Santa Fe is the oldest capital in the United

States surrounded with lots of ghosts and

history.

 

This area has a dramatic history of the human condition.

Lots of fights as well as lots of love.

 

Why do the deceased hang around places they no longer can partake in? Of course, they are only in another

dimension and are able to participate in both worlds. Sometimes we are able to catch an image in a photo or

sometimes, it is a feeling or an object moved.

 

A Tour Guide is a Must!

Ghost Tour guide -Allan Pacheco

Allan Pacheco

Our tour guide, Allan Pacheco, has lived in Santa Fe all his life.

He is quite the colorful character. The day of our tour, he wore a

black leather jacket with a brown felt hat shaped like a smaller

sombrero, his brown hair hitting at his coat collar. He obviously

loves this topic and became quite animated when sharing the

local history. He can tell quite a yarn and has pictures to prove

of ghostly visitors in this area.

 

San Miguel Mission Church

 

Our private tour started at the front of the San Miguel Mission Church, the oldest church structure

in the United States on a chilly November afternoon. Original adobe walls house an altar that was built by

Tlaxcalan Indians.

San Miguel church in Santa Fe

Inside the San Miguel Church in Santa Fe

 

Other passersby tried to listen in and Allan became disgruntled,

so he quickly moved the five of us into the church. Once inside,

the building has a somber feel with ornate paintings and statues

gracing the back of the church. Under the front where the

sermons are given is an underground kiva that was once used

by Indians for ceremonial purposes.

 

After the church, we wandered around downtown Santa Fe.

For the next two hours, we listened intently and imagined another

time period as Allan’s story telling drew us into some of the more famous hauntings.

 

Julia Staab lived at the La Posada Resort

It was only in the last place we visited at the historic and haunted La Posada Resort, that I captured

on digital a glimmer of ghostly energy. If you look closely, circling the lower steps of the stairs is a

burst of small bright lights and also up a little ways on the right side of the hand railing. It could

be someone walking up the stairs to the suites above.

 

faint lights moving up the stairs to suites in La Posada Resort

Stairs to suites in La Posada Resort

My friend, Shirley, believes she might be related to famous Julia

Staab who used to live in the suites at the La Posada Resort.

Rumors say Julia was a very unhappy woman. Her husband

locked her away in her suites to produce babies- which she

lost many. He also abused her physically as well. However,

according to Allan, there is much more to this story. Turns

out Julia reveled in the attention and was quite the bitch!

 

Would I recommend this tour? I would.

If you enjoy learning the history of Santa Fe, then Allan Pacheco is your inside man.

To learn more about his tours, visit http://www.santafeghostandhistorytours.com. 

 

Perhaps next ghost tour, I’ll plan for a warmer summer evening to explore the rest of legendary Santa Fe.

 

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