Investigation at Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, California

This investigation will be for members only (no one under the  age of 18) and you must book a room at the hotel to participate.  I will be coordinating with the hotel on the RSVP's and there will be no extra charge for the investigation. You have 24 hrs. to book your room after RSVP'ing "yes" and email me your information at [masked] or you will be removed from the attendee list to give someone else a chance to go. If you have someone who will be staying with you at the hotel, they must join the group. There are 13 rooms but no more than 2 people allowed in a room to limit the size of the investigation. Sorry for so many conditions, but with no charge for the actual investigation I need to manage the size of this very carefully.

Call the Hotel Leger -[masked]

When you call the hotel tell them you are with Bay Area Ghost Hunters or they will not give you a room, as It is blocked out completely for us. When you book your room please email me with your room number and who is staying in the room. As long as we fill 5 rooms we will receive a 15% discount on the standard room rates.

We will have complete access to the hotel including the former jail, former courthouse (both of these locations are on the hotel property) and the tunnels underneath the hotel until sunrise. There will be a band playing in the bar until late, but we can investigate in the tunnels or rooms during that time.

Depending on the size of the group we can either break up into smaller groups or stay as one group. I will make that decision when I see how many people are coming.

History: (from the hotels website)

George Lêger first operated the hotel - originally a wood-framed tent on the corner of Main and Lafayette streets - in 1851.  Records show the hotel - then called the Hotel de France - initially catered to a large French population that settled into Moke Hill during the Gold Rush.  The present hotel is actually three separate buildings, one of which served as the Calaveras County Courthouse from 1855 to 1866. That stone building is the only portion of the three-building structure to survived three devastating fires that razed most of the town in 1854, 1865 and 1874.  Inside the old courthouse structure, in the basement, was also the county jail.

Our historic saloon has seen a lot since its last remodel in 1874.  If these walls could talk...!  Stories have been told of ancestors of town locals playing cards with legendary outlaws Black Bart and Joaquin Murietta on this very floor!

The bar is original, and it is rumored that the beautiful stained glass behind the bar was removed from a Victorian home in San Francisco.

In this respect, Mokelumne Hill has not resisted keeping up with the Joneses. And all of the ghosts, it seems, are located at the Hotel Leger.

To beef up the image of Old Mok, not to mention stimulating its nascent tourist potential, a tract or brochure has been introduced: Places to See and People to Meet in Mokelumne Hill. Just to add a certain panache and a flair for the romantic, the pamphlet has proven a chip off the "Psychic Reader's" block.

The ghost of Leger, who was assassinated in the Hotel in 1879, has been seen in the saloon and in many of the Hotel's thirteen rooms, which are furnished in period antiques. Other ghosts in the Hotel include the Lady in White in Room 2 and a young boy in Room 3.

An item in the Calaveras Chronicle casts doubt on the authenticity of Leger's assassination. George Leger died March 13, 1879, but not from a bullet fired into him: "Mokelumne Hill mourns. The public has suffered an irreparable loss and the entire community joins in an universal lamentation. George W. Leger, one of our oldest and most esteemed fellow townsmen, one of the noblest men that ever breathed the air of heaven, is dead. He expired Thursday afternoon after a short illness of two days, regretted and mourned by all who will read this paper. We frankly admit that we are not adequate to the task of writing a fitting tribute to the memory of the deceased." George Leger's grave is located in the Protestant cemetery.

More recent, and possibly more authentic, claims of ghostly sightings describe George Leger wandering in Room 7, a woman crying for her child in
Room 2, and a child playing by the fireplace in Room 3. A former owner of the Hotel Leger describes seeing smoke and fire in the bar area multiple times when no fire was present upon closer inspection.

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  • Joseph

    Sorry to whoever was in room 2. I killed your Towel Swans:(
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdsDsp9zFFQ

    3 · June 26, 2014

    • Joseph

      That poor lady lol. Talk about a "backfire!"
      https://www.youtube.co...­

      3 · June 28, 2014

    • ryan

      lol

      1 · July 1, 2014

  • Mariah

    For those who care about what I said about L.O.V.E. at the beginning of the investigation: Here it is once again...I know some investigators are not really 'spiritual' nor are involved with serious spiritual development and may be going on these investigations/events as a form of entertainment with a curious mind. But I would like to impart this idea which is really can be viewed as a double entendre. We need to keep L.O.V.E. in mind....we need to Listen to the spirits and our own instincts/senses, be Open-minded with what we experience, Validate when the spirits do speak to us and let them know we "hear/sense" them and to also validate each other if we sense/hear/see the energy and to try and continuously Evolve as paranormal investigators and really as spirit communicators!

    4 · June 27, 2014

  • Joseph

    Just now started going through audio. Our small group started at the cemetery and so far I've got a couple good EVP's in there, "Class A" for sure. This group consisted of myself, Elizabeth, Judy and Harry. The responses were right up on my mic and usually, as always, riding our voices to get theirs across. Good stuff so far and I'll share once I have it all reviewed.

