Posted by lward
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 - 08:43
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C'mon, what's the scariest thing that could happen in the big, flat, new Northwest?
A shortage of pasta at Macaroni Grill? Quads suddenly going out of style? No traffic on Rosedale Highway?
All joking aside, residents had best take care this Halloween season: the area has a history that's long and old and -- you guessed it -- haunted.
Sure, you've heard of spine-chilling stories of the Haberfelde house in Oleander, the gym at BHS, publisher Alfred Harrell prowling around The Bakersfield Californian downtown and the ghosts who chose, for some unknown reason, The Padre Hotel as their final resting place. But why should the Eastside have all the ghouls?
These Northwest locations have been documented by community members as hot-spots for paranormal activity. Read on, if you dare...
The following are synopsis of eerie tales related by local residents on the Haunted Bakersfield Web site:
The Coffee Road Newlydeads
"A newlywed couple were driving down Coffee Road between 7th Standard and Olive Drive. The husband was driving at about 80 mph when a drunk driver came toward them, swerving all over the road. The drunk driver hit them head-on, ejecting the couple, who ended up more than 100 feet from one another and were killed instantly. Now you know the story. If you drive down Coffee Road at night and turn off your lights around the area of the accident you will see either the bride or the groom looking for the other."
Allen Road Ghost Baby
"I grew up and now live next door to a house that was built in 1891 (we know this from the newspapers that were used for insulation). This house is in Rosedale near Allen Road. A lot of the neighbors' houses were donated to the Kern County Museum (they also wanted this house but my parents wouldn't give it up). In the 32 years I lived there, I saw two strange things. One night there were small lights in my back room shooting all around. Later that night my son and I, the only two people in the house, were trying to sleep in that same room. Suddenly the inside door opened and a shadow came across the ceiling, like someone was ready to enter the room. But no one entered, and my house hadn't been broken into.
About 11 years ago a baby drowned in a pool next door. Now, when we get new neighbors, they ask if there's a baby that lives in the neighborhood because they say they can hear a baby crying but they don't know where the sound is coming from.
Nocturnal Nightmares on Old Farm Road
My friend's girlfriend told him that a farm on Old Farm Road was haunted. We laughed and played with her. But one Saturday we were bored, and decided to check it out. We were told how to "call" the ghost. Go at midnight, flash your high beams three times into the house and wait. We did this. The side door opened and no one came out. So we waited again. Then a bright pink light came out through the door. We looked at each other and all at once said, "What the heck is that?" We stayed and a lady in a bright, white dress that looked like it was from the late 1800s came out of the front door. We thought it was just a person, but people don't glide in the air instead of walking, right? Then I heard a noise like a lady talking but at a really high pitch. Scared, we took off, and when we came back five minutes later everything was calm. I swear on my grave this is true. The farm is near Stockdale Highway and Old Farm Road.
"I have heard of a ghostly reflection of a lady with dark, wet, black hair. She has appeared only in the early morning or toward twilight under the bridge where Coffee Road crosses the river. I have been told that several people in the past years have been by the water and have looked down and next to their reflection is one of a young lady with long, black hair. When they look up there is no one there and the reflection disappears."
For more information, or to post your own local urban legend, go to the Haunted Bakersfield blog at http://ww2.bakersfield.com/haunted/
Spooked by the Norris Bell
No boys and girls, class is not dismissed.
Norris School, built in 1882, was donated to the Kern County Museum in 1958. Since then, Pioneer Village visitors have seen children in front of the school building. A few years ago, a group of Cal State students were allowed to spend the night in the old school house. They heard the tapping of chalk on the boards -- but saw nothing.
For more information on more haunted places in California, go to http://www.carpenoctem.tv/haunt/ca/