Minturn Cemetery

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Witnesses say apparitions chase cars down the dirt road past the cemetery; some have seen a woman screaming, children crying or laughing, and a man picking up trash around the graves. The cemetery is on private property, so please use common sense and courtesy.

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Off Avenue 27
Chowchilla, CA
United States

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37.144163961299014, -120.30117434289423
Madera County, California
Nearest Towns:
Chowchilla, CA (2.7 mi.)
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  1. I have a 2 hrs story that started with Minturn graves and turned into something much worse for 2 +months. It took a local preacher and 4 church members to cleanse my house to get demonic presence to leave!! to contact for full story…I have witnesses

  2. I too lived in Dos Palos in 2000. My family lived there until mid 2004. We moved 3 times in that town. We experienced so many things. One incident on Valeria St my neighbors house was haunted and the pastor from our church had to cleanse the house along with other members as well. I was 9 at the time. My friend saw a white face and figure in the kitchen. After I noticed the lights flickering from outside the back door by the kitchen. Nobody could have been there because they were out of town. I was riding my bike as the down went down . it was dark because these tall trees covered a part of the sky and I could see the moon bright.

  3. Myself and 3 others had an experience coming back from partying out there in 1986-87 at the railroad crossing Avenue 26 and the Road 15 offramp frontage road. Avenue 26 didnt use to be paved , the house was still standing then. A fence as been put around the graves to protect them by the current landf owner and no trace of the house is left….

  4. anthony dimaggio  |  

    I really did visit the site, Halloween Night, 10/31/1980. The ol’ Scored was 16 then. I wrote my original recollection of Minturn visit, on Weird Haunted Fresno Site. I went there with the Aquino sisters, and a vet named Rupiper. Who was at CHS as a junior, like myself. I was invited to go with the older sister, and ended up as the boyfriend of the younger sister, after that night! For 9 more years. The peeps that tell this story usually say there was no mention of children at the small grave site. WRONG. On Mama Minturn’s epitaph, it reads something like, “….And my children shall rise….” That night, we were all creeped out. I stepped through the floor of the house. There were still furniture and belongings in the broken down house back then. We head a women sobbing, and kids screaming. I would not make that up. I was fucking terrified. I admit it. We got the heck out of there. About 4 months later, spring 1981, I took A.A. back out there with me, brand new battery, about a month old. We parked behind the minturn house. It was pitch black. After about a half hour of me landing on third base, finally, we were going to head back. Battery dead. We walked to the road, no cell phone then, and by complete chance some farm workers her dad hired were coming down the old road. I went back with her, and called her dad from a payphone to apologize for my car “breaking down at the movie theater”. HAHAHA. wink wink. I got a tow truck to jump me out there. Never been back. Anthony Dimaggio Class of ’82 Chowchilla Redskins

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