Reportedly haunted locations in California

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The following are reportedly haunted locations in California, in the United States. This list is sorted by county.

Los Angeles County[edit]

  • The Lincoln Heights Jail in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles is allegedly haunted by the seven inmates who were beaten to death by guards on what is known today as Bloody Christmas.[1]
  • Vogue Theater projection room is said to be haunted by a ghost named "Fritz" who was a former projectionist at the Vogue Theater. [2]

Orange County[edit]

  • El Adobe de Capistrano Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano, which comprises the home of Miguel Yorba built in 1797 and the town's Juzgado (court and jail) built in 1812,[3] is reputed to house a ghost in former jail cell, now the restaurant's wine cellar.[4] In addition there have been reports of a headless friar in front of the restaurant.[4]

San Diego County[edit]

Whaley House
  • The Whaley House in San Diego was built by the Thomas Whaley family in 1857.[5] The home once hosted the town courthouse, general store, granary, theater, and morgue. It evolved into a commercial hub of early San Diego, before "New Town" was developed several miles to the south. This National Historic Landmark, now a museum, is allegedly haunted by members of the Whaley family as well as a man who was hanged on the spot before the house was built. It has been called "the most haunted house in America" by Life Magazine.[6]

San Francisco County[edit]

  • The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco is a historic hotel in Pacific Heights. The Hotel used to be a girls boarding school in the 1800s. The headmaster, Mary Lake is believed to still haunt the hotel.[7]

Santa Clara County[edit]

  • In Sunnyvale, Toys "R" Us employees have claimed seeing unusual rearranging of toys in the aisles, and reported sightings of a man in his thirties dressed in old clothing. Most customers are completely unaware of this legend.[8][9]
Winchester Mystery House

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Tough Cell - Los Angeles Times". 1997-09-10. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Haunted Hollywood - Hollywood's most-haunted hot spots and the legendary ghosts who inhabit them". Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  3. ^ Hoover, Mildred Brooke and Douglas E. Kyle, Historic Spots in California, p. 264, Stanford Univ. Press 2002.
  4. ^ a b Rubin, Saul, Southern California Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, p. 130, Pequot 2004.
  5. ^ Whaley House Museum. Retrieved on 2010-11-04.
  6. ^ Bell, Diane (October 28, 2011). "Get into the Halloween spirits at a real haunted house". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Auerbach, L.; Martin, A. (2011). The Ghost Detectives' Guide to Haunted San Francisco. Linden Publishing Company, Incorporated. ISBN 9781610350679. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Boubion, Gina (April 26, 1993). "Ghost Lets Playful Side Show in Pranks at Haunted Toy Store". The Houston Chronicle. pp. A2. 
  9. ^ Koeppel, Dan (June 23, 1991). "Ghost Sightings Aren't Spooking Sales at Toys 'R' Us". Chicago Tribune. pp. C8.