Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ghost Hunters filming in New Mexico!

The cast and crew of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” returned this week to film in the Borderland, following the taping of an episode last July at El Paso’s De Soto Hotel and Concordia Cemetery. That episode originally aired on Oct. 29 as part of a two-hour Halloween special.

Standing in front of the Double Eagle Restaurant in Mesilla around sundown on Tuesday, Zak Bagans, one of the show’s hosts and ghost hunters, spoke into the camera.

“We’re in Mesilla, New Mexico,” Bagans said. “This is a place I’ve wanted to come for a very, very long time.”

The crew filmed at two Las Cruces-area locations — the Double Eagle and the now-abandoned Doña Ana County Courthouse and jail on Amador Avenue.

Despite having worked at the restaurant for more than 21 years, General Manager Jerry Harrell said Tuesday he has never encountered a ghost.

“I know it’s odd, but I’ve never really experienced anything myself. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Do they like me? Or do they not like me?” Harrell said with a laugh.

Harrell frequently hears stories from customers and employees, however, who claim to have experienced ghosts in the restaurant. According to local lore, the building is haunted by star-crossed lovers Armando and Inez, who were killed by Armando’s mother in the Carlotta Room.

Two overstuffed master and mistress chairs sit in the corner of room. The rarely used chairs, newly reupholstered to match the décor, show signs of wear. The cut velvet fabric on the chairs is worn in the shape of two human bodies, one larger than the other.

Harrell said lights occasionally turn off or on by themselves. Employees have reported hearing their name called from adjacent rooms. When they respond, they find there’s no one there.

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