Niles Canyon Road

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A woman in a white dress was ran over sometime in the 1920’s. Some people have seen a woman in a bloddy white gown walking along this road and hikers using the secret sidewalk have supposedly gone missing trying to aid this woman.

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Niles Canyon Rd
Fremont, CA 94536
United States

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37.5919283, -121.93707619999998
Alameda County, California
Nearest Towns:
Sunol, CA (2.7 mi.)
Fremont, CA (4.1 mi.)
Union City, CA (4.5 mi.)
Pleasanton, CA (5.9 mi.)
Newark, CA (7.1 mi.)
Dublin, CA (7.6 mi.)
Fairview, CA (8.4 mi.)
Hayward, CA (9.5 mi.)
Castro Valley, CA (10.8 mi.)
Cherryland, CA (10.9 mi.)


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  1. she is real !! my wife and I both saw her once while driving thru the canyon. heading toward Fremont just before the cement bridge

  2. Oh yeah I grew up in the Fremont area and heard different variations of “lady in white ” while growing up and bought it hook ,line and sinker , after all we didn’t have the internet when I was growing up .You had to go the library and search through archives hoping to find more details . Years later did a web search and found that story has no basis in fact . There are no newspaper articles or records that pertain to a fatal accident on or about that date in 1938 . It is just our version of the hitchhiker urban legend . However in the 50’s Clarence Shivers was picked up by deputies on suspicion of impersonating a ghost and two years later twenty or thirty teenagers were discovered hiding along the road with sheets over their heads .

  3. I saw a ghost and there were five witnesses. I saw it with my own two eyes. Appeared from nowhere, right side of road just before bridge heading toward Fremont. Long hair, holding arm, looked straight at my eyes for what felt like eternity. I swerved then it was right next to passenger window. It faded toward bottom and looked to me to be a man with long hair. I will never forget. I was a self declared atheist before this moment. It was my junior prom night, I was completely sober and truck in front of me did not seem to see it. My friends who were driving behind me saw it too. As soon as we got to destination they jumped out of car and ran over screaming, “did you see that ghost?!”. Their dates were crying, I was totally freaked out. When I saw it I yelled WTF was that?! My date and friend immediately responded, “that was a ghost!”
    Still to this day, 24 years later if ever I run into any one of these people the first thing we say is, “do you remember that ghost?” It is not a fake story. I saw a ghost. So did five other people. I did not perceive it as a woman or see a white dress. I saw a hippyish looking man in a pink shirt but the body faded toward bottom. It looked right at me. I went home and slept with my mom because I was so scared. I have never before seen or believed in ghosts. When you see it with your own two eyes there is no denying that it is true.
    Believe what you want, not trying to jump on a bandwagon about a white dressed girl. Happened to have been my prom night I saw this ghost. Coincidence? Maybe? Who cares? I saw it. I grew up driving that road, thousands of times. That night I saw what I saw and I wasn’t the only one. Scared the shut out of me.

  4. I heard many stories about the “lady in white”! As i was a non believer, i had a crazy encounter on the secret sidewalk! I am a graffiti artist n was about to start my sketch n i heard something walking. I instantly hid thinking it was the police! About a minute later i see a pretty lady in a white dress. I came out of hidding n asked her if she was okay. She said yes n asked me 4 a cigarette. I was dumbfounded but i said yes. I got my cigarettes out to hand to her, n when i looked up she was gone! Crazy n i had a friend with me who also seen her!

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