Category: California

The Cecil Hotel

If you watched the most recent season of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Hotel, this place probably seems familiar. It’s hard to believe that that hotel was inspired by a real hotel, right in downtown Los Angeles. It was built in 1924 as a low-budget hotel that was meant for business travelers but low […]

The Monster of Elizabeth Lake

In LA County in California, right on the San Andreas fault, this particular iteration of the thunderbird cryptid was said to be a pet of the devil living around Elizabeth Lake (locally nicknamed Devil’s Lake). Sightings of the creature begun in the 1830s by a rancher named  Don Pedro Carillo who moved to the United […]

The Winchester House of Mystery

Sarah Winchester had some odd reasons for building this chateau-style labyrinthine house in San Jose, California. She was the widow of William Wirt Winchester who was the son of Oliver Winchester, the man who started his career as a clothing manufacturer and then worked his way up to the largest shareholder of the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company which was owned […]

Blythe Intaglios

Guarded by fences to protect from further all-terrain vehicle (ATV) damage, the Blythe Intaglios of California (though they are right on the border with Nevada) are giant figures (geoglyphs) made from light soil surrounded by dark gravel. Though the origin and purpose of the Blythe Intaglios is unknown, the most prominent theory is that they […]

31 Days of Horror Movies: Day 6

Day 6 | Life After Beth (2014) At first I wasn’t sure if this movie deserved to be in the “horror” category. It was sold, in the trailers at least, as more of a cuties romantic comedy involving an undead person. However, I did feel like there was no good way for it to go […]

Atolia Tungsten Mine

Abandoned mining towns can be found all over the United States. This one in particular is the Atolia Tungsten Mine in California. It was founded in 1905 and closed its doors when the mines dried up in the 1940s. Equipment and furniture was left behind, and some places still smell of the chemicals used in […]

Bodie, California

Now I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digger, but if she moved to Bodie, California in the late 1870s, she probably was there for the gold and silver ore that created this old boomtown. Despite two fires that destroyed much of the tinderbox buildings in this mining town, Bodie is the best preserved abandoned mining […]

The Mojave Air and Spaceport

These are not the scenes of airplane crashes! California is host to the Mojave Air and Spaceport, which functions as both an active airport and pilot training facility, but also a boneyard for retired airplanes which have been cannibalized for valuable parts to sustain newer models of like-aircraft. Materials that can no longer be used […]