6 of the Spookiest Spots in San Francisco

San Francisco is filled with tourist attractions and national landmarks that would terrify even the bravest of souls. These are not for the lighthearted. Enter if you dare.

Stow Lake

Stow Lake

About 100 years ago, a woman lost her baby in Stow Lake. After searching day and night asking onlookers “Have you seen my baby?” she walked into the lake still looking and was never seen again. Rumor has it that if you go to the lake and say, “White lady, white lady, I have your baby,” she will appear. She will then ask, “Have you seen my baby?” If you say yes, she will haunt you. If you say no, she will kill you. Only rumors of course but I don’t know of anyone who tried it – or anyone who has lived to tell the tale.

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute

It is believed that the San Francisco Art Institute was built on top of an old cemetery and that might be the reason for the many stories of hauntings. Over the years, students have reported strange flickering lights and power tools going on and off for no reason. The ghosts seemed harmless until the bell tower was being renovated in 1968 and a series of near fatal accidents occurred. Today, the tower is closed due to seismic concerns or so they say.

Moss Beach Distillery

Moss Beach Distillery

“The Blue Lady” can be found wandering the cliffside restaurant, the Moss Beach Distillery, searching for her lover. Already married, she fell in love and had an illicit affair with the piano player at the eatery who is rumored to have murdered her. Waiters, chefs, and customers have spotted her ghost near the piano or dancing around in empty rooms.

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House

Tour guides warn guests that they must stick with the group because if they do not, they could get lost in the Winchester Mystery House for hours. The idea of the house created by Sarah Winchester came after a spiritual medium spoke to her. She was told that her departed husband was telling her to move out West where she was to build a house without ever stopping construction. If this was not followed, she was going to be killed by the same curse as her husband and child. So she built the house in a maze-like fashion to confuse the spirits from ever finding her. Many spirits are said to still roam the 160 rooms. There are doors that lead to brick walls and stairs that lead to nowhere.

Queen Anne Hotel

Queen Anne Hotel

The Queen Anne Hotel was once a boarding school run by head mistress Mary Lake. She loved the school so dearly that when it closed, not only did her heart break but she also mysteriously disappeared. Now she has been spotted keeping an eye on “her guests.” Her presence is mostly felt in room 410, which was once her office and today is a suite for visitors.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Also called “the Rock,” Alcatraz was the premiere maximum-security prison for almost 30 years. Built on a rock in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, it was home to some pretty famous prisoners – Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Alvin Karpis (the first Public Enemy #1). Along with the clanging, crying, and screams that have been heard by many, it is said that in the shower room, the sounds of Capone playing his banjo can be heard as well.

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