Balch Camp below with the Kings River in the background.
Photo courtesy of tandre.net
Some time ago I had received an e-mail from a Pacific Gas & Electric worker asking if I had heard of one of the company's power stations being haunted. The station in question is located at Balch Camp, which is in the Sierra Nevadas near where the North Fork of the Kings River and Dinky Creek meet.
From what I was told the site is situated on an old Native American burial ground and scattered throughout the area are drawings on rocks left by the area's original inhabitants
The main area that appears to have the most paranormal activity seems to be where the guest quarters are located. Workers claimed to have heard footsteps outside their quarters late at night and some would even see the door to their room swinging open and closed before being slammed shut by some invisible force.
The strangest incident seemed to have occurred at Guest House #3, which is located further away from the other guest houses. One night a contractor was getting ready for bed when he heard footsteps outside his room. Whoever it was walked up the front porch and stopped in front of his door and proceeded to knock. Thinking it was a co-worker who needed something, he opened the door to find that no one was there.
So one has to ask, what is the validity to this story? Is the camp built on ancient Indian burial grounds? Perhaps, but one could say that whole area belonged to the Natives at one time so it's feasible that there are burial grounds in the area. And the Paiute tribe did live in the area and were known for their rock drawings, so this is a possibility. But why does every story seem to start with "Well the location is said to be on Indian burial grounds" as if that itself means it is true.
Perhaps it was a former worker(s) that for whatever reason didn't move on and haunt the location. Perhaps someone died here and doesn't know they are dead or doesn't want to move on. Maybe they were happy here and continue to stay even after death. It's hard to say without investigating the area further. And with it being PG&E property I highly doubt (that and when I called about it they redirected my phone call so many times it wasn't funny) they would allow it. What I do know for certain is that according to several witness claims, something invisible walks these grounds late at night and for what reason may never be known.