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Skidoo is just like Bodie or Calico in terms of its reputation as a classic American ghost town, and just like the others, it too has a reputation for the dead lurking around. A barkeeper named Joe “Hooch” Simpson was responsible for the murder of the town banker. Joe met his fate at the end of a rope from a lynch mob, but his story didn’t end there. A doctor reportedly removed Joe’s head for medical tests; now, Joe is seen throughout the town as a headless figure. The cemetery is also said to be a hot spot for paranormal happenings.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Geographic Information

Skidoo, CA
United States

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36.43556, -117.14666999999997
Inyo County, California
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