Ghost: Dolly Varden

Sighting: Whaley House, San Diego, California, USA History Dolly Varden, the Whaley family dog, was a terrier who died of natural causes. She has been seen running into the dining room. In many cases, she licks people’s toes or legs, and she is primarily seen by young children.

Nature: Mill Creek

Location: Yucaipa, California, USA Discovered: Unknown Type: Creek Status: Still standing History Mill Creek is haunted by the spirit of a young man named Anthony Garcia. One day, he was out walking his dogs, and one of them turned on him. Dragging him in the water by the neck, Anthony screamed out the name of his lover,…

Road: Pendleton Road

Location: Yucaipa, California, USA Built: Unknown Type: Road Status: Open History Pendleton Road is haunted by the “Red Lady”. During the 1950s, she was killed in a car accident. The story goes that she had crawled out of her vehicle to find help. Police later found her dead body half a mile away from the crash. Sources…

House: Wildwood Highlands

Location: Yucaipa, California, USA Built: Unknown Status: Still standing History Wildwood Highlands in Yucaipa, California is an enormous mansion where four sisters lived. Fredrico, the pool boy, became extremely jealous when the oldest sister began dating the gardener, Pedro. One night, he snapped and decided to stab each of the four sisters. He then proceeded to throw them from the top bedroom…

Mortuary: The Turner and Stevens Mortuary

Location: Alhambra, California, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: ? – ? Type: Mortuary Status: Open History The Turner and Stevens Mortuary is haunted by the spirits of a mean elderly woman, the little boy she is after, and the man protecting the boy. Activity includes slamming doors, books flying across rooms, and disembodied footsteps. Sometimes, when people walk by the mirrors…

Park: The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)

Location: Disneyland, Anaheim, California, USA Founded: 1962 Type: Ride Status: Open History The Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is haunted by more than the 999 ghosts it is said to have. The ride holds the world record for the most visited dark ride. It took seven years to finish the ride: beginning in 1962, halted in 1966 because of…

Personal Experience: Atascadero State Hospital

Location: Atascadero State Hospital, Atascadero, California, USA Submitted By: Judy Bennett Experience: This experience was reported by one of Ghostly World’s readers, and is based entirely on eyewitness testimony. I saw 3 ghosts while working there. My home which was adjacent to the grounds was also haunted. One that was seen in the dayroom usually early morning…

Restaurant: Adolph’s Restaurant

Location: Santa Cruz, California, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: ? – Present Type: Chinese Restaurant Status: Open History Around the turn of the century, Adolph’s Restaurant was the site of a murder that caused its paranormal activity. Many of the restaurants employees complain about the apparitions that make their appearance at Adolph’s; however, owners refuse to accept…

Hospital: Linda Vista Community Hospital

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Built: 1904 (rebuilt in 1924) Operating Time: 1924 – 1991 Status: Turning into apartments History: The Linda Vista Community Hospital opened in 1904, and it featured its own miniature “farm” of cows, chickens, and a garden in order to provide the patients with fresh butter, milk, eggs, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. The…

Military Building: Fort Humboldt

Location: Eureka, California, USA Built: c. 1850 Operation Time: c. 1850 – ? Type: Fort Status: Still standing History: Fort Humboldt is haunted by a former post commander who died of malaria in 1859. His apparition can be seen looking out the window of the fort’s hospital. Activity includes large, heavy objects being moved across the floor at night, lights…

School: Saint John’s Catholic School

Location: Fresno, California, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: ? – Present Type: Religious School (Catholic) Status: Open History: Saint John’s Catholic School’s rectory was haunted by the ghost of Sister Irenita, a nun who died in 1931. For five years following her death, both students and nuns alike saw her spirit every night. Her appearances occurred up…

School: Washington Elementary School

Location: Alameda, California, USA Built: Unknown Operation Time: ? – Present Type: Elementary School Status: Open History: The Washington Elementary School is haunted by the ghost of a 13-year-old boy who walks around in the halls at night. Other activity includes cold spots, the sound of knocking, and scratching sounds, even when no one is around. It is unknown…