Haunted Places in Grass Valley, California



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    Holbrooke Hotel

    Grass Valley, California

    The Holbrooke Hotel has a lot of history and a lot of famous former guests. From Ulysses S. Grant to Mark Twain this place did not suffer from a lack of swanky clientele. There are a variety of ghostly rumors that surround this place that was also home ...


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    Del Oro Theatre

    Grass Valley, California

    This theater is said to be haunted by several resident ghosts.


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    National Exchange Hotel

    Nevada City, California

    3.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This is considered to be the oldest operating hotel in California, and possibly all of the West. Established in 1856, it has been in continuous operation except for a brief period where it was closed down due to fire damage and repaired.  People have reported seeing full body apparitions of ...


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    Stonehouse Brewery

    Nevada City, California

    3.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The brewery tunnels underneath the Stonehouse Brewery are said to be haunted by Chinese immigrants who were killed there. The site and its spooky tunnels have been featured on the TV show Ghost Adventures.


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    Nevada County Hospital

    Nevada City, California

    4.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This building has stood for 150 years, but in 2001, its foundation was rocked by a shooting spree which killed two. The building itself is full of asbestos, so if you would like to investigate, protect yourself. Those who were brought to the building's morgue are thought to still be ...


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    The Round Room

    Grass Valley, California

    See the map for the precise location of the Round Room: past the fairgrounds 5 miles to the dump, left on next road (Wolf Mountain) for 1/4 mile, and before the dead end at the top of the mountain, a sharp left on a short dirt driveway. Reported to be ...


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    Latitudes Restaurant Site

    Auburn, California

    22.2 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    While it was open, people used to report walking past a table where a hooded figure was seated, only to vanish when people did a double-take. It could possibly be the ghost of a teenager who lost her daughter and then would sit in that same exact spot for the ...


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    Manzanita Cemetery

    Lincoln, California

    23 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Legend has it that a wildfire once skipped this 1800s cemetery, parting to burn completely around it. Dark shadows and strange noises have been reported inside.


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    Georgetown Fire Department - Station 61

    Georgetown, California

    24.6 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    A ghost has been caught on camera at this fire station. Appearing to be someone who once lived during the town's mining days, he stood near the building, smiled, and pointed at the map while the firefighters were practicing drills.


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    American River Inn

    Georgetown, California

    24.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Host to a long history, this inn is rumored to be situated near the site of a mine shaft that claimed the lives of several miners back in the gold rush days. The inn itself however is believed to be haunted by the ghost of another miner, one who ...


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    Georgetown Hotel

    Georgetown, California

    24.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Reportedly haunted by the ghost of the former owner. He is often seen throughout the hotel and has a particular affinity for Room 13. Many people claim to have been woken up in the middle of the night when staying in that room.


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    Downieville River Inn and Resort

    Downieville, California

    26.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Allegedly haunted, possibly by its former owner dating back from the goldrush days. Reports are that a ghost likes to climb into bed with you at night.


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    Prospectors Road

    Garden Valley, California

    28.1 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    According to legend, miners who boasted about striking it rich would walk along this road only to be ambushed. Hikers have reported seeing a phantom miner who points his finger and stalks the living until they are off of the road. Submitted by Chris Berglund


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    Marysville Cemetery

    Marysville, California

    28.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The cemetery here has a few ghosts, multiple have been picked up on EVP. Glowing lights have been picked up on photograph and mysterious figures have been seen roaming about. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Mary Aaron Museum

    Marysville, California

    28.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Frank Aaron, who died here, is said to be found in his old room. Voices and footsteps can be heard and full-bodied figures have been seen. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Silver Dollar

    Marysville, California

    28.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Juan Corona, who killed 25 migrant workers near this area, once was associated this building and there's a belief his victims might, also. The building was also once a brothel and some of the former ladies who worked here have been spotted (usually in 19th century attire). (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Sierra Nevada House

    Coloma, California

    29.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    A variety of haunted activity is reported at the Sierra Nevada House. People claim moving objects, electrical items being turned on and off, and ghostly voices and footsteps.


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    Marshall Gold Discovery Park - Wah Hop Store

    Placerville, California

    30.2 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    At Marshall Gold Discovery Park, the Wah Hop and Man Lee Stores, visitors can see exhibits of the remains of a Chinese colony including mining methods, tools and household articles. Reports say phantom sounds abound here, including murmuring voices and the sound of a meat cleaver chopping on a butchers' ...


