Carmel Mission

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The mission was built directly adjacent to an ancient American Indian burial ground. There are several ghosts haunting the mission, including the ghost of a dog that is heard but not seen. The ghost of one of the of the original founder’s Father Serra can be seen walking around with a candle at night, and appearing inside the chapel on New Year’s Eve. The ghost of a young American Indian boy has also been seen, but little is known about him.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Geographic Information

3080 Rio Road
Carmel, CA
United States

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36.5426697, -121.91969069999999
Monterey County, California
Nearest Towns:
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (0.9 mi.)
Del Monte Forest, CA (3.4 mi.)
Monterey, CA (4.2 mi.)
Pacific Grove, CA (5.2 mi.)
Del Rey Oaks, CA (5.9 mi.)
Seaside, CA (6.0 mi.)
Sand City, CA (6.5 mi.)
Carmel Valley Village, CA (8.9 mi.)
Marina, CA (11.8 mi.)
Spreckels, CA (16.1 mi.)


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  1. I was here on a 4th grade trip long time ago. Never had any experience with ghost but we heard of a story that was true about the trail be hind it. And also I had a weird feeling about it

  2. I was here on a trip with my elementary school along time ago and i heard of a baby crying and when this couple that was walking the trial went up to this baby that was crying it turned into like a evil presence. (Devil or demond)

  3. I came to the mission paid my fee and walked out to the patio. Immediately I was overcome with emotion. Tears came pouring out and I was gripped with the deepest sorrow of my life. My husband and several patrons of the mission stared at me in a state of unknowing. I felt compelled to get away from them and found my self at the foot of a statue in the flower garden. I believe it was St Peter. As I finally collected my thoughts I stood up looking for my husband and caught a glimpse of him walking into the main chapel. So I hurried over and as I quickly stepped inside I was before the holy water. (I am not catholic) and as if my hand were self driven it dipped into the holy water made the symbol of the cross and I began to sob once again. I was literally grief stricken. I made my way to the front, through streaming tears I looked around. It was so beautiful and so sad.
    I had noticed people saying bless you, bless you as they passed me. I felt confused and conflicted. My husband took my hand and led me to the large court yard. There the tears stopped I regained my composure and was able to keep it together through the rest of the tour.
    It was the most bizarre feeling and unexplainable event I have ever had that was not an actual dream. I took a photograph of the mission from the court yard and later I painted it.
    Something happened to me that day. I am still wondering and thinking about it. Seven years later.

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