Mission Inn

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This hotel is awesome. If you are interested in amazing architecture, stairways that descend to nowhere, towers, flying buttresses, and just a constant feeling of “this place was designed by a madman” the Mission Inn is definitely a place that you must visit. Quite probably one of the most interesting hotels I’ve seen, the design style of the Mission Inn cannot possibly be described. Think of every type and style of mission you’ve ever seen or read of, and then imagine them all combined into one sprawling multi-block hotel with one wing of the building designed in Renaissance style leading off into another building designed in Turkish style. It’s mad, and it’s wonderful. Several of the rooms can only be accessed from a rooftop courtyard that is filled with interesting water features, numerous planters overflowing with bougainvillea and other assorted flowers and an immense herb garden. Although we did not get a haunted room when we were there (the one that was available, the famed “Aunt Alice room” is priced at over $600 a night and therefore just slightly beyond our budget) we do not feel at all disappointed by having visited though we did not experience anything remotely “ghostly”. Most of the reports of hauntings are of the benign sort. People claim to see figures walking down hallways and when they get closer, the apparitions vanish. People who have stayed in Aunt Alice’s room feel cold spots, report being touched and claim they have seen her apparition. One spot that does provide some trouble is in the Bridal Suite where some people report being pushed as they descend the spiral staircase located in the room. The hotel is also situated on a network of catacombs that are unfortunately closed to the public due to safety reasons. Whether you are interested in haunted hotels or not, the Mission Inn is worth checking out.

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I worked security at the Mission Inn for 3 years ending in July 1985. I have seen and chased individuals that disappeared into walls and locked rooms that were welded shut. I spent my first year working with a Riverside police officer. We saw stuff I still can’t explain.

The last night the Inn was open to the public in 1985, a reporter asked about the ghosts. We told him about all of them off the record.

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Is it true that there are some type of underground tunnels located below the Mission Inn?

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Yes, I’ve been Dj’ing events there for about 15 years. There are tunnels for sure! After hours I got to go down there one time. Every year the mission has “ghost walk” where it is open to public.

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Yes there are many tunnels, at many levels, desending as low as basement’s, sub-basement’s, basement. 3 floors down. Some are large enough to drive a pick-up truck through. Others will require you to crawl on your hands and knees.

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Stayed here last night on business. Im accustomed to falling asleep with the TV on. Around 3 am i heard knocking on the wall. Just normal knocking as you would knock a door. It sounded as if on wood but the walls are thick concrete. At the time i thought little of it. Perhaps the TV was too loud? I shut it off and went back to sleep. The next morning everyone else in my party, in seperate rooms spaced apart or on other floors also reported hearing knocking. Could have been a security guard or guest trying to be cute but who knows… I had not heard the rumors previous so was not to freaked out.

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I have had the pleasure to investigate the Mission Inn on several occasions. My group collected both audio and photographic evidence, as well as countless personal experiences.

The first time I stayed here was for a family event. We stayed in a room on the 2nd floor. We were all just hanging out and chatting when we suddenly heard a knock at the window. It weirded us out a little, since we were on the 2nd floor. I looked out the window and there was no way for anyone to reach up and knock on the window.

The first investigation I did there, we had a lot of experience and got a lot of good evidence. At the top of the rotunda we caught an EVP of a woman saying “God bless you, my son”. Shortly after this we took a photo of the rotunda where there appears to be a shadowy apparition ascending. We tried to recreate and debunk the photo, but it remains unexplained. We also caught an EVP on the 3rd floor next to the elevator saying “There they are”, which sounded like the same voice from the previous EVP and was accompanied by a large EMF spike.

We also stayed for an overnight investigation where we took a photo with another shadow apparition in it. This one had a very distinct outline of a cowboy hat on its head. We also had an experience in our hotel room where we had a massive EMF spike that lasted several minutes and then mysteriously stopped. It became so intense that several members of our team had to leave the room because it was making them feel sick.

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I’ve got a very dear friend, we’ve known each other almost 40 years. She has a daughter who works at the Inn and she (the daughter) told me in person that the staff is very aware of the paranormal activities within the mission & they’ve even witness unexplained things happening on the hotel’s security cameras. 2 examples, my friends daughter experienced this personally, she witnessed on the security camera was in the hallway in the basement there was an empty laundry trolley, it’s made out of metal, about 6 feet tall with shelves, on wheels, the kind of thing the maids use to convey clean towels & sheets. It was empty pushed up against the wall when suddenly one end of the trolley rolled out from the wall, then it rolled back with no one around it, no wind, & no earthquake. Also, she can’t leave her keys on her desk. When she does, they dissappear & she doesn’t share her space with other co-workers & it’ll happen with her in or out of her work area. She told me that the ” Big Bosses” told the staff not to talk about the hauntings amongst themselves or with the guests. So yeah, actually there’s alot of downtown Riverside that’s haunted . Ok, I’m done, peace – out 🙂

Here is the 1985 Mission Inn basement floor plan. Shows some tunnels as well as the catacombs. This layout plan stayed within the legal property lines, even though some passages continued on.

1985 ground floor plans. Note: in 1985 the Mission was using European style floor numbering. Ground floor at the Inn would be equal to first floor anywhere else, 1st floor equal to 2nd floor, so on and so forth.

1985 second floor plan

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I’ve not had any experiences here, but just on the other side of the freeway, The Old Spaghetti Factory has been unnerving on numerous occasions. I’m a very low-key goofy guy who is a general skeptic in general, but every single time I’ve ever been in the men’s restroom, I’ve felt very unsettled. I do realize that it sounds like a setup for a crude joke, but I’m not kidding in the least. There’s an ominous vibe in there.

Sorry last post is 1st floor plan, not 2nd. Somehow posts passed each other.

1985 1st floor plan

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My first time coming here was for a friends birthday. That night at around 4am I heard someone knock on the door and I opened it to see no one was there. I found a stair case and I remember being sort of pushed down by nothing but it felt harsh.

***** A couple years ago

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Ive been down in the catacombs and let me tell you its really dark and very very creepy. its hot and you feel cold spots, you hear noises and voices, and you cant even see your hand right in front of your face

The Catacombs are just below street level underneath Orange St. That would account for the sounds of voices.

When I worked security there in the 1980’s, most of the unusual occurrances occurred at ground level and above.

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Have stayed at this beautiful, magnificent hotel many times; and, we even held our wedding there. While there are definitely some areas of the hotel that feel “odd,” and I have noted a proclivity for unusual behavior from people, I experienced only one incident that was unusual enough to describe as “paranormal.” In the wee hours of the night, within a totally dark hotel room, my wife and I were awakened by a stand lamp in the room that suddenly turned on. It was operated by a floor/foot switch. There was no timer or any reason electrically for it to come on. I turned it off and went back to bed. Before I fell asleep, snap- it turned on again. I got up, muttered something like “excuse me in a very irritated manner, and returned to bed. Nothing else unusual happened. The next morning I thought- I could under a lighted lamp going out- but why would a dark lamp come on? Faulty floor switch? I complained to the front desk in the morning but the staff just looked at their feet. The room was on the second floor, exterior side, mid-east wing.

The Mission Inn is a major landmark and historical site in downtown Riverside. It’s a hotel, series of restraunts and bars, many rooms for special functions, a couple of chapels and more…

The first floor (2nd floor anywhere else in the USA) has 2 chapels one with a gold altar and the other with a gold ceiling, the Galleria, a foot bridge to the annex next door. Many Tiffany stained glass windows, A Flyers wall with a tribute to aviators.

A definite must see, something for everyone including ghost hunters. Tell aunt Alice hi for me.

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I was in a room near registration by myself and all the sudden I smelt overwhelming smell of flowery perfume no one was around

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I have been a photographer for 6 years and being from Riverside I have always used the mission inn for some shoots. however my most recent shoot there was about a month ago and this was the first time I have ever experienced anything. It wasn’t anything serious but I was walking through a hallway with the graduate that I was shooting and I heard an older man laugh. I decided not to tell her right away because we just finished talking about the haunted stories and she would think I was messing with her. But then I decided to tell her anyway. I asked “Did you hear that sound back in the hallway?” and she responded the old man laugh and did her best to copy it. We were both shocked that we both heard it. She also didn’t want to tell me for the same reason. When we went back to the hallway there were no doors attached or anything so we were both mind blown.

