There have been reports of 8 monks walking across the golf course. It is believed that they are the ghosts of tortured friars from the early 1500's.
It is believed that the 8 foot tall ghostly skeleton that appears here protects a hidden entrance to a gold mind.
Along Old Butterfield Rd a ghostly stagecoach has been seen.
Once home to Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, a Hollywood actor and writer. He shot himself in the parlor, after a reporter discovered that he was a black man posing as an Indian. His ghost has been seen many times, including by John Anderson and Aaron Spelling.
Reportedly, someone witnessed a ghostly birthday party in the Weil House. Others have reported seeing children in front of the 1882 Norris School Building.
Some Berkeley students report being followed. It is believed that it is the ghost of a student who jumped off the tower to his death in the 1960's.
Beverly Hills- Bowman Drive (Private Residence)
An unknown ghost resides in the upstairs bedroom. Beds are unmade, pillows cut open, etc. Even a figure of a person can be seen in the mattress!
Gaynor House (Private Residence)
The owners of this house first reported paranormal activity in 1989. The ghost is believed to be a former maid, even in her death is obsessed with cleaning. Recently, a maid quit after seeing a stack of pillows rise and fly around the room.
The former home of silent film star, Mary Pickford. Mary lived in the house for 71 years, until her death. Along with Mary's ghost, there have been reports of a lady carrying sheet music down the stairs.
Westwood Memorial Cemetery
The apparition of Marilyn Monroe has supposedly been seen here, typically over her tomb.
The activity started in the house while Joan Crawford owned it. She and her daughter reported hearing voices from within the walls. Ms. Crawford had the house 'exorcised', without luck. After her death, the wall behind her bed erupted into flames, the fire department was unable to find the cause. Since then, the house has had a few owners, all of which reported some sort of activity.
The first owner, Frederick Kohl, is said to haunt his former residence. His apparition has been seen in the parlor and by the stairs.
The ghost of Kabar, Rudolph Valentino's dog, is said to be the most active. Supposedly, if you go near his grave you will hear panting and sometimes get licked!
Shadow Ranch Park
The ranch located in the middle of the park is said to be haunted by a former owner.
Joe Simpson (buried here) killed the town's only banker. A lynch mob hanged him the same day he killed the banker. A week later the town's newspaper unburied him and hanged him again.
Fresno- Tyler Street House
Many residents have moved out due to laughter and flying objects.
A woman in 19th century clothes has been seen in the upstairs hallway. A cowboy is also said to haunt the dining room in the basement.
A 24 year old woman jumped off the "H" to her death. She's also been seen at her previous home on Beachwood Drive.
First used as an Army fort and prison. In 1934, it was turned into a Federal Prison intended for punishment only. There have been reports of clanging on metal doors, whistling, screams, running footstep and male voices. It is said that cell 14-D, once used as solitary confinement, stays cold even on hot days. Banjo music has also been reported in the shower room.
The Ghost of actor Victor Killian, roams the sidewalk here, looking for the man who murdered him. According to Police reports, Killian met a man at a nearby bar in 1982. After a few drinks, Killian invited the man back up to his apartment. Killian's bludgeoned corpse was discovered the next morning. The killer has never been found.
Bella Maggiore Hotel
Ghost of a prostitute who committed suicide haunts Room 17 - soft singing, strong smell of roses inside room and in adjacent hall, occasional mist near window.
Noises in the dead of night, heavy footsteps and apparitions. The former owner's daughter would see figures wearing Victorian style clothing.
Hollywood- Radisson Hotel
reportedly James Dean has been seen there as well as Marilyn Monroe.
Kate Morgan reportedly killed herself in room 302, which is now room 3312 and is seen there.
haunted by Thomas Whaley. This house was once the city's courtroom. The haunting extend beyond Thomas Whaley and to a man hanged just outside the house. He was hanged for stealing a boat. His name was Jim.
It is a house that was owned by Winchester's wife, after her daughter and her husband died, a medium told her to move out west (she was living in Boston, MA), and to continue to build onto this ranch house in San Jose, California, to keep away the evil spirits of those who were killed by Winchester's guns. At one time the house had some 300 rooms, until it was partially destroyed and closed off after an earthquake. There are groups of 13 things in many of the rooms (windows, coat hooks, etc.) , stairs leading into the ceiling, and a door to nowhere, just to name a few. wild place! She died in the house, but was buried in New Haven, Connecticut.
an old house/ranch from the 1800's is said to be haunted by the original owner/builder of the house.
Supposedly haunted by the ghost of a woman searching for her children.
