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The Ghost Of Wilcox


My first experience with the photograph was on a weekday afternoon, several years ago. I had been hired to serve legal papers on the City of Wilcox, Arizona.

At this point, you should know that Wilcox is a small 'cowboy' town, about 70 miles Southwest of Tucson. My day had been busy, causing me to leave late for my trip to Wilcox. When I arrived at about 4:15 p.m, the receptionist said I would have to wait in the lobby for my contact person.

The offices for the City of Wilcox are located in the beautifully refurbished train station of yesteryear. I have always had a fascination for old photographs, and today was no exception. There were probably a half dozen turn of the century photographs hanging on the walls of the small, but open, lobby area. One such picture depicted a group of about sixty individuals standing on the porch of the railway station. This was not a posed photo, but rather a candid remembrance.

I cannot explain the magnetic draw that caused me to focus on a specific 'old timer', but my captivation was rewarded with what I perceived to be about a twenty degree drop in temperature. The hair on my arms stood at attention, as my knees grew weak. I had to sit down.

Moments later, the lady that I had been waiting for appeared. We conducted our business just before closing time. I was able to take one last look at the photograph. The same conditions repeated themselves.

My friend Dave had come along for the ride. Dave does not share my appetite for the paranormal. The trip home was silent, and I raked though the memories of my grandfather, and how he had attended many of the residents of the small towns in Southern Arizona. He was one of two doctors whose transportation consisted of a horse and buggy. I would like to believe that there is some connection between the old man in the photo and my grandfather. Maybe they knew each other.

I have no proof of this, but it continued to haunt me. A few months later I took a day off, gathered Dave, and we returned to Wilcox. This time we got there in plenty of time for me to see the photograph again. The same conditions returned for a third time. I knew there was something here that was hiding just below my ability to perceive it. I asked the receptionist if there was anyone who might know about the picture. It appeared that the work force was far too young to be of any help. I was able to get a photocopy of the photograph, which I have attempted to investigate through various newspaper offices in Southern Arizona.

There is no conclusion, as yet, to my experience. I continue to look for possible answers. If there is anyone out there that has any information about the old west in Cochise county, in Southern Arizona, please contact me.

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rhodes68 (14 stories) (1596 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-23)
If a particular old photograph made you return to Wilcox for answers then there must be more behind that feeling of "coldness" you got when looking at it the first few times.

You sound like you can pick up on emotions so if I were you, I'd let my instincts guide me wherever that may be. Maybe your answers are on the way.
Tonith (1136 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-20)
What an experience. I'm sure you didn't know what to make of it but being that the same thing happened both times there has got to be something to it. I would think your grandfather would be that connection. How or why is the mystery. Maybe his essence was just reaching out to you from that photo through the many people he helped. Maybe you are to learn something about him you didn't know? Don't be surprised if that information shows up one day.
ghostseer (41 stories) (408 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-20)
Thankyou for sharing your experiences. The rational side of humanity will fight the ethereal unknown. Like KimSouthO stated, there may not be a reasonable explanation... No Black and white realization. It, Ghostseer
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
14 years ago (2008-11-20)
You may need to accept that there is indeed no actual LOGICAL explaination for this occurance. There was a connection, you felt it. Some times we must accept what is beyond reason and explaination.

I do think your theory regarding your grand fathers connection may have some merit. Oerhaps the man in the photo was reaching out to you, letting you know he appreciatted all that your grand father had done for him.

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us!

God Bless!

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