The Neptune Society Columbarium is one of San Francisco’s most magnificent examples of neoclassical architecture.
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Richmond District, the copper-domed Columbarium is worth a visit just for its stunning stained-glass windows alone.
However, local legends say there is a darker side to the Neptune Society Columbarium.
Is this quiet resting place haunted by one or more of its dead residents? That’s what we are here to find out.
The Neptune Society Columbarium holds the remains of more than 8,000 San Francisco residents.
Having been around since 1897, this columbarium is one of the oldest in the Bay Area.
It was originally part of a much larger cemetery spanning more than 100 acres.
Most of the cemetery’s dead residents were exhumed and moved to the town of Colma outside the city limits in the late 1920s.
Fortunately, the Columbarium remained intact but fell into disrepair shortly after.
Today, the Columbarium has been restored to its previous grandeur and is a popular tourist destination.
However, since a 1901 law was put in place that restricted new burials within the city limits, the Columbarium has developed a reputation for being a unique sanctuary of death within San Francisco.
Where to find it: 1 Loraine Ct, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Rumor has it, some of the dead residents of the Columbarium still roam its halls today.
A woman claims to have been touched by an unseen force while paying respects to her loved ones.
While at the Columbarium, she felt a cold, almost icy, hand touch her back.
When she turned around, no one was there.
The most disturbing part? A white handprint was left on the woman’s dark shirt where she had felt the icy hand touch her.
Multiple security guards, as well as a veteran caretaker, have reported seeing a ghost of a little girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing walking around the circular levels of the Neptune Society Columbarium.
Other visitors have reported hearing footsteps accompanied by childish giggling around there as well.
Not much is known about this little girl. However, many think she might be one of the victims of the earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906.
The Neptune Society Columbarium is not the only haunted place in San Francisco. Far from it!
If you’d like to know more about the most haunted locations in San Francisco, check out our Haunted San Francisco Ghost Tour.
It will take you on an unforgettable journey through the streets of downtown San Francisco to show you a different, darker side of our beloved city.
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