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I spent a lot of time at the Mission inn in the late seventies. My second child’s father’s mother was the manager at that time of the Mission inn and we spent a lot of time creeping around the various spots there exploring all those staircases to nowhere as you called them. She lived sometimes in one of those rooftop rooms you were talking about that are only accessible from the roof. It was really beautiful up there and I was very young so we had a lot of fun. My friend who still lives there in Riverside and I did a lot of exploring up and down those winding and rickety outside staircases. Anyway it was fun and I remember it fondly, but I don’t think we ever ran into any ghosts. I’ll have to ask him if he remembers anything like that next time I talk to him.

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The "Haunted" Mission Inn

The "Haunted" Mission Inn

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Out of Southern California’s three most haunted destinations (the Whaley House and the Queen Mary comprising the other two), the Mission Inn in Riverside is the most unexpected. It is the most unexpected not because it is or it is not haunted, but because, well, it’s in Riverside. While I have nothing against Riverside – after all, it is was just named the eighth coolest city in America by Forbes Magazine – it is not a place that makes you think of unique architecture, or strange buildings. And yet, Riverside is indeed home to one of the strangest buildings in California (second only to the Winchester Mystery House): the Mission Inn.

The Mission Inn began as a normal hotel under the ownership of Christopher Miller; but in 1902, ownership passed to his son, Frank Augustus Miller, who changed the name to the “Mission Inn”, and began adding on to the hotel in a variety of design styles until his death in 1935. The hotel has Moorish Revival architecture, Spanish Colonial architecture, Spanish Gothic architecture, and also is considered the largest Mission Revival style building in the United States. The hotel is a unique architectural work of art; and it is also a building that exudes a strange, horror-movie vibe as well. Perhaps because of its brooding gothic elements, or because of the the artifacts within it, the hotel has acquired a reputation of being haunted . There are a number of stories about ghosts in the hotel; however, the most popular stories about the hotel being haunted are related to the following areas: Frank Miller’s Room (located in the Northeast Corner of the Fourth Story); Alice Miller’s Room (located in Southeast Corner of the Fourth Story); the “catacombs” being haunted; and the hallways of the hotel generally being haunted.

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As I mentioned when I was discussing the Queen Mary, @losadventura and I have seen too many B-Grade horror movies, so we decided to also investigate the “ghosts” present at the Mission Inn over the course of one weekend. The first difficulty to beset our investigation was that we could not find confirmation that the “catacombs” – a rumored series of tunnels under the Mission Inn, stretching to Mount Rubidoux even exist – or existed. The sources online regarding such tunnels seemed to be full of mostly speculation, and no concrete information about how to access such tunnels (or if they really exist). When I arrived at the hotel, I made a number of discreet inquiries of various hotel personnel about the tunnels; and was treated to a number of strange looks and denials about such tunnels (or as the internet says “catacombs”) existing. Despite receiving no viable information about whether the catacombs existed or how to access them, we made a valiant attempt to find any secret passages leading to the tunnels/catacombs, without trespassing onto various areas of the hotel we were not allowed into. I’m sad to say that the end result of all of this investigating and stair-climbing to the basement levels of the hotel was absolutely nothing. To this day, I can’t tell you if the catacombs exist – or if they are “haunted”. While I want to believe they exist, and that they are full of ghosts, buried treasure, or are just a cool underground maze, I’m leaning more and more to believing that this is nothing but an urban legend about Riverside and the Mission Inn. If you have contrary (hard) evidence that I’m wrong about this, feel free to let me know, but until then, I’m going to say that while the truth may be out there – the catacombs of the Mission Inn probably aren’t.

In terms of hallway ghosts, @losadventura and I went up just about every hallway in the hotel during the day and during the night. This was in part because the hotel is a really interesting place to explore with lots of interesting architectural styles; and in part because we were really trying to see if it was haunted. Again, I’m going to have to be skeptical here, and report that other than some weird looks from hotel guests and visitors, we discovered nothing out of the ordinary, other than the crazy architecture of the building.

Finally, in terms of Frank Miller’s and Alice Miller’s rooms, we also came up with nothing. Frank Miller’s room is locked by the hotel and off limits to guests and visitors; and when we looked in the windows at night, we saw nothing scarier than a lot of dust in the rooms. Alice Miller’s room, on the other hand, is actually a guest room; and while you can stay in it for a night or multiple nights, we did not. As we were respectful hotel visitors, we did not do anything crazy outside of the room for fear of disturbing the actual guests inside the room. However, by the “Aunt Alice” door, which is rumored to make strange noises, have cold spots, and generally be a portal to a nether dimension, we found – and felt nothing as well.

My final verdict on the Mission Inn is that like the Whaley House, and Queen Mary, it is probably not haunted (again, people with hard proof, feel free to e-mail me), but like those two spots, it’s a great place to visit because it is unique and historic; and if you happen to experience something different than me when you are visiting it, that will be an added bonus for you.

Directions: The Mission Inn is located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, California. Trust me, there is no way you can miss it, as there is nothing in Riverside that looks remotely like it.

Fun Fact: In addition to the parrots at the Inn, historic artifacts, and many presidential visits, I find it interesting that Ann Rice, the author keeps a suite of rooms there on a yearly basis. Who knows, perhaps she draws her inspiration from the (non) existent ghosts. 

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The 8 Most Haunted Places in Riverside, CA

Last updated: May 23, 2022 @ 5:13 am

Riverside is a unique desert community in Southern California, not far south of Los Angeles. Riverside was first established in 1870, and it has a vibrant history. Not only does Riverside have California’s first golf course, but it is also a vital part of the citrus industry. Aside from all this, the town has a fascinating past that has left many spirits behind.

Join us as we explore the most haunted places in Riverside, CA.

1. Riverside Bridge

One of the strangest tales you will hear relating to Riverside will probably involve the Riverside Bridge Monster! The story has all the hallmarks of an urban legend, yet it seems like some elements genuinely tie in with actual events.

In November of 1958, the story states that a man called Charles Wetzel had an encounter on Main Street Bridge with a strange creature. He described this ‘monster’ as green and scaly with a pumpkin-shaped head, long thin arms, and claws.

He claims to have slowed down his vehicle as the Santa Ana River was swollen, and the creature came out of the brush and clawed at his windshield. He reported to police that he had hit the beast and noted that his car had scratches and green smears.

However, a body was not recovered, and other drivers reported similar encounters in the days that followed. Odd tracks were found when the river dried up, but no trace of the so-called monster!

2. The Gates of Hell, Redlands (near Riverside)

One of the most sinister ghost stories you will hear in Riverside, CA, relates to a pair of black iron gates that stood on Sunset Street. The gates led to a house occupied by Devil worshippers. This is how they got their nickname – the Gates of Hell.

Local legend claims that those who passed through the gates would be chased by a ghost carrying a headless cat! The house and its infamous gates have long since been removed and built over, but the tales of strange occurrences persist, with many witnesses claiming to see the ghost with the headless cat.

3. Riverside City College

Riverside City College

Among the unexplained activity in the college, there are reports of doors that open and close all by themselves, often slamming shut with some force.

There are also reports of disembodied voices in the theatre and ghosts roaming the parking garage. It is said that a female apparition, in particular, haunts the lower parking lot next to the college’s Automotive Building.

There have been lots of EVP recordings captured all over the college! The most prominent ghost that has been reported frequently on the Riverside City College campus is a male spirit dressed in a smart suit. He’s usually seen wandering the Quad building.

4. Mount Rubidoux

Mount Rubidoux

Mount Rubidoux stands almost 500 feet above Riverside, on the border separating Jurupa Valley. It is a popular spot for hiking and serves as a station to view the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Those who have been up on the trails at night say that they have seen shadowy figures and apparitions and have experienced cold spots and a feeling that they are not entirely alone!

5. Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the city of Riverside, and it is also a place steeped in history. Until it was refurbished a couple of years ago, Evergreen Cemetery was rundown and poorly maintained.

However, it is now restored to its former glory, and you can see the graves of the prominent citizens that have been laid to rest here, including city founders and civil war veterans, among others. It is also worth noting that there is an entrance to the Riverside Catacombs within Evergreen Cemetery, although they are all sealed up!

Many of the ghosts that are said to haunt there probably came from the high volume of deaths that occurred during the influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919. There have been plenty of people who have captured EVP recordings in the cemetery, and many also claim to have seen a strange green fog!

6. Castle Park

Castle Park

Many amusement parks have attracted some paranormal activity, and Castle Park in Riverside, CA, is no exception. Castle Park is a long-standing roadside attraction built in 1976 by the same ride designer behind Knott’s Berry Farm.

However, it is believed that at least part of Castle Park is built on top of what was once a Native American Indian burial ground, which probably explains why it is considered so haunted.

You might expect this to mean that the spirits here are Natives, and perhaps some of them are, but the most commonly sighted spirit here is the ‘lady in white.’ Park employees have been reporting her presence on the Plaza Cafe balcony for several years.

There are also reports of doors slamming after hours and other unexplained activity. One interesting thing that should be noted is that only male employees ever experience paranormal activity because all resident ghosts are female, and they enjoy pranking the men!

7. Morey Mansion

Morey Mansion

Morey Mansion sits just outside Riverside, and you can spot it a mile away! The 1890 mansion is built in the Queen Ann Victorian style and has been described by many as particularly garish to look at! It was originally built by David and Sarah Morey but was once owned by Carol Lombard.

The Morey Mansion was turned into a bed and breakfast in 1985 and remained so until 2010 when it reverted to a private residence. However, it is still home to the original owners, who both died in the house!

Sarah Morley died under tragic circumstances in 1901, and David committed suicide shortly after her passing. Sarah’s initials appear in unexpected places, especially in the ornate decorations. There are also reports of strange orbs, ghostly lights, and unexplained hot and cold spots in various parts of the house.

8. The Mission Inn & Spa

The Mission Inn & Spa

It spans several blocks and is a stunning Mediterranean-style resort full of spiral staircases, towers, courtyards, and flying buttresses. It is a beautiful building in its own right before you even look at the ghosts!

The Mission Inn is haunted by Frank and Alice Miller, the son and the daughter of the original owner, C.C. Miller. It is claimed that both of them are wandering the Mission Inn hallways and that they haunt many of the rooms.

Alice’s room on the fourth floor and Frank’s room in the NorthEast corner are said to be particular hotspots for the paranormal activity, as are the bridal suite, room number 215, and the catacombs that run beneath the inn!

Some of the most common paranormal activity reported at The Mission Inn include guests being touched or pushed, cell phones failing, floating blue lights, and the sound of Alice singing! [ BOOK A ROOM ]

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Crowds and ghosts abound - The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

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First off, the Inn was wonderful. The grounds are amazing. Breathtakingly beautiful with bougainvillea blooming every few feet, tinkling fountains and fantastic woodwork. We received turndown service at night and fresh baked cookies. The employees were pleasant and the accommodations elegant. The Festival of Lights offered a nice surprise but the crowds carried with it felt overwhelming. It took huge amounts of time wading through people to find our elevator. Actually could not enjoy the wonderfully decorated lobby until well after children's bedtime due to all the family foot traffic . While my husband slept he was greeted by a spooky guest. He awoke to something thing tapping on the right side of his face and whispering in his ear. I was sleeping on his left side therefore unable to touch his right cheek. That scared him enough to loose some sleep. I googled "mission inn haunting" and many similar experiences came up. We stayed in Room 373 for what it's worth. More

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We just returned from a stay at the Mission Inn and mostly loved it. We went for the Festival of Lights, which is as magnificent as it sounds, over 3.5 million lights covering the property. We also learned the best time to take Christmas light photos is at dusk, and for registered guests, use your room key to enter the pool area to get excellent pictures of the front of the property without any crowds around. Back to the Mission Inn: it's a wonderful historical property that will remind you of a Spanish/Moorish palace, the Alhambra meets modern high desert California. We stayed in a Deluxe king and the bathroom was clean but small, service was outstanding and the amenities were as well appointed as any mid-upper end hotel. The property is older, so expect some nuances and older fixtures. From the valet onwards, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful (the front desk check-in clerk could have been more welcoming) and we especially loved the "bouncers" at the stairs and the elevators after 5pm, restricting the hotel's access to registered guests only. The lobby is open to everyone at all times. A huge downside was the crowd - in the lobby, in the restaurants, in the bar - but that was to be expected with the lights. From around 4pm - 8pm, the lobby was so crowded you could barely move, which was a huge nuisance. There was only one bar in the hotel which was completely overrun with tourists, definitely not enough seating to handle the holiday crowd, and a very limited bar food menu. We never got into any of the walk-in restaurants for dinner, the wait was over two hours all night long, and had to resort to room service, which was actually good. It would have been nice if the hotel prioritized dinner seating for guests. We did eat in the Inn's main restaurant for breakfast, which was very good - try the waffles. Later at night and in the mornings, it was very pleasant with just guests milling about. We booked a package that included valet parking, but the valet gets busy and it would have been easy enough to park in the hotel's lot at the back. There is a back entryway into the lobby, just across the street from the parking lot. All in all, this is a must-do at least once in life during the holidays, but we would recommend it for one night as it's simply too crowded to really enjoy the hotel. The best time was morning, it was so quiet and serene and you could still enjoy the interior decorations lit up all day long.

We stayed 2 nights at the Mission in in Riverside, This is a fantastic historic hotel. We loved the setting, and we went to the lounge for a few drinks and it was lively and some locals. I would stay here again however not at the normal rate. I would say my complaint about Riverside was the freeways are horrible. The hotel was relaxing place to come home to after visiting with family which can be quite stressful plus, I don't like staying with family, and having to worry about restrooms, sleeping arrangements, etc.

We had such a nice time at the Mission Inn. Our room was nice although it was on the street side. We came for the festival of lights and get us in the Christmas spirit! The property is just beautiful at night with all the christmas decorations. The only restaurant we ate at on the property was Bella Trattoria. Good food- good service . We prefer to eat at some of the local neighborhood Mexican restaurants for the authentic food. Take time to walk the different floors of the hotel property because they are all different and all pretty spectacular views. The only negative on our stay was the carpet in our room was pretty dirty and for a hotel of this calibur, that is pretty unusual.

We decided to stay at the Mision Inn with a small group of friends, instead of staying at a hotel in Corona and going to the Glen Ivy Spa. We've got the "Get out of town" package for three rooms. Enjoyed the hot tub late evening. Had Sunday brunch, and in room breakfast for some of us (used the $75 credit that came with the package) We spent most of our Sunday by the nicely landscaped pool(most of the time just us) and a couple of our friends also got a massage at Kelly's Spa. We had a great time. I liked the bells, but the train sounds can be disturbing.

Though we live in Riverside, we decided to stay at the Mission Inn for one night as a special treat during a conference. The Inn and grounds are absolutely beautiful; you feel as if you are stepping back in time. The photographs of various celebrities who have stayed there are also quite fascinating. It's fun just to explore the place. Our room, however, was just average. There was a comfortable king bed and some uncomfortable antique-style chairs, a walk-in closet with terry robes, and a small bathroom with a powerful shower. The room was clean but had a slightly musty odor. We had a pleasant dinner at the outdoor Mexican restaurant and a tasty breakfast in the Mission Inn Restaurant, though the morning service was very slow. We had a conference rate of $120 for our room, which was reasonable. I certainly would not pay $200+ for a room here.

