Findings from the latest ghost hunt at the old Journigan house --- now Main Street Grille -- will be presented in a program this Saturday.
In November, a team from Arizona Paranormal Investigators spent the night conducting tests to help explain otherworldly experiences at the Main Street Grille restaurant. Representatives from API will offer video and audio explanations when they return to the restaurant for a 5 p.m. public presentation on Saturday, Jan. 6.
On Nov. 4, API investigators and restaurant General Manager Terry Straughn spent the night in the well-known "haunt," conducting tests to find the two ghosts believed to inhabit the restaurant. The ghosts are credited with causing A-1 Steak Sauce bottles to fly off kitchen shelves and adding hot chocolate fees to bills for customers who never ordered the drink, among other anomalies.
In conducting their tests, investigators used a variety of electronic equipment, recorders and meters which register electromagnetic waves that increase in intensity when paranormal activity is present.
"We don't know what their findings will show, but let's just say we're spookishly optimistic that we'll have some answers," Straughn said.
The restaurant is planning a full evening of events leading up to and following the presentation by API, including a mixer for the Payson Chamber of Commerce from 4 to 5 p.m. and music by Joe Miracle and Wayne Perry beginning at 7 p.m.
There is no admission charge.
For information about the event, call the restaurant at (928) 472-6249.
For information about Arizona Paranormal Investigations, visit www.arizonaparanormalinvestigations.com.
Another ghost hunt was conducted in the building in November 2004, when it was occupied by Mad Dawg's & Mel's.
Missouri ghost hunters Brian and Linda Lile did the investigation and shared their findings in a story that ran in the Nov. 5 edition of the Payson Roundup.
"It was a little bit of everything actually," said Brian Lile. "We had a lot of physical evidence last night -- bar stools being moved, knocking on a door leading (to an apartment) upstairs, footsteps, disembodied voices, dishes rattling. It was quite an active night."
The Liles identified two different ghosts, a girl of 8, who died of an illness in 1914, and the father of a previous owner of the building, who lived in the apartment above the main floor and apparently died of a heart attack in his room.
Years ago, a psychic ate dinner at the restaurant, located at 202 W. Main St., and when the subject of ghosts came up, she confirmed for the owners there were ghosts in the building. Looking at photos from rodeo weekend, when the owners and staff were dancing on the patio, she said the smoky images were other ghosts, who had joined in the dancing.