Kids enjoy their favorite books at the Haunted Bookshop, 7211 N. Northern Ave., in June, 1980. 

The beloved northwest bookstore closed in May 1997. Here's what we wrote at the time:

They browsed through business books, rifled the reference section - and bought almost everything that wasn't nailed down.

The Haunted Bookshop, unable to compete with two nearby chain superstores, is now Tohono Chul history. But last Saturday, the beloved independent store's last day of business, people came for a last look - and a memento or two.

"You wouldn't believe what people want," said clerk Kim Messier, who took time out from ringing up 60-percent-off sales to chat.

In addition to buying books, folks also carted off step stools, card racks, store displays, framed prints and patio furniture - as well as the store's six-car model train.

The locomotive and cars - which used to whiz around a track mounted high above customers' heads - attracted a number of impassioned bids, Messier said.

"People just want a piece of the bookstore," she added, looking around the increasingly empty, increasingly ghostly space. "We were an institution."

Editor of #ThisIsTucson. Knitter, bike rider, sports fan, mom of two.