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  • Security 1 of Cajon Pass , California on 2017-02-21 said: I worked security at the Mission Inn from 1982 to 1985 when the hotel was closed for restoration. Along the way I had the opportunity to explore almost all the tunnels from the Mission Inn outward. When we were exploring the tunnel we only got as far as the cemetery. 2 Vaults (that you put coffins in), had fallen through the ceiling and the tunnel was not passable without moving the concrete vaults. We had a tunnel map and were able to explore the tunnel from the Mountain side down to the blocked passage way. So I can affirm that the tunnel was there in 1982. If you know what you are looking at, there is a screened vent above the tunnel on a street corner near the cemetery.
  • HAUNTED EMPIRE of Riverside, California on 2017-01-11 said: Every city has a certain amount of utility tunnels so that certain services can be supplied to different parts of the city and have access to repair if anything breaks. Now the Mission Inn use to provide steam to the businesses and courthouse so sure there are tunnels to access that and sure they go to other places but these tunnels vary from a small crawl space to one 5 feet wide or bigger. Just because a section is cut off to the public doesnt mean it is doing something illegal nor does it mean it is haunted. The problem is that the myths have been around for so long that people dont and wont believe anything other than their preconcieved notion. True Believer Syndrom where they will believe the myth or lie no matter how much information is provided to prove the contrary or physical evidence . Just like the story about Himlar and how to get the people to believe his lies. He told them well and convincing then he kept telling the same thing over and over until people became familiar with the story and not hearing anything else. The believed everything the Nazis had to say. So these debates will go on forever. No one will believe the others story. Sad how some people can not open there mind to the possibility that is was just a well told lie.
  • RUDEDEEE of RUBIDOUX, CA on 2016-11-07 said: i have been observing and investigating the boulders at mt rubidoux and i see that a monuement was destroyed with tnt .something was destroyed because i see projectile impacts in the boulders and too mamny right angles in many boulders . its surpress history
  • Mason of Riverside, CA on 2016-08-24 said: The old indians ran this mountain and have left clues and guides everywhere that when observed through educated eyes reveal all that is needed. A legit Treasure hunt adventure complete with puzzles and secret clues left behind by indians to decode. Frank miller simply connected the mission inn with tunnels made by the indians that had been around long before his time.....side note I've been climbing and exploring this mountain since day one and have always noticed that many of the large rocks look like skulls. I currently have around 16 arrowheads i found yesterday in a stash along with a solid quarts chunk that all have skulls on them including the quartz piece which consists of multiple skulls. I dont know what I'm getting into but as of yesterday I might be the only one who's made this far. Yes its real and the door everyones been searching for is alot larger than you'd imagine it to be. X marks the spot and i know that sounds cliche but with the right mind and right eye you will be guided. Not trying to seem all magical and what not. but ive put in too much personal time and hardwork along with mostly deadends and relentless doubt from others to just give you what ive worked so hard for. The crossing of the threshold will be documented via gropro. And will only be shown to those who ask about it in person. Don't know me? Find someone who does. Im a very nice person and will share what i know with anyone who takes the time to find me. :) have fun and be Happy!!!!!
  • Bill Morrison of Woodstock, Georgia on 2016-01-16 said: Do you want my testimony, or not? I'll be serious if you are. I grew up around the Mission Inn and saw things that still make me wonder why they haven't been more commented upon. The old storefronts underneath, similar to those I later found in Atlanta before the Olympics, which used to be accessible from 2 Peachtree where you could see the old marble steps ascending to the financial temples/banks. When the Olympics came they sealed it off, and I understood...but I never understood why the ancient storefronts of Riverside remained unexplored. They seemed like something out of a Charles Dickens novel, caked with grime and yet charming in their commercial come-ons. Sweet, sick...very early California. I'd give anything to find that place again. I got to it by (around 1970) going through the kitchen, and then down. The storefront windows still bore the names of the businesses that had employed their inhabitants. I had to squeeze through a narrow gap beneath the kitchens to get there and, being as skinny as a scarecrow back then, it must have been a very narrow gap...but what I saw there, storefronts of what must have been early Riverside, have remained with me ever since. No marvels, just a three-dimensional freeze-frame view of what inland California looked like somewhere between (I can only guess) 1865-1935. It's still there - it just needs professional archaeologists to reveal its secrets.
  • bob on 2015-09-11 said: china town was on the other side of the santa anna river,look up "wong way"
  • Abby of Perris, California on 2015-06-01 said: I walked with my Family And felt pull and i turned around and there was nothing. i told my family and they said that The mt. is Haunted. Then a few days later me and my sister went for a jog and it was 12:30 am in the night and Something threw a rock,and i ran for my LIFE! XD
  • Vicky of Guerrero on 2015-02-08 said: I grew up in Riverside about 1 mile from Mt. Rubidoux and I go hiking there all the time. I have experienced rocks being "thrown" at me but I doubt it's ghosts or little elfs lol probably just little rocks falling from the mountain itself.
  • Anthony of Riverside , CA on 2014-08-08 said: Oh my god! Just had a close friend tell me he remembers as a kid entering these secret tunnels and hidden passages. IT'S. TRUE! The tunnel ended at the old china town. I've heard about this myth myself. What a shocker tonight!
  • Charlene Pedroley of prescott, az on 2014-02-01 said: I to lived in the area, Easter Sunday's were so cool, I have seen the entrance at the mission inn, west north corner, my sister fell in a man hole that was in front of the iron gates, her arms was the only thing that saved her. My mom and I were laughing so hard, my sister told me she was going to kick my a__, I said you are not in a position to kick my but. We road our dirt bikes all over Mt. Rubidoux and the boy scott camp which was donated by the Evans family. Beautiful area. Secret forts. Those were the days.
  • steven of riverside, ca on 2013-04-29 said: in one of the towers there is a steel plate with a pad lock on it there's probably tunnels under there i also herd that the tunnels go all over the places and to peoples houses in fact i saw one of the tunnels in my great grandpas basement
  • Dragger of Oceanside, California on 2012-01-29 said: I was born in the area and have been up and down that hill more times than I can remember.. Never once had "Little People" throw stones at me! Also doubt that there is a tunnel to the Mission Inn from the Tower. There was an extensive "Underground" that connected the old "China Town" with the Inn, that was complete with Opium dens, Booze stashes, and Whore Cribs under the city.Truth is that if there are any hills in the area that are "Spooky" they are on the other side of the river at the border with San Berdino Co. around the site of Agua Mansa, or the odd geo formations in the Crestmore area.
  • Jen of Fontana, Ca on 2011-07-24 said: I go jogging there about 3 times a week, never had anything thrown at me or seen evil little people. Although have taken many pictures and in ever picture there is a green orb following through different parts of the mountain. The tower is also known to be a secret passage to The Mission in.. It is said to tunnel under the streets of Riverside to the iconic hotel where Al Capone had his booze delivered during prohibition
  • nick chagolla of riverside, ca on 2010-05-20 said: Me and my friends went up mt. Rubidoux at about 230 am and my good friend took a picture of us and like a month later we noticed their was 2 ghosts like 10 feet behind us their was nobody on the mountain at all. When I seen the picture I was scared got chills all over.. you can tell they r not human form.. some kind of spirits are there... someone should investigate
  • Richard Serros of Riverside, California on 2009-03-07 said: I have read this same story about the little people throwing rocks at passer byers. I myself have walked up this mountain and have yet to experience anything. But it would be really cool if it did.
  • James Diaz of Hemet, California on 2008-10-22 said: I stopped a B&N store and bought Weird California. I read stuff about the hill and one part fascinated me about demonic midgets throwing stones and attack and hiker passing by during twilight.
  • Weird California (2006) by Greg Bishop, Joe Oesterle, Mike Marinacci, p: 14 - 15

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  • 3649 Mission Inn Ave.
  • Riverside, CA
  • (951) 784-0300

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Way back when we took the tour of the catacombs (long since closed).

