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The 18-room hacienda from 1709, built by the Ruiz family, was known as Case de Ruiz for about 200 years. Last family member Rufina G. Ruiz died in 1991 at the age of 91, after which the building was purchased and renovations from the Church Street Café began. The new owners found that the building was haunted by Sara Ruiz, Rufina Ruiz’s mother, a healer, or “curandera.” Her ghostly voice was heard yelling at the new owners to “Get him out of here, now!” referring to a contractor (the ghost was unhappy about the renovations being done to her home). Sara’s apparition has been seen in the café wearing a long black dress.

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    2111 Church St NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87104
    United States

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    35.09741, -106.66986500000002
    Bernalillo County, New Mexico
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    1. I left my boyfriend to go get something to drink from Walgreens on a Sunday around 9:30pm. While I was gone, he said he heard voices coming from inside. When he looked in, he saw a lady with fair skin, dark thick hair, deep jaw line, thick eyelashes, big boned, and tall. She was wearing a long black dress and was sitting on a bar stool. She slowly turned and looked at him. He thought someone was inside. He turned away. When he looked back in, the whole scene inside was different than he had just saw. The lady was not there. He said she did not seem very happy and seemed somewhat disgusted with the place. She seemed lost. She made her presence known to him.

    2. I believe that if this was a longer full body apparition, the air around him wouldve gotten a lot denser and make his hair stand on end, because that usually what happens if it is a stronger force. Now on the other hand, if it was a weaker force, he would not get that because there may have just been a little bit of static electricity built up. Just enough to get her to be seen.

    3. Janet Brennan  |  

      Wonderful wedding reception dinner but definitely felt the presence of Sarah. We all did. Air a bit thick then suddenly lifting and joyfully light. Sarah blessed the wedding of Katherine and Nando Oviedo.

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