The Father of Arizona
Melinda was not the only person to meet an untimely fate in this infamous alley. Charles D. Poston, the “Father of Arizona,” was last seen walking through Melinda’s Alley one night, using the passageway right by his home.
A Phoenix police officer found the deceased Poston lying in the alley right by his home. The Father of Arizona had fallen on hard times and spent his last years in a dilapidated adobe structure. He died of a heart attack right there in Melinda’s Alley on June 25, 1902.
Besides speakeasies, Melinda’s Alley was also once home to the famed Adams Hotel, which burned down in 1910. It was immediately rebuilt but imploded in 1975.
People have reported seeing some strange figures around the location. Many believe the spirit to be a murdered Melinda, but it could also be the restless spirits of those who met their untimely deaths due to the high-crime area.
Ghosts enthusiasts and skeptics can still enjoy visiting Melinda’s alley, as there’s now a nice cocktail lounge and pastry shop. With all that jazz, we had to add this stop to our well-known Phoenix Ghost Tour.
Haunted Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is one of the most popular cities in the western United States. It makes sense considering all the historical attractions and entertainment venues. Whether you’re a local or tourist, you can make the most of your time in the city on a Phoenix Ghost Tour with US Ghost Adventures.
About US Ghost Adventures
Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
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US Ghost Adventures also offers virtual tours, a self-guided mobile app, and an Alexa voice app.