There are certianly older parts of the city than the Haight-Ashbury. It was not part of the Gold rRush of 1849. Part of the underdeveloped Western part of the city, it was a place that you would bury your dead. It once had many cemeteries but they were removed due to the city wanting to expand. The Haight-Ashbury district started as a middle class neighborhood around 1890. Golden gate park was commisioned in 1870 and within 20 years it was a huge success for San Francisco. People wanted a more quiet place to raise their children away from the busier parts of the city.
Access to Golden Gate Park allowed homes to start being built in this part of the city once thought of as "too cold to inhabit." This once called "Wastelands" was now becoming quite popular as a sort of suburbia area of San Francisco. The area grew and certianly had its share of tragedies. Later, by the 1960's it became a place of love and peace for the hippy generation and had it's share of famous rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and bands like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead.
The "Summer of Love" was a wonderful idea but there was a sinister side to that time too. Drugs played a key role in a lot of the tragedy that took place there at the time. The area had way too many runaways looking for a part in the incredible era. The neighborhood could not substain all those new people and several ened up on the streets and were murdered, committed suicide or overdosed.
The 1970's was a time people referred to the area as "The HATE." I have uncovered countless articles of murders, suicides and overdoses there. These intense energies have lingered in the Haight and several ghost stories have developed because of them. We hope you may consider joining us on of our Haunted SF San Francisco tours here in The Haunted Haight Walking Tour. We would love to spend the evening with you on your very own San Francisco SF Ghost Hunting Excursion Adventure Tour!
I had a great group recently. They experienced some great stuff while ghost hunting in the Haight. They wanted me to join them at the haunted bar but I had a paranormal case I need to get to. Sometimes I think how blessed I am to teach people how to ghost hunt and to actually investigate with folks in a proper way. They wanted to talk about the Ghosts of Alcatraz. They said it would be great for them to do a Alcatraz Ghost Tour. I explained they don't have one. They were surprised. I was not. They don't talk a lot about the ghosts there. I asked them now that I showed them how to ghost hunt, would they want to ghost hunt all the time? Some said if they could ghost hunt like they do on TV. Ghost hunting can be boring too. Somedays it happens and other days you get nothing. It is that 10% that is real ghosts.