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Real Haunted Places Across California

Across ##Region##, there are countless locations that are believed to be haunted, ranging from houses & hotels, to lighthouses, roadways, and wooded areas - ghosts and spirits don't seem to discriminate when it comes to what locations they're haunting! Find out all about California's unique haunted locales, many of which are open to the public, and if you're feeling very brave, visit one of these exciting haunted places!
 
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    This motion-picture studio was built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin and it now opeates as Jim Henson Studios. Rumored to be haunted, the site has been featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters. Paranormal reports here include an apparition that has been spotted on the roof wearing a top hat and coat, and a woman's form has appeared walking through a door. A ghostly man with a handlebar... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Houses | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Theaters

  •   Los Angeles City Hall Los Angeles, CA
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    This city hall building is said to have a couple haunted floors - the second, third, fourth, 27th & 28th. The spirits on this floor like to make themselves known during the night. Feelings of being watched and eerie noises have been reported on the second floor and an unseen presence is said to follow you on the third and fourth floors. Inside the Tom Bradley Room on the 27th floor, a... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Houses | Real Haunted Places

  •   Rispin Mansion Capitola, CA
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    The Rispin Mansion in Capitola was built to help draw interest to the town that is located right outside of Santa Cruz. The home was owned by William Allen Rispin and he failed to attend to the water and sewage systems and slowly let the property degrade over time. The mansion was still left neglected after being sold to a business partner. It was then sold again and used as a nun... Read More

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  •   Fort MacArthur San Pedro, CA
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    Stories say that this fort is haunted by the ghosts of soldiers who passed away here in accidents. Read More

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  •   San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA
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    The San Francisco Art Institute was founded in 1871 and operates as a private college of contemporary art. Rumor has it that the institute was built atop a graveyard. Witnesses have reported the sound of screaming, disembodied footsteps, and ghost sightings at the location. It is believed that the spirits that linger at this college are those buried beneath it. Read More

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  •   Sunnyvale Toys 'R Us Sunnyvale, CA
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    The ghost that is said to haunt this toy store is named John, Johnson, or Johann. Psychics have investigated the location and say he was a ranch hand and preacher in the 1880's who died of axe wounds while working in an orchard. Witnesses have reported items that jump off the shelves and cold breezes as the ghost walks by. His apparition has been spotted and is said to enjoy playing... Read More

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  •   Sutro Baths San Francisco, CA
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    The Sutro Baths in San Francisco is one of the world’s largest indoor swimming pools. It dates back to the late 1890s and was a top travel destination for visitors. The location burned down in the 1960s and rumor has it that the only thing that is left are the ghostly guests! Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Lakes & Waterways | Real Haunted Places

  •   Point Sur Lighthouse Monterey County, CA
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    The Point Sur lighthouse sits between Carmel and Big Sur on a rocky coastline and is known to be haunted. The treacherous coast has been the site of many shipwrecks and the lighthouse is said to be haunted by those who have lost their lives in the wrecks. One of the most common apparitions to appear at the Point Sur lighthouse is a tall man wearing dark blue, 19th-century clothing. He... Read More

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  •   Moss Beach Distillery Moss Beach, CA
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    The Moss Beach Distillery once operated as a speakeasy during the Prohibition and the location was surrounded by stories that involved violence and death. Many businessmen, politicians, and other important folk would frequent the speakeasy. One visitor in particiular was a woman wearing a blue dress who was apparently having an affair with one of the gentleman there. The "Blue... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Restaurants & Bars

  •   Raging Waters San Dimas, CA
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    This water park is believed to be haunted and witnesses have reported the phones ringing throughout the night, mostly coming from Wave Cove. Footsteps have been heard, the voice of a girl asking for help and something calling out names in the food court. The hauntings are believed to be by a young girl who drowned in Wave Cove. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Lakes & Waterways | Real Haunted Places

  •   Alcatraz San Francisco, CA
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    Alcatraz was once a maximum-security prison nestled on its own island and now operates as a tourist attraction and museum. Witnesses have reported unexplained screams, footsteps, banjo music and slamming cell doors. The site has been investifated by Ghost Labs and Ghost Hunters. Read More

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  •   PSA Flight 182 Crash Site San Diego, CA
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    An airplane crashed into this San Diego neighborhood back in 1978, killing 144 people. After the accident, a local highschool and airport hangar were temporary morgues and they are said to have a strange feeling inside of them. Some who live at the site have reported hearing knocking sounds, objects disappearing and voices of ghostly children when no one is there. Read More

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  •   Calico Ghost Town Yermo, CA
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    This old West mining town has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. During a 12-year span, Calico produced over $20 million in silver. In the mid-1890's, silver lost its value, leading Calico to lose its population. The town then became abandoned, leading it to be called a "ghost town." Today, the town is part of the San Bernardino County Regional Parks... Read More

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  •   Presidio San Francisco, CA
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    Presidio Park offers 1,500 acres and is located on a former military post. With a national cemetery, a ton of historic buildings, and an old army base, it's no surprise that the park is believed to be quite haunted. At the Presidio, there has been claims of ghostly figures and army men who still perform their routine duties on the ground. The Letterman Digital Arts Center is said to be... Read More

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  •   Turnbull Canyon Whittier, CA
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    Turnbull Canyon in Whittier offers visitors a four mile hike through Puente Hills. Stories say it also offers some spirits, believed to be the ghosts of the 29 people who perished here in a plane crash in the 1950s. Local legend says there are some children lingering the area in spirit as well. They were believed to have been taken from an orphanage nearby and used in ritualistic... Read More