This is where many Hollywood stars bury their pets. The Little Rascal's dog Petey, Hopalong Cassidy's Horse and Mary Pickford's dog are all interred here. However, the dead animal that does the most haunting here is Kabar, a Great Dane that belonged to Rudolf Valentino. The dog died in 1929 but it's playful phantom is still reported panting or licking people that wander near it's grave.
Berkeley- Faculty Club
room 219 is haunted by a ghost of an elderly man.
ghosts of John, Lionel and Ethyl haunted the estate.
haunted by the ghost of an old miner.
Hollywood Beachwood Drive Apartments
Ghost of an old man is seen walking the central staircase.
Holmes Book Company
haunted by male ghost that throws books around.
Sacramento The Record
ghost of a very old woman in Victorian clothing is seen.
El Fandango Restaurant
a woman in white appears at a dark table in the corner.
ghost of Senator Broderick pacing back and forth.
Hollywood The Comedy Store
Was once a famous nightclub and restaurant in the 30's/40's and the basement is said to be haunted with an evil entity.
is haunted supposedly by a young boy or man. Sylvia Brown appeared on National television and did a "walk through" at this "haunted Toys R Us." Apparently the activity is just as strong today as always, and employees can attest to finding toys in aisles when opening up the store in the morning, and balls rolling down aisles when nobody else is around. There also have been pictures taken of this ghost.
Warm Springs Fish Hatchery
It was supposedly built on Native American burial grounds. The main building was haunted by a ghost (woman) who called the employees names and changed the radio station. There were also four houses there which each had their own encounters with ghosts. The shower came on all times day or night in one house and it happened to more than one resident of the house. One of the other houses reportedly had a spirit of a child that climbed in the bed with you. Some visitors to the hatchery claimed to have seen an elderly Indian couple roaming the grounds.
There are several ghosts and ghost stories. The one that sticks out is the one about ( the ghost in the closet) People have rented this room and opened a closet door only to find a mans body hanging by the neck. This is a man who committed suicide more than 50 years ago .
The home of the silent film star William S. Hart. Mr. Hart is scene by people that he recognizes and likes (namely docents). He and his sister (also a ghost) are the only people to have ever really lived in the home. The ghost of their nurse as well as Mr. Harts dogs are also seen. Coffee is often smelled in the museum.
South Pasadena Penthouse Apartments
The ghost of a WWII soldier is still trying to get a message to his son.
A stop at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a must, as at least two famous, and several not so famous ghosts reside there. The hotel's most famous haunting concerns a mirror which sits outside the elevators on the hotel's lower level. Hundreds of tourists pass the full length mirror each day without knowing its strange history. The mirror originally was part of the furnishings in a room which was frequently used by Marilyn Monroe. Several people have reported seeing the tragic actress' image reflected in the glass of this particular mirror. Upon turning around, of course, no one was there.
Westwood Memorial Cemetery
Marilyn Monroe's ghost has been spotted hovering near her tomb.
San Jose Chuck-e-Cheese
haunted by a little girl on the third floor.
Paramount's Great America
The ghost of a ten year old boy who was killed on an amusement park ride haunts the area where the ride once stood.
Beverly Hills Pickfair Mansion
This was the home of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. I had friends who owned the place for several years and have had the experience of seeing the ghost of a maid who was accidentally shot in the maids quarters. According to the previous owners, there were at least two other ghosts who haunted the place as well. In the beautiful entry way with it's hand painted murals on the wall was often seen a ghost who was thought to be Douglas Fairbanks. It is my understanding that when they sold the place, the new owner tore much of the original home down and rebuilt on a different site on the property.
San Francisco Arts Institute
Supposedly built on a cemetery in the early 1900 after an earthquake, it is haunted by a few restless spirits.
There used to be a bus stop right in front of the property, but it had to be moved because there were too many complaints of screaming, and mysterious sounds of horses galloping and whinnying all night long. People grew too afraid to wait for the bus and the city finally complied and moved it down the block. An apparition of a woman has also been seen on the grounds at night by neighbors.
Sunnyvale- Homestead High School
is said to have a ghost walking the halls on the second floor. I've heard stories from many people including a teacher who worked there. Usually the spirit is only seen at night. It's been known to lock doors, open doors and it's presence can be felt. People have also said that they've seen it, and one teacher claims that the ghost tapped him on his shoulder.
Thousand Oaks- The Stagecoach Inn
It is supposedly haunted by a man that was murdered there and also by a woman. Perfume can be smelled in parts of the Inn (which is now a museum open to the public) and people have reported seeing "a tall stranger" in the corner of their eyes, but turn around to see no one.
