Ghost Stories

THE LOST GHOST SHIP OF THE DESERT STILL SAILS THE SANDS THE SALTON BASIN

Somewhere in the great Salton Basin, or the Laguna Salada or the delta of the Colorado River, lie the bones of an ancient ship stranded hundreds of years ago seen now and again by desert wanderers or by Indians. That is one of the most persistent legends of the far Southwest. There is every reason to believe that such a ship does or could exist.

Ghostly Mules on the tracks in the Cajon Pass

If you have ever been up in Blue Cut on old highway 395, late at evening, sometimes you can hear the baying of mules or horses. Of course when you look around to see where the noise is coming from a Big UP quartet will come roaring around the cut and the noise will disappear or fade away.

In 1898, a Santa Fe Engineer heading north from the devore area into a heavy fog and snowfall thought he saw mules on the tracks ahead of him. He jammed on the brakes in hopes of not hitting the animals but failed to stop in time. He got down from his 2442 and walked to the front of the train.

Strange things go bump in the night at Riversides oldest cemeteries.

Add in some shadowy figures, ungodly screams, guns shots heard in the middle of the night and no one around and fresh footprints on head stones in the morning is enough to make any ghost hunter happy.

But it seems that several graveyards have their share of ghostly apperations. Recently ghost hunters visited Colton's Agua Mansa Cemetery to investigate some recent activity. One grave site was of great interest to them. The grave was marked only by a splintered wooden cross leaning on its side in the knee high grass.

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