Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Haunted Brookdale Lodge

Original Lodge

The Brookdale Lodge near Boulder Creek was built in 1924. It has many unique features. 

One interesting feature of this lodge is that a past owner built a dining room or “Brook Room” as it is called around a natural stream so guests and visitors sit and eat in a room with a stream rushing through it. 

Another fascinating feature is that the lodge has many secret tunnels and hidden rooms within its walls. These were built in the 1940s and 1950s when gangsters frequented the lodge. Their activities resulted in rumors being circulated that there are bodies buried beneath the Brookdale.

The Lodge was originally a lumber mill that was turned into a campground and lodge in the 1900s, for tourists who visited the beautiful redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in California. 

Like most popular resorts in this state, the lodge has hosted many famous visitors. Including, Marilyn Monroe, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth. President Herbert Hoover also visited the lodge.

The Brookdale has several resident ghosts that have been seen over the years. 

The most frequently seen ghost is a young girl by the name of Sarah Logan. She was a six-year-old niece of a past owner. She tragically drowned in the dining room’s creek. 

She is described as wearing a blue and white Sunday dress. She is seen walking through the lobby, or playing near the fireplace, that sits between the lobby and the Brook Room.

One visitor who was a little girl at the time she and her family stayed at Brookdale, saw the ghost of Sarah Logan. 

As she and her family ate in the Brook Room, she spotted a young girl in an odd dress playing near the indoor stream. She pleaded with her parents to let her go play with this girl. They refused her request and she remembers she was perplexed that they did not see the girl she was pointing out.

Sarah is known to approach guests crying for her mother. When they respond by turning to look for her mother she vanishes. 

Two recent owners were so disturbed by her presence—they both saw her run silently across the lobby floor and then disappear through the office window—they called in clergy and a psychic to get rid of her ghost. 

Their attempts failed, Sarah is still seen at the lodge today.

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