Investigation Report

Location: Big Nose Kate's Saloon, Tombstone, AZ.
Date: 02 Sept 2001
Weather Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 13%
Geomagnetic Storm Activity: Unsettled
Temperature: 90
Number of Photos taken: 437
Number with possible targets: 29
Average EM Readings: 4 m.g.
Average M fields Readings: 1 n.t.
Average E Field Readings: 2 v.p.m.
Cold Spots detected: None
Hot Spots Detected: None
Olfactory Phenomena: None
Visual Phenomena: None
Type of Investigation: Ghost Hunt

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Location Description and History

The ghosts of cowboys still haunt this old saloon. They have been seen standing in the doorway, seated at the bar, and knocking over beer cases in the basement.

Big Nose Kate, whose real name was Mary Katherine Harmony, was a flamboyant and promiscuous woman who owned the place in the 1800's.


Many years ago in the 1800's, Big Nose Kates Saloon was once the Grand Hotel. This great hotel hosted such infamous personalities as Wyatt and Virgil Earp, Doc Holliday, as well as the Clantons, and McLaurys.


And as legend and folk lore have it... in this hotel was a janitor and odd job man, known simply as "The Swamper". He was a trusted and honest helper who was given his accommodations as part of his hard earned pay.

"The Swamper" had his own special bedroom which was located in the dark basement of the Grand Hotel. This was his own special and private haven where he could enjoy peace and solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the hotel's many guests. Within his private domain where no guests were invited, he also kept secret his passion for silver.


The basement was deep enough below the surface of the ground to afford entrance into one of the catacombing mine shafts which ran underground beneath the hotel as well as most of Tombstone. "The Swamper" spent many painstaking hours over a period of years tunneling an entrance into the shaft. When the digging was completed, he could gain access to a thick vein of silver where he extracted ounce by ounce of the glorious silver nuggets. This mine entrance is still a prominent feature of the bar's basement.


It is still unknown if "The Swamper" spent his silver or if he hoarded it in an unknown niche somewhere on the premises of the Grand Hotel. However, several workers of the now "Big Nose Kates saloon" will swear that they have seen a ghost wandering the halls and stairs. It has been reasoned that the ghost is indeed "The Swamper" and that his afterlife is being spent protecting the silver that may still perhaps be buried somewhere in this legendary building.

Reported Phenomena

Movement of objects, including glasses on the bar and mannequins on the false balcony.

Unexplainable noises, including the sounds of footsteps in the basement and in the saloon after closing.

Unusual areas of extreme cold and gusts of cold air.

Disembodied voices, especially in the basement.

Female staff have been pushed on the lower section of the back stairs that lead to the basement.

The Investigation

We started our investigation just after midnight. We interviewed people who had experienced different sorts of ghostly phenomena while the last of the patrons exited. We started in the basement since it was already closed off. We were able to obtain a few interesting readings near the staircase leading to the main floor of the saloon and near the old stairs next to the Swamper's quarters.

We then moved the investigation upstairs. Almost immediately we began picking up readings of 2 nt that seemed to be associated with a moving electromagnetic field. To verify the mobility of the field a second investigator followed behind attempt to reacquire the fields found by the primary investigator. The field was clearly moving in a counterclockwise pattern around the main floor of the saloon. Photographs taken during this time did contain some unusual images in them.

After 4 minutes we were no longer able to late the EM field. A though search of the building turned up no other readings of interest.

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