The firehouse as it appeared in 1936
Originally built as a firehouse, a necessary building in a gold-rush town of shacks and temporary structures, the Fire-House No. 2 in Nevada City, California, is now a historical museum. Visitors and employees alike have reported hearing footsteps in an otherwise empty room, as well as feeling sudden temperature changes, cold spots and a general “thickening” of the atmosphere. Some witnesses claim to have seen the ghost of a Victorian woman, who searches through cabinets and a female piano player from a nearby whorehouse. A few visitors have even sighted a group of Chinese men standing around a shrine, a testimony to the Chinese population that contributed to Nevada City’s early growth.