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On October 13, I was invited to participate in the Arizona Centennial Authors and Artists Weekend at the Hotel Gadsden in Douglas, Arizona. The Hotel Gadsden is a grand hotel first built in 1907. It was a home away from home for cattlemen, ranchers, miners, and businessmen in the Arizona Territory. Visitors to the hotel have included Pancho Villa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Lee Marvin.
As it turns out, the Hotel Gadsden is famous for its ghost sightings. They even have a page devoted to its haunted history here: http://hotelgadsden.com/haunts.html
During the book signing and our stay at the Hotel Gadsden, we only had one potential incident, I only had one potential encounter, but it was an interesting one. My wife was taking photos from the mezzanine, which looks down into the lobby and managed to capture the image of an orb right in front of me. Now, I realize that orbs are controversial. Some attribute them to dust or tricks of the light and I certainly can't write off that possibility. Still, what's odd is that she took two photos in a row and one had an orb and the other didn't.
Before I leave it to you to ponder whether this was a real paranormal event, I'll just note a couple more items. Of all the photos we took at the event, this is the only one that showed an orb. Also, it's the first time I've seen an orb appear in a photo with such bright light.
If you're interested in ghosts or history and find yourself in Southern Arizona, I highly recommend dropping by the Hotel Gadsden. The hospitality is fabulous and it's an interesting look back into days gone by.