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At the time the Inn was built in 1911, Santa Paula was growing and prospering as an oil town. It was built opposite the train depot to provide accommodations to newcomers and a gathering place for Santa Paula's growing high society circles.
During Prohibition, the Inn retained something of its Wild West origins as the third floor and was utilized as a speakeasy, brothel and gambling parlor.
In the 30's many stars pass through, including Clark Gable, John Wayne, Houdini.
Along with weddings, the hotel has hosted a paranormal convention and plenty of ghost busters. They are especially drawn to rooms 307, 306 and 218. The latter two have been dead-bolted from the inside on more than one occasion when the rooms were vacant, De La Torre said.
Another recurring tale with independent versions from different guests over the years is of a girl with blond braids in white pajamas, De La Torre said. One older couple reported her to the hotel clerk, thinking a real child had wandered into their Room 205 by mistake. The clerk didn't tell them otherwise.
Rosanna Jennett recalls a group of contractors staying at the hotel who excitedly ran downstairs to report children running in the hallway who just vanished into a wall.
The inn capitalizes on the interest, hosting murder mystery room and meal packages. The next one, called "The Haunting of 307," is Oct. 29.
Stone has no objection to the inn's ghost lore, especially if it leads people to explore the "real history."
"People go in there and expect to see a ghost, so they probably will," he said.
Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/sep/06/santa-paula...
- vcstar.com
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