Ghosts & The Supernatural – What makes Los Coches Adobe so haunted? As a young tyke, my mom and dad took me, my sister Sharon, my 2 brothers Joe and Andy to look at Los Coches Adobe. When I saw the building, I wasn’t impressed. Los Coches Adobe and the grounds surrounding it has a reputation of being haunted. The main reason is that mine workers that worked there many years ago, got trapped in a mine after soil fragmentation. About 30 miners died. To this day, people claim to hear the screams of the trapped miners.
THE HOLDING HANDS GHOSTS
Sam Pierson of Salinas says that there is a male and female ghost that walk around the premises, holding hands. Sam says that he actually could see them with his own eyes and when he snapped a picture, he captured 2 floating orbs close together. Other visitors have seen the same male and female ghosts walking around.
BLACK DRESSED TWOSOME & THE HANGING MAN
Then there is a Woman in Black that is seen walking around and a Man in Black sometimes climbing a tree or walking around the grounds. Along the boundary, people have made claim that they have seen a man hanging from the tree. Charlotte Marshall of Carmel says that she got a glimpse of the hanging man and he was swaying in the wind. She says that he was all shadowy looking. Charlotte also claims that she has seen shadow people in and around the buildings.
THE POINTER, BROKEN TEETH AND THE OLD LABOR CAMPS FEMALE SPIRITS
Nearby, an old woman with glasses is seen sitting down and holding a long wooden pointer. Chris McMahan from Santa Cruz saw the old woman and she turned to look at Chris and then pointed the wooden pointer at him. Her mouth was moving up and down, as if she was yelling at Chris. Chris could not hear any words coming from her mouth. A man with broken teeth is sometimes seen at the old Victorian place near the Wrath Winery and dead women have been seen roaming around the old labor camps.
THE DARK FORCE
Los Coches Adobe has plenty of history. It was built in 1843. It was once a ranch. Then a Wells Fargo Station Agent Office. Then a post office and finally a Stage Coach Stop and Inn. Bixby Overland Stage controlled Los Coches Adobe when it was a stage coach stop for people traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Locals say that Pinkerton Detectives and Wells Fargo Agents in 1876, would drop by and question the passengers about Charles Earl Boles aka Black Bart. Ruth Batista from Rancho Cucamonga says that there is dark force roaming the grounds. She claims that she was actually thrown to the ground and she could feel something walking on her back. She got up screaming and ran to her car as fast as she could. Ruth says that she would never go back to this hellish depressing place.
SOLEDAD CORRECTIONAL TRAINING FACILITY – THE GHOSTLY ESCAPED PRISONER
Soledad Correctional Training Facility is a mere 9 minutes driving time away from Los Coches Adobe. Soledad Correctional Training Facility is also known as Soledad Prison. I would say that all prisons are haunted, because of the suicides and murders, there will always be some lingering spirits hanging around prison walls. Here is an unusual story. Katie Cornejo of Santa Cruz says that while visiting Los Coches Adobe, a man in blue prison garb approached her. Katie immediately thought he was an escaped prisoner from Soledad. The man grabbed her shoulders and said: “Get me out of here!” Katie was terrified and then all of a sudden the prisoner disappeared. The prisoner vanished, but she could still feel his grip on her shoulders, then finally the grip was gone. Katie drove out of there like there was no tomorrow. Katie says she will never, ever return.
When I visited this place, I don’t recall anything scary that happened, but of course, I was still a kid and not a paranormal investigator yet. In the future, I wouldn’t mind taking a road trip to Soledad and giving this place a paranormal look over.
Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Esoteric Detective
aka The Demon Warrior
Halo Paranormal Investigations (HPI International)