Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Is Fresno's Kearney Park haunted?

Does the ghost of M. Theo Kearney haunt his former residence? - Photo courtesy of historicfresno.org


Several miles west of downtown Fresno, lies Kearney Park. The park was started in 1892 by M. Theo. Kearney and was to be part of a 225 acre agriculture complex. The current mansion was originally to be the caretakers quarters, unfortunately it and an adjacent servant's quarters were all that were built as Mr. Kearney died in 1906 and his dreams of an agricultural "Garden of Eden" were never completed.

Though Mr. Kearney died over one hundred years ago, there are rumors that he still walks his property at night, perhaps dismayed that his dream was never completed. There are also stories that a house maid, a Nora S., also wanders the darkened halls at night. Perhaps she feels she still needs to make sure the residence is kept in order for Mr. Kearney. Others have seen a man wandering around in the wooded area near the house. Others have felt as if someone from the house was watching them and once someone said they saw a female figure on the porch.

There is also an urban legend stating that a woman in white (some call her the White Witch) haunts the railroad tracks on the property and that anyone who is unfortunate enough to see her eyes, dies immediately. Personally, I find this highly unlikely as if she kills anyone who sees her, how can there be any witnesses to pass on this claim?

Still, Kearney Park is one of those Fresno treasures that most people know about, but may have never gone. The City of Fresno currently owns the Mansion and Park and you can tour the Mansion for a small fee. For further information on public tours of the Kearney Mansion, you can call 559-441-0862.

15 comments:

www.blogger.com said...

i think it is becase my bff said the same thing but idk and i went there at my filed trip i looked in the window and i heared piano like music!!!!!!! and some people said mr. kearney's 3 children were murder and they are in the back yard dead!!!!! is it true that it is haunted??? is mr. kearney still walking in the streets or the white witch??

Anonymous said...

omg yesturday i went with my bf nd saw someone by the bush he was crouching down like if he was hidding nd i hve this strong feeling theres a secret to be investigated i saw many people walking on our way to kearney park in chains i felt so much eergy there that i was afraid to go out the car

The Great Destroyer said...

I'm going to do a couple investigations there. FYI to some people. The County of Fresno own the mansion and park with help from the Historical Society. Also Mr. Kearney was a swinging bachelor with no children. I'm going to look for Mr. Kearney, the maid, and the "white witch"

Michael said...

Good luck in getting permission to do an investigation there. I've tried contacting the historical society several times over the past year and they have not returned any of my calls. If you do get it, let me know. I'm interested to see what happens.

Josh said...

I visited the park this weekend and saw a bunch of people with tents and RVs. While you might not get inside the mansion after dark, it does seem possible to stay at the park after dark.

Anonymous said...

I only live about 7 miles away from Kearney mansion,and I have been to both the park and inside the mansion itself.As soon as I first walked into the mansion and saw the beautiful spiral stairs,I immediately felt a cold rush of energy.Also,if u have ever really researched Mr.Kearney u no he was in fact a slave owner,and just to the back right of the mansion there stands the little shack,witch was the slaves quarters. Throughout the whole park,and even up and down Kearney ave. U can feel an eerie feeling and there are many,many fatal car accidents on this one road,my moms bestfreinds husband was one of those victims,I believe in the ghost of Mr.Kearney,and the White Witch. I'm glad I could help.

Michael said...

The building was built in 1892, nearly three decades after the Civil War ended and slavery abolished. Kearney was never a slave owner, nor is the building you speak of "slave quarters.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true Kearney was not a slave owner. And it is a creepy feeling when you enter the mansion its so old that anytime you walk around you will feel like you heard noise. But i have not witnessed seeing anything yet. But i do believe that the mansion and the kearney park grounds are haunted. It is the truth I would not lie about this.

Figueroa Jose said...

When is the best time to see the ghost there at kearney park?

Anonymous said...

kearney is in fact a slave owner , think about it . do u really think he built that whole house and park by himself. NO. he bought slaves nd they built the park*house , look at the year it got done , in the 1800's the year wen slavery was very popular inside the U.S . Use common since an old rich white men building on over 200 acres by hi self , NEVER HEARD OF. So yes its a fact that the man was a slave owner.

Anonymous said...

There was some people shot and killed execution style, a baby was left alive in or around kearney park. This happened a long time ago but I know it is true. Maybe they haunt it too

Anonymous said...

I don't shit about nothing but I no that shit is fucking hanted...as we drove along Kearney...if u no that place it has 2 lanes in the middle and a single oneway road on each side..my cousin decided to turn to the park while we was still in the middle lane the car got caught on the dirt between the roads.. we made the other passenger get out to push the car bcuz it was stuck as the car unstucked we all heard a deep pitch voice of a little girl from the park(it fucking 2a.m in the morning what the fuck is she doing there)as we smashed of and left the others there they was running after us then we made a left there was a street sign letting u no that a stop sign is ahead ..as we waited for the others to get to the car the sign was waving side to side (no wind outside)very fast as the others got in the car as we drove near it slowed down as we got right next to it. it stop completely as we started to drive a way it stared to wave side to side again the farther we drove away I looked back and it was waving as fast as when we 1st seen it......((man just writing this gives me the chills))

Luis Flores said...

I've been there a few times, I always went with my childhood friend. He and I would go with girls just to scare them and it seemed as if everytime we went. something happened. even if it was something small.

the first time we went together, we heard drums, like a ceremonial native american drum. it was weird seeing as it wasn't really native american ground, I believe. so i just brushed it off as maybe someone was practicing a drum kit nearby. whatever

another time it got creepy. it was Halloween. he and I with a group of girls. we went and he and his girlfriend went on the east side of the property by the gate and in between the trees and they both said they seen footprints behind me. But I didn't believe them. later that night we made 2 trips to the mansion itself through the backside of the park. theres a spot you can park your car. and you have to get out because it's closed off. so we left the car there. on one of the trips to the house we seen a shadowy circluar object emanate from the house to the lamp post just outside, maybe 10 or 15 feet away from the house itself. this object had to have been at least 4-6 feet across. it moved fast. it went from the house to the light pole. and back to the house and right in between the light and the house it stopped. then returned and disappeared.
during the second trip we didn't see anything. so as we walked back to leave the park. there was this giant oil tanker i believe, it was huge and it just sat there probably for storage. but without a gust of wind or anything. it sounded like a car wrecked into it because it was loud. after it happened the tanker began to hiss as if it contained some sort of gas or something. so we proceeded back to the car and left.

never been there since.

tyjonray said...

Slavery was abolished on December 6, 1865 before even the park was built. So there were no slaves just paid African American people. Who quite possibly built the park and mansion. And that is not a slave house, that is a tea house. I stick to facts and figures you should do the same instead of going off of feelings and opinions.

Crescendo Electro said...

My mom was telling me about a ghost car that is in Kearny Park. There will be a car driving behind you and it will pass you up, but there is nobody driving - anyone else hear of that one?