Haunted Hotel?

It’s the height of monsoon season, and Phoenix has been begging for rain. I exit the I-10 interstate headed toward the Hotel San Carlos, and as I make my way from the exit ramp onto 7th Street, I see her: a young woman in the middle of the road dressed in a trench coat and high heels. It’s raining. She’s blond and glamorous looking, but nameless. I park in a metered spot on Monroe Street, and catch a glimpse of the place where I had seen the woman, but she’s no longer there. I make my way toward the hotel entrance, and I already know: this hotel is haunted. In the late 1870s, the site was home of Old Central School, a one-room adobe schoolhouse. After the schoolhouse was retired, investor Dwight B. Heard, purchased the site and began construction on the San Carlos in 1927. It was designed by architect George Witecross Ritchie and completed in 1928. The San Carlos regularly hosted...
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