2. Black Diamond Mines, Antioch, California
Black Diamond Mines are located way out in the San Francisco East Bay (I’ve been there). The Wailing Witch is thought to haunt the mines after she was executed for failing to take care of children in her care, which led to their deaths. And a lady named Sarah Norton was crushed to death by her carriage, so she hangs out at the nearby Rose Hill Cemetery. If my wife and I had known this, we might’ve just spent the day at Six Flags instead.
3. The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles
Yes, that Hollywood sign. It’s been a landmark for ages, but there’s a story. In L.A. there’s always a story. It seems back in September of 1932, an actress named Peg Entwhistle decided to climb up the back of the “H” and then leapt to her death. Modern Hiker says on September 18, her purse, shoes and jacket were found along with a suicide note. “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.”
While her body was cremated and buried in Ohio, there are those who claim to have seen her apparition fall from the H and vanish before it hit the ground, and spotted her wandering hiking trails in Griffith Park and near her old home on Beachwood Canyon Drive. You might even catch a whiff of her favorite gardenia perfume at those spots, too.