Murphys Historic Hotel

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Boasting an entry in the national registry of historic places, this hotel has hosted many famous names throughout its days. Some believe that some guests checked in, but never checked out as there are reports of at least three different ghostly entities haunting the inn. People claim a mischievous ghost, possibly that of a child, haunts the lobby and first floor with many people claiming to have seen objects moving around. Others believe that the ghosts of a former maid and a prospector who died falling off the balcony also remain haunting the hotel.

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    457 Main St
    Murphys, CA 95247
    United States

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    38.137586116461854, -120.46498049206542
    Calaveras County, California
    Nearest Towns:
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    1. Ive had an experience at this hotel with my closet door kePt opening and slamming shut, i was also touched down my back while walking up the stairs.

    2. I worked at the Murphy’s Hotel for 7 years from 1991 to 1999. There are ghosts in the Hotel. They won’t bother you. There is a child (boy) and a woman. Dallas

    3. A few years ago my wife and I stayed in the newer part of the hotel. We were having dinner one night in the main dining room when all of a sudden from the table behind us a glass of water went flying off the table. I remember hearing the group all saying none of us touched the glass.

    4. The most famous legend tells the story of a ghost named Eleanor. Eleanor was a former maid during the hotel’s early years. She’s especially famous for throwing random small objects through the air. Guests have witnessed all sorts of bizarre paranormal activity, including children’s laughter and the apparition of what seems to be a gentle ghost named John.

    5. Jeanne Whitehouse  |  

      On August 3, 2015 I took my youngest son and his best friend to stay at the Murphys Historic Hotel specifically because I had heard it was haunted. I am paranormally sensitive. While having dinner in the garden I listened to podcast where a disembodied woman’s voice was recorded during a paranormal study a few years earlier. When we all went to sleep a few hours later I got a nervous feeling as I was drifting off to sleep. Suddenly, right next to my left ear I heard a distinct “Psssssssttt’l My eyes shot open and I looked at the boys expecting to catch them crawling back into bed after pranking me. Nope! They were sound asleep! I pulled the covers over my head and lay there until I finally fell asleep. I always figured it was the ghost of Mark Twain since he frequented the hotel in his day. Reading the stories here about the hotel I am beginning to suspect it was the ghost of the young boy that others have mentioned.

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