Depot Cafe and Restaurant

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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 floating head was seen over a freezer in the lower level bakery. Toilets have flushed and lights have come on by themselves, and one time, all the dinner forks on the set tables had been turned on their sides. Previous owners have said the place is haunted by three ghosts: a small child, a woman in a housecoat, and a conductor.

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6818 Depot Lane
Magalia, CA
United States

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39.8121274683036, -121.57802894711494
Butte County, California
Nearest Towns:
Magalia, CA (0.0 mi.)
Paradise, CA (4.3 mi.)
Concow, CA (6.3 mi.)
Forest Ranch, CA (7.0 mi.)
Stirling City, CA (7.1 mi.)
Yankee Hill, CA (8.1 mi.)
Cohasset, CA (11.3 mi.)
Cherokee, CA (11.7 mi.)
Berry Creek, CA (14.8 mi.)
Chico, CA (14.9 mi.)


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  1. I grew up in paradise CA but my grandparents lived in magalia my gunny favored this place and many times as a child I had my hair pulled n sometimes when I stopped it was like someone was holding my shoulders preventing me from walking I’m so glad to this hear soooo glad

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        It’s just the cold air vent under the table area. We just ate there last week and had the same thing happen. So we just moved away from the wall. Sorry, no random cold spot!

  2. PuffTheNonexistantDragon  |  

    Until I was 10 I lived in Magalia/Paradise. I snuck out once in the middle of the night when I was about 9 and saw a phantom conductor, tiny station, and a little girl that weren’t there in the morning. It’s not surprising; the train used to run right through my house, before it was there and long before I was born. From the clearing where I saw the conductor and little girl, every night my family would see an old gas lantern being carried back and forth from that point. Sometimes there would be whistling, and sometimes there would be a train whistle. A couple times on new years, people even started to say they saw a train light coming right towards them. Just a bit of weird.

  3. I had my fist job here in 94. Yes it’s haunted! Doors slaming footsteps up stairs when no ones up there. I lived across the street in a log cabin, one of the first houses on the ridge it was a boarding house for the miners and loggers back in the day. I’d walk home alone late at night and i’d see the lantern glow at the depot from my house sometimes. Your always watched there. Not creepy just know your not alone

  4. There have been at least two mysterious fires the causes of which could not be determined. One during its renovation to reopen as a restaurant and another after it had been operating. As I understand it has had a history of fires preceding the two recent ones.

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