MISSION SAN MIGUEL, SAN MIGUEL
The story surrounding Mission San Miguel is certainly an intriguing one that sounds like a blockbuster movie’s plot! The mission was founded in 1797 but was secularized in 1836 and sold to The Reed Family in 1846 for the tiny sum of just $250!
Reed set up the mission as a bed and breakfast requiring payment in gold – as it was the height of the gold rush, he managed to amass a small fortune, which he apparently decided to bury somewhere on the mission grounds.
It is believed that the buried treasure was worth roughly $200,000 at the time. However, Reed was a boastful man, and it seems that he may have boasted to the wrong people!
In 1848 some British pirates staying at the mission learned of Reed’s gold and ended up laying waste to the Mission, slaughtering everyone in the building. They never did find it, and they were soon rounded up and executed for their crimes.
Somewhere between 10 and 13 people were murdered that night, so it is no surprise that the place is haunted. Most commonly, sighted spirits include a lady in white believed to be Mrs. Reed and a man in a blue peacoat who could be Mr. Reed.