    2 · June 25, 2014

  • Laura J

    I also wanted to thank the group of 6 that came with me Sunday to the Calaveras County Museum in San Andreas. We got some pretty good EVP's there in the old jail and in the assay office. We had some experiences as well as I was personally grabbed twice in the old jail, in an undisclosed location...lol. (Note to self: do not wear shorts to an old potentially haunted men's jail...lol).
    One final hotel note: I did have quite a few experiences in Rm. 7 (George's rm.) which is where I slept for 2 nights. On many occasions I heard footsteps come up to my door and then waited for someone to knock and when they didn't I opened the door and looked around and there was no one there. This happened continually and once when I opened the door the footsteps came in and then proceeded to walk around my bed while I was trying to sleep. The floor boards in there were very creaky so it was easy to hear. Can't wait to investigate here again. On to the next...

    3 · June 23, 2014

    • Laura J

      I don't hear "shoot" but I hear something else followed by "the group tomorrow".

      June 25, 2014

    • Marcy J

      it sounded to me like "shoot the group beforrrrre us"..so frustrating though because sometime these are very clear & by the time I upload they change or become harder to hear. :/

      June 25, 2014

  • Debbie

    Great time!!! Awesome location!!! Thanks again Laura for all you do!!!

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • KENNETH W.

    GREAT...

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Here is an evp clip from the old jail in San Andreas. When I say I'm here in the old jail you'll hear a woman say "you sure are!" and when I mention that a man asked for water last time there is a VERY clear evp of a man saying either "it was me" or "it weren't me"..see if you can hear these and other evps

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/san-andreas-old-jail-water

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Nikki

    Thanks for everything Laura. I probably won't be able to listen to evps until I come back from vacation (which will be after the first week of July).

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Thank you to Laura for setting this up and running the show! Also for the drinks and appetizers-you went above and beyond for sure! I haven't listened to too much of what I recorded but I did get this clip from the downstairs livery (creepy place for sure). We were able to hear this during playback so I just did noise reduction on it and amplified the evp portions a bit-there is more than one evp here:

    https://soundcloud.com/marcy-johnston/hotel-leger-downstairs-livery-darker-is-better

    3 · June 23, 2014

    • Laura J

      After Quentin asks about turning the lights off I hear "right now" not "why not" and I still hear "shut up" not "better"....so­rry. I do hear Harry though....lol. It's okay Harry, some places are creepier than others.

      June 23, 2014

    • Marcy J

      After Q says should we turn the lights off Harry says God no! but the "why not" is right before that and more whispery & fast

      June 23, 2014

  • Laura J

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this investigation. I hope you had as much fun as I did and I hope you enjoyed the appetizers and drinks. It was a little rough in the beginning while the band was still playing, but I hope all of you who journeyed to the cemeteries at that time had a good time. My group that stayed back at the hotel had some pretty good experiences and got some evp's and saw some shadows wandering around the jail. A special "Thank you for being a good sport" to Jim for letting me handcuff you to the bars in the jail. It stirred up the place. Once the bar closed it was awesome. My group had some great and funny experiences as well as a darker experience too. We didn't get a lot of equipment activity, but we got some good evp's. I think some of our successes from the night came from the trigger items I brought, like the handcuffs and playing cards and poker chips. All in all I think it was a great investigation and I look forward to the next.

    3 · June 23, 2014

    • Laura J

      Actually I uncuffed him from the bars and cuffed him to me...lol. I was pretending to be a jail guard taking him to the court house. Pretty funny...sorry if I was too rough Jim! :-) It definitely stirred the spirits up.

      1 · June 23, 2014

    • Mike

      Don't worry Laura,I'm sure Jim did not mind.....heck, I used to pay good money for that type of stuff (just kidding Chris)

      2 · June 23, 2014

  • Renee M.

    Thanks Laura, another great investigation. A lot of EVP's to go through (mine and Nate's...lol). And thank you for the dinner conversation. It meant a lot to Nate and myself!!! He had a great time too. Thanks again!

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Laura J

      Thank you Renee and Nate for sharing with me and for having an open mind to what I was saying, because I really was just going with what I was sensing even though I had no idea what any of it meant. Glad it made sense to you. Great to see you again and to meet Nate. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. See you soon.

      1 · June 23, 2014

  • Harry

    Marcy- please send me a note, I want to confirm something I have on audio from one of our sessions [masked]

    June 23, 2014

  • Joseph

    Nice meeting all the new faces Sat. Had a great time and hopefully I'll have some good EVP's to share!

    Thanks for setting everything up Laura and for the drink!

    2 · June 23, 2014

  • Pamela

    This investigation was a lot of fun. It was great to have control over the entire hotel after a certain hour. Also, by spending the night there, we didn't have to worry about driving home at an early hour and it also meant we could investigate as long into the night as we wanted to. Lots of great EVPs and I'm looking forward to reviewing video as well. Thanks Laura for organizing this event - I always appreciate how well organized you are with these events. Looking forward to the next.

