San Francisco is known for being the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California. The second most densely settled large city (after New York City), San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California. Maybe it’s the fact that San Francisco is the thirteenth most populous city in the United States that creates the energy for many of the paranormal stories that originate from the area.
Named San Francisco for the Spanish Saint Francis, San Francisco was heavily influenced by the California Gold Rush of 1849 and remained so, even after the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire. San Francisco is also known for being the mecca for hippie counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, Peace Movements, the gay rights movement, and liberal activism in the United States. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is also know for cable cars, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Golden Gate Park is a large urban park with over one thousand acres of public grounds. Administered by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the park is nearly twenty percent larger than Central Park in New York. The Park boasts over thirteen million visitors annually, making it the fifth most visited park in the United States. Near the center of the park lies Strawberry Hill. The hill rests on an entire island, located in man-made Stow Lake, and is connected to the mainland of the park by two bridges.
Stow Lake is a popular stopping point for those visiting the park. Unfortunately, it is also a popular stopping point for the ghost of young woman who was pushing her young child in a stroller one fateful Summer day. Wanting to take in the beauty of the lake, the woman stopped and rested on a bench, with the stroller resting next to her. After briefly moving to chat with a woman nearby, the woman turned away for just a moment. When she looked back, she realized the stroller was gone.
She circled the lake for hours, asking people if they had seen her baby. After frantically searching for hours, she began to head toward the lake. After disappearing into the lake, she never emerged or was seen again. Since that time, strange occurrences have been known to happen throughout the park, but especially in that area.
Hikers tell stories of hiking through the trails or hills of the park when they are approached by a frantic woman. She is looking around, crazed and calling out to her child. She refuses to look the onlookers in the eye, but continues to shout “have you seen my baby?!” Rumors go on to warn that visitors who say they will help her have ongoing visions of the woman or strange occurrences, even after leaving the park. Even darker rumors say that if you offer to assist the woman but get too close to the lake, you will get pulled in. Worse still, if you refuse to help, the woman will stop her cries and become silent, just long enough to kill the selfish stranger.