While we were in San Diego recently, Chris and I decided to go on the San Diego Ghost Tour in Old Town. Chris’s brother & his family live in the area and they were kind enough to watch the gruesome twosome one of the nights so that Chris and I could go out sans kids. They did the same thing for us last year and we wanted to go on the ghost tour while we were in Old Town, but it ended up raining that night, so we never got to go. This year the weather cooperated and we got to take the tour.
If you don’t know this already, I love ghost tours. I have been on many of the tours here in New England and when I get the chance to go on one in a different city, I am all over it.
The tour left from Old Town at 9 pm and our first stop was the El Campo Santo Cemetery.
Even though there were far less headstones, there are actually 477 buried there. This is how many of the grave sites are marked:
Yup, that’s how they know where all the bodies are buried.
One thing that I found really interesting was that the cemetery used to be much larger, but they built San Diego Avenue back in 40’s right over some of the grave sites. Word is that as many as 18 bodies are buried underneath the street and sidewalk. There are markers along the sidewalk on San Diego Ave to mark where they think the bodies are.
Next up was the Whaley House. According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States. We were not allowed inside, so we spent some time outside the property while the tour guide told us the back story of the house.
It’s supposedly haunted by a whole bunch of people, including Thomas Whaley, who was the original owner, but we didn’t see him that night.
If you watch the show Ghost Adventures, our last stop may look familiar. It’s the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The Cosmopolitan is a hotel and restaurant located in Old Town San Diego and it’s actually registered as a National Historic Landmark.
We spent some time in the hotel bar, which is supposedly haunted, while the tour guide gave us the history on the building.
Here I am sporting my cool new San Diego hoodie that I had to buy in Old Town that night because the temperature dropped and I was freezing.
I can barely stand to look at this picture, but this is apparently a replica of an outlaw’s head that used to be on display inside the hotel back in the day. I honestly can’t even remember what the tour guy said as to why the head was in a jar on display inside of an eating establishment because I was so grossed out that I just stopped listening. I took this picture with my eyes closed because I was gagging at the sight of it.
Not too shabby for a picture taken blindly, huh?
Last, but not least, we spent a few minutes in the dining room of the hotel. It is supposedly haunted, but again, we didn’t see anything.
At the conclusion of the tour, we were able to see photos, video and hear audio that Michael, the tour guide, captured in and around the places we visited. That way we could decide for ourselves if what we heard or saw were something paranormal.
It was a really cool tour and I am so glad we were able to go during this visit to San Diego.