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • ryan

    Did you guys get any EVPs or spirit photos?

    June 22, 2014

  • elizabeth

    I had an absolute blast meeting all of you even though I crashed early. Laura, thanks so much for all your hard work, and the tasty beverage :)

    3 · June 22, 2014

  • Lisa B.

    Thanks for the awesome event, Laura! I loved the hotel. I woke up too early and headed home to take a long nap.

    2 · June 22, 2014

  • Harry

    I'm here! Where do we meet?

    June 21, 2014

    • Nikki

      I think we're all meeting downstairs at 5:45. People are taking naps or walking around.

      June 21, 2014

  • Chris

    Probably the lobby. But if it starts at 5, doubt anyone would b there yet. Did u check ur email? Laura always sends instructions where to meet.

    June 21, 2014

  • Mike

    I hope everyone has a good time tomorrow night. In my absence, I have asked Jim to serve as my proxy. As such, he will be asking two "unique" questions that I hope will solicit a positive response. I mention this because I did not want anyone to think Jim is a weirdo.

    2 · June 20, 2014

    • Mariah

      Ah, heavens to Betsy! (Pun intended)

      2 · June 21, 2014

    • Chris

      Lol

      1 · June 21, 2014

  • ryan

    Yes, please post any EVPs and/or photos or videos you get, I'd love to see that!

    3 · June 19, 2014

  • Keena

    Have fun you guys. Can't wait to hear what you all captured and experiences!

    5 · June 18, 2014

  • ryan

    Sounds like a neat place to explore, I just wish it wasn't so far...

    June 5, 2014

  • Chris

    Im jealous I missed this one lol.

    June 4, 2014

    • Mariah

      Wait. No way.....

      June 4, 2014

    • Chris

      Yea u were all too quick haha.

      June 5, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Where is everyone planning on having dinner? At the hotel? Options in the area are pretty limited.

    June 2, 2014

    • Mariah

      The hotel food is WONDERFUL! There are some great little places in Sutter Creek about 20 minutes away too. Jackson is about 10 minutes away. Frank's Cafe at 8085 Hwy 26 is good for breakfast/lunch. It's not even 5 minutes from the hotel.

      3 · June 2, 2014

    • Mariah

      Also, it's Martini Thursday at the Leger Saloon and there will be a BBQ and music on Sunday afternoon in the back starting at 1pm...

      1 · June 3, 2014

  • Mariah

    Make sure and bring mosquito repellent. I hear EcoSmart is a good one...or you can make an al natural mixture!

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • Ann U.

    Laura--will you be doing another investigation of this place later in the year? (hopehopehope)

    May 27, 2014

    • Laura J

      Hi Ann, I'm sorry but this is probably it for this year at this location. Maybe next year. Lots of other locations to come.

      May 28, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Is anyone interested in checking out the old courthouse & jail in San Andreas on Sunday? It's totally haunted. The first time we went there during the day not expecting anything paranormal & I was tapped on the shoulder twice. We went back again a few months later & I caught some evps in the assay office, courthouse and jail. There are several spirits in the old jail-one of them is really nasty and dark sounding. The location seems to be pretty quiet-they don't get too many tourists so if a group of us went there would most likely not be anyone else around & you usually don't have to worry about noise pollution.

    It has been investigated in the past. Here is a link to an article about the investigation

    http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_c6464492-22a7-11e2-8c43-0019bb2963f4.html

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • Renee M.

      Marcy, incredible EVP from the Assay Office. Nice catch.

      1 · May 5, 2014

    • Harry

      Sure, maybe the early bird gets the EVP.

      1 · May 27, 2014

  • Harry

    Getting excited Gang?!?!

    2 · May 27, 2014

  • Jason G

    I'd like to go. Does it cost us any money to go?

    April 4, 2014

    • Jason G

      Can I reserve my meetup spot in advance?

      April 4, 2014

    • Laura J

      I have a lot of different investigations scheduled right now. Some are already full but there are still quite a few that have spaces available. Look at what you are interested in and see if there is still room. 99% of the investigations require payment at the time of your rsvp. This was an exception. All investigations are first come, first basis. I have 4 investigations in May and June with spots still available.

      April 4, 2014

  • Nikki

    If anyone is coming from San Jose, let me know. I don't mind carpooling.

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Joseph

      I'm game....little exploring, lunch. Woo Hoo!

      April 4, 2014

    • Laura J

      I'll probably be going the night before. I want to check out the cemetery where George Leger is buried.

      April 4, 2014

  • Harry

    Are rooms 7, 3, and 2 booked already? ;-D

    April 3, 2014

    • Laura J

      Harry the rooms are first come first serve. I'm not sure there are any left but feel free to try and if you get one let me know. Only the people with rooms will be left on the attendee list. I can update that manually.

      April 4, 2014

    • Harry

      I got room #8, it was the last one open.

      April 4, 2014

  • Marcy J

    Me + Quent

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Laura J

      Make sure Quentin RSVP's. :-)

      April 3, 2014

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