Monday, October 24, 2016

Scary October: Brookdale Lodge

It's October, which means I'm sharing spooky stories every week this month. Today's post is about a Brookdale, California hotel that had an interesting history even before the spirit of a young girl began haunting the place. This was once the sign for the Brookdale Lodge:



Built in 1890, the lodge peaked in the 40s and 50s, when visitors included Marilyn Monroe and President Herbert Hoover. It was notable primarily for the stream running through its main restaurant, known as the Brook Room.



According to legend, Sarah Logan, the niece of the lodge's owner, died in the building in 1892. Some say she drowned, but that can't be verified. There are also stories of a girl drowning in this pool, which also can't be verified.



The pool was visible from the bar. People have reported seeing a young girl floating in the pool through this window in the bar:



The death of a Sarah Logan was recorded in that county in 1892. A ghost hunter obtained a copy of that girl's death certificate, which lists the cause of death as "paralysis of the lungs."



In the years that followed, little Sarah's ghost was reported numerous times. She was often described as wearing a white and blue dress, walking through the lobby or playing on a balcony.



In addition to Sarah's ghost, guests of the Mermaid Room in the restaurant reported hearing voices, the clinking of glasses, and soft music.



Other visitors say they've seen the ghost of a woman walking across the brook as though there is a bridge above it. Some say it's the ghost of Sarah's mother, searching for her long-lost daughter.



In 2009, a fire destroyed part of the lodge and its owner was indicted on insurance fraud in connection with that fire.



However, don't give up hope on being able to visit this landmark someday. Plans are currently underway to reopen the lodge, although they can't legally call it the Brookdale Lodge. If plans work out, it will reopen as Brookdale Inn & Spa.


Image source: KSBW

Check out last week's post on the Lizzie Borden House. And be sure to come back next week for the final stop on my annual ghost tour:




39 comments:

  1. Cool setup with the river running through it.
    I imagine it was in need of a overhaul in upkeep, which is probably why the owner burned it. I'll be curious what they build in its place.

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    1. They could've capitalized on the haunted history...people will come from all over to sleep in a place they think is haunted. Ghost Adventures visited--not sure if Ghost Hunters did--but just the publicity from those shows can often boost visitorship. But it was VERY dated-looking, so they'll need to update it without losing that original charm.

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  2. Brookdale Lodge looks like an awesome place in its early days. I hope it'll be as impressive after they rebuild. I wonder if the ghosts will return?

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    1. I love the stream running through it. Very unique!

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  3. Sounds like a fun place to visit.

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    1. Hopefully they'll rebuild so I can check it out someday!

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  4. Never heard of this and I'm from California :-) Too bad it was destroyed by a fire.

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    1. Only part of it--not sure which part, though. It looks like you may be able to visit soon if you want!

      http://www.goldenstatenewspapers.com/press_banner/brookdale-lodge-moves-closer-to-opening-this-year/article_db86563a-84f5-11e6-8c59-bf3ad3579a64.html

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  5. Hi Stephanie, the window into the pool from the bar looks and feels very creepy to me. I would be nervous about visiting even if you hadn’t shared the stories of the place. It will be interesting to see what the new Inn & Spa will look like if it gets built, but I don’t think I will rush to visit. There is something deeply unsettling about the photos, they have given me the creeps to the point where I’ve just turned on all the lights, and it is only 2.30 in the afternoon!

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    1. I think this is my favorite comment ever! I spent last Halloween week watching episodes of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures and the latter had an episode on this place. I was so drawn into it, I made a note to cover it as one of this year's Scary October posts. There's just something about this place!

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  6. That is a seriously spooky story! I don't think I want to visit it or stay there!

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    1. I have to visit it someday...provided they open it again.

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  7. A very unique location. Not too many places have live water running through them (unless you count sewer backup lol).

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    1. And for people who believe in ghosts, there's a whole thing about running water and trapped energy. Supposedly you see more strange happenings around running water--that's the theory anyway.

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  8. I love your scary stories. There must be something to this because so many people have experienced something strange. Makes one wonder.

    Have a fabulous day Stephanie. ☺

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    1. I have so much fun with these, if you can't tell!

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  9. this sounds like a neat place and quite a tale. I hope it does get reopened and poor Sarah has a place to roam

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    1. I wonder if she's still roaming there, somewhere. Hopefully the part of the lodge with the brook is NOT the part that burned, but I don't know for sure...

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  10. The Brookdale Lodge sounds amazing! I'd go visit just to see the brook in the restaurant! It's such a shame it burned down and the owner was indicted with insurance fraud. I'm glad to hear they are thinking of restoring it though. It sounds like a great place to visit! (I don't believe in ghosts, so the benefits of this hotel far outweigh whatever ghost sightings I might see.)

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    1. Yeah, it's still charming even if you don't believe in ghosts!

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  11. Sounds really spooky ♥

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  12. I'm wondering how it would feel to visit a "haunted spa"? Maybe not so relaxing...

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    1. It does kind of defeat the purpose, doesn't it?!

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  13. If the lodge is rebuilt, I wonder if the ghosts will return, or if they vanished along with the building?

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  14. The Brook room sounds enchanting! I hope they do rebuild and refurbish, the little ghost needs somewhere to play ;-)

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  15. Interesting history about the lodge. How it was visited by Marilyn Monroe. I love Marilyn Monroe. But definitely one place I wouldn't want to visit, even after the construction. Would never be able to relax, not even carrying around plenty of salt.

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  16. Too bad it burned. It will be interesting to see if Sarah returns to the new building.

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  17. Strange that neither drowning was ever confirmed.

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  18. The owner was obviously in deep doo-doo to do this to such a great place. I hope it will be updated and still have the stream run through the middle. Love the haunted aspect of the building and hopefully the ghosties are not mourning the loss of their home too much:)

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  19. I think I saw this place on one of the ghost hunting shows, but I can't remember what they saw or found.

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  20. It looks like it was a super pretty place to stay! Though a little creepy to be sure :)

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  21. I like to read about these scary spots, but I don't want to visit them.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. Too bad it burned down. I'd love to see that place. Is that in northern California?

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  23. It's a shame that people feel they cannot revitalize a historical and fantastic landmark, instead electing to destroy it. I actually love history and the eery stories. Simple marketing with all that we have available at our disposal would be so much simpler and cheaper!

    Thanks for sharing, very interesting post!

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  24. Sad that it burned down! What an interesting story! I wonder if poor Sarah will return?

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  25. I stayed in a haunted manor house in England once. Of course, we didn't know it was haunted until we picked up the keys from the land/house manager. Odd things we experienced: bells ringing when there was no bell tower. It had burned down in the fire. I'll never know if we really truly heard the bells (although it felt real to me) or if we imagined them. Who can say. I say go visit the scary spots, you never know what you'll learn about yourself.

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