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Top Ten Most Haunted Locations in Orange County

Two years ago, we counted down our nominees for the top ten most haunted locations in Orange County. It was by far our most popular article — especially the article about #2: Black Star Canyon. Not long thereafter, one of those ghost hunter reality shows did an episode on the ghosts of the Mission San [...]

Why the Sudden Interest in the Ghosts of Black Star Canyon?

Last Halloween we did a fun little series on the top 10 most haunted spots in Orange County. It has been one of our more popular items, and even today — nearly a year later — those articles are always among the day’s most highly trafficked. Of the ten, our article about Black Star Canyon [...]

Rancho Ortega Blog Attracts the Attention of Ghost Hunters

Last year for Halloween, we counted down the ten most haunted spots in Orange County. It was and has been one of our most popular series of articles. Last week, our post about Black Star Canyon (the second most haunted spot in Orange County, according to us!) was reprinted by a Facebook site called “Haunted [...]

The Shadows of Old Saddleback: A Book Review of Sorts, Eighty Years Too Late

You might have guessed that Don Juan Ortega fancies himself a bit of an amateur Orange County history buff, but he also acknowledges that no one can truly claim amateur historian status in Orange County unless they have read a copy of Terry Stephenson’s venerable “The Shadows of Old Saddleback: From the Day of the [...]

Ghosts of Orange County: 2. Black Star Canyon

To celebrate Halloween, Rancho Ortega Blog is counting down the ten most haunted locations in Orange County. If you missed any of our earlier installments, you can find them at the links below:

10. Katie Wheeler Library and the “Lady in Blue.”

9. John Wayne and the Wild Goose Yacht

8. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry [...]