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Explore hauntings, hexes and other strange happenings from Bay Area history.

Woman wearing a hairnet operates a switchboard in early 1940s New York.

A Bay Area Man’s 1953 ‘Prophecy’ Predicted Smartphones, Video Calls and Apple Watches

Just the kinds of attendees we most enjoy at Bay Area festivals! These two are actually at "El Gallo de Carnaval" (the Carnival Rooster) in Mecerreyes, Spain. Shame.

3 Exceptionally Weird Bay Area Festivals We Should Bring Back

"Our fish were unwelcome baggage." One of the bizarre captions from the 1925 silent short film, based on the dream of an 'Oakland Tribune' reader.

Watch: The Surreal Silent Film the Oakland Tribune Made in 1925 ... About a Reader’s Dream

The Lan Mart Building, 2021.

Exploring the Many Mysteries of Petaluma's Lan Mart Building

The Dew Drop Inn, just off Highway 49 in Grass Valley.

Meet the Ghosts Who Haunt the 100-Year Old Dew Drop Inn

A smiling Mayor James Rolph on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall, with his coat slung over his arm. This image was taken in 1918, four years after the public opium burning.

Watch: That Time the Mayor Burned a Cage of Opium Outside SF City Hall

A Wild Monkey Chase: Do Ken Kesey’s LSD-Dosed Apes Still Roam La Honda?

For One Week in 1871, San Francisco Went Loopy Over ‘Haunted’ Windows

A Grim History of Nob Hill's Mansions—And the Horror Novels They Inspired

The house at 1000 Lombard Street, June 2020.

The Haunted House on Lombard Street That Left a Trail of Tragedy

5 Haunted Bay Area Locations to Scare People into Social Distancing

Are the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths Cursed?