As a kid Mom and I took a tour of the catacombs - this was before 1963. I recall the tour guide was interesting but the place gave me the creeps. They would walk you through sections making certain no one was left in the prior section then closing and locking gates to that section. It was very dark and creepy. The guide was accompanied by a janitor with a flashlight who opened and closed the catacomb sections. When Ghosts are around I get a tightness in my back and had it when we were there. I was only a kid and did not understand this back then. We moved North and the Mission Inn was abandoned for many years until resurrected. I recall it opening when I returned to UCR to go to graduate school 15 years later. I had not had my back tightness recently until a year ago when I visited the now open San Francisco Hippodrome site. The hippodrome was a crub in SF (that is to say a bar you could get shanghaied at, where gambling and prostitutes were available), The site on Pacific Avenue in San Francisco was abandoned and closed for 40 years but recently leased to an art store. The staff at the art store tell me when they are opening the store they can hear footsteps come up to them when no one is in the store so legend there is the former patrons are still in residence. In the basement of the hippodrome you can still see access to the under street tunnel where the shanghaied were removed to the ships or where those killed in the bar were taken away never to be seen again. The current art store has 24 hour security cameras with IR capability but they are not full spectrum and so nothing has been recorded there - but oh my back went off when I was in the basement just like at the the Mission Inn... So I felt the ghosts there... It is too bad you can no longer take the Catacomb tour but understandable as the basement catacombs were a lot like going through a pyramid they were so old and creepy.

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At the time, our visit seemed like a good idea. The hotel was built in the late 1800s and there are rumors that the original owners of the Inn still haunt the building. It was also gorgeous and charming. The rooms boast domed ceilings and stained glass, and the Mission Inn Restaurant’s patio makes you feel as if you are vacationing in Spain. My partner was dying to stay there, so, despite some reservations, I consented to the stay.

When we walked into our room, I immediately got a creepy feeling. It wasn’t something tangible, just a thick eeriness that we both agreed shouldn’t be there. I parked the thought and grabbed my camera to take a tour of the premises. I roamed the halls in an attempt to shake off the chills with some architectural shots. Look at that gloomy hall! Click. Where does that creepy staircase go? Click.

Although I was nervous, we signed up to take a tour of the catacombs, which run for several miles underground and some claim the layout forms a pentagram. Of course, they are rumored to be haunted. Even the hotel staff is smart enough to give the catacombs a wide berth. I, however, dove right in.

As soon as we entered, my light began to flicker. Perfect. As we walked down the dank dark hallways, snapping photos, unbidden visions of corpses hanging from the rafters filled my head. And I realized belatedly, as I looked up to the street level, that I was at least 20 feet below the sidewalk and that should I run across a wayward ghoul in the dark I could scream all I like down here and no one would hear me.

Suddenly, there was a large bang. I swung around and grabbed my partner, who had just jumped toward me. Our guide hadn’t run into anything, so what was that thud against the pipe? He tried not to look ruffled, continuing with a litany of information about the hotel, but I was too busy trying to see what was around every corner to pay much attention to his history lesson.

“Do many people come down here at night?” I asked.

“No, not too many. People don’t feel very good about being down here, especially as the evening wears on,” he said.

I looked around and spotted a large exit light at the end of the catacombs. I was relieved when we got out of that place. We got safely back into our room and decided to rest a bit before dinner.

“I think I’ll catch the news,” my partner announced, disappearing behind a vaulted door into another room. It seemed like an entrance to something forbidden.

I tried to take a nap, but my mind kept returning to that TV room. Something was wrong in there and I didn’t want her to be alone. The room was creepy; moreover, I got the sense that someone—or something—didn’t want us there.

We obliged, making our way back to our room to get ready for dinner. I decided to lock the door into that room. Why? At the time I did not know, but my instinct was confirmed when my partner mentioned that she thought the room had an evil spirit too. “Something just didn’t want us in that room,” she remarked.

The following day we asked a few employees about ghost sightings on the property. “Well, there’s a couple that comes here regularly to photograph spirit orbs,” she explained.

“What’s a spirit orb?” I asked.

“Oh, they’re those little round balls you see in your photos when you photograph ghosts,” she explained. “There are several places at the inn where they’re known to appear,” she added, bustling off to clean another room.

I dashed to the place she’d mentioned and took my shots, hoping to catch some of these orbs. I wondered what mystery would be present in my images. Sure enough, when I looked at my photos, there were spirit orbs all the locations had been mentioned to me. They look like fluorescent dandelions in your photos; one place had more than a dozen of them, many dangling from the ceiling like Christmas balls on a tree. Some were on the floor, or floating in the middle of the room.

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I enjoy your newsletters -and particularly Patti Nickell's article about the 'Pudding Club' in the Cotswold's. An old friend of mine is taking a holiday there this year and plans to try their Jam Roly Poly and Spotted Dick - amongst many! --- John & Maggie - UK

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The way I read this article, you stayed at the "Breeze and Waves". Do you have any pictures of the cottages, and would you recommend to some first time visitors to Caramoan? --- Richard Simons, Stockton, CA

Hi Richard,

Breeze and Waves was still under construction when I stayed there in Feb. 2010. It should be finished by now. You can see pictures of the resort on this page . We got to stay in one of the small cottages in the picture. I'll recommend it to budget travelers but you might want to look at other options. We chose it because of its location right by the beach. You can try other resorts in the Caramoan town proper (you have to get a ride to get to the beach and the jump-off point to go island-hopping but it's a relatively short distance). There are also two higher end resorts located on a cove and very near the islands: Gota Village Resort (unfortunately there is something wrong with their website right now) and its twin resort Hunongan Cove. Caramoan is a relatively new tourism development so resorts are just now being built. You can go to this site for a good list of choices for accommodations in Caramoan.

I should add that it might be good to go to Caramoan (and almost anywhere in the Philippines) during the dry season from December to May. June to November are the typhoon months and sometimes typhoons will still come during early December.

Hi, I'm planning to go to Caramoan this coming May. Would you know the number of Breeze and Waves Cottages? Thanks! --- Ann, Manila, Philippines

Breeze and Waves' phone number is 0908-2911072. Look for Freddie. Hope you have a grand time at Caramoan!

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For Nature's Playground: The South Island of New Zealand

In winter, Heritage Heights Apts. now offers free shuttle service to and from Queenstown 24/7 to guests without cars. We own a 7-passenger 4-wd Toyota Highlander used specifically to taxi guests up and down the hill during winter months. We also run advance purchase winter promotions which include a 4-wd rental.

If any of your readers head over this direction, I will enjoy extending Heritage Heights hospitality!!

--- Ailey, Owner, Queenstown, NZ

New Zealand text and pix top drawer! Almost as good as making the trip. ( but one still wants to. . . ) Full of useful detail. Only trouble with the website: It's tough figuring out which feedback goes with which article, and the more there are, the tougher it gets!

--- Ken W., Camarillo CA

Thanks Ken..."álmost" is right, you really have to experience the South Island firsthand. Granted this piece is long, but still all I can think about is how much I left out! I agree abut the relevancy factor re the feedback--it can be confusing...sometimes I have a "Wait a minute...what?" moment myself.

Thanks for writing,

Okay Wendy, from now on whenever you book your travel, please reserve space for me. I will carry your luggage, bring you cold drinks, massage your shoulders, and change the film in your camera (oops, I guess you don't have to do that anymore). Wonderful ideas and recommendations. Can you get to New Zealand from Boston in less than a week?

--- Carl A., South Easton, MA

Ha ha ha Carl, you're quite the comedian! But you'd be surprised how short that flight feels. I suspect Qantas isn't the only airline who's figured out that 3 movies, 2 full meals, lots of snacks and a complimentary travel pack (eye mask, warm socks and neck pillow) equals a quiet, well-behaved cabin. It really isn't bad. Just fly direct--pick the shortest flight w/ no lengthy layovers and you'll be fine. Re: signing on as my Super Sherpa...why not? I think you know I seldom travel in anything less than Party mode. There's just that pesky background check...

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Wendy, I truly enjoyed your info especially since we leave in a week to celebrate my 50th Birthday. Was it necessary to make reservations at the restaurants? Was there a dress code for the restaurants? What would you recommend not missing while there? Was the spa experience worth it? Did you travel away from the resort while there? Thanks,

--- Kim P. Fuquay, Varina, NC

Sorry for the delay in responding...you had heavy competition with the holidays. Reservations at Excellence restaurants are not necessary and you will not find a wait. The dress code is basically no bathing suits and flip-flops...with a decided a mix of atmospheres. Mostly the open-air beachside spots are super casual, the rest slightly more formal. Truly, as long as you are clothed, I don't think you'd be turned away anywhere, though most people seemed to enjoy dressing up at night...I suspect more for their own pleasure than any sense of decorum.

