A trip to the Springville Inn and you will encounter an establishment that offers a rather high chance of enjoying quite the paranormal stay. This is because the inn is not only home to one ghost, but four distinct souls that roam about the inn and call the premises their “final resting place.” In this article, you will learn the background regarding the haunted Springville Inn, which has been around for about 100 years.
The Springville Inn has four ghosts about the grounds, which for a nice change of pace , are not the usual scary or malevolent spirits that some places tend to become plagued with. They do not make demands on those they come in contact with or threaten to ruin a night’s stay. They are not into placing curses upon guests and don’t even disturb the peace when the middle of the night has arrived. At the inn, their presence is often a welcomed treat. So, what is their story?
The past 100 years has seen the Springville Inn blossom into a valued piece of the local community and history. With ties to the High Sierra, the site was named a National Monument by way of Presidential order. What is now known as the Springville Inn was actually the Wilkinson Hotel, which was also the original stomping grounds for the ghosts of today.
The main building was constructed in 1911, but no ghostly activity has taken place in a newer part of the hotel, which was added in 1972. Paranormal sights and sounds have also yet to take place in the Grill Room, which was included as part of the main building in 1979. As for the rest of the main building, the ghosts are full of energy.
When it comes to the history of the premises and how the ghost may have possibly found a home in the hotel might be explained by the local historian, who will tell you that in the beginning of the hotel’s history, certain practices may have created an environment for paranormal activity to brew. During those days, there was no one holding the position of coroner and the town possessed no morgue in Springville. This means that when someone passed away, they stored the body on ice until adequate stagecoach or train transportation could be arranged to the nearby Porterville. It was quite common for this act to take place in the upstairs rooms of the hotel (how cozy!).
The first ghost of interest that calls the Inn their home is named the “The Old Man,” who often minds his own business and doesn’t interact much with those he comes in contact with. He likes to visit the kitchen and is known to keep an eye out regarding the past and present employees of the hotel. It is they who have come in the most contact with this particular ghost.
In Part 2, you will learn more about the Old Man, as well as the other three ghostly inhabitants of the Inn.