Haunted Roads and Areas

Want to live in a ghost town – for free?

Recently a family member spotted an article of interest in House Beautiful to the readers of this blog: Dream Job Alert: Live in a Haunted Ghost Town — for Free! (Talk about having interesting neighbors.)

Here’s a snippet – click on the link below to see the entire article.

It may not be tops on your bucket list, but admit it: The idea of staying, even just for a night, in a ghost town sounds intriguing. Well, now you can — and all for free. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help manage Garnet Ghost Town, a Montana mining town more that’s more than 100 years old, and has been mostly abandoned for nearly that long.

As part of the deal, residents will assist the full-time professional staff in guiding tours, maintaining the historic structures, and brushing and cutting trails. Fans of modern amenities, beware: The town has no electricity, running water, or wi-fi. But housing is free, and the Bureau will even provide a small stipend to volunteers.


Slideshow of Spooky Ghost Towns

A friend sent me a link to this online slideshow of haunted places in the US.  Hope you like it!


San Jose Ghost Stories at “We and Our Neighbors”

Love a good ghost story? You’ll have  chance to hear some Silicon Valley ghost tales on Saturday, October 16th, 2010 at 1pm. Deb Wible, who collects and chronicles San Jose area hauntings, will be sharing legends, history and experiences at the We and Our Neighbors center. (This neat old building is 100 years old, by the way!)

There is no charge to attend but donations are gratefully accepted.  If you wish to join in the spooky fun, please RSVP to WeAndOurNeighbors@gmail.com.

We and Our Neighbors is located at  15480 Union Avenue in San Jose (in Cambrian Park on the Los Gatos border – located at the intersection of Los Gatos-Almaden Road and Union Avenue). Parking is very limited at the site but you can park at the Union School District Office parking lot across the street – the group has permission to use it on weekends for events at the center.

A & E TV Features “Haunted Map”

A & E Haunted MapA & E Television, the producers of “Paranormal State”, now features an online map displaying haunted locations across the United States.

The page directs viewers to “Click the symbols on the map to explore paranormal experiences, stories and phenomena from across the United States.”

Would You Live in a Haunted House? Annie Wilder Does!

Annie Wilder has lived in a haunted house for the last ten years, and she has no plans to move.  She has an appreciative sense of adventure about the whole thing.  To get a glimpse into her experience, read her article, “Living With Spirits“, found on the Llewelyn site.

A friend of mine sent this to me because Annie ties together her religious upbringing (raised Catholic) with her comfortableness, generally, with the concept of spirits and an awareness of the existence of the deceased.  That is not unlike the answer I offer when people ask about my interest in ghosts and my background (I’m Catholic with degrees in theology, a field I love even if it’s not my paid employment at this time in my life). 

Annie is a good writer and I suspect that the two books she’s written are as nicely put together as this article.  I plan to give them a read this year.

Haunted New Mexico Adobe Building for Sale – Bids on ebay!

Haunted New Mexico Property for SaleIf you’re one of the few real estate buyers who’d really like to buy (and not just see) a haunted property, you now have your chance.  Josh Bond, the owner, emailed me a story and some links on this fascinating bit of haunted real estate, so I wanted to share it with my readers. The bid is open until – of course – Halloween 2009.

This is not just your typical old adobe.  It was one a stagecoach stop, store and saloon and hails from the days of the wild west (1850s). Oh, if the walls could speak!  It was damaged in an electrical fire a few years back. Is Bond sure it’s haunted?  He is.  He contacted the West Coast  Ghost and Paranormal Society (WCGPS), which investigated in May 2009 and found “evidence of voices, shaking door handles and footsteps when no person was present”.  Living there full time, he had the sense that he wasn’t alone, so the findings came as no surprise to him.

For information on the property, see http://www.CucilloBar.com and to write your bid on it, visit the ebay link.

Book: Haunts of San Jose by David Lee

Yesterday I was at Borders at Oakridge Mall, in San Jose, and under the “local interest” section found a book written in 2008 by David Lee on local haunts in Santa Clara County.  I recall being phoned a year or two ago by someone putting together a book along these lines and wish I could remember if it was the same person – I suspect so but am not positive.

“Haunts of San Jose” is a paperback book and runs just about $15.  Although it’s titled,”Haunts of San Jose”, the area covered is more extensive than that, including places in Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Felton and others.

This is the first book I’ve seen that’s focused on ghost stories in the San Jose area in particular. One of the best things about the book is the collection of photographs – clearly this author spent some time visiting sites personally and not just going off of hearsay. It is well organized too, by either geographical area or topic (as in “haunted schools”).  At under 200 pages, the book is a very manageable length, too.

While “Haunts of San Jose” has good breadth, it does not have a lot of depth and the writing itself is poorly done (stylistically) – this is one book that should have had a co-author to make it a more enjoyable read.  Many stories are glossed over and some of the more interesting aspects of some places are not mentioned at all.  For example, Trials Pub in San Jose has a fascinating history (there’s a holding cell or two in the basement that used to be called into use when the jail was at overflow levels, and executions happened behind the building). 

Several haunted spots were not mentioned at all, such as Bella Saratoga, formerly the site of the Saratoga News, which is very well known locally as a haunted place. Another location said to be haunted is the Mountain Winery – no mention of this either.  At the same time, though, the book sleuthed out a few places that I did not know about – and I appreciated the new (to me) info. 

On the whole, Haunts of San Jose is a good, general overview of haunted places in and close to San Jose, and I would suggest that local ghosthunters get a copy and read it as it is a very good starting point for doing more exploration on your own.

Sightings in Los Gatos: Is Poet’s Canyon (the Area Near The Cats) Haunted?

The Cats of Los GatosToday I received a comment on my Live in Los Gatos blog regarding the Cats, Leo and Leona, which guard the entrance to Poet’s Canyon in Los Gatos. Is the area haunted? The writer, Kenny, heard rumors about it and is wondering if there’s more information about this available. Below are his comments. If you know anything, please leave your comment here!

Posted by: Kenny Date: Nov. 2, 2008 My English teacher told us a story about the “Stone Cats of Los Gatos”.  Back in college, he took folklore, and as part of that class, he, in a group of 5 other people, had to find a local story or legend and make a presentation.   Well, they heard the story of these stone cats of Los gatos.  They’re on either side of a gate off highway 17 just before the Los Gatos exit headed towards Santa Cruz.  They decided to take a trip up there one night to see the cats and head up the road beyond them.  The local legend had it that in the forest beyond the cats lived a troupe of albino cannibals.  So, these 6 idiot college kids found the gate, popped it open, and headed up the road beyond.  about a mile in, they start to see a shitload of red eyes in the forest around them.  Everybody starts freaking out.  Then suddenly, their truck dies.  So the three guys in the group (my teacher included) decide to head up the road (not back the way they came, remember: idiot college kids) to find a house to call for help.  Sure enough, they find a house.  My professor insists that he remembers this house vividly, and the other two guys say they saw exactly the same thing.  They get 50 feet away from the house, and it vanishes.  The three run back to the truck down the road, scaring the heck out of the girls in the truck.  They eventually get the truck started, and haul back down to the highway.  As they exit the gate, they look back at the stone cats.  The eyes of the cats are glowing red. Whats the scoop on stuff like this?

Resurrection Mary (near Chicago)

I thought this was really interesting and wanted to share it with all of you!

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