Villa Park is rumored to have a haunted house on Center and Santiago and this story has been going around for decades. True or not many generations of kids (and adults) have told many haunted tales about this house. Here is a collection of the rumors mixed with facts that have gathered about this “haunted house” over the years.
“Haunted” House Origins
This 1901 historic home is rumored to have been moved from Orange, possibly Chapman and Tustin, and others have said Santa Ana. Originally it had three stories but during the move it had to be reduced to two stories because of power line clearance or another reason. Throughout the years the house has been inhabited off and on but has mostly remained unchanged with little to no upkeep, unlike many homes in Villa Park.
The Villa Park Haunted House
Haunted House Story #1
Since the house used to have a 3rd floor before it was moved it is said that cigar smoke could be smelled wafting down from the missing 3rd floor. Perhaps from a man who used to live their and always smoked his cigars on the third floor.
Haunted House Story #2
Jim Morrison’s girlfriend, Pamela Courson, grew up in Villa Park and is rumored to have lived in the house before she died a few years after Jim Morrison. Many might recall she was played by Meg Ryan in the movie The Doors. It’s true her dad, Columbus “Corky” Courson, was the first principal at Cerro Villa Middle School and at VPHS but unconfirmed that she lived in the house. However, that hasn’t stopped the stories that she haunted the house. People even point out that the homes on Pamela Pl were built in 1974, the year she died.
More Haunted Stories
Other people have reported seeing lights in the house going on and off and other minor annoyances.