Mentryville is a ghost town in Santa Clarita, California, known for its historical significance and alleged paranormal activity. The town was established in 1876 as the state's first commercially viable oil well and remained prosperous until the 1920s when production began to slow down. By the early 1930s, its residents had started leaving the area. The town is rumored to be "haunted" by the spirits of its past residents, with the most prominent being Charles Alexander Mentry, the man who created the town in the first place. Mentry's spirit is said to be seen wandering the ruins of his estate, known as the "Mentryville House," and the vicinity. Strange noises, cold areas, and even the sightings of a ghostly apparition clothed in period attire have all been recorded by visitors. In the vicinity of the former schoolhouse, visitors have described seeing a ghostly presence of a young girl wearing a white dress. Some visitors have also reported feeling watched or followed while touring the site.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Evan Decker, who spoke out about his experiences while working on repairing, preserving, and restoring many of the aged buildings on the Mentryville site. Evan is the President of Mentryville California Inc and also runs the SCH History Moments instagram page.