Was It The Ghost of A Miner?

At the end of this past March (2008), my sister, her boyfriend (now husband), my husband and I took a trip to Bisbee, Arizona for a weekend of camping.   Bisbee was known as a mining town throughout the Southwest in the late 1800s.   The Copper Queen mine opened up in the 1880s and the town became populated almost overnight with miners, saloon owners, and ladies of the evening.   A lot of the original miner’s cabins are still standing and there are quite a few stone foundations left from the ones that have crumbled.   These foundations dot the hillside like a rugged constellation.

In 1975 this mine closed for good ending an era that more often than not, contained three or more generations of people who had worked there. When the miners moved out, the artists and hippies moved in creating a laid-back, fun and historical place to visit and shop.

After an afternoon of sightseeing, the four of us returned to our campsite that was stationed directly to the left of the Copper Queen Mine.  There are tours that still take place in this now defunct mine and to give you an idea of how close we were to the mine, we had to cut through the mine’s parking lot to get to our campsite.   After enjoying s’mores and some music, we decided to all turn in for the night.   My sister and her boyfriend slept in a tent, and my husband and I turned in to our camper.   I had left the door unlocked just incase my sister and her boyfriend might need anything during the night.   I often read before going to bed and did so this night before I started to get tired and decided to turn off the lights.

While waiting for sleep to come, I heard the camper door open and someone come in.   I didn’t open my eyes assuming it was my sister’s boyfriend that had forgotten something inside.  I heard heavy footsteps which I assumed were hiking boots, walk to the end of the camper, back again, and then the door opened and closed.  It sounded like a man wearing heavy boots. I fell asleep and didn’t think much more about it.

In the morning I asked both my sister and her boyfriend what they had forgotten in the camper the night before.  They both looked at me blankly and said that they both had gone right to sleep after turning in.  I asked them if they were sure and they both said yes, they were sure.  My husband is also the type that will fall asleep within 10 seconds of closing his eyes so he didn’t hear it either.  So if everyone was asleep, then who or what had walked through the camper?  Could it have been the ghost of a miner that was checking us out? I have no idea. I do know that I was completely awake and I had not been drinking.

Ghost of a Miner

Another thing was that this ‘person’ did not turn on any lights. It was pitch black in there. They also walked in and walked out. I was expecting to hear a bag unzip but it was only the footsteps.

I’ve attached a picture of Bisbee. The town is literally carved into the hillside. If you look across to the mountain, there is a cave in the wall. Although you can’t really see it, the campground and Queen Mine entrance is located to the lower left of that mountain.

12 thoughts on “Was It The Ghost of A Miner?

  1. You have such cool stories and Bisbee looks lovely! A woman was murdered in our house (way back) . The lady who used to live next door said that she used to hear her walking around during the night, bumping into the walls – I’ve never heard anything though.

    • Thanks Emjay. I have one more ghost story coming from the Bisbee area. How creepy that a woman was murdered in your house! I’m glad you haven’t had any creepy experiences though. Do you know the details of what happened there?

  2. Oh wow, I got a little chill reading this! Scary experience, Monsoon!

  3. Cool potential ghost encounter. Friends of mine who thought they had seen ghosts were similar in that the figure was usually floating or otherwise not touching the ground. Maybe why the figure was able to bypass unzipping the bag. Have you run across any characters in the mining stories that could be haunting the site?

    • To this day I can’t explain it. I haven’t heard any stories about any mining characters in the area but I do know there were cave ins and all kinds of things that happened while the mine was in operation. The town is supposed to be really haunted all around. My first time there was about 10 years ago before I knew the history of the town. I was staying in a former brothel and woke up in the middle of the night just feeling like I was being watched. Very creepy. A few years ago I went on a ghost tour and guess where they stopped? That very hotel.

  4. Oh my gosh, I don’t think I’m gonna sleep tonight…I’m creepy out in the most emotionally way possible. This is a really, really spooky story.

  5. That is totally scary! I would have completely freaked out. I hate to admit it, but I am so so glad that I have had very few, if any encounters of the Ghostly kind!

  6. More ghost stories!!! YAY!!! I really show too much enthusiasm for these kinds of things. Wow! That’s cool! I would have been a little scared. Perhaps a stranger coming in? But a stranger would take something with them.
    My house is haunted–or use to be. I think they got bored once all of us kids moved out. But I have a few stories. Perhaps I should write a few. I think I got too much entertainment from the idea because I would scare myself silly when I was younger.
    Aren’t you going there again soon? 🙂 You can gain more stories!

    • LOL! I am the same way. Yesterday I was watching some of the paranormal shows that are so popular right now and I realized most of them I had seen already. I actually wasn’t scared when this happened while camping because I assumed it was my brother-in-law that had come in to get something. It is strange that they walked right in and then out again. My sister and brother-in-law would have heard something like the door close or footsteps on the gravel and they never said they did. Too wierd. Everytime I go to Bisbee something strange happens. I’m going down there in a few weeks but I booked a hotel in another town for this reason.

      I would love to hear your own ghost stories if you’d care to post. I lived in a haunted house too growing up and my sister lived there with her family years later. My nephew, who is now 14, had experiences in the house as well. Later I moved into a very haunted apartment and the spirits or ghosts or whatever would stroke my hair while I was sleeping. Kind of a strange thing to wake up to considering I lived alone. I still get goosebumps remembering that.

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