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The Definitive Guide To All Things Haunted And Creepy In Northern California

Northern California is no stranger to creepy haunted and abandoned places. You’ll find terrifying tales regarding the paranormal in just about every corner of NorCal. Many of these stem from our region’s rich history with the Gold Rush era, including long-abandoned mining camps and the towns that cropped up to accommodate the influx of people. Exploring these places gives us insight into what life was like back in California’s early days, but you can also end up with an experience of the unexplained variety. Here’s the definitive guide to the creepy spots that should be on your radar when you’re up for seeking out the strange. Watch your back when visiting these haunted places in Northern California. You never know who (or what) is watching you!


5 Creepy Facts About Northern California

1. Some of the most prolific serial killers in history left their mark on Northern California, including a killer by the name of Dorothea Puente. A woman of a certain age, Puente doesn’t fit the profile of the typical serial killer, but her crimes were just as heinous. Puente lived in Sacramento and was convicted of killing at least nine people at her F Street home.

2. A horrific crime that occurred in the small town of Keddie is believed to be the inspiration for the 2008 film The Strangers. Known as the Keddie Murders, four victims were tragically killed on an April evening in 1981. The case remains unsolved to this day.

3. Mount Shasta is a popular recreation destination in Northern California, but it’s also famously shrouded in several mysterious legends. Some even say that there is an underground city below the beloved mountain! These legends may seem far-fetched at first, but you’d be surprised by how many are adamant about the mountain’s spiritual presence.

4. There’s a place called Confusion Hill along the famous Avenue of Giants that seems to defy the natural laws of the universe.  The attraction’s Gravity House perplexes visitors with a seemingly strange gravitational pull that distorts the reality of anybody who enters.

5. Located in San Jose, the Winchester Mystery House was once famously the residence of Sarah Winchester. After her husband, the gun magnate William Winchester, died from illness, Sarah used her inheritance to build the giant Victorian mansion. As the story goes, a medium told her the only way to make amends with the souls who died from Winchester rifles was to build a mansion large enough to house their spirits in the afterlife.