The spa experience was worth it, though my favorite part wasn't the actual massage. The precursor was a 45 min. or so rotation from sauna to a series of (kind of wild) water jets which was very different and very cool, not just for women. In its' entirety, and with the serenity of the beach/champagne/strawberries, it was memorable.

We did not travel away from the hotel this trip, but the hotel is very helpful in arranging day excursions to fit your desires and you do not have to book these until you arrive.

Have a great time!

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I enjoyed Nino's contribution, since we all read about the frightening terrorist attack. Having travelled somewhat through India years ago, I am continually impressed with this country and the gentle spiritual aspects of this nation. Some day I look forward to going back. Nino has encouraged me. Thank you! --- Yoka Y., Westlake Village, CA

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Dear Mr.s/counselors Brown and Koro,

Thank you for a very informed and succinct article on motorcycle accidents and the law. It inspired me to think about getting a motorcycle, but not have an accident. But, if I do I am now well informed with the basics of what to do providing I do not perish in the accident. Any tips about that too?

--- Unnamed

Dear Rush and Chuck,

I wish I had read your article before our camping trip the Friday prior to President's Day.

My wife and I were in a car accident on our way to a camp ground. We were "rear-ended" and the impact caused our car to crash into the car in front of us. The contents of the truck that we were riding scattered onto several lanes. It's a miracle our two dogs decided to stay inside the car. My wife and I were shaken up badly but despite the mess, I was still able to walk out of the car. I got the license plate of the driver in front of me but, to my surprise, after reviewing the little damage on his car, he then sped off. I didn't know you could do that! The driver who hit me from behind gave me his information and then he too left the scene without saying good 'bye . When the police arrived all I had to go by was the little information I had jotted down which I hope was truthful. What if it was bogus? What if I had written the plate number incorrectly? How would that affect my insurance? What if we were unconscious, who would have written down all that information?

I do have one suggestion if you are injured in an accident. The police asked if my wife wanted an ambulance to bring her to the hospital but we declined the offer. I remembered when I rode an ambulance years ago that it was not a comfortable ride. I was strapped to the stretcher and there were all sorts of medical equipment dangling noisily above me. As long as you are able, it is a more relaxful ride inside a car. Besides, isn't there a fee for ambulance service?

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The Mission Inn was a 12 room adobe boarding house when it opened in 1876. In 1880, builder Christopher Miller's son Frank purchased it and began adding on to it. The hotel was expanded with courtyards and more wings. The Millers are said to still be there today. If you check in, you may hear singing coming from empty rooms, see blue lights floating in the air, experience equipment malfunctions, feel touching and pushing by ghostly hands. Ghosts have been seen in various places including the hallways, the dining room and outside behind the hotel.

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About The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside County has deep roots.  Built in 1876, it was originally a boarding house with only 12 rooms. Due to California’s desirable weather, the state quickly became a tourist destination for the wealthy and brought hoards of east coasters and Europeans over.

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The hotel features two chapels on the grounds dripping with luxury and rare finds. The St. Francis of Assisi chapel has Tiffany stained glass panels and an 18-karat gold altar.  The inn is so much more than a hotel and spa.  It is considered a living museum with each artifact documented on site.  Daily tours are offered.

Much like the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa has hosted many notable people through the years including celebrities and presidents. It has also been used in famous movies such as 1915’s “The Vampire”, 1938’s “Idiot’s Delight”, and 1997’s “Man in the Iron Mask”.

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Some of the names of those who have visited here are Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, Hoover, Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jr; social leaders such as Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and John Muir; and entertainers including Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin.

Dark History, Rumors and Legends: 

Riverside has some pretty dark history attached to it which involves human sacrifices and Satanic roots.  Take a look at our Noguchi Gardens article for instance. Not even a rumor, there are factually underground tunnels leading to various places underneath the Inn, one being Mt. Rubidoux,  and even a catacomb.

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Apparently if you go to the entrance of the Spanish kitchen and walk outside, there are little red house-looking objects on the sidewalk that are exhaust vents for the catacombs.  Here is a video that shows proof that they do, in fact, exist.

The source I read worked security at the Inn in the early to mid-eighties while it was closed for restoration. She says that she actually walked and crawled through some of the tunnels and the catacombs.  She says the catacombs are located at the basement and sub-basement levels beneath the southern half of the Inn. In her own words:

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“ The Catacombs are located at basement and sub-basement level beneath the southern half of the Inn. Elsewhere on this website you will find pre-1985 floor plans. Looking at the basement floorplans you will see an area labeled as Catacombs. The little squares in the layout are support columns. From that first room you can travel south to the walkway that parallels Orange St. and turn left or right.

Turning left takes you through a walkway that contained some of the pipes for the large musical organ in the corner of the music room as well as an access to work on the organ. That walkway ended at a door that took you to the rear of the Glenwood Tavern. Turning right took you through a walkway heading west.

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At different points the walkway opens to a display area then vacant. Along the way there were stairways heading up to rooms on the southwest corner of the hotel like the Presidential Lounge and apartment number 7. The walkway makes a series of 90 degree turns, and once again you end up in that original room with the columns. A little bit eerie the first time you go down there.

The ventilation system down there was natural venting. Air from street level flowed into the walkways. Lighting came in the form of stained glass windows at the top of various spots along the walkway. On the outside of the building, you see pretty stained glass windows in unusual places.

When walking along the sidewalk on the south side of the Inn you will see a planter full of beautiful flowers. There you are standing above the Catacombs. When I worked there, nothing was in the walkways other than the remnants of manikins that once displayed various figures. So called mummies in someone’s eyes.”

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We’ve visited several other prohibition-era tunnels if you’re interested such as the Rum Runners and Sunny Jim Caves in San Diego and Partington Cove in Big Sur. People needed their booze!

The Mission Inn is believed to be one of the most haunted places in California. There have been reports of singing coming from empty rooms, blue lights floating in the air, unexplained equipment malfunctions and feelings of being touched and pushed by ghostly hands. Ghosts have been seen in various places including the hallways, the dining room and outside behind the hotel.  Ready for your visit?

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From A Bird's Eye View

Life's travels and observations, the mission inn and mt. rubidoux tunnels.

by Bob Sparrow

MI entrance

Mt. Rubidoux – notice the air duct

My day starts with the hike of Mt. Rubidoux , to be honest, it was more of a stroll than a hike, as it was only about 3 miles of paved trails with a total elevation of 1,399 feet – women pushing baby carts passed me by. The mountain looks like a small geological burp – a boulder outcropping rising out of an otherwise flat terrain. In 1903 the mountain was the site of the first non-denominational Easter sunrise service in the U.S., so it’s got that going for it. I hiked every trail and non-trail on the mountain looking for the entrance to the secret tunnel that leads to the Mission Inn . Just as I was about to give up I discovered an out-of-the-way rock formation that looked like an entrance AND it had what looked like an air duct pipe coming out of it. As I started to move towards it, a female park ranger asked where I was going. I looked at her knowingly, hiked up my pants and gave her that Barney Fife sniff and said, “I found it, didn’t I?” She replied, “You found an old sewer line, now move on.”

catacombs

Where does this go???????

Unable to use the ‘secret passageway’ , I was forced to drive the mile to the Mission Inn for my docent-led 75-minute tour – well worth the $13 price tag I might add. The docent, who fortunately had a great sense of humor, introduced herself and asked our group if there was any part of the Inn that was of particular interest to us. I saw this as my opportunity to broach the subject of the ‘secret passageways’ and asked, “Are we going to get to see the passageways, catacombs, tunnels or whatever that connects Mission Inn with Mt. Rubidoux?” The docent rolled her eyes, ignored the question and started the tour.

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Mission Inn courtyard

We are first told what the Mission Inn is not; it is NOT part of the chain of 21 historic Spanish Missions in California , but rather it was built as a small hotel by Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876 , and because Miller was a world traveler (not a surprise with a name like Christopher Columbus), the 30-year construction of the inn was influenced by many architectural styles: Spanish Gothic, Spanish Colonial, Moorish, Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival to name just a few. To my layman’s eye it looked like six committees from six corners of the earth worked on this project independently and Miller just glued them all together for the finished product, but somehow it works – it’s magnificent!

