Fog City Blues
Lincoln Park Golf Course
From the Seeks Ghosts website:
In the late 1890’s California passed State Penal Code 294 prohibiting burials anywhere except established cemeteries. A mere ten years later, on March 26, 1900, the city of San Francisco passed an ordinance that there were to be no more burials allowed, as the land was too valuable to be wasted on the dead, it should be used for the living.
After several years of debate on January 14, 1914, eviction notices were sent out to all cemeteries, but one, to remove their bodies and monuments. Colma inherited hundreds of thousands of bodies. Most of these remains went into mass graves, as there were no relatives to pay the $10.00 for removal. It took nine and a half years to complete the excavation; people today say that not all the bodies were actually moved for it would have taken the workers much longer than this to complete the task.
The exact numbers of souls moved or not moved is not known because the records of many who were buried were destroyed in the fires that resulted from the Great Earthquake of April 18, 1906. There are twenty-seven sites around San Francisco today that were once used as cemeteries. Three of these sites, because of the lack of records, are suspected to have bodies that were not removed. The first was Golden Gate Park Cemetery. Today it is the Lincoln Park Golf Course. It is estimated that there are still 11,000 bodies, originally from a pauper’s field, all indigent, that still remain beneath the Legion of Honor Museum.
It seems ironic that one of the most haunted places in San Francisco is a freaking golf course. But, with so many people laid to rest there, it’s no wonder that the spirits of the dead linger here. Questioning them is a little difficult, though. Folks tend to not look particularly kindly on punk kids with Ouija boards and black candles trying to set up spiritual shop on the 13th green.
Still, the memories of the dead could probably provide some tasty tidbits of information. Plenty of the city’s movers and shakers come here to discuss business on the back nine. After all, dead folks tell no tales, right?
Anyway, if you’re planning on snooping around here, you might want to check in with Morrison, the groundskeeper at the golf course. He’s not exactly the friendliest guy, but he might be your best bet for getting access to the fairway.