Does the ghost of a murdered construction foreman linger on the campus of Arizona’s oldest university?
- The University of Arizona was founded in 1885 and built on land reportedly cursed by a saloon girl named “Two Tooth Gertie.”
- Carlos Maldenado supervised the school’s construction until his murder in 1888.
- The ghost of a woman wearing dark colored Victorian garb is said to haunt Centennial Hall.
Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is the oldest university in Arizona, predating the state itself by 27 years. It is a large school with a total enrollment of around 40,000 students and is known for its research in astronomy. The aesthetically appealing campus occupies 380 acres in the heart of Tucson, Arizona.
While attending class and strolling its park-like paths and sidewalks, students have occasionally reported startling encounters with the unknown. Although scientific pursuits have led many to dismiss these sightings, rumors of ghosts in several campus buildings persist. Old Main, Maricopa Hall, and Centennial Hall are just the most prominent places believed to be haunted.
Built in the late-1880s when the University of Arizona was known as Territorial University of Arizona College of Mines, Old Main is the oldest building on campus. It is rumored to be haunted by Carlos Maldenado, who supervised its construction and lived in Tucson from 1841 until his murder in 1888.