The Sacramento City Library (also known as Central Branch) was built in 1918 based on designs by Loring P. Rixford. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 30th, 1992. The library is haunted by an unseen entity. In the Sacramento Room, the sound of shelving moving, books being pulled out, and rustling Mylar have been heard coming from no apparent source. Books have also been known to disappear and reappear from the shelves. The glass doors close by themselves.
In 1994, a woman named Christine Skubish and her son, Nick, were going to start a new life in Southern California. Everything looked alright after she left her family’s home, located near Sacramento. However, her father received a call two days later stating that Christine never arrived.
Originally, the mansion was owned by its builder, Shelton C. Fogus, who was a wealthy building merchant in Sacramento, California. Leland Stanford, who was an upcoming politician of the Republican Party and the president of the Central Pacific Railroad, bought the house in June, 1861 for $8,000; this was only a short while before the election that would result in his governorship. The Stanford Mansion was his home as well as the state’s executive office. After his two-year term, Frederick Low and Henry Huntly Haight took the mansion respectively. Due to the flooding from the Sacramento River, Stanford had to attend his inauguration via rowboat in 1862. This led to the house needing to be raised twelve feet above ground level, as flooding was rather common. An additional two stories were added and the what-was 4,000 square feet large mansion (370 square meters) was expanded to a massive 19,000, becoming a four-story, French-design inspired mansion.
Built by Englishman John Wells Snowball in 1877, the Snowball Mansion belonged to the Snowball family until 1944. The mansion was built for Lucy Knight Snowball, John’s wife, and everything was happy up until one fateful night. Lucy had gone to check on their only child and discovered that it wasn’t breathing, and had died of unknown causes.
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.