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The ghosts of Kearney Park
Several miles west of downtown Fresno, lies Kearney Park. The park was first started in 1892 by M. Theo. Kearney who had envisioned it to be part of a 225 acre agriculture complex. But what is now the mansion was originally meant to be the caretaker’s quarters. Unfortunately it and the adjacent servant's quarters were all that were built as Mr. Kearney died in 1906 and his dreams of an agricultural "Garden of Eden" never fully came to fruition.
Though Mr. Kearney died over a century ago, there are rumors that he still walks his property late at night, perhaps discouraged by the fact that his dreams were never fully realized. Stories also persist that a house maid by the name of “Nora S.” also roams the darkened halls of the mansion after the sun sets. Perhaps she feels she must continue to make sure the residence is kept in order for Mr. Kearney. Others have claimed to have seen a man wandering in the wooded area near the house. And still others have felt as if someone from the house was watching them and someone even claiming that they saw a female figure on the porch watching them.
But the ghost stories don’t end at the mansion. There is also stories of a woman dressed in white (some call her the White Witch) that haunts the railroad tracks on the property and that anyone who is unfortunate enough to see her eyes, dies immediately. Whether there is any truth to this story is highly unlikely. If anyone who looked into the eyes of the “White Witch” dies how can there be any witnesses to report on this?
I’ve tried several times to contact the Fresno Historical Society who maintains the mansion, but never received a reply from anyone there. Still, Kearney Park is one of those Fresno treasures that most people know about, but may have never gone. The City of Fresno currently owns the Mansion and Park and you can tour the Mansion for a small fee. Perhaps when you go, you might see one of the ghosts there. But if you see a woman dressed in white, don’t look her in the eyes. You don’t know what might happen.