The Diamond Springs Hotel -- Happy, Homespun, and HAUNTED
The Diamond Springs Hotel, built in 1916, sits near the sight of an old Miwok Indian Crematorium. It's restaurant has a warm, friendly old town atmosphere and offers delicious down home country cooking. A popular place for great food and good conversation by the locals. Sometimes you can overhear a conversation about the many ghosts that inhabit this historic site. There are many ghosts that visit this building from its natural vortex (try standing with eyes closed in the middle of the room), however most of the ghostly apparitions are there from the time before the hotel was built. A cause for a vortex is not known, what is known is it is an opening in the earth's surface that spirits can access.
In 1847, the town now known as Diamond Springs, was originally called Crystal Springs, the name attributed to the beautiful spring water that fed the area. According to Dennis Witcher, Curator of the El Dorado County Historic Museum in Placerville, "The area which now houses the Diamond Springs Hotel was the site of Sutter's original split shakes mill." It was also a camp for miners and weary travelers, some slept on the ground, others in homemade tents. These people long deceased, to this world anyway, with the comfortability of the vortex, can return to this place without stress.
Waitresses at the Diamond Springs Hotel tell of their exasperating experiences dealing with unexplainable occurrences, while trying to do their job, and do it well. Experiences that arouse the senses, make the adrenaline flow a bit faster than usual, and keeps you looking over your shoulder. "I often hesitate to go into the corner by the restrooms when I first get here in the morning" Nancy Miller was to tell the author. "I will be alone in the building and things just go haywire. First of all I will hear noises inside the restrooms. I race into the men's room and fill the dispensers, do whatever is needed, and get the heck out. Sometimes there is a faint damp odor that I cannot explain. All the while I will have that inescapable feeling that someone is watching me." " For all this trouble, I hope he's at least Good Lookin'" she whispered. At the servers station in the same section, "You put a jelly or syrup down, turn around, and poof it has disappeared!"
Often folks have been known to see a filmy figure of a man sitting in the back booth with his big black lab at his side. Upon wondering why a dog would be in a restaurant, they look up to find an empty table. You can often hear groans, bangs and clashes in the upstairs rooms at the Diamond Springs Hotel.
Despite these uncanny events, the Diamond Springs Hotel remains one of the coziest places in El Dorado County.
Everyone is welcome, customers and...
This is only the beginning of the eerie events that have reportedly taken place at the Diamond Springs Hotel. You can continue reading about these and other unexplainable occurrences that have taken place along Historic Highway 49 according to author Nancy Bradley. There are many more well documented sightings that will unnerve and captivate you while reading Nancy's "The Incredible World of Gold Rush Ghosts."
As an example we offer another tantalizing teaser from a story in Nancy's book, a haunting along Prospector Road, one of the many stories of Haunted Highways!