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Ghost of Death Sits In The Audience At This California Auditorium

Sometimes, there are buildings and houses that, even after humans have passed on, they refuse to leave. One of these places is said to be the Hanford Civic Auditorium in Hanford, California. Originally built in 1924, the auditorium has seen many public events in its day, and a handful of spirits are believed to linger […]

Ghosts Are Tricking Tourists into Killing Themselves at California’s Most Famous Park

Yosemite National Park is the home of some of California’s most famous hiking trails with spectacular vistas. With thousand-foot drop waterfalls, scenic routes, mountain peaks and valleys, Yosemite is a wild place. Over the years, visitors have disappeared among the trails or plummeted to their deaths by slipping on wet stones or falling over protective […]

Evil Spirits Of Creepy Old Men Haunt This California Playground At Night

The small city of Clovis in the state of California may not be as known as its neighbor city, Fresno, but it’s still quite famous for sitting at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, making it the “Gateway to the Sierras” as it is commonly called. A distinct place in this city for […]

Dead Alumni Still Gather At This Club In California

In 1911, women in the Suisun City area decided to form a non-profit organization. The group aimed to improve various endeavors within the community. This organization, thereby known as The Wednesday Club, built a makeshift headquarters in order to host meetings and local events. One of the Oldest Organizations in Suisun Now, the Wednesday Club […]

9 Haunted Spots In Northern California Where You Can Camp On The Beach

If your dream camping trip involves the sun, sand, and maybe your RV, you’re in for a treat. There are many great spots for you to go beach camping in Northern California. Almost all of these have great facilities which you can enjoy with your loved ones. But beware – some of the best beachfront […]

The Ghost Of A Dead Boy Haunts This California Hiking Trail

The community of Modesto, California, prides itself on being fairly active. As a result, many running and hiking trails have been created through the town and surrounding county. But some trails are more well-known than others. The Legend of the Modesto Farm Hand The Dry Creek Running Trail is quite popular, but not necessarily for […]

A Frightening Terror Haunts This B&B in Calistoga

Many Americans travel to Calistoga, California throughout the year, visiting family, friends, or to have a laid back vacation under the California sun. As a result of tourism, Calistoga has many hotels and bed and breakfasts for impending guests. The Elms Bed and Breakfast was once among them. A Calistoga Haunting This once charming B&B […]

10 Paranormal Things To Do In Fresno This Weekend

Do you live in central California? Are you looking for things to do in Fresno this weekend? Well, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to spend your Saturday doing something fun with the family, or you’re in the mood for a peaceful afternoon of solitude, these ten places in Fresno are particularly noteworthy…and are […]

Beware The Blood Drenched Ghost Lurking at Niles Canyon Road

Many people consider Fremont, California to be a safe and happy town. However, a terrible tragedy occurred during the 1920s—and Fremont has never fully recovered. It was a beautiful day, and a local woman decided to take a stroll outside. Fremont’s Very Own Lady in White She wound up by a bend in Niles Canyon […]

Ghost of Dead Sailor Awaits You at the Point Sur Lighthouse

During the late 1800s many sailors and ships near Big Sur began a petition to have a lighthouse built along the coastline. Due to the natural jagged rock of the area, many ships would travel between the large stone outcroppings to avoid rough currents during swells—only to dash against the unseen rocks and sink to […]

10 Scariest Haunted Things To Do In San Jose This Weekend

There are plenty of things to do in San Jose this weekend, but if you’re looking for a place to hunt a ghost or two, look no further than these ten gems located in the beautiful city. Whether you’re looking to explore a garden or an educational museum, these local attractions are also known to […]

Phantom Woman Lurks In The Dark At The Stonehouse Brewery

In 1882, a Nevada City, California businessman named George Gehrig hired workers to begin construction on a large granite building. Chinese immigrants and Italian stonemasons were hired to help with building, including the construction of tunnels that ran underneath the facility. Several decades later, the building was the site of Stonehouse Brewery, which lasted from 1850 […]

Move To These 7 Small Towns In Northern California If You Love The Paranormal

Many people considering a move to California decide to head north, in the hopes of getting out of the hustle and bustle of ordinary city life. But between the historical museums and buildings, and the antiquated and charming traditions of town life, there is the occasional ghost or supernatural entity. Still, despite their paranormal forms, these small […]

