In Riverside the most haunted place is of course the famous Mission Inn..
The Mission Inn is an older building, and very spooky in several of the extremely classy and pricey rooms… While guests of the Inn are enjoying the modern amenities afforded them, such as an outdoor Olympic sized pool and first class fitness center, the catacombs that run underneath the building heading in the direction of Mt. Rubidoux are now closed.. These catacombs were rumored to exist and were a great topic of discussion in Jr High, but like most rumor of this nature, no one had ever been in them nor did any one know of anyone who had been.. It wasn’t until the late 90’s that the rumors of the haunted catacombs of The Mission Inn were finally put to bed.. A construction digger dug into one of the catacombs. That really settled things didn’t it. One current employee of the Mission Inn remembers, an older gentleman was once given a room in one of the upper stories of the building, as there were no lower floor rooms available due to the 1939 remodeling.. The next morning, when the gentleman was asked if his accommodations were adequate, he was reported to have said to this worker that all was fine, and he even enjoyed the singing in the next room.. When told he was the only tenant on the floor, the old man nearly passed out.
The Mission Inn is supposedly haunted by the Millers, the first owners of a 12 room cottage where the pool now sits…..The existing structure of the hotel was begun in 1900 and completed in approximately 1947….Owned first by C.C. Miller and then sold to his son Frank shortly before his death, in 1900…..Frank’s sister, Alice, reportly the one who like to sing while she worked, managed the hotel until her death in the late ’40s.
The following lists are all of the rooms in the Mission Inn that are reported to be haunted.
Room 215; reports of blue lights the size of a bowling ball has been reported inside room 215.
Alice Miller’s (‘Aunt Alice’) room, 4th floor, south east corner…..This two-level room is very active…..Reports of cold spots, touches, apparitions. Strong presence of Alice.
The Bridal Honeymoon Suite across from Alice Miller’s room. There have been multiple reports of people being pushed or rather hurried along as they went down the spiral staircase of this two-level room…..In 1993, a couple on their honeymoon night checked out of the room just after midnight after reportedly being pushed on the stairwell.
The Catacombs….What’s a catacomb with out a little haunting right, right… The end closest to the Mission Inn was an underground museum….It being walled it was believed up till the time that construction worker dug into an old section about a 1/4 mile away, that it did not exist, but as recent excavations and new construction has shown the Catacombs did indeed exist… All the way to Mt Rebuduix.. Back at the Mission Inn, there was an enormous amount of activity in the area of the foyer during the years immediately following the hotel’s re-opening in 1992…..The hotel’s desk clerk at re-opening resigned after seeing someone in this area late one evening.
Frank Miller’s Room in The Mission Inn, 4th floor, north east corner… One of the only rooms not restored during the closure of the Inn from 1985 to 1992… Possibly now a banquet room at the end of Author’s Row… A strong presence of Mr. Miller permeates the room.
It seems that almost all of the Hallways are haunted at the Mission Inn.. There have been numerous sightings of vanishing guests along hallways throughout the hotel, particularly along Author’s Row, covered hallway near Alice Miller’s room, 2nd and 4th floor hallways, parallel to pool, the service area hallway behind Mission dining room… The Mission Dining Room also known as the Spanish Dining Room a apparition seen traveling near ceiling from entrance wall, near the patio, to the far back wall… In the Rotunda, there have been some occasional sightings… The area was closed to the public after re-opening but has since opened to retail space around 1997 or 1998.. On the Spanish Patio, visitors have reported feeling cold spots and touchy feely feelings, especially around the area of the Lincoln Bust, especially since it had been ordered and designed by the late Alice Miller who just happened to die the day it was completed.. I guess she never saw the unavailing and that’s why her presence can be felt or seen here?
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