History and Hauntings of the Southwest

Where do you find underground passages, Indian ruins, Stonehenge-like monuments, an alternate dimension and ancient petroglyphs of the solar system?

You can find all of these elements, which culminate into the adventure of a lifetime for Lorelei Lanier, psychic medium, and the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society, in Lori Hines’ first paranormal mystery novel titled The Ancient Ones. Published by Aberdeen Bay, it is the first in the trilogy and is available in print and kindle format through Amazon.com.

Since the main characters are investigators, Lori partnered with Sonoran Paranormal Investigations (SPI) in Phoenix to lead ghost hunts of the places featured in her novel. The first book signing and ghost hunt took place at the Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, Arizona on May 28th. The ranch, owned by Linda Kelly, has been featured on an episode of Psychic Kids. According to Linda, “guests, visitors and staff have all experienced unusual phenomena, including three men playing poker in the dining hall, an Indian princess riding through the property on a horse, a Hohokam woman, and the spirits of Cochise and Geronimo.”

Established in 1922, the ranch boasts a colorful and exciting past. In 1929, it came into the hands of Metta Tutt and was named the Triangle T for “Tutt”. Since then, the Triangle T has been the site of many historical events. It was the center of intrigue during World War II. The subsequent rumors that high-ranking Japanese officials were detained at the ranch were recently confirmed by award-winning author Jane Eppinga, after years of exhaustive research and the lifting of the 50-year moratorium on classified information. Details of the incarceration of the world’s “most wanted” war criminals are available in the library at the Triangle T.

Located adjacent to the Amerind Foundation archaeological research center and museum specializing in Native American cultures of the Southwest, the Triangle T Guest Ranch is rich in its own Native American History. Apache Chieftain Cochise and his band used the ranch as a summer camp for many generations. The ranch also holds a centuries-old sacred ceremonial location among the boulders, complete with petroglyphs and rock carvings.

The Triangle T hosted the ghost hunt, which took place from 11:00 p.m. and lasted until 1:30 a.m. with guests from Phoenix and Southeast Arizona roaming the property to try and get a glimpse of the past. One of the teams had an experience within the lower dining hall, hearing footsteps on the outside stairway that goes to the roof, though no other teams were in the area. And it sounded as though a person were walking on wooden stairs, though the steps had been covered in cement. Could it have been a spirit going about their lives in another dimension, crossing with the curious in our dimension?

Historic Vulture Gold Mine

Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, Vulture Mine was one of the Arizona Territory’s richest mines and it was still producing, at decreased levels, until World War II. Today, this ghost town provides visitors with the opportunity to see a genuine vision of what life was like in an old west mining town. Many buildings remain intact and there is also a fair amount of mining equipment to see, as well as an old schoolhouse, the assay office, the dining hall/saloon, old blacksmith shop and power generating station.

Vulture Mine’s wealth allowed the camp to blossom into a self-contained town by 1880. Along with roughly six boarding houses, the town boasted a cookhouse and mess hall, a blacksmith shop, several buildings associated with the mine, stores, offices, saloons, and even a school. By this time there were about three hundred miners and their families living in town. Vulture City peaked with a population of about 5,000 residents. Owner after owner would face many challenges turning a profit with the mine over the next several decades as the main gold vein was lost. However, the mine was not officially shut down until 1942. Throughout its lifespan, the mines at Vulture City officially produced upwards of two hundred million dollars in gold.

Due to all the spiritual activity, Vulture Mine is one of the favorite places for paranormal teams throughout Arizona. Actual paranormal experiences from visitors, staff and investigators include a floating head at the ball mill, children’s voices at the schoolhouse and on the playground, a man standing in front of the bunkhouse, smells emanating from the old dining hall and physical encounters with not-so-friendly ghosts inside the assay office.

Other locales included in The Ancient Ones include Wickenburg, Bisbee and Tombstone in Southeast Arizona, and Sunset Wupatki National Monument north of Flagstaff. It contains true facts pertaining to Native American history, Arizona history and the metaphysical.

The Ancient Ones cover blurb:

Lorelei Lanier is adjusting to the powerful connections she has to spirits. Unfortunately, her medium abilities are only the beginning. While working a dark arts case with the FBI and the Arizona-Irish Paranormal Research Society, she discovers she is the reincarnation of Annie O’Shea, the original owner of the Texas Canyon Ranch where the mystery unfolds. And Lorelei’s astral abilities that saved her from a mine three years ago are becoming stronger upon discovery of an extinct, ancient race of people.

Underground tunnels, Stonehenge-like monuments, petroglyphs of the solar system, an alternate dimension and hidden Indian ruins—clues discovered in Southeast Arizona pertaining to the ancient ones existence. But Lorelei has much more to worry about than the supernatural. She is struggling with her feelings for fellow investigator Ian Healy. Pagan and Wiccan, it is Ian’s ability to heal with his eyes that captures her heart.

Two mysteries, one in Southeast Arizona and the other north of Flagstaff, soon culminate into a new reality for Lorelei Lanier. Will she be prepared for what the ancient ones have in store?

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