Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese


This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive bibliography for this website. Information on this site could additionally have come from years of resource gathering including personal accounts, urban legends, folklore, internet sources, newspapers, magazines, etc. Below, however, is a list of several weird sites or items within California and the books that make mention of them.

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Adelaida Cemetery

Atherton Mansion

Auburn Statues

Bakersfield Californian Newspaper

Battle of Los Angeles

Bella Maggiore Inn

Bert Barrett's Left Arm

Big Chair

Black Lake

Bonnie and Clyde's Death Car

Borrego Sandman

Brownie the Railroad Dog

Bubblegum Alley

Bulldozer Building

Bummer and Lazarus

Bunny Museum

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Cactus Cat

California State University Channel Islands

Camels of the American West

Captain Cass's House

Castle Air Museum

Char Man


Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Clifton Webb House

Clifton's Cafeteria

Corpse Flower

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns

Curran Theatre


Dark Watchers


Demon Swing

Desert Christ Park

Devil's Golf Course

Doggie Diner

El Campo Santo Cemetery

El Fandango Restaurant


Emperor Norton

Fanette Island

Far Western Tavern

Felton Covered Bridge

Fish House

Flora Sommerton

Frenchman's Tower

Frontier Village Birdhouses

Fry's Electronics Alien Invasion

Ghost Ship Squando

Ghostly Carriage, Coaches and Horses

Ghosts of UC Berkeley

Giant Cadillac Building

Giant Chess Set

Giant Clams of Pismo

Giant Coke Products

Giant Donuts of Los Angeles (and one Bagel)

Giant Flashlight

Giant Olives of California

Giant Orange Stands of California

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Park Buffalo Paddock

Golden Goose

Gravity Hill

Greystone Mansion

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Sign

Horton Grand Hotel

Houdini Mansion

James Dean Memorial

Julian Gold Rush Hotel


Kearny Street Ghost


LA County Arboretum

La Llorona

LA Pet Cemetery

Lake Isabella

Las Cruces Adobe

Las Tres Hermanas

Lincoln Adelaida School

Lizard People

Lone Pine Ghosts

Lone Pine: Movie Road

Longest Burning Light Bulb in the World

Los Angeles's Programmatic Architecture

Lost Ship of the Desert

Lost Treasures of Death Valley

Madonna of the Trail

Maltese Falcon

Mansions Hotel

Maze Stone

Megamouth Shark

Midget Town

Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Miguel

Motel Inn

Mount Carmel Cemetery

Mount Madonna

Mount Rubidoux

Muffler Men

Mugu Rock

Museum of Pez

Nitt Witt Ridge

Old Trapper's Lodge

Painted Cave

Pasadena's Suicide Bridge

Penelope, Monster of the Sierra Nevada's

Phantom Cow of Yerba Buena Island (and Bay Bridge Haunts)

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove

Pitkin-Conrow House

Presidio Ghost Deer

Proctor Valley Road

Prospectors Road

Queen Anne Hotel

Queen Mary

Robinson Rose House

Roy's Motel and Cafe

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

Sally Stanford and Her Dog, Leland

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Windmills

San Miguel Island

Santa Claus

Santa Cruz Sea Monster

Santa Maria Inn

Stagecoach Inn

Star of India

State of Jefferson

Swedish Coffee Pot

Tahoe Tessie


Tail o' the Pup

The Attack on Goleta

The Billiwhack Monster

The Biograph Theatre

The Brown Derby

The Corpse of Elmer McCurdy

The Cosmopolitan Hotel

The Curse of the Livermore Totem Pole

The Darkroom

The Dog Mayor of Sunol

The Dog Woman of Watts

The Giant Steer of Buttonwillow

The Living Chimney Tree

The Lost Gold of the Ada Hancock

The Monster of Elizabeth Lake

The Spite House

The Tamale

The Terrible Curse of Griffith Park

The Witch's House

This Ole House

Toad Hollow

Toys R Us

Trees of Mystery

Vegas Vic and Vegas Vickie

Villa Montezuma Mansion

Wave Organ

Wetzel's Riverside Monster

Whaley House

White Lady of Santa Cruz

Whittier Mansion

Wigwam Motel #7

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

William Waddell's Arm

Winchester Mystery House

World's Largest Artichoke

World's Largest Box of Raisins

World's Tallest Thermometer


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