LOW BUDGET GHOSTBUSTERS
What initially began as a physical activity with an added scare factor turned into a paranormal night walk from one end of Empire Mine Road to the other in the outskirts of Antioch, CA. This road is known for its haunted spots (info below) and both entrances have been blocked off to cars leaving the road open to pedestrians and cyclists only.
The first successful paranormal night walk took place on Saturday, March 5 at 2 AM. Team B (home base) consisted of ASF producer Sandra Lopez and Team A (low budget ghostbusters) consisted of our friends April and Bo Campbell, Lance Gegner, Joel Tejada and myself.
We walked from beginning to end – around the witching hour, 3AM, prime time for paranormal and demonic activity – stopping at each haunted location to explore. Keep in mind, there are no lights out there whatsoever.
Although all went well from the time we were dropped off to the time we were picked up, April, Bo and I heard the distant, blood curdling wailing of a young woman twice – we were exploring a huge, open barn behind the slaughterhouse at the time.
At the time of writing this, I'm also editing the audio from the second night walk for another podcast – yes, we went back recently. Look out for that one. I don't know if this is going to become a thing. What do you guys think?
Check out the photos, read more about Empire Mine Road, and listen to the podcast below.
EMPIRE MINE ROAD
Empire Mine Road in Antioch holds about three haunted places and this is the first on this road. An old slaughterhouse stands in the corner of the road after the first bend. It is haunted by an old man who walks the grounds and makes sure that everything is ok, and that no one gets hurt while there. Strange noises are heard inside the first building where they chopped up the meat. Clanking inside of the circle figured tubes towards the back of the property. Chains clank all around and you can hear footsteps behind you like someone is watching over you. Just remember to watch your step!
In the 1950's a school bus was driving kids home from a field trip. It skidded into a wash and all the kids drowned. If you go there, put your car in neutral around the turn, you get pushed up the hill. It's supposedly haunted by the kids who died in the bus crash and they want to keep you from the same fate.
The Gates of Hell
In the middle of Empire Mine road, there is a stucco wall with a bunch of spray paint on it. If you like to take hikes, this is the place to go. There is an old Insane Asylum at the very end of this road. You will come to another gate then behind their lies this old decrepit Structure of a hospital. Many people were killed brutally in this place, and it is VERY haunted by not so nice spirits. Things have been thrown at people, they have been pushed and screams have been heard from the people being tortured by themselves or another.
***Not sure about the asylum story, but I've been told that the "Gates of Hell" were actually gates to a planned, upscale, gated community in the 1950's. It was supposedly scrubbed due to the bus crash and the loss of the children's lives.
Rail Road Mine
At the end of Empire mine road, there is an old railroad track tunnel that is pretty spooky inside. There are bats inside it and you can hear voices at the end of the tunnel.