Original Posting by Maggie May
At the very end of main street there is a dirt road that leads up to a lot of property. It is said that a nanny was left to watch the 2 kids when the parents went on vacation.
The nanny was drinking,locked the kids in the basement and the place caught on fire burning the 3 of them. Anyway when you go up there you can see where the basement is. It is said that toys appear and disappear.
Do not go up there alone especially at night. I believe that there can be drug dealings and transients houseing up there. There is a lot of junk everywhere. We went up there about 1 1/2 months ago.
Took some pictures.
In one there is a mist going across the basement floor and in the next picture that my friend took right after me is the biggest, brightest orb I have ever seen. I think that it is worth checking out.
There are other buildings on the property, but we have not checked them out yet. It might be best to check out during the day first so you can see the lay of the area. There are some ruts in the roads. It really takes up the whole top of the hill.
If you look on Google Earth and put in 4000 South Main Street, Corona you can get an idea of where it is. I do suggest that you check it out in the daytime first so you know where you are going at night. It`s pitch black up there so bring flashlights.
Mist or "Missed"? You be the judge.
WTF is that? No Really. WTF is that. The PRDS wants to know.
*Photographs and initial
artical, and investigation
by Maggie May.*
*Information in Red updated for
accuracy by PRDS, and our newest
PRDS Historian, and Opererative
The Ganahl Ranch
Built in 1910, 4000 S. Main Street was once one of Corona, California's proud citrus ranches. *Due to an unfortunate loss of information in the Corona Public Archives in the Historical Department, a lot of information has disappeared concerning whome the house has passed from, and to*.
It is known that the house did belong to the Ganahl family, distant cousins of the Ganahls, of Ganahl Lumber.
Home to multiple generations of Ganahl, the house finally met its end when an elder Ganahl, supposedly suffering from an acute dimentia fell asleep with a cigar in hand.
The cigar begat a small fire, which was made worse when the aged gentleman, confused, may have poured a flammable fluid into the flames in an attempt to dowse them in a panic.
According to the historian in the Corona Public Libarary's archives, it was either kerosene, or gasoline. Either of the two would have been retrieved from the basement.
What ever the solvent, there were NO fatalities in the fire.
The history of the property may date back farther than its recorded construction of the Francisco Citrus Ranch. Elements on the property defined its age, suggesting an additional ten to twenty years elder than it is; mortar instead of cement; granite instead of concrete.
There was even an advanced (for its time) irrigation system, drill, and pump which now only four granite slabs remain.
After the initial fire, the house was condemned. An arsonist would finish the job, and then the Corona Fire Department would operate a controlled fire to finish off the remaining historical elements of the property, from an old western like stables, work shed, to the skeletal remains of a wagon, and wagon wheels.
The historical quality of this property is easily almost as rich--if not richer--than the paranormal qualities.
The Corona Chapter *PRD*, in 1999 - 2006 conducted multiple experiments on the property and noted that after midnight, roughly 1230AM there are phantom bells that sound from nowhere, and chime irregular numbers. This continues until 3AM, which the chimes should number 3, 9, and 13. The music is ethreal in sound, and neither close, nor distant, and lacks both echo and acoustics.
There are also phantom footsteps that apparently belong to at least a semi-sentient entity, though unseens, as our teams were followed, and chased thrice, in which in our pursuit there was no pursuer.
Presently 4000 S. Main street is private property and the Corona Police department enforces its protection and codes fervently. The PRD does NOT advise scouting the property without permission from the owners, and though the PRD has officially declared this property haunted, it has not since been able to return to continue documenting its phenomena.
For photos and artifacts of the property, pre and post fire, please visit the Corona Historical Archives at the Library.
the PRDS was
known only as
by Roxanne Dockery
PRDS Historian, Operative
According to data dug up on Benjamin White, founder of the property, the Ganahl Ranch was homesteaded in 1909.
The house exchanged hands from white to Paul Ganahl, who was the last owner of the home before two separate fires would destroy it. The third fire was controlled by the City of Corona FD.
This listing is a well researched update for the Burnsite in Corona, CA. To view the original article on the Strangeusa website, click the following link.
Original Burnsite article in Corona, CA
Property Update: Priority
Sometimes a historian has to break the rules. We see what needs to be done, and like some rogue cop from a bad Bronson flick, we take what we need, and take the beating that comes with it. Sometimes it becomes more personal than professional, and you simply have to do, what you have to do. The PRDS never condones inaction, but also does not condone misactions.