The Female Ghosts’ Redemption at the Old Gilroy Hotel

There once was a glamorous hotel located at 7365 Monterey Rd in Gilroy, California. This establishment, known as the Gilroy Hotel, was a popular place for the higher echelon of local society to meet back in the day. Citizens of Gilroy would mingle amongst their peers, discussing the latest gossip and events of the day. […]

Native American Spirits Lurk at Live Oak Park in Berkeley

Berkeley, California is home to one of the oldest established public parks in the area. Live Oak Park, which sits just outside of Berkeley, is 5.5 acres of art, recreation and natural beauty. From basketball and tennis courts, to a theater and art center, Live Oak is a place where the local community can rally […]

7 Paranormal Trails You Must Hike in Northern California Before You Die

Each year, hundreds of people escape their chaotic, everyday lives to explore the fresh air, gorgeous villas and numerous vineyards that have all become iconic symbols of Northern California. But Northern Cali is not just home to charming homes and exquisite wine. Below is a list of hikes and trails that exhibit various types of paranormal phenomena. Seven Paranormal Trails […]

Visit These 7 Haunted Northern California Towns at Your Own Risk

In 1848, the state of California was forever changed when a man named James Marshall found gold in Coloma. Mines were created, towns were built and California became an official part of the United States. But when the gold rush died down, several towns did not survive. Today we examine those and other abandoned towns in Northern California […]

Dead Man Lives in the Pictures at Mary Aaron Museum in Marysville

In 1856, an architect named Warren Miller completed building a house for his family in Marysville, California. Known for his gothic revival style, Miller built many houses in Marysville and made a decent fortune before moving to New York. The Aaron family moved in shortly after. The Aaron Family of Historic Marysville Frank Aaron was a beloved […]

What Haunts the Moose Lodge in Turlock, California?

Turlock, California is home to one of the many Moose Lodges scattered across the United States. Moose is a fraternity which was first established by Dr. Henry Wilson in 1888. The primary purpose of this organization is to aid communities, children and the disabled. Serving the Turlock Community Turlock has been a Moose location for […]

Haunted Benicia: The Puppet Master Pulls The Strings At Sailor Jack’s

California residents often flock to Benicia for its beautiful ocean views, and delicious seafood. Sailor Jack’s has become a reputable restaurant in the area, with amazing cuisine and a full service bar. Guests claim the waterfront view is to die for. A Horrifying Ordeal Originally named Captain Blythers, the restaurant first opened in 1868. Unlike […]

Watsonville: The Crying Ghost of Dusty Treasures Antiques Store

The Dusty Treasures Antiques and Collectables store first opened many decades ago in Watsonville, California. Located in the historic Tuttle Mansion built in 1899, the house itself was the perfect setting for the goods on sale. Antique furniture, vintage items and expensive collectibles were all housed at this hidden gem of a store. The Most […]

Haunted Chowchilla Library: A Ghost and the Deadly Turmeric Tea

In 1977, Chowchilla, California opened its own county library. The Chowchilla library continues to serve the local community to this day, with numerous book collections, periodicals and meeting rooms. But if the library didn’t open until 1977, what stood on site prior to construction? The Chowchilla Tea House That Had No Name Rumor has it that a […]

10 Scariest Haunted Roads In Northern California

Have you ever driven down a dark, scary road, late at night? A road in Northern California that was said to be haunted. What would you do if you were driving down that road and suddenly a dark figure appeared in front of your car? Would you dare to stop the car and reach out to that figure? Or […]

Magalia: The Depot Café and Restaurant Has a Sinister Past

The Depot Café and Restaurant is centrally located in the small northern California town of Magalia. Originally, the Depot Café and Restaurant was a train depot through which they stored inactive trains waiting patiently for repair. This is a vast adjustment from where it stands today, making delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Visitors to the […]

Chowchilla: Home to the Most Haunted Grocery Store in America

Stephen King once asked in a novel, can an entire town be haunted? Welcome to Chowchilla, California, a place which might be just that. While its population is only around fifteen thousand, Chowchilla nevertheless sports not one but two institutions of lower learning: the Central California Women’s Facility and the Valley State Prison. Furthermore, the name Chowchilla itself […]

