You are here Home  > Miscellaneous >  Skidoo

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)

If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!

Rate this Haunted Place

What do you think? Is this place really haunted? Voice your opinion here! Click "thumbs up" if you think its haunted, or "thumbs down" if you think its all just a tall tale.

Geographic Information

Skidoo, CA
United States

Get Directions »
36.43556, -117.14666999999997
Inyo County, California
Nearest Towns:
Furnace Creek, CA (16.3 mi.)
Darwin, CA (27.3 mi.)
Beatty, NV (39.1 mi.)
Keeler, CA (40.6 mi.)
Searles Valley, CA (48.3 mi.)
Olancha, CA (49.0 mi.)
Cartago, CA (49.6 mi.)
Lone Pine, CA (52.2 mi.)
Shoshone, CA (58.3 mi.)
Pearsonville, CA (59.3 mi.)


Please note: It is your responsibility to acquire appropriate permissions before investigating any location listed on this site. Private property should be respected at all times, as should all posted signs concerning trespassing, hours of operation and other local regulations. Many "ghost hunters" have been arrested because they failed to contact property owners and/or local authorities ahead of time.

Share Your Experiences

Close Comments

Comment (1)

  1. TheAdventurersGuild  |  

    The headless ghost may be Headless Hooch, but in 1958 grave robbers took the skulls of three other bodies. The headless ghost wandering Emigrant Canyon is most likely Hooch’s. I detailed the story on YouTube, called Headless Hooch.

Share Your Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a photograph taken from this location? Use the "Browse" or "Choose File" button below to select an image to upload along with your comment.


Disclaimer: The stories posted here are user-submitted and are, in the nature of "ghost stories," largely unverifiable. makes no claims that any of the statements posted here are factually accurate. The vast majority of information provided on this web site is anecdotal, and as such, should be viewed in the same light as local folklore and urban legends.