Monday, October 29, 2007

Ghost Rider...

It's difficult to imagine a time in Southern California when the automible didn't dominate our landscape but there are signs (if you look for them) that once we were a horse and buggy town. There are some old houses that still have a concrete carriage step in front of their sidewalks. Even a few hauntings that involve a horse rider.

At the Mountain View Graveyard there is such a ghost. His name is William Cooper and he has only one arm. Story goes Mr. Cooper was born in England and lost his arm when he was nineteen, fighting in the Crimean War (1853 - 1856). He left his native England and relocated to Pasadena at the ripe old age of 55 in 1888 and lived to a very old age of 85 when he died in 1920. He may be dead but not gone. His ghost can be found riding on an old looking and tired horse around the graveyard. People have claimed to have seen a rather old looking man with dirty, unkept white hair and with only one arm, riding a horse around the grounds. He has been seen stopping in front of an angel statue holding a book near the enterance of the graveyard and taking off his hat and putting the hat over his heart and bowing down his head. A gentelmen even in death.
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8 comments:

Clare said...

Beautiful angel! I love that she's holding a book, too. Terrific story about Mr. Cooper. Living to 85 in 1920 was an accomplishment. He sounds like a really nice man -- I like how he takes his hat off and bows, too.
:)

David said...

WOW

Great post. I have not checked yet all of them, but I like your topics. Have you ever seen a ghost, or thought you saw one? I do. And I wasn't a kid.

Thanks for your visit on my site, hope to see you again there! :)

DAVID

Greggo said...

i'm curious - where do you find these ghost stories? who do you talk to? lol. great picture, btw!

*hugs*

Hammer said...

Great story. I don't think I'd be afraid if I saw a ghost like that.

Ash said...

Beautiful angel!

Yoga Gal said...

Oh dvaid please share your ghost story! As for where I get my stories from it's from reading books and booklets and from people sharing local legend tales.

Yoga Gal said...

Oh dvaid please share your ghost story! As for where I get my stories from it's from reading books and booklets and from people sharing local legend tales.

Aggie said...

Hmm, an unkempt ghost ... bodes well for not having to keep clean and neat and tidy after we go. Lol! That's a pretty gravestone.