Haunted Places in Downieville, California



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    Downieville River Inn and Resort

    Downieville, California

    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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    Nevada County Hospital

    Nevada City, California

    22.3 miles from Downieville, 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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    National Exchange Hotel

    Nevada City, California

    22.9 miles from Downieville, 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

    22.9 miles from Downieville, 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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    Holbrooke Hotel

    Grass Valley, California

    26.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    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

    26.8 miles from Downieville, CA

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


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    Keddie Resort

    Quincy, California

    32.4 miles from Downieville, CA

    Keddie Resort was reportedly the site of an unsolved murder of a family that occurred in Cabin 28. Ghost writing was said to show up on its walls, chairs moved by themselves, etc. The resort stood empty for a while, but since then, Cabin 28 is said to have been ...


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    The Round Room

    Grass Valley, California

    32.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    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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    Donner Memorial State Park

    Truckee, California

    35.7 miles from Downieville, 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

    37.7 miles from Downieville, 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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    Cherokee Cemetery

    Oroville, California

    37.9 miles from Downieville, 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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    Depot Cafe and Restaurant

    Magalia, California

    43.6 miles from Downieville, 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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    American River Inn

    Georgetown, California

    45.1 miles from Downieville, 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 Fire Department - Station 61

    Georgetown, California

    45.1 miles from Downieville, 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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    Georgetown Hotel

    Georgetown, California

    45.2 miles from Downieville, 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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    Latitudes Restaurant Site

    Auburn, California

    47.6 miles from Downieville, 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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    Marysville Cemetery

    Marysville, California

    49.1 miles from Downieville, 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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    Manzanita Cemetery

    Lincoln, California

    49.6 miles from Downieville, 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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    Cal Neva Lodge and Casino

    Crystal Bay, Nevada

    49.6 miles from Downieville, CA

    Cal Neva Lodge and Casino, reported to be temporarily closed for complete renovations, is said to be haunted by some famous spirits: Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. Frank Sinatra owned the place in the 1960s and Marilyn Monroe stayed in a cabin here as well. Both Sinatra's and Monroe's cabins ...


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    Mary Aaron Museum

    Marysville, California

    49.9 miles from Downieville, 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

    50.1 miles from Downieville, 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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    Prospectors Road

    Garden Valley, California

    50.3 miles from Downieville, 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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    Sierra Nevada House

    Coloma, California

    52 miles from Downieville, 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

    52.5 miles from Downieville, 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

    52.6 miles from Downieville, 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

    52.8 miles from Downieville, 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

    52.9 miles from Downieville, 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

    53 miles from Downieville, 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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    Nye Hall - University of Nevada

    Reno, Nevada

    53.8 miles from Downieville, CA

    Built on the site of an old graveyard, the whole building experiences some sort of paranormal activity, however it is concentrated on the first and sixth floors. On the first floor, voices are heard in the bathroom when no one is around. On the sixth floor, there is a ...


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    Lake Mansion

    Reno, Nevada

    53.9 miles from Downieville, CA

    The Lake Mansion was built in 1877 by W.J. Marsh, then sold to Myron and Jane Lake in 1879. The mansion has been the setting for some strange phenomena over the years.


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    Washoe County Courthouse

    Reno, Nevada

    54.1 miles from Downieville, CA

    The 1909 Washoe County Courthouse is believed to be haunted by unknown ghosts who have had unhappy dealings with the court system here. Apparitions have been seen moping around the grounds and witnesses have described cold spots and an overpowering feeling of sadness and despair.


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    Thunderbird Lodge Historical Site

    New Washoe City, Nevada

    54.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    Thunderbird Lodge, built in 1936, is haunted by the ghost of a workman who visits the pool room. The man was a painter, and he fell off of a ladder to his death. Other spooky spots are the cook and butler's house, the boathouse, and the lodge stairways, all reported ...


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    California State University - Laxson Auditorium

    Chico, California

    55.4 miles from Downieville, 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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    Goodman House Bed and Breakfast

    Chico, California

    55.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    The former owner, George Vogelsang, fell down the stairs and died in the late 1950's. He has been reported here ever since. A psychic once picked up that there was the spirit of a kind man and a light presence of a woman; both are harmless. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Bowers Mansion

    New Washoe City, Nevada

    55.9 miles from Downieville, CA

    The Bowers Mansion is rumored to be full of spiritual activity, perhaps due to the fact that Sandy Bowers married Eilley Cowan, who liked to read fortunes with crystal balls and hold séances. After a string of bad luck, Sandy died and Eilley lost the mansion to foreclosure. She became ...


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    The Seasons Bed and Breakfast

    Placerville, California

    57.1 miles from Downieville, 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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    Sequoia Restaurant

    Placerville, California

    57.2 miles from Downieville, 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

    57.2 miles from Downieville, 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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    Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast Inn

    Placerville, California

    57.3 miles from Downieville, 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

    57.4 miles from Downieville, 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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    El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

    Placerville, California

    57.4 miles from Downieville, 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

    57.4 miles from Downieville, 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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    Cary House

    Placerville, California

    57.5 miles from Downieville, 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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    Saint Francis Bar and Grill

    Susanville, California

    60 miles from Downieville, CA

    Housed in a historic landmark building, this bar and grill restaurant is rumoured to have a haunting. Staff closing up for the night have reportedly heard the sound of ghostly laughter and clinking glasses coming from the main dining room, but upon investigation, no one is there. (Submitted by Callum ...


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    Mount Lassen Hotel

    Susanville, California

    60 miles from Downieville, CA

    The historic 1926 hotel building and restaurant was the scene of a tragic murder at the turn of the recent century, and a beloved manager passed away. However, it appears that he hasn't left, as his ghost has been seen on several occasions throughout the establishment. Guests have heard ...


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    Susanville Elk's Club

    Susanville, California

    60 miles from Downieville, CA

    This historic building sits on a hill overlooking the township. Locals claim that on stormy nights, people driving past have seen a figure in white looking out at the view. Upon investigation, the building is empty. (Submitted by Callum Swift)


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    Bass Lake Road

    Rescue, California

    61.9 miles from Downieville, 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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    Nevada Governor's Mansion

    Carson City, Nevada

    62.4 miles from Downieville, CA

    The mansion, first occupied in 1909 by the family of Governor Denver S. Dickerson, is said to be haunted. The ghosts have been identified as the governor's wife, Mrs. Una Dickerson, and their child, June, who was their only child to be born in the house.


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    Abraham Curry House

    Carson City, Nevada

    62.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    Allegedly haunted by the original owner, Abraham Curry. People say that his ghost is a full body apparition that is clear enough to be readily identified as the ghost and namesake of the house. This house is not open to the public and is a private office.


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    Brewery Arts Center

    Carson City, Nevada

    62.7 miles from Downieville, CA

    This 1874 theater was originally built by the Carson Brewing Company, producer of Tahoe Beer. It is rumored to be haunted by maintenance worker James P. Maar, who appears as a polite and eloquent gentleman in a brown-checked suit and yellow tie. His voice has been heard offering assistance in ...


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