Haunted Chico: Laxson Auditorium Performers See Ghosts

In 1930, California State University began its construction on Laxson Auditorium in Chico. A little over a year later, staff members held their first assembly in the brand new auditorium, to install new student body officers. Every year, the auditorium hosts thousands of programs from student organizations, including musical and dance performances, and theatrical productions. In […]

Terrors at the Little-Known Ohlone Burial Grounds in Fremont

All over the web, you’re bound to hear stories about the haunted Mission San Jose in Fremont. The ghosts of those who died tragically due to fires and earthquakes have been attracting fans of the paranormal for decades. But there’s one little-known haunted spot at Washington and Paseo Padre that’s even scarier. If you go down […]

Haunted Alameda: Ghost Seen Dancing at Kofman Auditorium

The Kofman Auditorium was built in 1903 and is located in Alameda, CA. This structure was home to many ballet and theater shows. The locals have always considered the it one of the best playhouses in the area. The Tragic Tale of the Kofman Auditorium Ballerina in Alameda This auditorium is also part of Alameda High School, where […]

Haunted Visalia: Have You Seen The Fox Theatre Ghost?

During the 1930s, when the Fox Theatre in Visalia was a new and exciting attraction, it featured live performances as well as popular reels of the time. As television became more and more accessible, the cinema’s focus moved towards new release feature films. By the mid-1970s, it was no longer a mecca of variety entertainment Amateur performers in […]

Burney: Child Ghost Haunts Black Ranch Road

The town of Burney, California, has a history tainted by death and destruction. The area itself used to be known as “the valley where Burney died” after a settler who died there in the 1850s, and it’s located at the base of an extinct volcano. Worse, a dead child haunts the nearby Black Ranch Road. The Girl in […]

Is Dunlap Cemetery the Most Haunted Graveyard in California?

The tiny town of Dunlap is often overlooked by tourists to California, but underestimating the terrors of Dunlap Cemetery could lead to a visitor’s demise. Typical tourists flock to places like Hollywood and Venice Beach. But those with a love for truly terrifying towns know Dunlap all too well. The terrors of this final resting place […]

The Child’s Ghost That Haunts This Watsonville Memorial Just Wants Somebody To Play With

These days, the Veteran’s Memorial Building nestled on East Beach Street in Watsonville is used primarily as a community centre and venue for hire. A sterile facade unnerves passers-by but gives away nothing about the nightmarish horror lurking behind those looming doorways. Like all veteran memorials, the Watsonville Veteran’s Memorial Building was erected to honor those […]

They Say The Missing Children of Mount Hamilton Were Kidnapped by Cannibals

The Grandview Restaurant is located in Mount Hamilton, California. This classy yet comfortable restaurant boasts a breathtaking view overlooking the city. As it turns out, this magnificent view isn’t quite the only thing about the Grandview that’s breathtaking. The Scorching Past of Mount Hamilton The history of the Grandview began back in 1884 when it was first […]

What Hides in the Dark Corners of Eureka’s Fort Humboldt?

Spread on a generous stretch of land on 3431 Fort Ave, Eureka, Fort Humboldt State Historic Park is a history lover’s haven. It’s one of the landmarks that withstood time as well as several wars between European Americans and Native Americans in the mid-1800’s. It’s also the eternal resting place of several entities, many of which […]

Don’t Anger The Ghost Of Iceland Skating Rink In Sacramento

If there’s one thing you can’t get enough of in Sacramento, it’s having chills run down your spine as you visit its most haunted locations. And one of these places is the Iceland Skating Rink. Opened in 1940, the oldest rink in the city has a prominent ghost who’s been known to make rounds before dawn at […]

Beware What Lurks In The Shadows At Scotty’s Castle

Scotty’s Castle is located in Death Valley, California. Originally, it was a mansion that Walter Scott had built for himself back in 1922. However, when he and his dog passed away in 1954 there were buried in the foothills of the building, and it’s said that his spirit never left the property, and he’s still accompanied by […]

