Murder and Ghostly Revenge at the Rains House of Old Cucamonga
Submitted by Ghostpainter on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 2:04pm
Early in the 1800's, the Mexican Governor of California granted a deed of title to an area that would eventually become present day Rancho Cucamonga. The deed was issued to the then Tapia Family who ran a cattle ranch in the Chino area and moved there ranch to the Red Hill area. Maria Tapia, sold the Tapia Rancho to Rancher John Rains in 1858. Rains with his wife Maria Williams built the red brick home that still stands at the intersection of Church and Vineyard. John Rains and Maria were both Wealthy in there own rights and both enjoyed a life of luxury and ease. John Rains bought all of the land of present day Rancho Cucamonga for around $18,000. But there were those who were jealous of the Rains and one night in 1862, John left his home, went to diner at what is now known as the Sycamore Inn (Built in 1849) and then left by buggy for a trip into Los Angeles with a large amount of cash with him. He never made it. As he passed through heavy trees in present day San Dimas, he was ambushed and killed, and his money stolen. The murder was never solved but a man by the name of Ramon Carrillo was suspected of the crime. He was arrested tried in Los Angeles, but found innocent. Shortly later, Carrillo was also ambushed and killed and that murder never solved. The same year, 1864 found another man owning the Rains House. His name was Robert Carlisle. He too feared being murdered by the so far as unknown murderer. Ironically, he was gunned down in a duel one month later at the Belle Union Hotel in LA. Meanwhile, Maria had fallen in love with the brother of Ramon Carrillo, Jose. Together, they stayed at the Rains House, and Maria had four more children, after having 5 from John for a total of nine. Jose Carrillo was killed a few years later in another ambush, his murder also unsolved. Meanwhile Maria and her nine children continued to live in the Rains House till it was bought at a bank auctions by a LA business man, for $47,000. A note of interest here is that Maria's eldest daughter Fanny, married John Gage, a good friend of John Rains. John Gage eventually became Governor of California in 1889. Maria died penniless in 1907. Over the last 50 years or so, the Rains House has taken on a reputation as being haunted. I personally with others have witnessed shadowy figures moving amongst the trees and Vineyards that surround the House. Many people have reported feeling or seeing ghostly apparitions in the house, usually at dusk. The Rains House is now a Museum, so many people have had the opportunity to red the history of the House. while reading and looking at pictures, many have said that they have felt the ghostly cold hands of the dead brush their shoulders or sides. Many would say that the ghost are those of John, Ramon and Jose, all looking for the illusive murderers that was never found. Perhaps Maria was the murderer. We shall never know....But then again, perhaps John, Jose and Ramon have know all along. What do you think? Gary Hall, the ghostpainter.