If you’ve never heard of, much less visited, the Mission Inn , let me start your edification of this unique hotel with a list of a few of the august luminaries who have stayed there.

US Presidents : Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, John Kennedy, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.

Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were married and honeymooned there. Let me rephrase that; Richard and Pat Nixon were married there and Ronald and Nancy Reagan honeymooned there.  Glad we cleared that up!

Why so many presidential visitors you ask? Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but I think it goes back to those tunnels as a security measure; if we ever had an emergency that required us to go to  ‘DefCon4’ while a president was staying at the Mission Inn , they would have a secret underground escape route.  OK, maybe that’s just the conspiracy theorists in me talking.

Industrialists: John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, William Randolph Hearst, Henry Ford

Entertainers: Clark Gable, Spenser Tracy, Harry Houdini, W.C. Fields, Bette Davis, William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), he actually worked there for a while as a chauffeur.

Numerous movies have been shot there.

Other notables: Amelia Earhart, John Muir, Booker T. Washington, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller

Will Rogers probably defined the Mission Inn  best when he said . . .

(Continued on Thursday)

46 comments on “ The Mission Inn and Mt. Rubidoux Tunnels? ”

I unfortunately had been in the riverside jail. And I knew they took us underground to a cell, where we had to wait to be seen by the judge. Definately well lighted tunnel. Good amount of walking.

Interesting! And the story continues . . .

Howcome nobody is mentioning the catacombs were or ARE still being used to transfer inmates from jail to court and vice versa?

I wondered this a few weeks back as well. Wonder why

Never knew that that was being done – very interesting!!

Also heard there’s catacombs near the wood streets, don’t know if they’re connected but I heard it from a few locals

Yes, it continues to be an interesting story – thanks for your comments.

I know for a fact that the catacombs DO go to the base of Mt. Rubidoux. You will find a locked iron gate at the base of Mt. Rubidoux. I know 1st hand as we used to roam the catacombs as a teenager.

Interesting; I always suspected that. Thanks for the comment Mike

Hey Mike. Where in the bas did the mountain did you see the locked gates?

So happy to hear your comment. From the ages of 11,12,13 and 14 my friends and I used to run wild around the Mission Inn. I’m talking, ‘66–‘69. What a blast it was. The thrill of breaking the rules, trespassing, etc. Your description of the iron gate at the foot of Mt. Rubidoux is exactly right. The catacombs have a very gothic feel about them, scary as hell to a pre-teen, and they do run all over the place, including under the Riverside Museum. And don’t even get me started about all the concerts at the Swing Auditorium!

Thanks Asa – I’ve heard several similar stories since I posted this years ago.

I’ll meet up with you and you cab tell me more & show me some spots. Just went to the entrance on the backside, near the dog park. So much rock eroding & exposing the coverup. The entrance is clearly blocked with some weird fake rock plaster & iron.

In the 50’s I used to run around the Mission Inn and ofter went down into the tunnels. At one point there were wax figures of people which used to scare us when wee would encounter them As I remember, they were behind an iron fence. The last time I visited the Inn, a couple of years ago, I asked one of the men who worked there if anyone was allowed down in the tunnels. He said no, they were now closed.

Thanks Richard, we’ve heard a few stories about people’s interaction with the tunnels – all very interesting. Thank you!!

I know for a fact that on the west side of Mt Rubidoux there’s now a fake covering of concrete that you can easily see is fake. There’s a Christian symbol above it. Behind that covering, there’s a tunnel with a locked iron gate. Above that gate, there’s another Christian symbol. I’ve never been inside as it was always locked but my assumption was and is, it is the tunnel leading to the Mission. Long ago, they use to advertise tours of the tunnels but that was back in the 50’s. Now if you ask the staff there about them, they just deny any existence. Whenever the fake covering falls off, going into that tunnel is probably a bad idea from all of the earthquakes over the numerous decades since it was constructed. But, I’ll say this again, I’ve personally “seen” that iron gate, now hidden.

Thank you for that David, I have always believed that there are, or were, connecting tunnels.

Did you go?

Nope, could never find them. People there were telling us they didn’t exist, but I believe they do.

I know where another entrance to the catacombs is, that now has been closed off and hidden to all but a few! This information can’t not be disclosed where this is, because it is unsafe! But I can confirm they do exist and they are real and very creepy.

I’ve heard that before, very interesting

When I was a kid, we used to occasionally hang out at the Mission Inn (mid to late 1960’s). We would sneak into the catacombs. I would definitely feel the heebee geebee’s from them and couldn’t wait to get out! Interesting thought that they may connect to other area’s in Riverside. I wouldn’t doubt it at all And I did feel it was haunted down there!

Thanks Jenel for sharing your personal experience -the mystery continues.

When I was a kid in the 70s we also hung out at the mission and snuck in a couple of times. I don’t know if it’s still accessable but there was an entrance to the tunnels at rcc.

I was excited to read this thread! I live in jurupa valley. Grew up in the inland empire. But when I was maybe 12 . We went to a antique store off main st. It was a corner spot. Well I had found blueprints in some book there of the tunnels all through riverside. It wasn’t just mission in and mt. Roub. They were connected to houses near by as well. Im 30 now ..book is long gone. Lol

Very interesting, thanks for your comment. Wish that book were still around, it would be fun to read.

Not long ago I took my dog to the Dog Part at the base of MT Rubidoux and their was a city attendant present.I asked about hiking trails along the wash and asked about a tunnel.I was told the trails had people being confronted by those living in that area.I was told it was dangerous to hike alone.Also it was mentioned a tunnel had been blocked and re inforced to keep people out.The mystery continues.

Okwhat and where is the picture you posted captioned “where does this go?????”located? Or is this just more fabricated crap to make your story seem good? You’all want tunnels?? I know some tunnels in Riverside that will make you shit! I’ve found where it’s been sealed, just like abandoned buildings are with plywood. Plan to walk the mile tunnel soon with a crowbar to pryopen the wood so I can finnally lay eyes on what I’ve been searching for my entire fucking life. I’m down to take anyone if you’re as obsessed and addicted to this kinda shit as I am.

Well done, thank you sir, cover up nation or still being used. No one wants the past brought to life in the pressent.

Super late but did you ever go?

Pretty sure this wasn’t meant for me, so hope it gets to the right person . . . Mason Y???

I’m down.

Ready when you are

And there are definitely tunnels connecting from the mission inn to all over Riverside. The catacombs are said to be used for escape routes for emergencies, but I also believe they could have been used for snuggling boos such as during the prohibition era. When I graduated elementary School in 6th grade my class got to go to a field trip to tour the mission in and we got to go in the tunnels. Not deep but it was cool.

True stuff much like new York and Chicago, thank you for recolecting. Well done madam

Omg 😂 for the story about Mt. Rubidoux.. there is no parking rangers on this mountain. EVER HAHA ! I’ve lived by the mountain my whole life and hike it very frequently, usually the dirt trails. I’ve explored this entire mt and there has never been a park ranger here. This story is a little fabricated if you ask me. The pipe coming from the rock is there, but the whole park ranger thing is just plain wrong. The city of Riverside doesn’t employ park rangers for this mountain. Just an FYI lolol. I’ve been in search for the secret entrance for a long time. I have found a couple spots on this mountain that seem pretty promising.

You’re correct Juliette, there are no park or parking rangers on Mt. Rubidoux, it was indeed a fabrication to increase the silliness of me looking for the tunnel that connect the mission and the mountain. Thanks for reading and your comments.

I believe that is located at the bottom of the mountain in an old or active sewer there’s one every few miles but not all contain watter next to the wash , other than pleasure indulged mockery and misdirection of the truth I’m not sure what invoked the literature presented but old America lives under us forever and many have died . Don’t worry only the homeless use it now.

I bet Houdini was able to escape there!!

Good thought – I’ll have to start thinking like Houdini 🙂

Waiting for the next installment…thanks

Thank you Pam!

