The “spirit of service” at the Patagonia Marketby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Oct. 27, 2009, under General Paranormal, Ghosts and Hauntings, Life, Paranormal
I love frequent day trips to The Mountain Empire, which includes the communities of Patagonia, Sonoita and Elgin. These are trips that I take with my dad and my sister to get in touch with our family roots, and to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tucson. After breakfast at The Home Plate in Patagonia, or sometimes at the Crossroads Restaurant in Sonoita, we always make a stop for provisions to keep us going for the rest of the day. Our provisions are always purchased at The Patagonia Market. There, we stock up on sodas, water, a box of gingersnaps, lucky lottery tickets – and have even come away with ghost stories.
The Patagonia Market is thought to be haunted.
The Patagonia Market is a general store located on the corner of Naugle and Highway 82. The store provides goods to a thousand local residents, as well as thousands of annual visitors to the Mountain Empire. I spoke with Irma Sang, the owner of the store, during a recent visit to Patagonia.
Sang verified that strange things are afoot at the store. The internet reports ring true that strange sounds are often heard and that things sometimes move by themselves late at night. Shelves inside the store have even reportedly moved by themselves. This ghost also likes to make noise. Sang singled out one particular paranormal oddity at her store: the unexplained ringing of a bell. This small bell is located at the front of the store, which employees utilize if they need assistance from another employee working at the back of the store. Sometimes when the bell rings, an employee reports front and center, and the other employee will swear that they didn’t ring it. Sometimes, it rings when employees know that no one else is inside the store.
The identity of the ghost is not known. What is known is that the activity in the store is largely activity of a poltergeist nature. Poltergeist activity is a paranormal phenomenon where a ghost or spirit manifests itself by moving or influencing objects.
Other than these unexplained events, things are quite peaceful at this store. None of the employees at the store admitted that they have been frightened. In fact, they seem to enjoy the presence. The store has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This tells me that if a ghost lives at the store, it exists only in a “spirit of service” that simply wants to help the store employees go about their daily business.