Since the nineteenth century tales of paranormal encounters in the historic
building of the hotel have been spoken by guests and staff alike.
Murphys was the real wild west, a Gold Rush boomtown where adventurers took
aim at their chance for fame and fortune...or anyone who was in the way.
The hotel doubled as an offical stop for the Wells Fargo Bank Stagecoach,
making it an ideal target for bandits including Black Bart - the gentleman
bandit. This wild frontier environment caused many events to
occur, and some believe that some guests never left. Logs are left in
the historic rooms so guests and staff may record any occurances that happen
in their presence.|
The primary reported spirits are:
Eleonor was a maid at the hotel who fell in love with an
adventurer, and waited for her love interest to return - who never did.
It is speculated that she stills waits, and oversees the hotel. She is
noted to feel most active if she feels that the honor of the hotel is being
Murphys was a
wild town. This prospector came to Murphys to seek his fortune, but
ultimately met his fate after "falling" off of the hotel's front balcony.
Staff and guests have reported seeing him hunched over the bar in the
saloon, still seeking his fortune.
far the most active, this spirit allegedly haunts the lobby and front office
of the hotel. Staff members have reported merchandise and artifacts
moving, light flickering, and the doorknob being played with. These
activities seem more of a prankster than an adult.
has been the subject of several professional and amatuer investigations.
Click here to
watch a Youtube video and EVP findings from a 2009 investigation by the
American Paranormal Research Association, and
here to see a
video of a 2008 investigation by California Haunts
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