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.