“The tallest peak in the Mayacamas”
Cobb Mountain is the tallest mountain in the Mayacamas Mountains of California. The mountain is named after John Cobb, the first pioneer to settle in the area. Cobb was born in Henry County, Kentucky on May 19, 1814. In 1853 he arrived in California and homesteaded in Cobb Valley and went on to become the county assessor and the road overseer for the Clearlake District in 1855. He built a combined saw and gristmill in 1859, which was later destroyed by fire. He sold his interests and moved to Napa County around 1860. The spirit of Crystal Calhoon, called the Wicked Witch of the West by locals, is said to haunt the area with her small dog. She has been seen vacuuming feverishly, and witnesses often note that after an encounter with her, they are missing something shiny that they had on their person.
I keep reading about Crystal Calhoon, and it is quite interesting, but I want to know more. Who was she? Family? When was she living? Who dubbed her the wicked witch? Where on Cobb did she live?
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