Calabasas is located in southeastern California in Los Angeles County. It has a population of about 25,000 residents.
Leonis Adobe Information:
The Leonis Adobe is an adobe structure located in Old Town Calabasas that dates from 1844. It is one of the oldest buildings in the greaer Los Angeles area.
The Leonis Adobe was occupied by a wealthy rancher known as Miguel Leonis. He died in the adobe house in 1889 after a fatal wagon accident. After his death, the Leonis Adobe was the subject of a legal dispute between his common law wife, his heirs, and a daughter that was born out of wedlock. The dispute persisted for 15 years.
By 1961, the Leonis Adobe had become victim to vandalism. The owner at the time applied for a permit to destroy the property and build a supermarket in its place, but perservationists succeeded in having the adobe declared an Historic-Cultural Landmark in 1962.
Today the Leonis Adobe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is operated as a living museum.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at Leonis Adobe in Calabasas, California:
The Leonis Adobe is said by Calabasas locals to be haunted by the original owner of the house. The first reports of Miguel Leonis’ ghost appearing at the adobe happened in the 1920’s when the first people outside of the Leonis family took up residence and began to remodel the adobe dwelling. They reported disembodied footsteps on the stairs as well as two loud “thuds” from the upstairs bedroom, resembling the sound of boots dropping on the floor. A strong smell of soap was also reported. Miguel Leonis was apparently well known for smelling of soap and always appearing impeccably clean.
Disembodied digging sounds have been reported. Apparently, Calabasas locals attribute this to Miguel’s dug-out dirt chamber where he is said to have kept his fortune.
One visitor reported seeing a man with a black beard covered with bloody bandages lying on the bed in the room where Miguel Leonis was brought, bandaged and bloodied after the wagon accident that killed him.
People have reported feeling someone touching them when no one was there.
Disembodied voices calling out “Chichita” have been reported. This is the name that Espirtu’s granddaughter, Maria Orsua said that her grandmother called her.
Miguel Leonis’ apparition has been observed on the street walking his sheepdog near the adobe. Espiritu’s apparition has also been observed standing on the balcony in a long black dress.
The Leonis Adobe is well known as one of the most haunted sites in Los Angeles County. In 2005, the British paranormal television series “Most Haunted” profiled the building
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