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  •   Berkeley Steam Ferry San Diego, CA
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    The Berkeley Steam Ferry was one of several ferries that operated for 60 years on the San Francisco Bay between the Oakland Pier and the San Francisco Ferry Building. It was built in 1898 by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco and is believed to be quite haunted. The ferry could carry 2,000 passengers at a time, and at one point, it was used in the rescue efforts to evacuate residents... Read More

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  •   Hanford Civic Auditorium Hanford, CA
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    This historic hall was built in 1924 and is rumored to be haunted by more than just one ghost. Here, witnesses have spotted apparitions, including one man dressed in a 1940's style suit and another who has been seen on the balcony, as if he is watching a show. He applauds before disappearing. Also, it's been said if you go to the men's bathroom, you may hear disembodied voices... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Lakes & Waterways | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Nature & Outdoors (ie. Haunted Woods)

  •   Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA
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    The Curran Theatre is located on Geary Street and first opened its doors in 1922. The theater was named after its first owner, Homer Curran and is believed to be quite haunted. In the 1930s, a theater employee was robbed while taking tickets and killed on-site. Witnesses have reported seeing the employee's ghost lingering in the lobby, most likely waiting to take tickets! Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Theaters

  •   Mission San Buenaventura Ventura, CA
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    This Spanish mission building is said to be haunted by a presence that can be felt nearing you from the side as you leave through a side door to the garden. The presence is said to embrace you lightly and leave you feeling comforted. Witnesses have also heard cries, children's voices and ghostly chanting. Read More

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    This naval base is rumored to be built on top of an ancient Native American burial ground and historical seaport called Anaheim Landing. Paranormal reports here include eerie shadows that appear at night, Native American's apparitions, footsteps that follow people, whispers, screams, moans, lights that go on and off by themselves, knocks on security vehicle doors, and the appearance of... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Lakes & Waterways | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Army Posts / Battle Grounds | Real Haunted Nature & Outdoors (ie. Haunted Woods)

  •   San Francisco City Hall San Francisco, CA
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    The original San Francisco City Hall building burned down during a 1906 earthquake. Its current structure was built in 1915, and ever since, there has been reports of hauntings on site. One story includes the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Witnesses have claimed to hear strange noises in the building when there is no one around and some believe these... Read More

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  •   Neptune Society Columbarium San Francisco, CA
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    The Neptune Society Columbarium is located inside a large, dome building that has been used as a burial site since 1898 for people to house their loved ones’ ashes. Some visitors have claimed to see a small hand brush up against theirs while on the property. Other witnesses have also claimed to see the ghost of a young girl whose ashes are buried within the building. Read More

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  •   Stow Lake and Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA
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    Stow Lake at Golden Gate Park is believed to be haunted by the "White Lady." The tale goes back more than 100 years and states that a woman lost her baby in the lake and went after it. She never returned from the lake and at night, there have been reports of her and her baby spotted as apparitions. Read More

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  • The Bordello Oakland, CA
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    This old home dates back to 1887 and once operated as a saloon and brothel. Rumored to be quite active with paranormal activity, witnesses here have reported instances where chairs moved on their own and figures of men and women being spotted. The ghosts that linger are said to be pretty friendly though, and seem to like old jazz records. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Houses | Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Restaurants & Bars

  •   Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Los Angeles, CA
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    The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. It dates back to the Golden Era and has seen the likes of many celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, who is said to haunt the location. She lived at the hotel as her fame grew and it is said that she haunts her old room (Room 1200). Guests have reported seeing her apparition in the mirror.... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Hotels & Lodging | Real Haunted Places

  •   Atherton House San Francisco, CA
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    The Atherton House in San Francisco is a 19th-century style home that was built for George Atherton. Rumor has it that he was a successful businessman, but no one knows exactly what his business was. The spirits that are believed to haunt the Atherton House are George himself and his wife, who died a few years before he did. Local legend says that Atherton was sailing either to or... Read More

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    Once Griswold's Old School House, this building has been transformed into multiple shops. Paranormal reports here include the disembodied voices of ghostly children, a white mist, doors that open on their own and an uneasy feeling of being watched. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Colleges

  •   Queen Anne Hotel San Francisco, CA
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    The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco dates back to 1890 and features a Victorian style architecture. When it first opened, the location served as an etiquette school for girls. Although the building now operates as a 48-room hotel, remnants of its past still linger. The hotel is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Miss Mary Lake, the school's late headmistress. She haunts the hotel... Read More

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  •   El Adobe de Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, CA
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    El Adobe de Capistrano is a Mexican restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. The restaurant dates back to 1948 and is a California Historical Landmark. It is located inside a building composed of two historic adobes and was a favorite spot of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The restaurant sits atop the town's old jail and it has been said that a former prisoner haunts the wine cellar, which was... Read More

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  •   Bodie State Historic Park Bridgeport, CA
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    Located in Mono County, The Bodie State Historic Park offers 500 acres for about 75 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. Bodie is an old Gold Rush-era ghost town that features more than 100 structures that still stand today. And rumor has it that the spirits of prospectors still remain as well. The park has a history of manisfestations, including the apparation of a white mule and at... Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Nature & Outdoors (ie. Haunted Woods)

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