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A Collection Of Bizarre Solved & Unsolved Mysteries
Associated With The University Of Arizona - UArizona - UofA
Located In Tucson, Arizona U.S.A. From 1885 To The Present Day
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Spirits In The Museum
All of the museum's at the University of Arizona [UArizona]are built on top of the ancient sites of the now lost (or almost) Tribes of the Hohokam, and many other tribes in more recent times including the Apaches, Pascua Yaqui (Toltec's from ancient Mexico), Yaqui, Papago, Sand Papago, and Tohono O'Odham-"People of the Desert"-.
At what is now the Arizona State Museum South (an archeological museum) at 1010 E. University Boulevard (the s/w side of campus) closest to the rock wall that is on Park Ave, was in 1885 at just the very extreme desert edges of the Territorial University of Arizona's property . It was the mid 1930's and the United States was deeply itself in a world wide economic depression that had left millions of North Americans destitute, homeless, jobless, some giving away their children, and looking for their next meals.
Tucson faired far worse than most other cities of its size, and jobs were almost non-existent. As part of the United States Federal Government WPA Projects (Works Projects Administration), some local funds were allocated in 1935 to build sidewalks around Tucson and some projects at the University Of Arizona for what is now known as the Arizona State Museum South.
The economic failure of the nation and locally had become so serious that in many of Tucson's families, boys between the ages of 12 to 17 were taken out of or simply left school or the home and went to work just so that their family could maybe buy some food and be able to pay the rent or mortgage before facing eviction. These boys were expected to do the same jobs as any adult working man no matter what their age or physical size was.
Work in Tucson began in 1936 for the large scale job of digging and laying the foundation for the Arizona State Museum building with most of that work done by hand using picks and shovels. One of the crews consisted of six young men between the ages of 12 and 16. The boys had a hard job ahead of them digging by hand with shovels down to the foundation level, but all of them put in an outstanding effort.
Their reward was that on the West Side of the foundation their crew was chosen to put in the first section of rock and concrete foundation wall. The work that early morning started out in great spirits as the young boys sang in unison as they worked building their portion of the foundation section up to a height of about 8 feet. Then, suddenly the unthinkable happened. As the 12 to 16 year old boys were down in the trench the thousands of pounds of rock & concrete foundation wall section fell over on top of the boys crushing and killing all six (6) of the young boys instantly.
The tragic news spread around Tucson like wildfire, and calls were heard questioning why such young boys had ever been down working in the deep trench at all. Public outcry's and protests were heard for quick hangings, arrests, and murder trials.
It was a few days later when work had resumed with yet another crew of young boys, that odd unexplained things began to happen to all of the work crews. The dead boys voices could be heard at times, tools soon seemingly disappeared into thin air, pallets of bricks fell over onto a supervisors car, cement poured one day might be found full of large cracks along its entire length the next morning.
Currently the Museum located there on the campus of the University of Arizona [UArizona] contains and displays many exhibits featuring thousands of artifacts from Tucson's ancient residents. The first floor is open to the public with collections and exhibits. But, up on the 2nd floor both the public and employees have never been allowed any access since the opening of the massive brick and stone building as a museum.
Behind those many locked 2nd floor hall doors there are virtually unknown and unmarked rooms containing the largest collections of specimens in the world of and from all the different ancient peoples of what is now called Arizona.
Student volunteer docents, regular University employees, and others have all reported for many years strange happenings and noises they have regularly experienced that are somewhat difficult to explain occurrences and sensations during their time inside the old musty walls, halls, and basement of the old and apparently haunted museum.