It is said that a male ghost has been seen in the engine room where he was killed while the ship was still in service, there have also been reports of the sound of children playing in the pool. The most accessible haunted area is near door 13 in the engine room, where a young man was crushed trying to escape a fire. He was only 17 and had lied about his age in order to get the job. Another of the accessible haunting areas is the front desk of what is now the hotel portion of the ship. Sightings include a mysterious woman in white who will be sighted walking until blocked from view by a pillar and never coming out from behind. Also, a couple has been seen walking down the hall to either side of the main entry to the first class rooms, but are never seen in the hallways themselves.
Hangar 1 is haunted by the crew of a F-8 Crusader that crashed there in the late 60's.
Hollywood- Laurel Canyon
There have been numerous reports over the years regarding an intersection on Laurel Canyon. This is a canyon road transiting from Hollywood, CA and the San Fernando Valley. According to the reports, on several occasions at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Lookout Mountain Dr. almost on the exact moment of midnight people have witnessed an old carriage pulled by white horses that seems to dart out onto the canyon road from Lookout Mountain as though the horses are at a full speed gallop. The carriage disappears into the same nothingness from whence it came leaving even car accidents in its wake. Just down the road from this intersection lies the burned out ruins of what was Houdini's mansion. This entire area is fraught with stories of hauntings and ghosts. It is a beautiful canyon drive with shade trees drooping over the road almost the entire way and it is filled with old mansions from Hollywood's early days. The old home of Tom Mix is there too.
is haunted by "The Pink Lady." The origin of the pink lady is somewhat a mystery, but she appears on the night of June 15 every other year. On these occasions, curious locals can often be found keeping watch around the cemetery, hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a woman. She is reported to be seen standing in an upstairs window at night.
The ghost of a woman named Dolly haunts the Matter horn Mountain where she was crushed to death after she fell out of her sled and was hit by the sled behind her. There is a ghost of a young man haunting the old People Mover ride. When it was operating, girls (especially those with long blonde hair) would sometimes feel an unseen someone pull viciously at their hair. The boy died a few years ago on a Grad Night when he jumped out of the cabin of the People Mover, tripped, got caught and dragged underneath the car. He grabbed desperately at his girlfriends long blond hair to save himself, but to no avail. The ghost's) of one or two people have been seen on Tom Sawyers Island. At least three boys (all Grad night victims) have drown in the Rivers of America. The "it's a small world" ride has three different ghosts. They are all people who worked there and they loved this attraction. Lights have turned themselves off/on by themselves, as well as the all the dolls moving without power.
located in California's Preservation Park Historic District. This house was home to California's Governor (George Pardee 1903-1907).Pictures showing orb's have been taken, but no naked eye sightings. The rest of the park is also haunted with orb's having been photographed. Pictures coming soon in the gallery courtesy of Tim Dennehy ("Specter" Ghost Hunting Society)
is said to be haunted by the ghosts of many, many prisoners who died there, including the Bird Man, "Machine Gun" Kelly. Voices in the former eating area as well as the cell blocks are heard when no one else is around. Footsteps and the sounds of cell doors opening and closing also echo throughout the corridors. People have reported feeling "cold spots" in certain areas and the feeling that they are not alone, even when they are.
One area of the bleachers at the BHS football area is haunted by a young couple, they look to be 16 to 18 years old. The girl is wearing a prom dress and the guy is wearing a football jacket with "BHS" embroidered on the back. The area where they are seen has a strange chill to it, and one gets a strange feeling of being watched. Where they are seen is up near the top of the bleachers. The couple has yet to be identified, and no one knows how they got there. They are usually seen during big games, either sitting there watching the game contently or making out (as a couple would most likely do).
Bakersfield- Garces Circle
One of the only circles in California, Garces Circle has a large stone statue of Father Garces, a missionary who was in the area a few hundred years ago. People have reported that right before a major car accident at the circle (there's been quite a few) people can either see the hands of the statue moving or they hear him muttering in prayer for them.
Bakersfield- Melodrama Theater
This rather popular theater is an old building, built quite a while ago. Before it became the theater it was a big toy store. The theater is said to be haunted by an employee who worked at the toy store who hung himself in the attic. Unexplainable things happen at the Melodrama where the attic used to be (the attic was removed and replaced with all the things a theater needs). Also, the women's dressing room seems to have strange occurrences: the sequin dresses on the clothes racks "rattle" on their own violation, and shadows can be seen where no one is standing.
