Bisbee is a city in Arizona where mining was big in the past. So, most of the places you can visit here chronicle the copper mining past in the area. Queen Mine even offers underground tours. You can also check out the homes that miners built at the Tombstone Canyon many years ago.
Downtown Bisbee, Arizona. (Link: https://www.jigidi.com/solve/9g0oqdqd/downtown-bisbee-arizona/)
For those who want to enjoy something different when they visited Bisbee, Arizona, you should check out the Copper Queen Hotel. This is said to be haunted and many of its guests have actually been dead long ago.
Copper Queen Hotel as seen from the outside. (Link: https://ghostadventures.fandom.com/wiki/Copper_Queen_Hotel_%26_Oliver_House_(episode))
The History Of Copper Queen Hotel
The Copper Queen Hotel remains the longest continuously operating hotel in the whole of Arizona. The construction of this hotel began in 1898 and ended in 1902. The company that built the Copper Queen Hotel was the Phelps Dodge Corporation because they wanted to give visitors and investors lodging services as they visited the nearby copper mine.
An old photo of the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://www.cardcow.com/526075/bisbee-arizona-copper-queen-hotel/)
During the construction, it was not an easy task because they had to blast large portions of the mountainside just to erect the Copper Queen Hotel. Also, the walls of the hotel had to be two feet thick so that the coolness inside the hotel would remain during the summer months.
Since its construction, the Copper Queen Hotel already went through a lot of changes so that it could serve its clients better. Famous people have stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel such as John Wayne, Julia Roberts, Harry Houdini, Lee Marvin, and many more.
It was even mentioned in the New York Times as a must-visit place for accommodation in Southern Arizona. However, this is not the only reason why people should visit it. Accordingly, there are a lot of resident ghosts you can encounter at the Copper Queen Hotel during your stay.
A sign pointing towards the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://www.azfamily.com/shows/arizona_highways_tv/southern_arizona/bisbee_tombstone/what-makes-bisbee-so-quirky-and-quaint/article_64348a4a-2433-11e9-8179-c71d495dfd64.html)
The Ghosts At The Copper Queen Hotel
The Copper Queen Hotel has been featured on many paranormal investigation shows. Two of these shows are “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures.” There are reportedly a lot of resident ghosts here who are frequently spotted by the visitors.
First is a woman who is said to be in her 30s and is named Julia Lowell. It is said that she was a prostitute and she stayed at the hotel so she can entertain her clients. However, she fell in love with one of them and when she told him her feelings, he stopped seeing her. Because of the extreme sadness brought about by this incident, Lowell killed herself while at the hotel.
The stairs at the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul-mcclure/3168898414)
Both visitors and staff claim that they feel Lowell’s presence both on the second and third floors of the Copper Queen Hotel. Those who have seen her, mostly males, claim that they saw her dancing provocatively at the foot of the stairs of the hotel. Sometimes, she whispers on the ears of male guests and staff. She also likes to play with men’s feet.
She is the most famous resident ghost at the Copper Queen Hotel and a room was even named after her. This is the room 315 and many people book this room specifically for the haunted experience.
A sign telling visitors this is the Julia Lowell room at the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g31171-d113042-i280767754-Copper_Queen_Hotel-Bisbee_Arizona.html)
The bed inside the Julia Lowell room. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/41095415323768214/)
Next is the ghost of an old man who has long hair and a beard. Usually, he could be seen wearing a top hat and a black cape. Whenever he is around, staff and visitors smell the aroma of cigar. The aroma fills the air before or after he appears. The most frequent place where people can see this man is in the doorway. The other places where he could be spotted are at the rooms on the fourth floor.
The doorway at the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/302022718739238038/)
A third ghost is said to belong to a little boy. Accordingly, he drowned in the San Pedro River and it is believed that his relative or one of his parents worked at the hotel that is why he haunts the place. Guests and staff reported that some objects were being moved by the ghost of the little boy. He also manifests his presence by running in the halls and giggling.
Although the boy likes to play jokes on the gusts and could be heard giggling and playing, there are times that he relives the tragic accident that ended his life. Accordingly, some have heard the boy crying while the water is running in the bathroom. The boy is never seen by anyone but he could be heard. The boy is said to be named Billy and a room is dedicated to him at the Copper Queen Hotel. In the episode of the “Ghost Adventures,” the crew provoked Billy by playing sounds of water in the bathroom. The crew then caught the shower curtain fully moving after they played the sounds. Billy is said to be behind the movement.
Three travelers wrote in one website during their stay that upon their arrival at Billy’s room, which is Room 412, they were already greeted by Billy. The comment says, “My niece was up for a haunted experience so we stayed in Billy’s room. Upon entering my sister placed her purse on the table and the alarm clock went off and turned off after a few seconds. We sat down to discuss what our touring plans would be and the drawer opened, my niece and I laughed but my sister was scared out of her wits.”
The door to Billy’s room at the Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://arizonasonoranewsservice.com/?p=13783)
Another person who spent the night there wrote in a blog that when they spent the night at Billy’s room, she wanted to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night to relieve herself. However, she saw a figure moving towards the bathroom so she assumed it was her mom or sister. However, it was taking a lot of time for whoever was believed to be in the bathroom so she tried to check it out. To her surprise, upon getting up, she saw that everyone was asleep and the bathroom door was wide open. When she asked the staff if this was a common occurrence at Billy’s room, she was told it was.
One of the rooms inside Copper Queen Hotel. (Link: https://wheelchairjimmy.com/listing/copper-queen-hotel-restaurant-and-bar/)
It did not end there yet because Billy became more playful. When they were about to leave, she was trying to find her car keys. She checked her suitcase, her purse, and even the bed she slept in but the keys were nowhere to be found. Later, the keys were found in the camera bag of her sister.
A Book About Copper Queen Hotel’s Ghosts
Because the staff encourages their guests to write their experiences in a log book, they accumulated enough stories to publish it as a book. If you want to read more about the paranormal activities in the hotel, grab a copy of “The Ghosts of the Copper Queen Hotel.”
Another book called “Southern Arizona’s Most Haunted” was also written by Renée Gardner and in it she claims that there are over 16 spiritual entities that live in the Copper Queen Hotel.
The Copper Queen Hotel as seen from the outside at night. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g31171-d947798-i161761346-Old_Bisbee_Ghost_Tours-Bisbee_Arizona.html)