Showing posts with label miner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label miner. Show all posts

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lyle and the Groveland Hotel

Groveland Hotel in winter.
This charming Bed and Breakfast offers 17 unique rooms for guests that come to stay in the small Sierra Nevada Mountain town of Groveland California near the entrance to Yosemite Park.

Originally built in 1849 this structure was an adobe trading post. It then was used as a gambling house, saloon, hotel, Ranger Station, business offices and even a Greyhound Bus Stop.

Hotel at turn of century.
Peggy and Grover Mosley bought this old run-down building in the 1990s. They spent two years and a million dollars to renovate this structure.

One room in this hotel is always in high demand. Room 15 is where Lyle resides. He is the inn’s ghost. Peggy and her employees enjoy sharing stories about Lyle.


During California’s Gold Rush this building was considered the finest house on the hill. So when Lyle, a reclusive miner, struck it rich he took up residence in Room 15.

His new living arrangement was also convenient for he worked the Spring Gulch Mine nearby. Lyle stayed in Room 15 for years.

He was found dead in this room in 1927, underneath him was a box of dynamite one of the tools of his trade.

Lyle haunts Room 15 and the area that surrounds it. He was known to be obsessively neat and tidy while alive and it appears his ghost is the same.

Lyle's Room 15 today.
Female guests that stay in this room find if they place their cosmetics on Lyle’s dresser he does not like this clutter for when they return their makeup is no longer on the dresser. They often discover their items placed on the sink instead.

One female guest even watched as her makeup flew off the back of the dresser and landed on the floor.

Lyle’s ghost also likes to mess with the water. Taps are often turned on when no one is around--Peggy and Grover experienced this when they were the only two in the hotel.

Lyle also turns on the water in shower stalls in rooms near Room 15 when no one is around.

Another prank he enjoys is messing with the room door locks near Room 15. Guests return to find their room keys temporarily do not work.

There is also a romantic tale told about Lyle. Peggy states that if his ghost has not been active for a while it means he is visiting The Hotel Charlotte across the street from the Groveland.

While alive, Lyle had a love affair with the original owner of this hotel--Charlotte.

Hotel Charlotte 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Face on the Wall


Here’s a classic West Virginia ghost tale.

After working for the railroad for 5 years Nick Yelchick was laid off in 1927. He looked for another job but found none. Discouraged he started to drink. To his wife’s chagrin he would come home drunk, tear up the house and then beat her.

Coke ovens Grant Town, WV
circa 1916
Eventually Nick did find work in the coal mines. But after his first week his need for a drink overwhelmed him. He asked a buddy if he would punch his timecard so he could get to the liquor store before it closed.

After Nick ate his lunch he decided to explore the “played out” parts of the mine. Within a short time he knew he was lost. The more he tried to find his way to the main line the more lost he became.

He walked for hours. At one point when he stopped to rest he realized that no one would know he was missing since he had asked his friend to punch out for him.

No one knew he was still in the mine; no one would come looking for him. Even his wife would probably just think he had gone off on one of his weekend drunks.

When 10 hours had passed his light burned out. He was now in worse trouble. He stumbled around for 2 more hours and then exhausted he sat down and fell asleep.

While he slept he dreamed. He saw his wife’s face on the wall of the mine. She was beckoning to him and she kept saying, “Follow me.”

He woke up with a start and saw his wife’s face was still on the wall near where he sat. As he approached-- it moved further down the wall. He chased his wife’s face for several hours until he reached the main line. Now he could find his way out of the mine.

As he exited the mine’s main entrance a night watchman approached him and told him his wife had been looking for him yesterday. “We told her you had gone home.”

Coal Camp at Grant Town
When he reached his home he found his wife had killed herself. He found her note, it said, “I thought you would stop drinking when you got this job, but now I know different.”

After this, Nick stopped drinking. He lived in Grant Town the rest of his life and remained sober until he died in 1947.