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.

Butte County[edit]

  • The local Bangor fire-station 55 was allegedly haunted for several years by a wailing spirit. In 2009 the station was torn down, releasing the spirit which according to legend can still be heard echoing through the hills to this day.

Los Angeles County[edit]

Monterey County[edit]

  • Restaurant 1833 in Monterey takes its name from the year the building was built. Previously it was Stokes Bar & Restaurant, named for proprietor James Stokes, an English sailor who masqueraded as a physician. He committed suicide after his sons caught him in flagrante with his daughter and now haunts his former bar, along with Hattie Gragg, a later tenant of the place. Patrons reportedly hear an unseen person whisper "Excuse me, can you help me?"[3]

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,[4] is reported to house a ghost in former jail cell, now the restaurant's wine cellar.[5] In addition there have been reports of a headless friar in front of the restaurant.[5]

San Diego County[edit]

Whaley House
  • The Whaley House in San Diego was built by the Thomas Whaley family in 1857.[6] 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.[7]
  • Near the Whaley House is the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant, also known for at least one ghost in residence, the daughter of its original owner Juan Bandini. Reports also claim hauntings by a wandering cat and Lady in Red.

San Francisco[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.[8]

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.[9][10]
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. ^ Hunt, Kristin. "18 of the Creepiest Haunted Bars and Restaurants in America". Thrillist. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ Hoover, Mildred Brooke and Douglas E. Kyle, Historic Spots in California, p. 264, Stanford Univ. Press 2002.
  5. ^ a b Rubin, Saul, Southern California Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, p. 130, Pequot 2004.
  6. ^ Whaley House Museum. Retrieved on 2010-11-04.
  7. ^ Bell, Diane (October 28, 2011). "Get into the Halloween spirits at a real haunted house". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  8. ^ Auerbach, L.; Martin, A. (2011). The Ghost Detectives' Guide to Haunted San Francisco. Linden Publishing Company, Incorporated. ISBN 9781610350679. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Boubion, Gina (April 26, 1993). "Ghost Lets Playful Side Show in Pranks at Haunted Toy Store". The Houston Chronicle. pp. A2.
  10. ^ Koeppel, Dan (June 23, 1991). "Ghost Sightings Aren't Spooking Sales at Toys 'R' Us". Chicago Tribune. pp. C8.