Thanks for this, Bob. I’ll be teaching a short course at UC Riverside this week and will make the visit!

Glad to help – I think your trip will be well worth it Janet.

Mr. Sparrow, You continue to impress with your writing, as well as your zest for life – well-done, my friend. “Hiked up my pants” = priceless. Bill

Thanks Bill, always good to hear from you – we’ll have to catch up by phone soon.

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The Mission Inn is a historic hotel in Riverside, California. Built in 1876, it is the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States.

It is also a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark. The inn has been restored and is open to the public as a museum. It is also available for special events and weddings.

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A Brief History Of The Mission Inn

The Mission Inn in Riverside, California is one of the most iconic and historic hotels in the United States. Built in 1876, the inn is a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark.

Today, the inn has been restored and is open to the public as a museum. It is also available for special events and weddings. Join us as we explore the history and beauty of this Riverside landmark.

The Mission Inn was built by Frank Augustus Miller, who was inspired by the architecture he saw while traveling through Spain. Miller used unique materials like glazed tiles, carved stone, and ironwork to create an opulent and luxurious hotel.

At the time of its construction, the Mission Inn was not actually located in Riverside – it was situated in the small town of Agua Mansa. However, Riverside soon grew around the hotel, and today it is one of the city’s most beloved landmarks.

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Weddings At The Mission Inn: A Riverside Tradition

Weddings at the Mission Inn are truly a Riverside tradition. The inn has been hosting weddings for over 140 years, and it is one of the most popular wedding venues in Southern California.

The Mission Inn offers several beautiful indoor and outdoor locations for your ceremony and reception. Couples can exchange their vows in the stunning Rotunda or in front of the majestic fountain. The hotel also has several courtyards and gardens that make the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding.

If you’re looking for a unique and historic venue for your wedding, look no further than the Mission Inn.

Historic Hotels In Riverside, California

The Mission Inn is just one of many historic hotels located in Riverside, California. If you’re interested in exploring more of Riverside’s history, be sure to check out these other historic hotels:

1. The Arlington Hotel – built in 1875, the Arlington Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Riverside. The hotel has been beautifully restored, and it now offers luxury accommodations and dining.

2. The Grier Mansion – built in 1902, the Grier Mansion is a gorgeous example of Victorian architecture. The mansion is now a bed and breakfast, and it offers seven luxurious guest rooms.

3. The Culver Hotel – built in 1908, the Culver Hotel is a Riverside landmark. The hotel has been meticulously restored, and it now offers luxury accommodations, dining, and event space.

4. The Fairmount Hotel – built in 1924, the Fairmount Hotel is one of Riverside’s most iconic hotels. The hotel has been featured in several movies and TV shows, and it offers luxury accommodations and stunning views of the city.

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Mission Inn: Restaurants

If you’re looking for a delicious meal, look no further than the Mission Inn. The hotel has several restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines.

1. Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood – Duane’s is the perfect place to enjoy a classic steak dinner. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list, making it the perfect spot for a date night.

2. Las Campanas – Las Campanas is Riverside’s only fine dining Mexican restaurant. The restaurant offers traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist.

3. The Basin Sports Bar – The Basin is the perfect place to watch your favorite team while enjoying a delicious meal. The menu features a variety of American classics, and the bar has a wide selection of beers and cocktails.

4. The Inn at Casey’s – The Inn at Casey’s is a casual restaurant that offers a mix of American and Italian cuisine. The restaurant also has an outdoor patio, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a meal on a sunny day.

Having Events At This Historic Hotel

This hotel is the perfect venue for your next event. The hotel has over 50,000 square feet of event space, making it one of the largest event venues in Riverside.

The Mission Inn can accommodate a wide range of events, including weddings, corporate functions, and social gatherings. The hotel’s experienced event planning staff will work with you to ensure that your event is a success.

If you’re looking for a truly unique and memorable event venue, look no further than the Mission Inn.

Is This Hotel Haunted?

There are many stories about the Mission Inn being haunted. Some say that the ghosts of former owner Frank Miller and his sister Alice Miller, still roam the halls of the hotel .

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there’s no denying that the Mission Inn is a fascinating place with a long history.

What President Stayed At The Mission Inn In Riverside?

The Mission Inn in Riverside, California is a historic hotel that has hosted a number of U.S. presidents over the years. Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower all stayed at the Mission Inn during their time in office. Richard Nixon was even married there.

What Was The Mission Inn Before It Was A Hotel?

The Mission Inn was originally built as a Catholic mission in the early 1800s. It was later converted into a hotel in the late 1800s, and has since become a popular tourist destination in Southern California. The Mission Inn is known for its unique architecture, which combines Spanish, Moorish, and Mission Revival styles. The hotel has also been used as a filming location for several movies and TV shows.

Are There Catacombs Under Riverside, California?

There are rumors of catacombs beneath Riverside, California, but no one has been able to confirm their existence. Some say that the catacombs date back to the days of the Mission Inn, while others believe that they were built more recently as part of a underground city. There is no concrete evidence either way, but the rumors persist. If you’re looking for adventure, you might want to see if you can find these elusive catacombs!

Who Was Aunt Alice At The Mission Inn?

Aunt Alice was a prominent figure at the Mission Inn in the early 1900s. She was known for her kind heart and generous nature, and was often seen helping out guests at the hotel. Aunt Alice was also known for her baking skills, and would often bake cookies or pies for guests. She was a beloved member of the Mission Inn community, and will always be remembered for her warmth and kindness.

Staying In The Haunted Aunt Alice Suite

Alice Miller’s suite is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the hotel. Located on the 4th floor in the southeast corner, the room is where Alice Miller (the old hotel manager) used to stay. Guests have reported seeing apparitions, feeling cold spots and physical sensations, and sensing a strong presence in the room – believed to be Alice herself.

If you’re looking for a truly haunting experience, check out Alice Miller’s suite (room 401) on your next stay at the hotel.

Is The Mission Inn Haunted?

The Mission Inn in Riverside, California is said to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. There have been many reports of ghostly activity at the inn over the years, and it is said that there are at least a dozen ghosts that haunt the property.

Many people have reported seeing ghosts, hearing strange noises, and feeling a sense of unease when visiting the hotel. The hotel has a long history, dating back to the 1800s, and it’s said that many of the spirits who haunt the place are former guests who never left.

There have been reports of ghosts appearing in guest rooms, as well as strange noises and sightings in the hallways and common areas. Some say that the inn is so haunted that it’s not even safe to stay there overnight.

We have personally stayed there, in fact in (supposedly) the most haunted room – Aunt Alice’s suite – and felt very uneasy. We had to live around 1AM, because we felt so deeply uncomfortable, and couldn’t bear being there for one more minute.

In terms of explanations, there are numerous possibilities. We didn’t go in as believers, in fact we were extremely skeptical – but there was no denying what we both felt in that suite.

After some Google searches, we think it may be caused by infrasound. Infrasound ghosts are theorized to be caused by infrasound waves, which are sound waves with frequencies below the human hearing range.

These waves can travel long distances and penetrate walls, making them difficult to detect. It’s thought that they may be able to cause feelings of unease, fear, or even hallucinations in people who are exposed to them.

There have been a few reports of infrasound ghosts, but it’s not clear if they’re actually real or just myths. Some experts believe that infrasound waves could explain some paranormal experiences, but more research is needed to confirm this.

So if you’re looking for a creepy place to visit, Mission Inn should definitely be on your list. Just be sure to bring your camera – you never know what you might capture on film!

The Bottom Line On The Mission Inn

The Mission Inn is a Riverside landmark that offers a unique mix of history, luxury, and hospitality. Whether you’re looking for a place to stay, a delicious meal, or a stunning venue for your next event, the Mission Inn will exceed your expectations.

We hope you enjoyed this fascinating look at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. And if you liked this article, be sure to check out some of our other in-depth guides .

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A haunted location: Mission Inn in Riverside, California.

Details: Bridal/Honeymoon Suite – Across from Alice Miller’s room.

Multiple reports of being pushed 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.

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