Bakersfield, California is one town that has a very diverse range of paranormal activity. It seems as though there is just about every type of paranormal activity happening here that you could ask for. There are ghostly women lamenting their lost love, poltergeists throwing objects around, a statue with precognitive abilities and even a ghostly german shepherd dog!
Join us as we explore some of the most haunted places in Bakersfield, CA:
10 - Kern County Realty Group
The Kern County Realty Group no longer operates out of this house on 18th street, but we cannot say for sure if the move had anything to do with the property’s haunted reputation or not! The house was originally built in 1911 and is apparently haunted by three very different spirits. The resident ghosts include an angry man, an elderly lady and a younger man who is seen hammering at the walls in the middle of the night! Aside from the three apparitions, the paranormal activity reported here includes doorknobs rattling, lights turning on and off again at random, phantom footsteps, creaking stairs, windows and doors opening by themselves and disembodied voices.
9 - Central Park
Central Park in Bakersfield is said to be home to a woman in white. The majority of reports from those who have seen her suggest that she is most likely to appear in the early hours of the morning, just before daybreak. She is usually seen walking along the canal. There are rumours that a female corpse was discovered during renovation work at the nearby foundry having been shot. Locals believe that this could be her spirit, wandering the park in search of help.
8 - Garces Memorial Circle
According to local legend, the statue of Father Francisco Garces which stands in Garces Memorial Circle will offer a warning prior to any major accidents! This is spot where there are quite a large number of accidents, but apparently, a number of people have reported seeing the statue’s hands moving or hearing the Father uttering a prayer right before an accident. This is actually the only traffic circle in town as well.
7 - Kern County Museum
Kern County Museum is one of the most haunted places in Bakersfield thanks to a number of resident ghosts. It is actually home to several ghosts in the various different areas of the museum. For example, The Pioneer Village is apparently the site of some residual haunting with visitors describing hear the sounds of some long forgotten birthday party echoing inside the building! There are also reports of unexplained sounds and apparitions close to Weill House. Finally, The Norris School which is also a part of the museum is apparently haunted by a former teacher who can be heard writing on the blackboard. Visitors have describe the distinctive tapping of chalk on the board.
6 - Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall
The Gaslight Melodrama Theatre and Music Hall actually dates back to the 1970s, but when it was built it was originally a toy store. However, as the neighbourhood began to get a little bit sketchy business started to trail off and in a couple of years he ended up losing his store. Distraught at losing the business he ended up hanging himself in the attic. The building was later transformed into a theatre, but it has been haunted by his ghost ever since! People often report feeling someone brush past them on the stairs when there is nobody there! He has also been blamed for breaking mirrors and messing around with costumes. Actors and audience members have reported seeing his apparition walking across the stage and there have also been weird shadows reported in the female dressing room. All of this combines to make the theatre one of the most haunted places in Bakersfield.
5 - Bakersfield Californian Building
The Bakersfield Californian Building is home to the local newspaper and also a ghost dog! Apparently, the German Shepherd used to come to work with his owner nearly every day and would remain by his side at all times. The dog and his master are both long dead, but according to the current staff in the building, the dog has stuck around. The dog apparently wanders around the building always searching for his master. Staff have also reported seeing other spirits in the building including an old editor and a former security guard who are apparently still working even after their deaths.
4 - The Padre Hotelstay at the padre hotel
Over the years, The Padre Hotel has earned the reputation of being one of the most haunted places in Bakersfield. The majority of the paranormal activity seems to be centred on the seventh floor of the hotel. There have been reports of many different types of activity and it seems that there are certainly more than just one or two spirits who have taken up residence here! Guests have reported being pushed by unseen hands and some have even described actually seeing ghostly apparitions in the hotel. One of the most commonly spotted apparitions is the ghost of a young girl dressed in 1920s or 1930s clothing. She is known to giggle a great deal and often leaves small child sized handprints on mirrors and doors. There are various different explanations that have been offered up as reasons that the hotel might be haunted. Some believe that most of the ghosts are people who perished in a fire at the hotel in the 1950s while others say that some of the spirits are tied to the hotel after committing suicide by jumping from the roof. During renovation work in 2008 the spirits seemed to get really stirred up. In fact, many of the workers said that they were touched and pushed or that they witnessed poltergeist activity!
3 - Club Paradise
Club Paradise is a name that conjures up a pleasant location, but the story here is quite the opposite. Club Paradise was actually one of the most haunted places in Bakersfield and it is all down to a somewhat malevolent spirit who seems to have an intense dislike for the staff! The entity is well known for locking the store room doors, trapping employees inside. Employees have also seen items move across the bar, had things thrown at them, been pushed and a few say they have even been inappropriately touched by some unseen being! The club was eventually renamed Club 902, but that is gone now and the Liberty Career College stands in its place. There is no word on whether or not the spirit moved into the college!
2 - Kern County Kids Shelter / Sinaloa Mexican
The Sinaloa Mexican Restaurant is housed in a more than 100 year old building that at one time was the Kern County Kids Shelter. It is very much considered to be a paranormal hotspot and one of the most haunted places in Bakersfield. The building was originally constructed in 1901 and it is thought to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the children who lived, and quite possibly died here. There were rumours of neglect and even abuse from staff towards the children being cared for here, so you might expect a dark or sad type of haunting like we have seen in some of the old orphanages and asylums across the country, but the truth is, most of the people who have come here and experienced a ghostly presence say that it is usually a good feeling, like the children were happy here so perhaps the rumours are false?
1 - Bakersfield High School
Bakersfield High School apparently has three different hot spots where paranormal activity occurs. The first area is the Quad which according to school legend sits on top of what was once an unofficial graveyard. There was once a hospital nearby and when patients without families passed away the employees would simply bury them in the ground where the quad is now. Some students have reported catching glimpses of ghostly figures wandering around the area. Could these be the ghosts of those buried beneath the ground? Another of the hot spots in the Bakersfield High School is the Harvey Auditorium which is said to be haunted by a construction worker who was accidentally killed while the property was being built. He apparently fell from the rafters and ended up crashing through several floors. His apparition is now seen around the spot where he died. The final haunting involves the ghosts of two former students of the school. It is not clear what exactly happened to this young couple, but they always appear together. The boy is usually wearing his letterman jacket while the girl is dressed in an old fashioned formal gown. They are often seen standing on the bleachers and students have also reported strange cold spots around the school.
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