Peek-a-Boo: 5 Haunted Places in San Francisco

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You should think twice the next time you decide to litter in Stow Lake or sneak a handful of unpaid chocolate raisins from the candy aisle at Safeway. The ghosts of San Francisco's past might be watching and it's probably best not to upset them.

The following is a list of landmark locations in San Francisco that are said to be haunted. Anyone feel like getting some paranormal action tonight? This is for you.

Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
This is the classic tale of mommy enjoys delightful walk through the park with her baby in stroller. Mommy relaxes, takes a seat and chats with another mommy. Mommy doesn't notice the stroller with baby inside rolls away and into the lake. Mommy goes postal, jumps in the lake and more than 100 years later she still searches for her bundle of joy. Mommies and daddies beware and put a brake on it.

Curran Theatre
It's annoying when theater patrons arrive late to a show, but it's far more annoying when some chump tries to impress his girlfriend by sticking his gun through the box office window and then accidentally fires a shot. Sadly, the box office attendant Hewlett Tarr was hit by the stray bullet and died a short time later. Poor Tarr was only working at the theater to earn some extra cash for his upcoming wedding. Almost a century later, he still waits for his shift to end. His ghost is seen in the mirror that hangs in the lobby.

Safeway on 16th Street
What did we say about those chocolate raisins? Put them back. This grocery store was built on what was formerly the site of Seal's Stadium. Ghostly baseball players now roam the aisles and wait for their chance to bat. Anyone care to offer them some Cracker Jacks?

Sutro Baths Tunnel
Apparently if you decide to walk through the tunnel at night with a lit candle in hand, some light-sensitive ghoul will appear and blow it out -- others say a ghost will throw the candle into the water. So make sure you bring a flashlight and extra batteries. Let's see how these ghosts fare with wicker-free technology.

Cameron House
In 1906, a group of female Chinese immigrants found refuge from being sold into prostitution by hiding in this house. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and all of them died trapped inside during an earthquake. The house is now a church and the basement doors remain locked. Care to pick the lock?

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Every dang year this gets put up and it's still just as inaccurate.  Cameron House is a current and modern living and breathing agency that serves the Chinatown community.

In 1906 the Cameron House building withstood the earthquake, but was later dynamited by the city to create a firebreak.  All of the women and children living there at the time were led safely out of San Francisco, and set up a refuge in the East Bay until they were able to return and rebuild.

Ms. Cameron's retelling of this story was published by The San Francisco News in 1939, and can be seen here:

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