Originally Published: October 30, 2001 6 p.m.
Every once in a while, someone will strike up a conversation with me regarding Prescott's various reputed "haunted" sites. I enjoy the subject, but in reality, Prescott is probably one of the least haunted cities in America. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there are not that many purported hauntings in the Prescott area, so the same stories are told over and over again.
Perhaps our most famous ghost is "Abby," who reportedly haunts room 16 of the Hotel Vendome. While some workers do say that footsteps are heard in the room, and the bell sometimes rings for service when the room is vacant, there still are many guests who sleep in the room every year without incident. If "Abby" really is there, she only appears sporadically. I used to know someone who worked there; while he admitted to hearing sounds coming from the room that he couldn't explain, he still assured me he didn't believe in ghosts.