1. ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK: Vallecito Station
2. BARSTOW: Calico Ghost Town
3. BODIE: Bodie State Historic Park
Reportedly, she likes to sit on people's legs
while they sleep and pin them down. In the upstairs window of the
Dechambeau House, the ghost of the town busybody can still be seen
peeking from the window on occasion. In the museum people have reported
hearing a phantom player piano and disembodied voices have been heard in
and around the Seiler House. An elderly woman still sits in her rocking
chair in the Gregory House and a mother and her child haunt visitors to
the Mendocini House. Guests to the Order of Odd Fellows building have
heard the stomping of phantom feet on the floors. Around 4:00 P.M., in
the Bodie Graveyard to the northwest of the town, a woman wearing a
white dress and knitting has is often seen floating over a man's grave.
Perhaps, though, the most famous ghost in the Bodie Graveyard is the
"Angel of Bodie" who has been seen on numerous occasions by a variety of
people. She is the spirit of a little girl who accidentally strayed too
close behind a miner and was struck in the head with his pickax.
The abandoned mines in Bodie are also reported to be haunted. In 1902 a
pack mule was killed by a mine car at the five-hundred-foot level in
the Standard Mine. With its back broken, the miners shot the animal in
pity and buried it in a depleted shaft. Soon, the sound of the dead
mule's pack chains was being heard by miners and some were overwhelmed
by the smell of fresh mule droppings, and yet others, working at the
five-hundred-foot level, where the mule was killed - reported seeing the
white animal's ghost and refused to work on that level. According to
local legend, the mule still haunts the site of the Standard Mine. Also
in the Standard Mine, rocks tossed down the Lent Shaft (which is
1,200-feet deep) are answered with the ghostly echo of "Hey, you!"
Lucky Boy Mine was one of the last places where gold was dug out at Bodie. It shut down after World War II
and there were only six people left in the town. Shortly there after,
in a drunken fight, one of the last remaining residents, by the name of
Ed, shot his Native American wife with his shotgun. Her right breast was
blown off by the shot and she later died in a hospital in Reno. Three
of the remaining Bodie residents decided to mete out their own brand of
justice against Ed. They tied him up, threw him in a local creek and
kicked him in the head until he passed out and drowned. Two months
later, the men started seeing the apparition of Ed's vengeful ghost, and
three weeks after the first appearance, each of the vigilantes did
under mysterious circumstances. One was found with a large gash in his
head. Another had a hemorrhage that grossly inflated his head. The body
of the third man ... was never found. Ed's ghost is still said to haunt
the landscape surrounding Bodie.
Bodie is twenty-six miles
southeast of Bridgeport. In Mono County, follow Highway 395 north and
exit east on Highway 270, fifteen miles to the ghost town. A total of
168 structures remain standing, some dating back to 1849.
4. BRENTWOOD: Monroe House
5. CALABASAS: Los Angeles Pet Cemetery
6. COLOMA: Vineyard House
7. HALF MOON BAY: Moss Beach Distillery
140 Beach Way, Moss Beach
8. HOLLYWOOD: Hollywood Roosevelt
has been seen in the mirror that used to belong to her, which is on
display in the foyer by the elevators.
Montgomery Clift has been seen on
the ninth floor of the hotel, pacing the hallways and sometimes, people
have reported hearing him practicing his trumpet.
The ghost of actress
Carole Lombard has been seen in the suite that she once shared with
Clark Gable on the top floor of the hotel.
9. HOLLYWOOD: Runyon Park
and his "family." Today, a few brick foundations is all that stands on
the site of the once glorious mansion, but neighbors say that on some
summer nights, the old mansion still appears in all its glory complete
with the sounds of a party and "multicolored lights" on the upper
floors. In 1983, a malicious voice told psychic investigators on the
property to "GET OUT!"
10. LAKE TAHOE: Emerald Bay