A story printed in the old Phoenix Gazette dated May 5, 1905 told the tale of an unwelcome visitor on West Washington Street in Phoenix. There was an old adobe house located on Washington Street, near the Arizona State Capital, that was said to be haunted. It sat vacant for nearly two years. The last family that lived there moved out because of the mysterious noises they heard nightly. Ever since then, the house had been shut up and nothing unusual occurred there for quite some time.
Soon, people living in the vicinity of the alleged strange adobe declared that the ghost had again begun to do stunts. A mysterious rapping sound was heard coming from the house. One man declared that when he passed the house at midnight, he saw a white figure standing at one of the windows. He was positive the figure was a ghost because when it saw him, it sauntered away. The man was too frightened to enter the house to see what was really going on. He told his experience to others, and they recalled hearing the strange rapping, too. Several people claimed they had seen the white figure standing at the window. The shutters were closed and the ghost was peering through the slats. The pedestrians were enabled to see this by the aid of an electric light which shone in the window.
Among those who saw the figure was a young man and his sweetheart who were returning from a party one night. The young woman uttered a scream and fled, followed by her escort who was just as frightened as she. Neighbors thought someone was being murdered.
Stories of the mysterious doings within the adobe spread, and the immediate vicinity of the place was shunned after dark. Pedestrians feared the ghost would come out and get them. When they reached the house, they walked breathlessly across the street and passed on the other side. A dozen or more people living in the area talked about organizing a committee to investigate the affair. What would happen when they encountered Mr. Ghost? It was a safe prediction that either the mystery would be revealed, or something uncanny would happen to the investigation committee!
An old resident was the authority for the statement that twenty years ago a man murdered his wife in the adobe. Some local residents declared that the figure seen at the window is the ghost of the murdered woman.
Although the old adobe has been removed many years ago, this could account for the many reports of ghostly visits employees of the Arizona State facilities claim they encounter each year.