It is important to note that directly across the street during the late 1800′s and early 1900′s lived a lady who was known as the Voodoo queen of San Francisco, Miss Mary Ellen Pleasant. “Mammy Pleasant” which many refer to her as, was originally from an Augusta, Georgia plantation. She became of high prominence in San Francisco due to the face that many of the SF elite used her to find maids and servants. After accumulating over $30 million dollars in wealth, she soon lost her fortune. Her home before it was torn down was on Bush street about 300 ft from the Queen Anne. After she was evicted from her home, many would see her outside of the house sitting amongst the Eucalyptus trees she once planted yelling obscenities at people passing by.
Having investigated the Queen Anne hotel numerous times, we wanted to see if we could get any evidence of a connection between the hotel and Mammy Pleasant besides a geographic one. We picked five rooms that all had views facing the Eucalyptus trees, and commenced the investigation. 4 out of the 5 rooms didn’t pick up any anomalous activity, however room 203 were able to pick up numerous EVPs, and very odd environmental data at the same time. All of this occurred while calling out for Mary Ellen Pleasant during the EVP sessions.
In the small town of Port Costa rests a hotel that not many people have not heard of or seen before. Many of the workers and past guests believe that the hotel is haunted. Being from the Bay Area I had never heard of Port Costa until 2006 when I first learned of this location and its one of kind charm still captivates me to this day.
The town itself is nestled along the Carquinez Delta in California. Port Costa was founded in 1879, and served as a bustling Port for wheat until the 1930′s. Many referred to the town as one of the wildest on the west coast. Early in the 1900′s the town once housed over 3,000 inhabitants, but now it has dwindled down to just over 190.
There are no records that can give us a definitive answer of when the Burlington Hotel was built, or even what it was used for. The Building oozes of Victorian architecture in both its exterior and interior which leads many to believe it was built some where around 1890 to 1905 when most of the other structures were built in Port Costa. Many residents and historians believe that it was used for prostitution as well as speakeasy, which could help fuel the paranormal activity there.
During our last visit in December we were able to capture a couple of electronic voice phenomenas using our Digital Recorders. Most of the enviromental data we picked up proved rather inconclusive. However, we did pick up interesting spikes on a natural EM meter that was placed in a room were one of the house keepers had witnessed some anomalous activity in the past. We were unable to replicate the spikes on the EM device, and they only happened once in that location for 4 hours, it was during this time we picked up our most conclusive EVP for the night.
Soon after the 1906 earth quake ravage the city of San Francisco, Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini built the “Californian Hotel”. The hotel was originally constructed to service the large immigrant workforce used to rebuild the city, also it served as a primary place of stay for merchant seaman, waterfront workers, poets, journalists and pensioners.
The building now also houses one of San Francisco’s oldest Italian Restaurants, Fior d’Italia.
On the night of our investigation we decided to book several of the rooms which the staff claimed were haunted. Being that we couldn’t book the whole hotel, and also due to the fact it is on a busy street in the heart of San Francisco we knew we that our EVP sessions would be limited, so we decided to instead focus on still Infrared, and high speed photography sessions. However first we surveyed the area by preforming a brief EMF sweep, and as with most older structures there were high readings throughout the building.
The most active room proved for the night proved to be #13, were as legend has is associated with the death of an elderly lady who was found in her bed several months after her passing. It was in this room that we picked up several EM spikes, as well as some interesting pieces of photographic evidence. Below is a sample of what was caught during one of the burst photography sessions.