Northern California is a place that is loaded with history, so it comes as no surprise that our state also happens to be home to a wide range of haunted destinations. Seeking out NorCal’s creepiest spots is always a thrilling experience, and there’s one destination that you’ll especially want to check off your list: the Silver Dollar Saloon. Located in Marysville, this allegedly haunted bar has all sorts of creepy tales associated with it. See if there’s any truth to them and stop by for a drink or delicious meal. Only then will you maybe get some answers regarding this bar’s haunted history.
Founded in 1843, the charming community of Marysville is one of the most historic in Northern California. This means it’s also home to quite a few ghost stories, including the ones regarding the town’s Silver Dollar Saloon.
Built in 1851, it’s a miracle that this historic structure is still standing—never mind still operating as a working saloon! Over the years, the Silver Dollar has played all sorts of roles, from a restaurant and hotel to even a brothel at one point.
Today, the Silver Dollar is considered one of the town’s oldest historical landmarks. Not only that, it’s also a treasured watering hole in the community. The old saloon serves up your typical selection of cocktails and draft brews, and they even boast a menu of delicious pub fare.
Fitting of the historic atmosphere, the menu is comprised of hearty Western fare that can satiate any appetite. From juicy burgers to steak dinners, the delicious food is an unexpected surprise in a century-old setting.
Despite its seemingly harmless appearance, the Silver Dollar has a dark history associated with it. The upstairs portion of the building served as a brothel until the early 1970s, and legend has it that a madame was murdered there by a jealous boyfriend during the 1960s.
Many believe the bar’s relationship with the brothel is why it’s allegedly haunted to this day. Others believe the hauntings come from back when the Silver Dollar was known as the Guadalajara Cafe.
Back then, the cafe was owned by the family of Juan Corona, a serial killer who was responsible for murdering 25 people during the ’60s. Some even question whether the bar may have been a possible crime scene at one point. One thing’s clear, evil has definitely lurked here.
With such a long and dark history behind it, it’s easy to see why people believe the Silver Dollar to be haunted. Don’t quite believe it? Stop by for dinner and a drink and see how you feel about it afterward.
The Silver Dollar is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Address: 330 1st St, Marysville, CA 95901