Old Stage Road

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Old Stage Road is the center of a local legend about a woman who was walking along the road and was raped and decapitated by a man who stopped to offer her a ride. Her apparition is said to walk along the road holding her head.

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Old Stage Road
Salinas, CA
United States

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36.686397, -121.5639572
Monterey County, California
Nearest Towns:
Salinas, CA (5.1 mi.)
Boronda, CA (6.2 mi.)
Spreckels, CA (6.4 mi.)
Chualar, CA (8.4 mi.)
Prunedale, CA (8.5 mi.)
San Juan Bautista, CA (11.1 mi.)
Castroville, CA (12.1 mi.)
Marina, CA (13.2 mi.)
Elkhorn, CA (13.7 mi.)
Ridgemark, CA (14.0 mi.)


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  1. I do not know about Old Stage Road but I know Homestead Ave in the old part of town in Salinas is pretty huanted. I grew up there and there was some pretty strange stuff going on there while I was growing up. It is the area just past Hartnell College and Central Park.

  2. Yes Old stage and chualar rd are pretty close to each other, a lot of people have died in these roads, my uncle was driving by chualar rd. and experienced something creepy, there was a woman walking on the side of the road asking for a ride in her night gown he pulled over to open the door for her and she was gone out of no where.

  3. Back in 98′ 4 of us were driving back from salinas form a party and we werw Going back to chualar. We had booze in the car and I was under 21 and driving so we took old stage to avoid the police. one of the guys was wasted while another had a couple of drinks in his system. The other two of us were sober. Between esperanza and chualar rd. We noticed a woman with flowing black hair dressed in white willing down the road.my friends told me to slow down as we approached her. I slowed down to like15mph as we passed her.Thinking nothing about a ghost. The passenger rolled the window down we passed her we noticed She had a very pale face and sunken eyes. And she just looked at us. We were frozen until one of the guys told me to speed up. I floored the gas pedal. I could see her in my side mirror but she disspeared in my rear view Mirror. I tapped the brakes to illuminate the area but she was not there.

    • I live right off old stage and she is still there waiting to get picked up, she doesn’t stay on the road walking anymore. She now shows up in the back of people’s back seat. I officially don’t drive on old stage at night

  4. I’ve driven through Old Stage Rd countless times very late at night. I’ve even been out there with my mountain bike during late evening hours (I stick to dirt roads, not the main road). The only things I’ve seen at night have been suspicious looking vehicles parked on private property to stay out of sight, and people driving with their headlights off in the dark.

    • Lmfao. Thats true. But hey besides the FACT that the bk roads are known for finding dead bodies me and my husband a while bk wen we wer just bf and gf we saw a ufo. It followed us till we got to town then it was gone just like that

  5. When I learned how to drive, my friends and I used to take Old Stage Road a lot, either to pass time or for frights. Usually, nothing occurred out of the ordinary. There has been times though, we’ve felt a presence or saw something. On one occasion, I have felt the seatbelt on me tighten but I am willing to disregard it because seat belts are retractable and move along with the wearer. My friend next to me felt something holding her arm/hand. On another occasion I was driving with my cousin, and two of our friends. Two events happened that night- we were being followed by a large truck with what appeared to be high beams on- we sped ahead and turned on another road and waited for the truck to pass by; it never did. We drove back to town and we switched drivers because I wanted to drink and we took another drive back to Old Stage. I forgot what part we drove and stopped at but my friend turned off the car and turned off the headlights. Well, during that second (literally, it was the second the headlights turned off) after I heard a scream, it wasn’t loud but I could barely hear it. Nobody said nothing until I spoke up, “I’m trippin’ but did you hear that?”, “the scream?” my cousin answered and we all freaked out and turned the car on again and drove off. On a third occasion I drove by myself to my friend’s house- I felt pressure on my feet as I was driving. Again, I can disregard it based on my shoewear but at that time I wore mostly sandals.

  6. I’ve lived on Old Stage Road about a mile south of Natividad Boys Ranch (now Rancho Cielo) my entire life and have never seen, heard or felt anything. I’m 43 now so it’s been YEARS.

  7. I grew in Salinas, so I’m familiar with this local legend. Friends and I have driven down this road a few times for little scare thrills. I have never seen the woman myself, though we have tried, but there is definitely something “off” about this particular road. While back roads are always a little creepy late at night, this one is just wrong in a lot of ways. We’ve seen marks left in the road, articles of clothing on the side that weren’t there when we went one way or we hadn’t noticed until coming back. The strangest and creepiest thing we encountered was when we got out of the car one particular night and were standing around the car we heard a faint and far away scream (or what sounded like one). There are houses nearby, so it could have been people messing around, but it always makes me feel a little uneasy to thing about.

    One warning I do want anyone to heed though if you plan to do a little thrill chasing with people or alone on Old Stage is to just be very careful and aware of any other cars that come around. Local gangs have been known to dump bodies out on this road, possibly even do some of their killings there, so just be cautious of that fact.

  8. I hate to say this but I have encountered this image several times about 1 am thru 3 am. Every time I see her, I pray out loud and this demon disappears.

  9. Me and afreind go out on old stage for frights one time not too long ago we were driving along the radio was staticy he was adjusting it then the radio changed out of nowhere and we heard screams like people being torchered and the energy felt heavy i felt uneasy and sick to my stomach there’s something evil out there we got out of there so fast old stage has a high spiritual presence and not the freindly kind

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