- This house is one of a select few authenticated by the United States Department of Commerce as being haunted. Thomas Whaley, a New York entrepreneur who came to California during the Gold Rush, built the two-story brick home in 1856 in order to provide East-coast civility for his wife. Used as the county courthouse and government seat during the 1870s, artifacts and period furnishings remain intact. Apparently, so has the ghost. See website for more on the history of Whaley and his house, as well as group tour info, and special event announcements.
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