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    Robert Bell's General Store

    Coloma, California

    30.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The 1849 brick store building accommodated a large community of gold miners around Sutter's Mill. Many witnesses have reported hearing the phantom sound of a long-gone bell, which some speculate was once an indicator that a customer had come in.


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    Marshall's Monument

    Placerville, California

    30.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The Gold Rush started on June 24, 1848, when James Marshall found 2 gold nuggets caught in the waterwheel at the logging mill he operated with John Sutter. From then on, he was followed wherever he went by desperate men who wanted to follow in his footsteps and strike it ...


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    Pioneer Cemetery

    Placerville, California

    30.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    At Pioneer Cemetery, witnesses say an apparition of a lady in a burgundy dress with her hair in a bun comes to, as legend has it, watch over the Schieffer family. She also has been seen by the roadside, beckoning for passersby to come to the cemetery for a visit.


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    Vineyard House

    Placerville, California

    30.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The Vineyard House is rumored to be haunted by its original owners, Robert and Louisa Chalmers. So the famous story goes, Robert Chalmers began to display signs of mental illness, so Louisa chained him up in the basement where he starved to death. Apparitions, strange sounds, screams and clanging have ...


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    Sequoia Restaurant

    Placerville, California

    36.3 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This 1853 former private residence is now an antique-furnished restaurant, serving up delightful local cuisine and a variety of ghost stories. Rumour has it that a ghostly child has been seen playing in the garden and that a former owner, Colonel Bee, has been seen in the dining room ...


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    Union Cemetery

    Placerville, California

    36.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    A man in red will follow people around. Guests will see him in the corner of their eyes and sometimes start to feel unwelcomed. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    The Seasons Bed and Breakfast

    Placerville, California

    36.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The historic inn dates back to 1859, when the property was a stamp mill during the gold rush era. Guests and staff nowadays have reported a friendly female apparition known as 'Martha', who has been known to rearrange furniture and sundry items in rooms to her specific taste. (Submitted by ...


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    Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Placerville, California

    36.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This 1902 historic house was formerly the private residence of the town mayor, and is now a delightful bed and breakfast inn. It is believed that the ghost that haunts the inn is a former owner and builder, who has been seen standing at the foot of guests beds. ...


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    Gothic Rose Antiques

    Placerville, California

    36.6 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    At this circa 1872 antiques store, the apparition of a bearded man known as 'Tom' has appeared to a tarot card reader on several occasions. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Cary House

    Placerville, California

    36.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The ghost of a man is said to haunt the lobby and some people claim a cat is haunting room 220. It is said there are four separate ghosts in the building, but specifics are hard to come by so you'll just have to go check it out and ...


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    El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

    Placerville, California

    36.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This site of this 1923 building was formerly the location of a hangman's tree, and is rumoured to be one of the creepiest places in town. Staff working in the building have reported encountering a bearded man dressed in black peering over the staircase, and staring down into the ...


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    Cozmic Cafe

    Placerville, California

    36.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Formerly the Placerville Soda Works, the café is the local hub for arts, fine food and ghost stories. Lore tells of a young boy who was crushed by a hydraulic lift and appears to staff, while others say a tunnel that runs beneath the building is haunted by a ...


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    Bass Lake Road

    Rescue, California

    37.6 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Two ghosts have been reported along Bass Lake Road. One is a girl in a white gown who has been seen near the reservoir at the bend. The other is an old man who appears, smiling, sitting on a bench that was dedicated to him.


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    Cherokee Cemetery

    Oroville, California

    38.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Legend has it that in the 1800s, the town sweetheart was murdered, and as punishment, her murderer was burned alive in his house across from the cemetery. Witnesses visiting the cemetery have heard his loud heavy footsteps. Another legend says that those who place flowers at a certain child's grave, ...


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    Sailor Bar

    Fair Oaks, California

    41.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Sailor Bar is a historic park that was named as such because the area was originally settled by gold-seeking sailors. Now visitors can go rafting, fishing and horseback riding here or else just check out the site's natural beauty. It is said that the park has a ghost, as well: ...


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    Donner Memorial State Park

    Truckee, California

    45 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The ghost of Tamsen Donner, one of the famed Donner Party who had to resort to cannibalism after becoming trapped here, is said to roam the grounds at night. Witnesses have seen her as a yellowish, glowing, female figure who hovers above the ground.


