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Calico Ghost Town

Calico Ghost Town, founded in 1881, is a historic silver mining town where some people struck it rich and others lost everything. Like most western towns, Calico rip-roared with saloons and bordellos, but it was also considered more family-oriented than other boom-towns. The ghosts of Calico are many and varied, including friendly town drunks, billiard players, miners who still toil, …

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Biltmore Hotel

Americans have always been fascinated by the idea of stardom. Perhaps that is why some call Los Angeles the “land of broken dreams.” Many a high school drama student has packed his or her things and moved to the land of glitz and glamour in hopes of becoming a star. More often than not, it ends in heartache. Such is …

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Santa Susana Pass Road

The Santa Susana Pass Road, which winds through the rocky sagebrushcovered hills connecting the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth to the east side of Simi Valley, was once a dusty stagecoach trail back in the 19th century. It was also home to Spahn’s Movie Ranch—a deserted former studio ranch infamous as the Manson Family hideout in the 1960s. Before being …

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Laurel Canyon and Lookout Mountain

 Up in the Hollywood hills, above the hustle and bustle of the city and not far from the allegedly haunted ruins of Harry Houdini’s old burned-out mansion, lies the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Lookout Mountain Road. It is an area of frequent ghost sightings. In the summer of 2000, I was hired to do tarot readings for a …

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Mission La Purisima – Lompoc

The restored Mission La Purisima de Conception near Lompoc, California, looks much like it did when it was inhabited by Spanish priests and a working population of “neophytes”—the Chumash natives of the central coast. The low, neat buildings include chapels, living quarters for the padres and soldiers, kitchens, a springhouse, and weaving, and other workrooms are spread out, surrounded by …

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The San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge

 The Golden Gate Bridge is worldfamous for attracting suicides, but its neighbor, the 4.5-mile San FranciscoOakland Bay Bridge, boasts the bay area’s most impressive and reliable ghost. Littleknown outside the local populace, this phantom is so frequently spotted that instead of watching for the apparition, some commuters watch for other drivers’ double-takes when they see the ghost. The double-decker bridge …

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Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House is a sprawling, 160-room mansion south of San Francisco built in the 19th century for the pleasure of Ghosts by Sarah Winchester, the heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. The legend of how this house came to be, and what took place within its rooms, is a bizarre one. During the American Civil War, Sarah met William …

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Whaley House

Whaley House Haunted 19th-century house in San Diego built on land where executions took place. Several ghosts inhabit the Whaley House, including one of San Diego’s most celebrated criminals, Yankee Jim Robinson. The house is considered one of the most actively haunted houses in America. History The builder of the Whaley House was Thomas Whaley, born on October 5, 1823, …

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San Francisco Art Institute Museum

San Francisco Art Institute Museum thought to be haunted by the troublesome spirits attached to an old CEMETERY. The San Francisco Art Institute, located at 800 Chestnut Street in Russian Hill, is in one of the most haunted parts of the city. The institute opened in 1927, and stories of weird happenings, especially in the bell tower, circulated immediately. In …

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Queen Mary

Queen Mary Haunted ocean liner, now a hotel. One of the most elegant and fastest passenger ships of the Cunard White Star Line, the RMS Queen Mary also served as a troopship during World War II. It now sits in drydock in Long Beach, California, reconditioned as a hotel. But it is the Queen Mary’s reputation as one of the …

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