ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico is known to have some spooky places. Now, New Mexicans themselves are deciding which city is the state’s scariest.
Locals who KRQE News 13 spoke with said New Mexico has a haunted history.
“You don’t really know if it’s true or not,” said local Faith Fox. “People just say it because it’s interesting.”
Could Albuquerque be the state’s scariest city? New Mexicans surveyed by the New Mexico Tourism Department said not even close.
The Herzstein Museum, Hotel Eklund and the Union County Courthouse helped Clayton, a town 200 miles northeast of Albuquerque, earn that title.
The supernatural has been reported at those three spots. Another creepy claim to fame for Clayton is outlaw Blackjack Ketchum.
“Our great, great, great grandfather was the sheriff back in the day that actually captured Blackjack Ketchum, as well as hanging him,” said Matthew Medina. “One of the last hangings that actually happened in the state of New Mexico from a notorious train robber.”
KRQE News 13 told the outlaw’s head snapped off during the hanging, adding to the city’s spookiness.
“It’s pretty neat, unfortunately it’s that way, but it’s pretty cool to have family history,” said Medina.
Although Clayton was named the scariest town, other places in the state were highlighted by New Mexicans, like Dawson Cemetery near Cimarron where two mining disasters left hundreds of miners buried there. And the Lodge in Cloudcraft where legend has it, Rebecca, the “friendly” ghost haunts the halls.
“It’s just something that we haven’t figured out how to explain yet,” said local Sam Connan. “It’s not like it isn’t real, it’s just that we don’t know what it is yet.”
The KiMo Theater was also named as a notable “haunted” place in New Mexico. A 6-year-old boy named Bobby was killed in a fire at the theater in 1951. A lot of people think he’s been haunting the place ever since.
Click here to view the entire list of haunted spots throughout the state.