Inside the historic Milligan House building, office of the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Flagstaff, the “Ghost of Mabel Milligan,” was recently completed by the Mural Mice artists Margaret Dewar and R.E. Wall, pictured here working on the project. This phase of the mural, known as the “Ghost Gallery of Mabel Milligan,” was painted in the stairwell landing of the two-story Victorian house, to further showcase the building and Flagstaff’s history to visitors taking the self-guided walking tour titled, “Flagstaff’s Haunted Places.” (The tour map can be found at http://www.flagstaffarizona.org/wp-content/uploads/haunted_places.pdf.) The Milligan House, located at 323 W Aspen Ave., is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to see the mural.
The new upstairs gallery portion of the mural joins the depiction of Mabel’s ghost on the wall at the foot of the stairs, which was completed fall 2016 in the trompe l’oeil style. Local lore says that the ailing young Mabel Milligan observed the city from her bedroom window until her death, when her ghost took up residence.