On October 1, 1890, Congress established Yosemite National Park. Exactly 123 years later, the park remains a major attraction, drawing over 3.7 million visitors each year. Legend has it a few ghosts enjoy the site as well.
Yosemite is home to a number of breathtaking waterfalls, but the Miwok Indians believe a dark force stalks the men and women who come to marvel at the water’s beauty. Legend has it an evil wind known as Po-ho-no flows over the falls and lures unwary visitors to the edge. Once a person gets too close, the wind rushes over and sends the visitor hurtling over the falls.
Haunted Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel is reportedly haunted by former operator Mary Curry Tresidder. According to a release, guests and staff have seen Mary floating up and down the halls, checking on guests and ensuring everything is in order. Maids have also seen a rocking chair moving in a fourth floor suite. However, there’s just one problem: that suite doesn’t have a rocking chair.
The Crying Boy
In 1857, park ranger Galen Clark heard a “distinct wailing cry” near Yosemite’s Grouse Lake. Clark thought it was a dog Indians had lost, but the natives told him a ghost was to blame. According to the Indians, a boy had drowned in the lake several years earlier and now called out to passerby in hopes of enticing them into the lake. It seems the spirit hoped to drown would-be rescuers by pulling them under the surface. Legend or not, the story persists with some hikers claiming to hear the child’s ghostly cry.
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See also: “5 Haunted American Landmarks“