Old Sacramento Cemetery

Sacramento, California, USA

BUILT: Unknown
STATUS: Still standing


Over the years, more than 36,000 people have been buried in the Sacramento Cemetery, and many of them haunt the grounds. There have been several tales of ghosts in the cemetery, such as the haunting of William Brown, a railroad engineer who died on September 26th, 1880 during a train accident.

One of the sadder tales from the Sacramento is that of May Woolsey, a twelve-year-old girl who contracted encephalitis from mosquitos and died in 1879. Shortly after her death, she appeared to her parents as an apparition and said: “I’m not yet dead, but I’m waiting for you on the other side.”

Exactly 100 years later on the day of her death, the family who owned the home were renovating it when they found a trunk of toys and belongings in one of the walls. The house was owned by the Woolseys during the 1800s, and the trunk belonged to May.

Those who visit her grave say that they can feel her presence, and they often leave items such as marbles, buttons, and coins for her. The cemetery’s officials are still in awe over an incident involving the bodies of John Wesley Reeves and his daughter, Ella. The two were exhumed from their 90-year-old cast iron coffins as requested years ago, and their skin was still smooth with its natural color.

Other apparitions include a mourning couple dressed in black, a mysterious pit bull who follows visitors around and vanishes, and a little girl who plays by her grave.


  1. Forgotten USA. “3229,” www.ForgottenUSA.com



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