The Bakersfield Californian Newspaper Building
This old building is haunted by a few ghosts (one of whom I've had the pleasure of actually seeing..well..hearing, actually). One of them is a German Shepard Dog who can be seen, waiting patiently for his master to come and pick him up. Another is an old security guard who can sometimes be seen in the lunch room. Finally, the former editor of the Californian can be sometimes (though rarely) seen walking through the hallways of the building.
Anaheim High School Theatre/Auditorium
Voices have been heard in the auditorium, erratic footsteps have been heard on the roof.
The Santa Clara House
This restaurant, once a private Victorian home, is residence to a ghost of a young girl who killed herself after she had an affair with a salesman and got pregnant. She was married and didn't want to tell her husband but when she did, he left her. After that, she waited for the return of the salesman even though he never returned. She, in despair, hung herself in the attic. Now it is said that you can see her apparition looking out the window waiting for her lover to return for her.
The Banta Inn
Haunted by the former owner who died of a heart attack behind the bar in 1967. He likes to knock things off walls, stack the coins inside the cash register, open and close doors. The Banta Inn has appeared on the TV show "Sightings".
The spirit of a young man paces the balcony of the Modesto High Auditorium. Supposedly quite a few years ago, a young man had fallen from the balcony railing to the carpet-covered cement ramp below and was killed. There are also reports of knocking noises heard in the main hallway---where the floor slopes by the sewing room---that are coming from the tunnels that used to run under the school.
Generals of the Civil War are seen in one room planning a strategic attack of some kind and several people that once lived their are also seen.
Santa Paula- The Glen Tavern Inn
There is a young boy who died there and is seen playing on the second floor and in the lobby. Also, the piano that is in the lobby plays by itself. There have been sightings of a person or apparition looking out of the window of Room 23.
Fairfax- Camp Bothin
It used to be an Indian reservation, then early in the 1920s, became a hospital for tuberculosis patients. Now it is used as a girl scout camp, but it still has the original sinks from the hospital. You can hear a ghost of a nurse pushing her cart up and down the halls, moaning, screaming, appearances and disappearances and some ancient Indians spirits too.
has a ghost of a man wearing all white. He seems to be from back in the mining days. He is wearing a white suit, with a white hat. He has a mustache as well.
A girl in a formal dress runs across the lobby, then disappears into thin air. In an empty Mermaid Room, voices and music are softly heard. Hidden rooms and secret passages are mysterious vestiges of Brookdale Lodge's rich past.
Sutter Creek- The Sutter Creek Inn
is haunted by a former California senator and his wife. The Senator is heard pacing upstairs in the main house and his wife is sometimes seen in the hall way.
Huntington Park St. Mathias Mission House
it use to be the home of an elderly couple who also died in here many years ago. Many people have seen an old person at the mirror in where their living room use to be. A lot of people including myself have herd footsteps ,weird moans and sounds, things fall and lights turn on and off when no one is in the room.
Built in 1935 and opened as an 800 seat movie theatre in 1936. Nine entities have been documented since August of 1997. Six children, an adult female and two adult males. Entities are extremely active and communicative.
Yucaipa- Yucaipa High school
On the second level there is an old abandoned cafeteria, there are voices and ladle scraping noises during the day, and during the nighttime you can here the old cafeteria ladies talking( The school is very old) It is an enclosed area that feels very cold when you walk inside.
Los Angeles Knott's Berry Farm
Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant a ghost in one of the empty, windowless back dining rooms. looked like an old woman and the busboy claimed it was simply a fog.
Yucaipa- Pendelton Rd.
Is haunted by a woman who died of a car accident there in the 1950`s. It is said she crawled out of the car to get out and get help ,police found her 1/2 a mile away dead in the street. She is also known as the red lady of Pendleton Rd.
Palmdale- Haunted Ponds
There's a place next to the California Aqueduct and 40th & 30th St East where a house used to be, around 40 years ago. legend has it that the woman that lived in the house was hung on a tree branch over a pond on the property by her jealous husband. It is said that on clear nights when the moon is bright you can see her hang from the tree & hear the sound of a woman weeping.
Sanger /Centerville- Snake Road
The street is called Channel, the twisting curves in the road have caused it to become known as "Snake Road." On top of that, it is close to a fast flowing river, Kings River. Apparently, many years ago, a woman was driving down Snake Road with her two daughters when she lost control of her car and drove off the road crashing into the river. Trapped inside the car, she drowned. The two girls were tossed from the car and went down the river with the strong current. Not strong enough to swim to safety, they also drowned. But, they drowned several miles down the river. Therefore, every night, the mother's ghost can, on occasion, be seen walking along Snake Road, searching for her daughters. !Even calling out to them.
