Doña Ana County Courthouse & Jail
Built in 1937 and no longer used for judicial affairs, the Doña Ana County Courthouse is an eerie spot that’s attracted the public, paranormal investigators and more.
As the story goes, in the 1950s, a waitress named Mary Waters was found near the Amador Hotel and brought to the jail, assumed to be drunk. Once in a cell, she screamed – and was found dead with a “horrifed look” on her face just moments later. Though the coroner’s report cites a ruptured kidney for Mary’s cause of death (and was later modified to include alcohol poisoning), some say her spirit remains in the jail.
Paranormal accounts have included mysterious slamming of the heavy cell doors, cold spots, feelings of being followed and more.
251 West Amador Avenue, Las Cruces, NM
The Amador Hotel
Built in 1866, the Amador Hotel is a popular Las Cruces ghost tour stop. During tours, guests have reported seeing shadowy figures lurking in the hallways, flashlights turning on and off mysteriously and having their arms scratched. Some say it’s the work of the ghost of a little girl named Annie, who frequents the rooms on the second floor.
180 W Amador Ave, Las Cruces, NM
Visit: The Amador Hotel
Double Eagle Restaurant
As the story goes, the first owners of the house were the Maes family, who ran a freight line importing/exporting goods. Much of the business was put on the shoulders of the eldest son, a teen named Armando. Armando fell in love with one of the teenage servants of the house, a beautiful girl named Inez. The other servants – and even the townspeople – tried to help the couple keep their love a secret from Armando’s mother, but she eventually caught on and banished Inez from the house. One day, upon returning home early from a trip away, the mother happened upon Armando and Inez back together and in a fit of rage, attaching Inez with her sewing shears. During the struggle, she killed Inez and accidentally stabbed Armando as well, who died a few days later.
The legendary murder is said to have taken place in what’s now the Carlotta Room of the Double Eagle. Reports from employees and past guests have included lights turning on and off, employees hearing their names called by “no one,” and complaints of feeling a cold breeze through a fake window.