Mudlavia Hotel

An old advertisement.

You can see the remaining building boxed in the left.

Where the hotel once stood. You can still see its outline.

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Disclaimer: I have been researching information on this place for a while. One thing is for sure, there are many different stories concerning the history of this place. I have tried to compile the most accurate information I could find, but I am probably wrong on some of this.

Ahh yes, Mudlavia Hotel. This gem was built c. 1890. The history of this place is quite interesting, but not as much as many people would lead you to think. It was discovered by a civil war vet, who was digging a drainage ditch. He was digging this ditch to control water that was coming out of a spring. While digging it, he began to drink the water. He suffered from rheumatism and found that this water had a healing effect on it. (They still tap into these springs in the area and bottle the water.) The same man whose name appears on the neighboring town, Kramer got the great idea to build a hotel on the site to exploit the spring. Apparently they were very muddy springs, thus giving in the name "Mudlavia." Its original official title was, "The Indiana Springs Company." People from around the world would come. The place flourished until 1920 when a fire burned down the main hotel building. It is my understanding that it still operated even though the main hotel was gone. In fact several buildings caught fire. They built a retirement home, "Please Valley Lodge" in 1960. It burned in 1968. I think the remaining building was used as well during that time as you can see some evidence of modern wiring.

Now, there is also allot of lore attached to this place as well. This place was rumored to be a place for Al Capone to hang out or as a place the Dillinger Gang once went to for relaxation after a big heist. Neither of these claims can be substantiated. This brings me to my next comment. This place is also rumored to be heavily haunted. I am not a ghost hunter, a medium, or a paranormal researcher, but this place felt very empty to me. I did not get any creepy vibes or anything; just another old abandoned building. Believe what you want to believe.

What was left of the building was pretty amazing. I am not sure when this particular part was built. I have read it was built when the original hotel was built dating it to c. 1890. I have a picture up top that shows it was around in 1918 so it is at least that old. I have also read that they made a brick addition in around 1913 so perhaps this is that addition. I am not entirely sure of the original use of this building. I have read that this was the spa where they gave mud baths. However, it seemed to be a separate building which means it could have housed the workers of the Hotel. I really do not know. It was supposedly used as part of a retirement home used in the 1960's. I would believe that. This building had fluorescent light fixtures and modern looking wiring. Whatever it was used for, I am quite certain it was used then.


I should have came in the fall. The exterior shots are less than adequate and I apologize for that.

Sorry. I know this is a very unsatisfying exterior. A winter shot would be better.


A close up the back.

The back of the building.

Behind the building.

The fire escape.

Behind the building was an attached, but fallen in building. I have no idea what it was as it was completely in ruin.

The outside wall of a fallen in room behind the building.

Looking in.

Inside an unintelligible room.

The back wall.

Interiors: First Floor

The entrance through what used to be a room.


The lobby?

Looking through.

Collapsed side room.

Fireplace in the lobby looking towards the entrance.

Opposite side.

Fuse box.

Adjacent Room.

Same room. This room still had wood on the walls. It was probably the only room that showed remnants of its former self.

Looking towards the fire escape.

Other side of the room.


Main hallway.






Boiler Room

Entrance to the boiler room.


My favorite shot of the whole outing.

I am sure this was planted. This shoe is not from any era in which the place was open.

Backside of the fire escape.

Second Floor

Going up.

Main hallway upstairs. Another hall went to the left.

Some of the rooms where large upstairs and some were small.

Looking out the window.

One of the smaller rooms.

Upstairs hallway.

One of the larger rooms.

Looking from the upstairs room to the fire escape.

Tiled floor. Most likely original.

Looking out in the hallway and into another room from a small room.


Inside the previous door.

Adjacent room. It had a door from room to room.

Upstairs looking over the alleyway.

Going back down.

The House

I know nothing of this house other than it was there.

Storage Building

Again, I know nothing of this. It is cinder block, so was probably built around the time of Pleasant Valley, but that is just a guess. Definitely not part of the original building. However, there was a small brick building inside. It was quite unusual. Three of its walls were brick and looked to be fairly old, but the back wall was the same as the rest of the building.

Old school water heater.

The small brick building.

What used to be a garage type door.

Looking towards the small brick building inside.

Inside the smaller building.


Looking back out the way we came.

Overall, this place was amazing. It was old, in ruins, and had a lot of history. I will leave you all with pictures of the beautiful streams and nature preserve in the area. It is called the Fall Creek Nature Preserve. Enjoy!

The steps. I am pretty proud of this shot.

Water cutting through rock.

A good look at the area.

Water was running down from this. This whole thing is like one giant natural water slide. No I did not try it.

A good look at the gorge facing the waterfall steps.

Standing in the water looking at the wall of rock.

The stream across the road from Mudlavia.