Columbia- Fallon House Theater & Hotel
Years and years ago it burned down. They rebuilt it into replica of the old one. Now there has been many reports of noises, voices, overwhelming stench of smoke, in one room you can smell whiskey, and in room 9 and 13 a female ghost is seen quite often. In the theater lights go on and off, and shadows of people are seen.
Once a school of theater arts and now a state historic landmark theater, is said to be haunted by the spirit of its founder, Gilmore Brown. The elevator mysteriously stopped and started, and often stopped for no reason on the floor of Mr. Brown's offices. Hear a distinct male voice saying "hello," but there is no one in the room.
Hotel owned by George Leger in 1880, He met an untimely death, shot in gambling argument. Anyway odor of fresh cigar smoke is still smelled in his upstairs room. Owners always happy to give a tour.
Los Angeles- Highland Park Franklin High School
- The ghost of a deceased student haunts the auditorium and the surrounding classrooms. The student had died in the 50's and continues to be heard and seen by faculty and students alike
South Pasadena- The Rialto Theater
The Rialto Theater is VERY old, I think 70 years old. Many people have died there. In the bathroom a girl slit her wrists and climbed up to the balcony and bled to death in the seats. It is also said that a man went crazy in the projector booth. The doors to the stalls in the girls bathroom shake. An apparition of an older man has been seen sitting in the seats. The older man has also been seen walking up and down the balcony stairs.
Palos Verdes Est.- Rocky Point
(3 miles S. of Redondo Beach.) Apparitions of dead skin divers, odd traveling lights, voices.
San Jose State University
(1857) The old gym was used as a collection area for Japanese internees during WWII. Voices and crying can be heard here at night.
Pasadena- The Historic State Landmark Theater
Was once a College of the Performing Arts, and it has been reputedly haunted by the benevolent spirit of its founder, Gilmore Brown. Long after his death, and when the college was still operating; the elevator in the classroom tower building would often stop without command on the floor where Mr. Brown's office was located. Many actors and technicians have felt a spirit watching the proceedings and one evening.
Moss Beach- The Moss Beach Distillery
Unusually shaped building is the current home of the "Blue Lady". Building used to be a speak- easy during the prohibition. A woman who worked at the establishment was married to a seaman, but had an affair with a piano player. When the husband returned from Alaska and found out, he then murdered her on the beach below. The Blue Lady is a friendly and mischievous spirit.
Two people have committed suicide of the Hollywood sign and there have been many sightings of weird looking figures and lights by the sign late at night. From the Griffith observatory, you can see the sign very well and employees there have reported sightings of ghosts by the sign.
Gilroy- hwy 152 (blood alley)
There have been numerous sightings of a woman searching for her child, hearing the sound of a stage coach and the snorting and breathing of horses, and a rumor that a woman was killed by a truck driver and she appears in the passenger seat of the truck, screams" and then vanishes.
Grass Valley- North Star Mine Lodge
Was converted into a Christian boarding school in the 1960's. It was shut down in the mid 80's. Doors opened and closed by themselves drastic temperature changes pictures flew off walls windows opening and shutting these events were witnessed by quite a few of the other students often by groups of us at one time the temperature changes and things flying off the walls seem to occur at the same time.
There's a police officer ghost that roams Golden Gate Park. People will get pulled over and get speeding tickets by this guy, but when they go to file it through the courts they'll find out that the officer listed doesn't exist. He's been dead for 10 years. Anyway, the story goes that if a cop in the park is trailing you, you need to go outside of the park first before you pull over. And once you do, the ghost cop will disappear.
Alameda- Washington Elementary School
This school has a young boy about 13 years old walking the halls at night. When the school was being rebuilt a few sections of the floor were missing and a boy went walking through and fell. It was deep and dark so he couldn't get out and the workers couldn't see him. They filled the hole with cement leaving a draining hole with which he breathed from. But sadly later they filled in the hole. His spirit roams around room 13 and when people are alone in there they get cold chills, hear knocking and scratching when no one was around.
There's a bomb shelter under the school from World War 2. You could here constant banging on the old locked steel door on certain nights usually after football games. Also the Huge auditorium is haunted. Deep laughter in the balcony Also the Red Cross building is right behind the football field fence and it is about as old as the school, and is also said to be haunted by the original caretaker.
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