We drove around and took videos and photos of the many abandoned and old buildings.  It was very quiet and eerie standing in the middle of a street and not seeing a soul anywhere.  After cruising around we headed off to Adamsville (next post).












Monday, October 4, 2010

Picacho Peak

Sharon (Autumnforest, Ghost Hunting Theories) and I took a trip to Florence and Tucson, Arizona.  We hopped on the I-10 after breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and headed towards Tucson and our first stop, Vinnie's house.  Halfway between Phoenix and Tucson is a place known as Picacho Peak State Park.  Near the foot of this unusually shaped mountain, and near the highway, is the gift and souvenir shop.  We had to stop to check out the interesting items inside and for Sharon to get some quirky gifts for give-aways.  After the gift shop, we headed on to Vinnie's...

The "Plaza" consists of one building.

They are frickin' serious about this!

Sharon stole Josh Gates hat and is not giving it back until he takes her on an investigation.


Sharon and her new friend.  Nice body dude!

Hey, what are you reading?  They just ignored little ol' noisy me.

My new friend.  I love those Grizzly Adam type dudes.

Awww, Mamma and her baby!

This ain't no bull, it is us!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Florence: Home to Arizona's WWII Camp & State Prison


The next place Sharon and I are taking a road trip to would be Florence, Arizona. There are many abandoned sites, a cool cemetery, a haunted prison, and is close to the town of Adamsville which was washed away by a flood. (http://above-the-norm.blogspot.com/2010/04/adamsville-wiped-out-by-flood.html) We should have more fun pictures for you and hopefully a story or two about the adventure. In the mean time, here is some information about Florence:

In the middle of the Desert of Pinal County, Arizona, sits a city of roughly 23,000 residences. In the middle of town is the largest Arizona State Prison complex, and an unspoiled Main Street where the movie “Murphy’s Romance” was filmed. It is one of the oldest municipalities in the county and has over 100 structures listed on the National Historic Registry.

Just north of Florence was located a huge prisoner of war camp for German and Italian detainees seized during the North Africa movement and called, “Camp Florence”. This World War II site was built in 1942-43 and is the biggest prisoner of war complex ever built on American land. Thousands of POW’s were held in this 5 acre compound which had a barracks, a hospital, a bakery, a swimming pool, athletic fields, and a few theaters. The men even earned money by performing different tasks within the camp.

Camp Florence had around 13,000 prisoners by December of 1945. In 1946 it was deemed a “surplus” and in 1948 it became a state hospital and incarceration center for first time criminals. They moved most of the POW quarters to Queen Creek, AZ and used them for elementary schoolrooms. Today it stands as a location for the Florence Public Health Service Clinic, serving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Also located in Florence is the Arizona State Prison Complex also known as Florence State Prison, and is one of 13 prisons in Arizona. Built in 1908, the Florence State Prison was to be a substitute for the territorial prison in Yuma. During its construction, the prisoners resided in tents until the facility was completed. One of the more distinctive parts of this place was a chamber that was located above the death row cells known as the “death chamber”. A prisoner was marched up there, had a noose put around his neck, stood on the trap door, and fell to the room below. Some died instantly but others were not as lucky and suffered for several minutes until their last breath. Because of a mishap while hanging an inmate, in 1933 they replaced hanging with the gas chamber. Many of the highways and bridges around the state were built by the Florence prisoners who were considered a discounted labor resource.

There are stories about the prison being haunted by those men that died either by hanging, gas, or in the hands of other inmates. In 1973, two officers, Buckley and Morey, were murdered by inmates in ASP Cellblock 3 during a riot. The men were punched and stabbed many times until they died. Some of the strange occurrences in that have been reported in this section of the prison are of all the cellblock doors being found opened by the guards after the inmate counts and shutting all the doors. Doors have been heard by many constantly opening and closing along with unexplained cold spots. Misty figures have been seen at the end of the corridors of the cellblock. There is one note of interest; this cellblock is located in the same prison as the death house, which is known to be very haunted. The claims in the death house are seeing ghostly figures, loud screams, and other disembodied sounds. Some of the guards don’t like to find themselves in the death house, especially alone at night.