Screaming ghosts, inexplicable voices and ghosts in the kitchen: in the New Mexico haunted hall

Screaming ghosts, inexplicable voices and ghosts in the kitchen: in the New Mexico haunted hall

You would expect to find spirits in a bar, but that’s usually the kind that pours.

Patrons of the legal tender in Lamy, New Mexico, have long reported some sort of intangible ‘presence’ in the bar, which is in the place of an old 1881 salon, but reached a spooky peak a night earlier this month. .

Cindy Lu Jednak and Phillip Heard sat at a table with their husbands when they heard the unmistakable sound of a woman’s screams from the restaurant’s kitchen.

They checked the kitchen, but it was empty, with the back door locked.

The Legal Tender bar

Spooky Saloon: Mysterious screams at night have been heard in the historic Legal Tender bar.

“I don’t believe in ghosts,” said Heard, who works with the legal payer. “There must be an explanation for what that was. When I’m dealing with something like that, I want to know the facts. ‘

Two other bar staff, Dachin Frances and Avery Young, say the story is much more than that one hair-raising scream;

“Even if you’re alone in a room here,” says Avery, “you never feel alone.”

And Frances said at the end of a shift that she was getting ready to lock when she and colleagues rattled pots and pans in the dark kitchen. Discretion proves most of the courage, they slammed the door, locked it, and left.

Many employees refuse to stay in the joint closing time.

the poker room at the Legal Tender the poker room at the Legal Tender

Big chance: Christine Mackenzie, from Galisteo, left, Lewis Hawkins, from San Marcos, center, and Mike McMillan, from Santa Fe, play a round of faro in the poker room at the Legal Tender

There is too much evidence of a count’s presence to make the story a mixture of imagination and spirits,

Both staff and guests have reported inexplicable voices, which sounds like a heavy object being dragged across the main dining room floor. A chandelier hanging above that room has started swinging wildly more than once without the slightest wind.

For those who know legal tender, it makes sense that some of his long-dead customers are still there.

A company was first opened on the site of the legal tender in the early 1980s, with trade catering supplied by the newly built Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway lines. Somewhere along the way, the old salon became known as the Pink Garter.

It was renamed legal tender under the ownership of RO Anderson in the late 1960s. Wichita Lineman singer Glenn Campbell played there in his early days.

The kitchen of the Legal Tender in Lamy, NM The kitchen of the Legal Tender in Lamy, NM

Rattling those pots and pans: The kitchen was central to several of the spooky events

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Over the years, a number of historical figures have roamed the Lamy area, including Teddy Roosevelt and Billy the Kid – the latter said to have been on a train that stopped in Lamy on the way to some Santa Fe jail time.

More obscure figures also made their way through the village, and perhaps never quite gone – the border bystander was reportedly shot by a stray bullet during a soured poker game and the female passenger who supposedly died of appendicitis in one of the saloon’s back rooms, for example .

Their spirits – known as the Man in Black and the Lady in White – have long been claimed to roam legal tender.

A young girl’s ghost is also linked to the site, although no one has ever worked out her backstory.

But Cindy recently met a woman in her 90s who lived in Lamy in the 1920s and remembers a female playmate from that period who died of tapeworm at the age of 7 or 8. The two girls often visited the store that once housed the Legal tender. Cindy also recounts anecdotes from kitchen workers who feel the invisible finger of a finger in their side and a presence that tightens their apron cords.

Cindy Lu, legal tender manager Cindy Lu, legal tender manager

Cindy Lu isn’t afraid of the ghosts of legal tender, but she still keeps a flashlight handy just in case.

Cindy Lu’s nonprofit Learning Mind has joined the Lamy Railroad and History Museum to breathe new life into legal tender. She and other volunteers reopened the restaurant last spring. It serves food Thursday through Sunday, plus most holidays. After hours, employees often sit around for half an hour to talk about work – and change their minds stories .

Parapsychologist Joni Alm has conducted about five studies in the legal payment method over the past six months, using a high-tech audio recorder and a ‘ghost meter’, a device that records changes in electromagnetic fields and can thus reveal paranormal energy.

That ghost meter flashes red when it comes across inexplicable energy, and it nearly went crazy on a recent nighttime tour of the kitchen, about the same time a new Mexican photographer’s flashlight went out. The batteries were new. The flashlight worked great when he left the restaurant.

A four-hour ghost hunt, on a recent October evening, yielded a chorus of inexplicable sounds: although Cindy does admit that the ice machine sometimes makes a sound that sounds like a shot in the distance.

Alm’s ghost meter lit up Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Was played – “” If anything brings out a ghost, it is, “said Heard.

On her audio recorder, Alm recorded strange noises, including what seems to be a ghostly whisper, and at one point the voice of a man saying “Go away.”

“I have a strong sense that there are multiple entities, at least three,” she says.

She has felt that child’s spirit in her presence at least twice, she said. She also feels a masculine energy. “There is no fear at all. I actually feel a sense of impatience from the Man in Black spirit, as if he wants to go back to his space, “she said with a laugh.

Cindy doubts whether the Lady in White or the Man in Black are still there. She said that several “cleanings” have taken place in the building in recent decades in an attempt to dislodge the ghosts, and perhaps these two vintage cars have faded.

But Cindy is certain that a spirited feminine energy clings to the site. She has reason to believe it is a more contemporary spirit, that of a young woman who went missing in the area not so long ago.

Cindy is reluctant to describe what happens to the legal payer like a ghost. “It’s just a presence, an energy from someone or something that’s here,” she said. “It is an energy from another time; even from another dimension. ‘

And she said she’s never scared – even when she hears inexplicable whispers or her name is called by others when she’s alone in the building.

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