San Jose and its urban legends

        Every city and town has tales of the supernatural and the weird, and San Jose is no exception. For a long time I felt that San Jose’s rapid growth had destroyed all the ghosts and monsters of folklore, replaced with chrome and silicon.

       In a statement that most of us can relate to, junior Camryn Lang said, “I have no experience with ghosts.” But after a little digging, I found that there are tales of ghosts, of monsters, and a mysterious devil cult on Hicks Road. In this article, I intend to reveal the secrets of San Jose’s legends and folklore.

       In this age of secularism, there is not nearly as much superstition. The supernatural ceases to grip us as it once did. But that does not mean that it isn’t there. Some people try to use the mysteries of the unknown as a marketing ploy. Some good examples are the Winchester Mystery House, the Mystery Spot, and the allegedly haunted Toys ‘R’ Us. Some places have become almost comical because of their familiarity.

       World History teacher David Smith said,, “My brother in law worked there [at the “haunted” Toys ‘R’ Us]… The whole thing was to build this haunted thing, in order to get people to go to the store.”

      The most interesting, and least commercial, of San Jose’s legends is the devil cult of Hicks Road. Hicks is supposedly the lair of a cult of albino Satan worshippers, and some versions of the legends claim that they sacrifice people at night on a great stone near the quicksilver mines.  movie was made about this legend, a 40 minute 2009 short film titled “Hicks Road.”

      Smith said, “It was even more mysterious because when I was a teenager it was still an airforce base….They used to have armed guards up there.” The legend has died down in recent years, as the area near Hicks becomes more populated. This air of mystery around the road would persist for quite a long time, until eventually it quietly died away as legends do.