Haunted Luna Mansion in Los Lunas
The Luna-Otero Mansion in Los Lunas, New Mexico is known for its great steaks, hot chili, and great deserts; but that’s not all it’s known for. Evidently, it’s also renowned for its resident ghosts.
In 1692 Domingo de Luna was granted land by the King of Spain in what would later become Los Lunas, New Mexico . A few years later, Don Pedro Otero arrived under similar circumstances. Over the years, the two families added to their fortunes through livestock and additional land acquisitions. Both families became extremely powerful and were involved in politics. The marriages of Solomon Luna to Adelaida Otero, and Manuel A. Otero to Eloisa Luna in the late 1800’s united these two families into what became known as the Luna-Otero Dynasty.
Over the years the mansion changed hands several times before it was purchased and renovated as a fine dining establishment in the 1970s. It was then that the ghost of Josefita began to appear. Perhaps she didn’t like the renovations or maybe she just wants to stick around to make sure they were doing a good job on the home that she had spent so many years looking after.
Where there’s one spirit, others seem to follow and more ghostly apparitions have been seen at the mansion. One of these is was a former servant named Cruz, who was thought to have been a groundskeeper. Most often seen on the main level, he is said to be particularly friendly to women and children and likes to play practical jokes on the employees and patrons. On one occasion he was seen sitting on a sofa as if waiting to be served. Dressed in vintage attire, the man was relaxing patiently when a waitress asked another staff member why he hadn’t been served. However, the response was “What man?” and when the waitress looked back to the sofa, the vintage spirit faded away.
Staff suggests that other spirits also roam this historic building.