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Slaughterhouse (Luana’s Canyon)

Kingman, Arizona

During the gold rush days of the 1800′s, a gold miner and his family lived a small wood shack along a dry wash in the heart of the canyon. Via mule, the husband would venture into the Northwestern Mountains in search of gold, returning semimonthly with food for his wife Luana and their young children. One month, however, the gold miner did not return. Soon, supplies ran out and the children began to starve. Luana, not able to tolerate the sight of her starving children, lost her mind. During a thunderstorm, she put on her wedding dress and chopped her children up into several pieces. Luana went to the river and tossed the remnants down stream. Luana returned the next morning and crying for the return of her children she died. It is said that on certain nights the her wailing may be heard from within the canyon’s walls.

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Renaye says:

October 2, 2005, 1:22 pm

Thats sad how someone can kill there baby like that although I dont belive youll hear crying maybe i should go check it out

cherish says:

October 4, 2005, 6:18 am

Ok…I don’t agree with this story…I am from Arizona and I was told a total different story all through out my childhood. Yes there was a woman who killed her childen-but no she did NOT chop them up, they were drounded in the near by river after the womans husban left her for another and her new boy friend couldn’t stand children (thou he left her after he found out the truth of her killing her own children to stay in that relationship). I don’t agree with this story–I am sorry to say, it all a lie and I know this is just ones persons opinion…so you may thing what you’d like.

Jacob thompson says:

October 4, 2005, 7:22 pm

Of any of you think this was real email me at yogurt_the_dog@yahoo.com

Michelangelo says:

October 31, 2005, 6:56 pm

This is just another variation on an old Mexican legend. The story of La Llorona, or the weeping woman, has been told and retold in Hispanic culture since the days of the conquistadores. Nothing new here.

Bun-Bun says:

November 29, 2005, 4:02 pm

Ok, I’m from Kingman and I think the story is mixed up here. You have the story labeled Slaughterhouse but that legend is a totally different story that happened in Kingman…and not at all the story you label here.

The Slaughterhouse story was were this mother lured each one of her children to the slaughterhouse and killed them…because she couldn’t handel them anymore and was going crazy. She package the chopped up bodies and sent them away just like you would any meat. The screams and other noises would come from inside the slaughterhouse and drove the mother crazy to the point where she killed herself. TO this day you can still hear the children’s voices inside the slaughter house.

I have never heard of this Launa’s canyon story before…that is a first. hm…it sounds like a very VERY repeated story….I have heard of the same legend in other places…but not here in Kingman.

ariana says:

December 4, 2005, 8:07 pm

That is pretty sad that somebody can kill there children but i don’t belive .I might go check it out just to see.

thayet59 says:

December 14, 2005, 1:45 pm

I think I saw a version of this tale on unsolved mysteries. It really freaked me out, it sounds so realistic.

Melanie says:

December 14, 2005, 2:58 pm

I heard this story on a different website I have been researching it for like two years (I’m am only nine) I read that her husband wasn’t a miner but a butcher. She thought he left her, his car broke down coming home from the butcher shop, she grew sad, went crazy, killed her kids, threw them in the river, her husband found a repair shop had his car repaired came home asked where the children were. The wife told the truth. He devoriced her. END OF STORY

cody says:

January 6, 2006, 6:22 am

hey now i was born and raised in kingman and in the army now but any way the whole slaughtter house canyon story is true i have checked the old place out several times if any one is interested in more ghost stories research the old beale hotel and ask about room 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alexandra says:

January 13, 2006, 11:41 am

I totally agree with Michelangelo in my country there is a legend of la llorona she apparently killed her baby (there was just that baby) and sometimes is found weeping in a white dress. Near the river. It was in Mexico to.

dan_blockin says:

January 16, 2006, 4:36 am

yeah i have been to this place with a team headed by VIN DIESEL and there is nothing there

Ali says:

January 23, 2006, 7:42 pm

Yeah…I don’t think even half of these stories are even close to being accurate at all. The someone who wrote these needs to check their sources AND…quit saying “You MAY here…” when it should be “You CAN hear…”! Get my drift you ignorant retard. If you are going to have a website and post stuff like this on it…then get your facts straight…and take a few creative writing classes…ENJOY!

nicole says:

February 17, 2006, 11:13 pm

eww

lilo gurlo says:

March 14, 2006, 10:58 pm

it’s freakin scary! also sad cuz how can she kill her own child? she could of jux killed herself and let her children eat her…

lilo gurlo says:

March 14, 2006, 10:59 pm

hey thur! welps tat was a gay a$$ story i jux gotta say tat.. dueces

Anke says:

May 2, 2006, 12:42 pm

I’ve heard of it in southern Texas and New Mexico. Neat legend.

The versions I heard, was that during the Spanish-American War, she heard a rumor about her town being next on the line to be raided. She hid her children in a cave by the river and returned home, preparing for the worst. The soldiers never came and she went back to find that her kids had drowned, and she threw herself into the water in a fit of regret.

The other version I heard was more or less the same thing, but with American Indians attacking the town rather than warring soldiers.

cody says:

May 13, 2006, 10:27 pm

I live here in kingman and if any body knows the directions to the place please email me at codycaillouette@yahoo.com Or if you know about the mansion in the hwallapis

Misty says:

May 14, 2006, 4:31 am

I grew up in Kingman and I heard the Luana stories. In highschool (I was in the class of ’86) everyone would drive through Slaughterhouse canyon and tell the scary Luana story. There was even a big rock on the side of the road where everyone said her ghost would appear. We would always dare someone to get out of the car and stand on the rock – of course then we would drive away and leave them there… hahaha…but we would return a few minutes later. Luana made for alot of great and scary evenings!!! I have to admit, we had some strange things happen out there. My stepdad at the time also grew up in Kingman and he couldn’t believe that the story of Luana was still being told, he heard it when he was a child and he graduated highschool in 1955. (FYI – years after graduating from college a bunch of us went to drive through slaughterhouse canyone only to find that the road was closed where it connects with the downtown area).

lauren says:

July 8, 2006, 1:19 am

I have heard so many different versions of the story. It is true that you can hear the screams though. If you lay on a completely flat rock nearby, really late but early,( around 2:00), You can hear the kids screaming, not only that, but you can also see the wife in a white nightgown with blood on it.NO LIE!!!!

BARBARA says:

August 5, 2006, 1:10 pm

2 nights ago,my 15 yr. old daughter and i wnet down tho this canyon at 1:30-2:00 a.m. and saw a snake glowing in the dirt, my daughter’s purse was flug from the front seat to the back seat, and her cell phone rang twice with no one there. My car was pushed up the mountain with no gas pedal being used and when we started to hit traffic was pushed about 40 miles per hour towards traffic! we were not hurt but i truly believe in this and it is not a myth. There is a rock that has 4 small crosses and one big cross almost like a sanctuary, when you pass it the wind starts blowing and you can hear the wials and glowing lights slide across the mountain side.

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