Renovations are a known force behind production, growth and breathing new life into a building. Perhaps this is why there are so many cases of paranormal activity during a time when layers of the past are being transformed from the old to allow room for the new. It is believed that this is exactly what happened at the Haunted Hamburger aka Jerome Palace in Jerome, Arizona, when renovations began on the building to bring it back from its dilapidated state of rest. The long history surrounding the Haunted Hamburger begins with the miners that once used the establishment as a boarding house by night after a long day’s work at the nearby United Verde Mining Company during the mining heyday. During the 1940s the boarding house changed hands and was renovated into a private residence up until the 1970s when part of the building was turned into the Jerome Palace Haunted Hamburger.
Unfortunately the historical building fell into a state of disrepair and sat abandoned up until the early 1990s when owners Michelle and Eric Jurisin purchased the Haunted Hamburger, which is now a part of five Arizona restaurants, with another on the way, known as the Haunted Group. The Jurisin’s restaurants are located throughout Cottonwood, Scottsdale and Jerome and are all in historic buildings that have been renovated and are reportedly haunted. During renovations, the Haunted Hamburger kept the couple’s hand’s full with paranormal activities that included eerie ghostly encounters and antics from highly spirited entities that enjoyed messing with the crew. Slamming doors, flickering lights, dark shadows, cool bursts of air and missing tools, including vanishing hammers which eventually resurfaced in the strangest places were all a part of the deal while making the Haunted Hamburger into one of the most popular restaurants in Arizona today.
Full-bodied apparitions, bottles flying off of shelves and continuous sightings of shadow people caused some concern for the new owners who felt it was time to bring in the professionals. An investigation of the entire building was conducted by the Arizona Paranormal Research Society aka T.Az.P.R.S. who arrived armed and ready with K-II Meters, cameras, temperature readings and EMF baselines. The investigation on the historic building came back with affirmation that the Haunted Hamburger is in fact haunted and the team had photos to prove it, and despite the lower diningroom being empty, a picture of a woman sitting was captured on film. The group determined that even if you find yourself alone in the Haunted Hamburger, you don’t ever quite feel alone.
An Electronic Voice Phenomenon session produced even more alarming evidence that may or may not have been from the resident ghosts, but they were sounds that were anything but explainable and more than likely put into the category of supernatural activity. Musky smells of sweet perfume were detected by the kitchen area as was a severe feeling of uneasiness. After walking outside, the paranormal group studied the building’s exterior and happened to notice an apparition peering down at them from an upstairs window located just behind the Jerome Palace sign. The team managed to capture the image on film and found that there was another dark image standing next to her. The ghostly duo appears to be watching the investigators to make sure that they are bringing no harm to their home.
From the abandoned mine shafts to the historical restaurants, inns and hotels, Jerome, Arizona, is packed with a haunted history almost everywhere you turn. The colorful details were once posted in a newsletter known to locals as the “Jerome Ghost Post” due to the high amount of unexplainable supernatural activity that beckoned the locals to dub their haunted town “Spook Hall”. Founded in 1876, the town of Jerome has had its share of catastrophes that may have had a hand in the paranormal shenanigans that came from several fires over a six year span in the late nineteen hundreds, all of which flattened the town each time, forcing locals to give up and move away or rebuild. They chose the latter. A newspaper dubbed Jerome the “Wickedest Town in Arizona” in early 1903. Hard times, death and destruction quickly became testament to the whole town fighting off the demons, and the area soon became rumored as being one of the most haunted towns in Arizona.
Location: 410 Clark Street, Prescott National Forest, Jerome, Arizona, 86331 Phone: 928 634-0554
TripAdvisor: The Haunted Hamburger has Favorable Reviews for Food, Hospitality & Location from happy customers who have visited from the United Kingdom to Canada and the United States **** Certificate of Excellence 2013****