California State University, San Bernardino

The ultimate ghost town

The City of Redlands is deemed to be one of the most haunted towns in America.

From apparitions of a boy swinging on a swing at Mariposa Elementary School, to hearing footsteps run across the stage at Prospect Park to an even more frightening demonic face that appears inside The Barton Mansion. There is no doubt that Redlands is the ultimate city to ghost hunt.

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The Barton Mansion was built in the 1800s and paranormal investigators have reported apparitions of a demon inside the property.

Redland’s Mariposa Elementary school is filled with happy students by day, but at night its known to be extremely quiet, dark and eerie.

In the 1950’s, a boy named Billy was happily riding a bike and was suddenly hit by a bus in front of the school.

Although Billy later died at a nearby hospital, many claim that he still wanders the school grounds.

It has been reported in several different cases that if you knock on the nurse’s office door, someone will knock back. There have also been reports of Billy rocking the swings back and forth, from time to time.

“I visited Mariposa Elementary school with my older sister and her boyfriend when I was about 15 years old,” said Arnie Lopez, San Bernardino resident. “It was a Friday night and we went to knock on the office door/nurses door and sure enough, something knocked back. I never ran so fast in my life.”

School officials claim that there is no paranormal activity going on whatsoever, which is understandable when you do not want the public trespassing the school grounds in the wee hours of the night.

“I have been to Mariposa Elementary and knocked on the nurse’s door at midnight, and the AC clicks on and the door is vacuumed in and knocks back,” said Yucaipa resident, Rob Thorpe.

“I use to run around Kimberly Crest and Prospect Park making the security guards chase my friends and me, while running from the guard, someone reached out one of the orange trees as I passed and grabbed a hold of me, and it was not one of the people I was with. Scared the living poo out of me,” continued Thorpe.

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Prospect Park is beautiful by day, but sketchy, dark, and eerie by night.

Speaking of Prospect Park, this is also another blood-curdling location that ghosts’ often tend to be seen or heard at.

Prospect Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in California, located on the hillside of Redlands, also known by locals as “Sunny-side Redlands.”

In 2013, a man was arrested for raping and murdering a woman, and afterward, her dead body was discovered in the park.

It has also been a popular hangout and sleeping spot for the homeless; which even more dead bodies have been reported from time to time.

Prospect Park is also thought to be a prime location for Satan worshipers to gather at night according to

The most popular tale in regards to this park is about an 11-year-old girl named Lee Ann who was walking home from Kingsbury Elementary school and was abducted while taking a short cut through the rugged orange groves.

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These are the exact orange groves that 11-year-old Lee Ann was abducted from in the 1950’s.

She was later found dead, naked, and thrown under the theater stage in the middle of Prospect Park.

“I had an eerie experience at Prospect Park. The street lights were all flickering and I heard footsteps and items falling or banging from backstage of the theater,” said Elizabeth Dillon, Redlands resident.

Although many people claim to experience supernatural activity at this park, others do not seem to have the same luck.

“My friends and I visited the park last year and nothing happened, it’s just really creepy at night. You can easily trick yourself into hearing or seeing something,” said Los Angeles resident Joel Morris.

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The Barton Mansion was once used as an insane asylum and a prison; today it’s used as a law office.

Although some people’s experiences are a laughing matter, when multiple people spot the same demonic face throughout an old Victorian mansion, that is a totally different story.

The Barton Mansion is also known to have been a popular meet up spot for Satan worshipers. There are also claims that this home was built on top of ancient Native American burial grounds. Also, the home once served as an insane asylum and a prison.

Today, the Barton Mansion serves as a law office.

The Mansion was built in the 1860’s and became a hot spot after paranormal investigators posted a video of their findings online in the early 2000’s. The video investigation can be found on YouTube.

In the video, the group of paranormal investigators is investigating the home, when moments later they encounter and capture an apparition of a demon.

There has been much debate as to whether the video is real or not.

“People have reported an intense feeling of being watched by a very unwelcoming source. Disembodied voices have been heard and shadowy figures have been seen darting up and down the staircase,” according to

Now, whether you believe in the unknown and you are looking to encounter the paranormal, or if you feel that all of these reported incidents are totally bogus, dig deeper, do your research, and maybe visit one of our top three Haunted Redlands locations: if you dare.

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The writer and photographer anticipated going deeper into Prospect Park to capture a photo of the theater, which is in the middle of the park, but they were frightened by the darkness and noises coming from the unknown.


  • Reply Kellie Colburn June 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Born & Raised in Redlands, as a teen there was little for us to do on warm summer nights, my friends and I would visit all of the above places mentioned & even some not. We’ve knocked on doors, swong on swings, snuck around grounds, entered hidden doors that led to underground paths, krept into borded up windows & openly called to spirtits in the wee hours of the Redlands night and yes, we’ve heard it all, seen it all & have taken off running & screeming more times than I can count! Great job on the article Boy, you nailed a lot of the stories, events & spooky occurances that have been scarring the kids across Redlands since I can recall. Had great fun reading ur article and recalling all the times we turned Redlands summer boardeum into creepy good fun!

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    • Reply Manny Boy Sandoval August 22, 2017 at 11:01 am

      That is awesome. I appreciate the feedback!

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  • Reply Koi coyote August 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I live in Redlands all my life and I currently live in the very first ambulance station on Clark st right in front of the first hospital ever build and corner to the first morgue . Anyways, the area I live is the first area that Redlands build the first homes and expanded thru out the little town which is getting bigger every year.. My house has so many spirits . I’ve seen my daughter talk to them when she was just 2 yrs old I’ve hear whistles laughter even ppl say I g i love u and even WHAT DO U WANT. THE BEST WAS WHEN ALL OUR KITCHEN CABINETS OPEN UP AND WUNDOWS TAPPING AND EVEN TOYS BEING PLAYED WITH. EVEN NOW SOMETIMES ON A DAILY BASIS WE HEAR DOOR BELLS RING ME FOR COMPANY ARRIVES AND MIND U AS LONG AS I’VE LIVED HER 10+YRS OUR DOOR BELL MEVER WORKED.. SO YES REDLANDS IS HUNTED . SEEN MANY DEVIL WORSHIPER CEREMONIAL HOT SPOTS . I GREW UP IN A RANCH ACROSS FROM THE BARTON MANSION AND WOW I WOULDNT DARE GO OUT AT NIGHT . U JUST HEAR CRAZY SOUNDS AND FEEL EVIL SPIRITS THAT’S FOR SURE..


  • Reply Sam November 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Nice ghost story…….except Mariposa Elementary School was not built until 1965 or so. Oops!


  • Reply Haunted Empire May 22, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The accident in front of Mariposa Elementary happened in 1976 and the boys name was Darren Lee Sporrong not Billy. If you research children’s ghost stories you will find that Billy is a popular name to use. Darren ran into a truck driven by a 19 year old man named Steven. Darren was in ICU at Loma Linda Hospital for 11 days and died on Friday the 13th 1976. Darren was not a student at Mariposa he just lived near by.


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