Wormie Annie Ghost
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Paul Corlew, curator and director of Silver City Ghost Town located near Lake Isabella,
California sent us his Wormie Annie ghost picture and story:
City is a collection of over 21 historic buildings relocated from historic
mining camps throughout the Kern River Valley. It is used as a film
location and a unique museum that is open year round to the public. I was
initially a doubting Thomas when it came to the many legends I heard
early on regarding poltergeist activity and ghost sightings here at
City. But after
having lived and worked on site for nearly 20 years and having personally
witnessed many unexplained phenomena, I am no longer a skeptic, at least in
regards to this site being haunted. During Halloween each year we offer special
lantern light tours. This year the first night tour was held on the evening of
Oct. 27th and during our tour the group and I entered 'Wormie Annie's'
building. Members of the tour group and I had taken numerous photos which showed
light orbs in other buildings that evening (a near routine occurrence
especially in the jail and several other buildings here). I decided to take
a photo of some of the members of the tour group and immediately noticed several
orbs in the photo on my digital camera. Later I looked closer at the photo
on my computer monitor and was startled to see what appears to be a human
figure in the window behind the tour guests. I cropped down the photo to have a
closer look and I realized that the image had a remarkable resemblance to
Wormie Annie herself. The next day I took a photo of a painting on display in
our current saloon exhibit (showing Wormie Annie) and compared the two
images side by side. The results are here for all to evaluate for themselves.
Wormie Annie Sullivan owned the Ghost Town property over half a century ago. She
was called Wormie Annie, because she sold live worms to anglers in a stand out
front and had a penchant for wearing clothing with large holes in it.
Wormie Annie passed on in her home behind Silver City many years ago. The building where
this photo was taken is sometimes referred to as the boat house, and
is believed to be the location of her worm farm. It is about 100
feet from her former home which is still standing, and is alleged to be haunted
itself. The boat house is the future site of a saloon museum
display. It is to be named Wormie Annie's Saloon in her
between the Wormie
Annie portrait and the image in the
glass. Is it Wormie Annie?
Burlando House interior, where Annie's
portrait hangs, also reveals an apparition of a woman reflected in the
mirror, in Jay's photograph (close-up, far right).