Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gilroy's haunted Mount Madonna County Park

Mount Madonna State Park where the ghost of the daughter of
one of Gilroy's founders is said to haunt.

About 12 miles west of the town of Gilroy is the Mount Madonna County Park. It's said that the ghost of Sarah Miller, the daughter of one of Gilroy's founders Henry Miller, haunts the land that used to be owned by her family.

On June 14, 1879 Sarah Miller was riding her horse on her family's ranch when it stepped in a squirrel hole and lost its footing. Sarah then fell off the horse and broke her neck and was instantly killed.

Stories have persisted for years of seeing a woman riding on horseback late at night by park rangers. Other reports from rangers include hearing a woman screaming, but when they went to investigate no one was found. Lights being seen in buildings even after they were turned off have also been reported. Another witness even reported seeing a woman dressed all in white walking down Pole Line road late one night.

If this is indeed the ghost of Sarah Miller, why does she haunt the land that was formerly her family's ranch? Perhaps she doesn't know she is dead and wanders around aimlessly not knowing of the sad truth. Or perhaps this is where she was happiest in life and continues to stay there even in death. Whatever the case may be, given the numerous sightings at Mount Madonna, something definitely is roaming the grounds late at night.


Mt. Madonna Hiker said...

Wow, this is trippy. I was hiking Tie Camp Trail yesterday when I kept hearing the sound of a large animal moving through the forest. Not a horse or hiker on a trail, but something large moving through the woods. I was wondering to myself what it might be. There's no bears here, and in my experience deer don't make that much noise. I'd tell my dog to "speak" and when she did the noise would stop for a few minutes, which tells me that it probably wasn't a hiker blazing his own trail (and it sounded much too large anyway). I found this website after my hike while looking for history on the park, and now I kinda wonder if it was Sarah Miller and her horse. My only other thought would be a large wild pig.

Deb said...

My family and i were camping at the back back in 1985. I had driven from the campsite to the ranger station to use the payphone to call my boyfriend. I had 4 of my nieces and nephews with me and we all heard a woman screaming in the wooded area near by. I quickly hung up the phone gathered all the kids into my car and drove back to camp. I tracked down one of the rangers to report what we heard because I was afraid someone had taken a girl up there and was hurting her etc...They proceeded to explain that they get reports of that all the time and that they couldn't explain it. They would go check it out just to be sure, however when they get to that area, they are unable to find anything.