My visit to 4000 S. Mainstreet was done of my own accord, to capture the rumors of birds hanging, and try and snap a few photos of what was going on there. It was daylight, but I still felt a little apprehensive.
The Corona Public library is more or less useless when it comes to information about 4000 S. Mainstreet.
This particular job I did free of the PRDS. However I am glad to donate them, and share them here, and now
The ranch in 1910
Property Update: Priority
By Michael J. Oka
In the wise words of internet acronyms, WTF!?
I recieved an email yesterday (30July2008) from someone claiming to be George Ganahl. He claimed he tried to post on our original posting of this site, but the page is malfunctioning completely. Below is the letter he sent to me:
I tried posting a comment on the Ganahl Ranch listing, but it would not go.
I am the son of Paul Ganahl, the last owner, and would like to correct a few things...
The home/ranch was purchased in about 1916 by my great-grandfather, Fidel Ganahl, from Mr. White. My great-grandfather had the reservoirs built.
My Grandfather, Alphonse Ganahl, permanently moved there with his family in about 1927. He was a lawyer, and did not keep up the citrus ranch very well.
My father, Paul Ganahl, moved us into the house in December, 1972 (the year Alphonse died). We retained about 70 acres of the original property, and my Aunt/Uncles sold the rest to AT&T and the various property owners below.
There was a house on the property on the west/middle portion which we always called the "Haunted House". It was a former worker's home, and abandoned as far back as I can remember.
The main house had odd occurrences through the years...doors opening by themselves, my radio seeming to turn itself on for no apparent reason, a light appearing in the upstairs window where my dad stored his "Uncle Rudolph's" stuff after the uncle died. All of which my mother and sister attributed to poltergeists.
The last time I lived in the house was March - December, 1998.
After I moved my family out, my father (Paul) lived there for a while longer, until he burned the house by mistake. He was not smoking a cigar, as reported in the article (he didn't smoke cigars).
Instead, he had a fire going in the fireplace, and to keep it going he poured some gasoline on it (from a can he kept near the fireplace, not the basement).
When the fire flared up, it startled him, and he dropped the can of gasoline, starting the major fire. Fortunately he escaped alive, and he moved to a convalescent home.
BTW, my dad used to shoot crows and hang them in the trees to scare away other crows...but I never knew him to hang them on the clothes line.
Our Historian has noted an incredible amount of coincidence at the arrival of this letter. While the story tends to more accurately match our ideals about the property in its early life, the fact that George Ganahl himself, heir to their estate, and land, would contact us directly through this site, no less.
This news is very exciting, but for the mean time MUST be taken within a grain of salt. If what he says about the activity on the land is true, then a Ganahl has confirmed hauntings, and the rumors hold water.
If this is a hoax by some neer-do-well, or worse, someone trying to do right by keeping the legend alive, then it offers us no help. There is no present info on George Ganahl's page here. How this information reached him, is beyond us, or who contacted him, or why he felt so strongly compelled to contact us, and only us, and not the others who have tresspassed to research his land.
The information in the library disappeared. Our artifacts, our research, or contributions. All of it is gone. The library claims it was misplaced, and that was about a year ago. They promised everything would be back in order.
It is not.
The PRDS Historian has been there repeatedly, seeking information. Thank God for Roxanne Dockery, because she managed to recover PRE Ganahl history there, where the land was owned by Benjamin White. The house may have traded hands in 1916, but was homesteaded and built on in 1909.
That is all we have now. As a community leader, and YES. We are taking that mantle. In this field, we would ask that EVERYONE who practices paranormal investigation in Corona, California, and Riverside, California, who knows about this plot of land come forward with any information possible. Legitimate information.
The first things we, as the PRDS, are going to do, is preserve history as it should have been. We will reconstruct the tale from when it started, to where it ended, and possibly where it is going. We will share our information freely, and even the possibility, and probability of supernatural activity on the land. As a landowner may have written to us, then a land owner explained that there was activity, and that makes it a historical account.
We will donate this history to the archives, and keep extra copies. The truth will be told, finally, and we will have ALL done this together.
Help us. We are close to the end of this chase. The conjecture has been set aside, and the closer we get, the harder this is getting. Help the PRDS, so that the PRDS can help you.