||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 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
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
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.
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
Disembodied voices, especially in the basement.
Female staff have been pushed on the lower section
of the back stairs that lead to the basement.
We arrived at the saloon at 9:30pm. We were met
by "Whiskers" and he proceeded to take us down to the basement
area. We arranged this before hand as we felt that conducting a investigation
upstairs during business hours would be too disruptive to the bar's patrons.
The ghost (the Swamper) which haunts this building supposedly resides
down in the basement which made it a good place to start anyway.
The basement is now a gift shop and the Swamper's old room is preserved
as close as possible to the way it was back during his day. The gift shop
was closed during our investigation.
The Swamper's room is sealed by a barred door,
for safety reasons, so we started taking readings with the EMF detector
as best as possible by sticking the EMF through the bars and into the
room. We immediately began receiving some interesting results. There was
a suspect reading emitting from the room.
The field was fluctuating, possibly indicating that the field was moving.
We checked with the management to ensure that there were no electrical
lines running through the room which might possibly give us a false reading.
These readings were recorded as Target 1.
The EMF readings were between 2.3 mg and 3.1 mg. Unable to get any closer
to the source of these readings, we moved on to look at the rest of the
We started at the south end of the basement and worked our way across
the room heading north. Most of the area was registering a normal background
reading except for the spiral stairs which led up to the main floor. Located
in the right center of the basement, the spiral stairs are the main passage
for customer from the saloon to the gift shop.
Once again we had fluctuating readings, this time between 3.6mg to 4 mg.
This was labeled Target 2.
We turned off the lights and checked the area using
a IR video camera. The results were negative. We returned upstairs for
a break and to give the suspected targets a rest. For control purposes
we gave it a hour before we would go back into the basement. If the readings
had moved or changed in frequency, we might have actual phenomena. Otherwise,
it might be interference from some sort of man made electrical source.
During this break we met Marcie who runs the gift shop and the Longhorn
cafe attached to the saloon.
We were briefed by her on what phenomena she has personally encountered.
These included the moving of clothing racks, belts moving on their hangers
and moving shadows. She was also very uncomfortable when she was in the
northeast corner of the basement, where a woman was strangled there back
in the late 1880's.
We returned to the basement around 10:30pm, accompanied
by Marcie and proceeded to check up on the two targets which we had discovered
earlier. Target 1 was still present, but Target 2 had vanished. We requested
to be let into the Swamper's room and Marcie removed the screws from the
barred door and gave us access.
Almost immediately we began picking readings from the right wall. They
ranged from 1.7 mg to 3.6mg. Another oddity was that sometimes we lost
the reading on one part of the wall, only to pick it up on another place
on the wall. The whole time the readings were fluctuating in intensity.
Very curious indeed. Marcie then turned down the lights and we tried viewing
the area with the IR video camera. Once again we had negative results.
We thoroughly photographed the area then went back to check on Target
2. When we arrived at the spiral stairs Buck checked the area with the
EMF detector and discovered that the field was back. This time the readings
were fading in and out, as if the energy field was moving back and forth
in front of the detector. We took a photo of this area and then dimmed
the lights so we could view the area under IR.
During the time we were monitoring the stairs with the IR video camera,
a globule streaked by and was captured by the video camera. The duration
is just under two seconds. We are not sure if this was the same phenomena
that we were reading so we designated this as Target 3.
we then moved around the rest of the basement, looking for any other abnormal
EMF fields, but did not locate any. We then moved upstairs to check the
main room of the saloon. No suspect readings were located.
Night shot of the saloon
Cody by the entrance
Unusual EM readings (IR image)
Inside the Swamper's lair (IR
EM readings near old bottles
Investigating the tunnel
EM readings (35mm camera)
The mine behind the saloon
Buck near the Swamper's room
Outside of saloon
Odd streak of light