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    The Richardson House

    Truckee, California

    47.3 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    In Christine's Room (named after the woman who once occupied it), Christine can be seen standing by the window. She is usually very solemn and believed to be mourning her children. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Iceland Ice-Skating Rink

    Sacramento, California

    47.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Sacramento's oldest ice skating rink is said to be haunted by the ghost of "Pops" Kerth, who was the father of Sacramento city councilman and mayoral candidate Rob Kerth. Witnesses say Pops makes his rounds at around 4 a.m.


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    Depot Cafe and Restaurant

    Magalia, California

    49.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Magalia Depot, aka Depot Cafe and Restaurant, was a train depot before it became an eatery in 1977. Witnesses here have seen apparitions and heard voices and banging noises, and seen objects fall off shelves. Some employees have had their hair pulled or shoulder grabbed by something invisible, and a ...


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    Dorothea Puente House

    Sacramento, California

    49.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The Puente House was a boarding house for senior citizens, but owner Dorothea Puente was convicted of murdering her tenants and burying them in the yard so she could cash in their social security checks. Photographs taken of the house have shown anomalies and ectoplasm mist.


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    The Martinez House

    Sacramento, California

    49.6 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The Martinez House was the site of a mass murder committed by a man killed everyone in the house: family all the way down to his grandchildren, house staff, even the cat. When the Martinez family bought the house in 1976, they reported seeing apparitions of an Asian man in ...


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    Sacramento Theatre Company

    Sacramento, California

    49.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Five ghosts, maybe more, are said to reside at the Sacramento Theater Company. Pinky, a former stagehand, is the most famous. He was granted this nickname because his apparition has a pinkish glow. Witnesses also have noted footsteps on stage after closing, the figure of a man walking the halls, ...


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    Sacramento City Library

    Sacramento, California

    49.8 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The Sacramento City Library is haunted by an unseen presence, as its employees will tell you. In the library's Sacramento Room, witnesses have described the sound of Mylar rustling or the sound of shelving or pulling out books when no one is there. Books on the library shelves seem to ...


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    Old Sacramento Tunnels

    Sacramento, California

    49.9 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Reports tell us that the series of tunnels under Old Sacramento were the town's original streets before they were raised above sea level against flooding. Legend has it that the tunnels became establishments of ill repute, such as opium dens, brothels and occult practitioners' hideouts, and witnesses have felt a ...


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    Old Sacramento State Historic Park

    Sacramento, California

    50 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This busy tourist attraction, museum complex and festival site is full of historic buildings, and therefore, a favorite spot for the spirits of those who lived there long ago. The park is visited by more than 5 million people a year - and that doesn't count the many spirits of ...


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    Sand Cove Park

    Sacramento, California

    50.1 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Ghost lights have been spotted at Sand Cove Park as well as the voice of a woman saying "te papa" in a place near the Sacramento River. Some surmise that the site once held a mine shaft where someone passed away or was an ancient burial ground.


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    Leland Stanford Mansion

    Sacramento, California

    50.2 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The 1800s Leland Stanford Mansion is 19,000 square feet in four stories, and was fully restored in 2005. It is a state park and a venue for upscale legislative functions. It is said to be haunted by Leland Stanford's 15-year-old son, Leland Stanford Jr., who died of typhoid fever while ...


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    Julia Morgan House

    Sacramento, California

    50.4 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Co-workers at the time in the late 1990s heard children crying, images of a man in a top hat and concentrated areas where the smell of grilled onions would invade our sense of smell. This personally happened to me twice. A neighborhood cat would often accompany me into the building ...


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    Sacramento City Cemetery

    Sacramento, California

    51.3 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Reports say there are many ghosts and apparitions of all shapes and sizes at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Among them are a ghost girl seen playing near her headstone, a phantom pit bull who follows visitors and then simply disappears, and a couple wearing all black.


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    Woodland Opera House

    Woodland, California

    53.5 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    The original opera house on the site burnt down in 1892, and was rebuilt three years later in 1895. It is from the fire, however, that the building's resident ghost is believed to have stemmed. Theatre patrons have reported seen the apparition of a disgruntled fireman who died in ...


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    Porter Building

    Woodland, California

    53.6 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    This historic building is rumoured to be haunted, according to a band of musicians who used to practise on the second floor in the early hours of morning. The group would hear knocks on the doors and walls, running footsteps in the hallways and childish giggling, but the source ...


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    California State University - Laxson Auditorium

    Chico, California

    54.7 miles from Grass Valley, CA

    Laxson Auditorium at California State University is believed to be haunted by the spirit of an elderly theatergoer. Performers have noticed her apparition sitting in a balcony seat.


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