|Arizona Pioneers' Home 1912|
When first built, the rest home could hold 40 men. It was open to destitute men who were at least 60 years old and who had been living in Arizona for 25 years. In 1916, it was expaned with a women's wing adding to house 20 women. It was also opened to disabled miners in 1927.
|Arizona Pioneers' Home 2012|
The expanded complex can hold 155 residents. Applicants must have lived in Arizona for 50 years.
One guest at the Pioneers Home was Big Nose Kate. She was a Hungarian-born prostitute and later longtime companion and common-law wife of Doc Holliday.
She was admitted to the Pioneers Home as the first female resident. She died there in 1940 and is burred in the Pioneers Home Cemetery under her name Mary K. Cummings.
Another resident known as William H. Bonney (born William Henry McCarty, Jr.) better known as Billy the Kid moved in to the Pioneers Home as John Miller. The long story short is that after his death, in an old trunk he had with him were items that only Billy the Kid would have. This link will share a detailed account of John Miller.Another Billy the Kid?
So many more interesting residents can be found at: Arizona Pioneers' Home History
Is the Arizona Pioneers' Home haunted?? A definite YES I was told by one of the staff at the home. Footsteps heard a night when everyone is asleep but the creepiest thing she said was...they have a TV room where residents gather to watch a movie, hang out together. After the movie ended everyone went to their rooms but they left the TV on. So the staff went over and turned off the TV. As she's walking out of the room, the TV comes back on. She goes back over, turns the TV off and starts to leave the room...and it comes back on. So she decided she's fix that, she walks back over to the TV, reaches down to unplug it and it wasn't even plugged in. Needless to say, that freaked her out.
Spirits stay around for many different reasons - because they don't realize their dead or they like being here or they have unfinished business or they committed suicide. Whatever the reason, they have the same personality dead as they did alive. We don't always need to know why they are staying behind but respecting them is important.
If you would like to find out more about the history of this incredible "old west" town and the amazing ghosts stories or even experience a ghost or two, visit our website and make your reservations for our tour. A Haunting Experience Tours