The Martinez House: The Original Sacramento Murder House

Exuding a sinister aura at H and 22nd St, Sacramento, the Martinez House is the stuff of your worst nightmares. On the outside, it looks exactly like one of the settings of a horror movie. But on the inside, there are innocent spirits trapped by evil entities, reliving the day they left this world over and over […]

Bloody Ghost in a Frilly White Dress Spotted on Hecker Pass / Hwy 152

Nestled between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties in California, west of Gilroy and east of Watsonville, is a mountain pass known as Hecker Pass. U.S. Highway 152 runs right through it. And they say that if you drive on that stretch of road late at night, you would do well not to stop on your […]

The Mistress Witch of Soledad’s Lips Are The Same Color As Your Blood

In sunny Soledad, California, you might be interested in taking a look at the old (and as yet not restored) Los Coches Adobe. It’s an old hotel and resting place for the stagecoach line, which in years of yore used to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. If you’re a history fan, you might be […]

They’re Serving Nightmares At The Clayton Club Saloon

If a thirst for a good strong drink every now and then is one of man’s most ingrained (pardon the pun) vices, then surely tending bar is one of his oldest professions (not the oldest, of course – that distinction belongs to a decidedly different, if related, set of tastes.) From ancient inns to taverns, […]

Paranormal Activity Near The Boiling Springs at Mt. Lassen

What would you do if I told you there was a place you could visit in California — a lake, where the water appears to boil? Well, there is such a place, and it’s called Boiling Springs Lake and it’s located at Mt Lassen at the Volcanic National Park. It’s quite the sight to see, especially after […]

San Jose: Ghostly Hands Will Grab You at Dottie’s Pond

The Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose, California is a sight to behold. The park is open to the public, and is operated by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. The park itself is a hikers dream land (or a living nightmare if you like haunted hikes), as it consists of over 18 unpaved miles […]

The Hybrid Haunting of Chualar Road

Is it possible that we limit the scope of our imagination and understanding when it comes to the ghost world? Could it be that the book-and movie-inspired haunted stories we carry around in our heads of what the paranormal world looks and sounds like are actually much narrower (and maybe even less scary) than what we […]

True Scary Stories: The Real-Life Ghosts of Alcatraz

If you like true ghost stories then get ready… Because Backpackerverse, and Paranormal California, reader Charlie, tells us about his real – and frightening – ghost sighting at Alcatraz. True Scary Stories: The Real-Life Ghosts of Alcatraz “Hello, my name is Charlie Seldon. I’m a long-time reader, and I wanted to write to tell you about the ghosts […]

Waterfront Comics: The Most Haunted Place in Suisun City?

If you were into nerd things before it was cool to be a nerd you already know this: The ultimate destination vacation of the geeky among us is and has always been the comic book store. If you need to be told what this is, then you haven’t watched enough episodes of The Big Bang Theory […]

10 Sonoma County Hiking Trails with Insane Paranormal Activity

Sonoma County hiking trails are known for beautiful forests, meandering paths, and breathtaking views. However, those beautiful hiking trails are also known for something else: Insane paranormal activity. If you get lost on one of those winding paths, you have no idea what you will find or how it will affect you. More than one hiker has reported hearing deafening screams hanging in the […]

Haunted Springville: Spooky Things Afoot at Sequoia Dawn Apartments

If you ever happen to be moving to Springville, California, and you’re in need of a place to live, you might take a look at the Sequoia Dawn Apartments. The rates are good, the residents are mostly friendly older folks who make excellent neighbors, and it has the benefit of being something of a historical site […]

Your True Nightmare: Blood Albinos of Hicks Road

Dionne Warwick once asked if you (the listener to her song) knew the way to San Jose. The truth is, there are a number of roads that lead into and out of that particular area, but only one of them is likely to give you the kind of creeps that could send you packing for another […]

10 Most Haunted Hiking Trails in Santa Clara County

If you love Bay Area hikes and revel in the paranormal, plan a trip to one of these haunted hiking trails in Santa Clara County. From ghosts to cryptids, there are many things awaiting hikers as they explore these trails. At times, these entities take the initiative, inviting those wandering close by and claiming their lives in the […]

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