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Categories: shape, eyes, evil, field, family
Since Kernville is as far up the Kern River as we go with this site, I will have to include my tales of Salmon Creek Falls, Road's End, and Johnsondale as a part of the Kernville area, although this enters Tulare County.
The real locals of the valley can tell you about the places up river that used to be. A long time before the R-Ranch resort was created, the ghost town of Johnsondale existed. Being from a family who cared for the town during the hot summer months, I was one of the few who got to see what the town was. The post office still had mail strewn across the floor, the houses were void of life but not of curtains, carpet, and other useless decorative items. Once in awhile a family would move in, but no one ever stayed long. Other than a creepy vibe in a few of the houses, and especially the old town hall where box socials were held on weekends when the town was alive, nothing seemed to happen until after the town was renovated.
Maybe I wasn't the only one saddened by the change when the resort was created. I had a friend with a membership so I would go there and stay over the weekend at times. She informed me that there was a specific cabin that was known to have a man walk down the hall, enter the closet, and hang himself. I'm still curious if there are any recorded sightings of this. I looked into the history of the town and found that many accidents took place at the wood mill, and that many wanted men escaped to Johnsondale, knowing they would not be found there. If ever there was a place that could hold spirits, I believe Johnsondale would be it.
As for Road's End, my family also worked there during the summer months. My sister had a best friend who lived there and she often stayed extended times over the summer. To do laundry, the residents and guests would have to carry their items to the laundry facility. Where my sister was staying was in a cabin located on the mountain side. She had to walk past the restaurant to get to the laundry facility.
As she carried her pile of clothes, she noticed a light coming from the restaurant window. Knowing that no one should have been in the restaurant, she looked to see who it might be. A woman in pioneer dress with a small boy next to her, also in old fashioned clothes, were waving to her and smiling. My sister was so scared, she dropped her laundry and ran back to her friend's house. The two of them had to go back later to get the clothes.
The restaurant was known to have several spirits. At times when the place was closed and my mom was in cleaning by herself, she would hear the pool table being used. Other times, my mom would notice silverware and glasses had been moved. One day, my mom was in trying to vacuum. A horrible sound came from the dining area. My mom has never been on to tell ghost stories. If anything ghostly ever happened to her, she usually kept it to herself. This time she knew she had to get out. Whatever it was, it was not a good spirit. Since the whole place is now burned to the ground, I wonder where the spirits may have gone. My sister was able to identify the mother and son some time after the incident. It appeared to be the wife and son of the founder of Road's End. Their picture is in one of the books made about the history of the town.
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