Pogonip Park - Santa Cruz, CA

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Investigated: Sep 3 2012 Haunted?   Yes. Mostly Residual.

Site Details

The Haunted Meadow is located inside Pogonip Park, between Cowell College and Highway 9. It is at the head of the Haunted Meadow trail, off of Fern trail. The site is in the area of the historic lime kilns and near the old powder works. Legends say that Sarah Agnes Cowell had died in this meadow when she was thrown off her buggy. History reports a different story that Sarah did not die in that location; however, given the workers at the lime kiln and powder works, it's still a site of interest for paranormal activity.

Personal Experiences

We had no paranormal experiences while at the meadow or while hiking around. It felt very peaceful. However, after getting home and starting audio analysis, it was clear that this location was nothing like it appears. The first thing that we noticed is that the audio recordings had odd mechanical sounds on it. It's only happened once before at a nearby Santa Cruz location. It sounds as if entities are imprinting on the recorder, but it comes out very choppy. There were other very clear EVPs captured though. While we didn't venture into the meadow itself (snakes, black widows, etc), we did an EVP session on the trail around it in various areas. There were several voices captured. Most seem to be residual while a few refered to us and our questions. A marjority of the audio recording sounds like there are faint whispers in the background (constantly) throughout -- too far away to dinstinguish any words.

We also visited the lime kiln remains and captured a few EVPs even though we were only there for a few minutes. Those EVPs are more faint, but it would be fair to say that the whole park area is haunted. We weren't able to determine any specifics, but there was no references to Sarah or any Cowells. Most likely, these people were there from the powder works or lime kiln workers. We didn't expect to actually capture anything and this will be one location that we are eager to get back to in order to do a more thorough EVP session.


"Kill her."
Right before the investigator speaks, you can hear this possible threat that is made. Not sure if it's an intelligent threat at us or not.

"Go away. (Don't swear). Shut the door."
The go away may be directed at us with the door referring to our recorder (it's been called a gateway before). But it's likely these two entities are residual.

"Please say the words."
A spirit comes across loud and clear on the recorder, most likely referring to us.

As we were walking around the outskirts of the meadow, we captured this. It has a slight intonation as well.

"Steward isn't here. (Who's that?)"
After asking if the location was haunted, we capture these two voices. The first sounds female and then a second male voices says a word or two that we can't make out.

"We cleared sonic?"
This appears to be a direct response to what is being talked about, so intelligent. We're not sure what's being said.

"The people are already dead."
The entities may be trying to tell us that we're silly for trying to talk to dead people?

"What day are they going?"
A residual voice is captured here, possibly talking to another entity

"Tell her. What's already in store."
his doesn't seem to be answering the investigator's question, but it sounds like two different voices, the first one being mor clear. If directed at us, it's creepy. It can also be residual like some others.

"Come up, I love you."
Residual. A name may be spoken, but too hard to identify. We were just walking around at the time and caught this.

"Come here at once. (Where?)"
More random voices captured that are too hard to clearly make out, but you can hear them.

"That one was great. Is it true that (something)? ... Monster."
There's a lot of talking going on that's not us. Seems two entities are talking about something.

"No work."
This was at the lime kilns.

"The gang war."
Very faint at the lime kilns.

Misc. whispers.
These are faint whispers, but there are multiple voices in the background that are way too soft to make out.