1. 1910 Gila County Arizona Territorial Sheriff’s Office and Jail
Located in Globe, just an easy 90-minute drive from Phoenix, this spooky jail was once the site of many mysterious inmate suicides, as well as the filming location of several recent horror flicks, including “The Conduit”, “The Covenant”, and the soon-to-be-released “Krampus Origins.” For over a decade, the Globe jail has been a destination for many paranormal activity enthusiasts, and was featured earlier this year on the hit Travel Channel Show “Ghost Adventures.”
Location: 149 East Oak Street Globe, AZ 85501
2. The Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence
This functioning prison has been in operation since 1908, and since 1910, approximately 100 convicts have been given the death penalty at this location. With so many exectutions over the last 100 years, it’s no wonder both prisoners and guards have reported strange sightings and ghostly sounds near the complex’s death chamber.
Location: 1305 East Butte Avenue, Florence, AZ 85132
3. Yuma Territorial Prison
Opened in 1876, this prison saw more than 3,000 inmates during its tenure in the days of the Old West, and during that time, 111 of them died. These days, visitors have reported feeling strong “presences” at the site of the former prison, and an infamous photograph taken of a female tourist in the 1930s features a spectral man standing behind her in the doorway of the cell where the insane convicts were kept.
Location: 220 Prison Hill Rd, Yuma, AZ 85364
4. 1929 Historic Jail House in Cottonwood
This small jail house in northern Arizona may not boast a long history of paranormal phenomema, but it’s mysterious tales are sure to delight true ghost hunters. Used to corral the bootleggers running rampant in the Prohibition era, the jail house boasts an infamous act of grafitti – Al Capone’s name scratched on the outer wall – lending a sordid aura to the building. These days, visitors to the jail house notice strange but prominent hazy orbs floating around in their photographs, leading some to believe the rumrunners of the past are still hanging around their former digs.
Location: 1101 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
5. Estrella Jail in Phoenix
In 2009, the television show “Paranormal Witness” told the story of a detention officer who witnessed some bone-chilling things during the night shift at Estrella Jail, an all-female penitentiary in Phoenix. While on duty, the officer reported seeing a man in the cell block, loud pounding on the control room door and an enraged inmate with demonic, black eyes. A fellow officer even claimed to be attacked by an unknown force one evening, and a new recruit claims to have come face to face with an evil, paranormal entity called “The Sergeant,” who apparently was the one causing the ruckus. The jail has a bit of a history with officers and inmates going mad due to ghostly activity, and yet, Estrella is still an active detention center.
Location: 2939 W Durango St, Phoenix, AZ 85009