Top Ten Haunted Places in Nevada
Plan a trip to visit one of these haunted places in Nevada, and have fun getting scared.
It's the time of year when thrill seekers are looking for haunted attractions to experience, and the state of Nevada has plenty of them. These 10 places are famous for the ghosts associated with them. Plan a trip to visit one of these haunted places, and have fun getting scared.
1. Silver Queen Hotel
The Silver Queen Hotel in Virginia City, built in 1876, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a prostitute who committed suicide in a bathtub in the 1800s. Legend has it that rooms 11 and 13 are especially spooky. According to HauntedTravelUSA.com, "Some describe loud noises at night, sounds that include tapping on walls, jingling doorknobs, sudden bangs, voices in unoccupied rooms, and the sound of footsteps on a wooden floor."1 The hotel is proud of its haunt appeal as it refers to itself as a "ghost hunter's delight."
2. Abraham Curry House
Abraham Curry is known as the father of Carson City, which is precisely where this allegedly haunted spot lies. Though he was from New York, Curry moved to Nevada in 1858 and founded Carson City. He died from a stroke in 1873, and his home is thought to be haunted by the ghost of the man himself. HauntedHouses.com claims Curry's spirit has been seen moving throughout the house.2
3. Goldfield Hotel
The Goldfield Hotel, located in the small town of Goldfield, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the state, which is why it has appeared on a variety of paranormal television shows throughout the years. Its original owner, George Wingfield, is said to haunt the place today, along with the ghost of a woman named Elizabeth. The two were entwined in a relationship with a dark ending, but people say she has been seen in room 109. A staff worker, who committed suicide, is also said to haunt the Goldfield. The hotel is currently boarded up, but a local guide offers after-dark tours of the old Goldfield High School where visitors may hear footsteps of the long-deceased teachers who taught there and moaning from the principal who kept children locked in closets.3
4. Pioneer Saloon
The Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings hosts the "Haunted Lockdown," which locks participants inside for a few hours in the middle of the night to experience the spookiness this place is known for. It's been featured on the History Channel, and it is suggested that there are several ghosts haunting the century-old saloon.
The Haunted Lockdown site says, "The Pioneer houses bullet holes in the side of the building and a coroner's letter describing how they were created. The old saloon is said to be "haunted" by the gunshot victim's ghost, as well as the spirit of an old miner. Ghostly images have been seen by many employees and saloon visitors over the years."4
5. Mizpah Hotel
The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah is, like the Silver Queen, said to be haunted by the ghost of a prostitute. This woman, referred to as "The Lady in Red," is said to have either been killed by an ex-boyfriend or her husband. Various guests at the establishment have claimed they came into contact with her ghost. The hotel is still open for business, and even has a "Lady in Red Suite," which it says is home to its most famous ghost and where members of the staff claim to have encountered her.
6. Governor’s Mansion
Some claim the Nevada Governor's mansion in Carson City is haunted by the wife of former Governor Danver S. Dickerson, who lived there in 1909. Their daughter June is also said to haunt the building. According to HauntedRooms.com, "Many say that it is one of the most haunted houses in the entire United States. That remains up for debate, but it is certainly one of the most haunted places in Nevada at the very least. Visitors to the mansion always comment on the cold spot throughout the mansion and both of the female spirits have been spotted on occasion."5
7. Washoe Club
The Washoe Club in Virginia City has appeared on Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, and is said to be haunted by a variety of ghosts, including a prostitute from the 1870s and the man who killed her. The club wears its haunted history on its sleeve, offering daily ghost tours, a haunted museum, and various events catering to those interested in the paranormal.
8. Gold Hill Hotel
The Gold Hill Hotel near Virginia City is said to be frequented by the ghosts of a man, a woman, and children, who have been heard by staff in the halls. This one has also been featured on Ghost Adventures - a fact the hotel is proud to point out to potential guests on its website.
9. Westgate Las Vegas
The Westgate is the only attraction on the list that's in Las Vegas, and is particularly noteworthy, since some say it's haunted by none other than Elvis Presley himself. Originally, the Westgate was known as The International Hotel. Beginning in July 1969 and spanning seven years, Elvis set numerous world records for show attendance at The International, performing for 2.5 million fans. Since his death in 1977, Elvis’ spirit has been seen and heard at various places within the hotel, including his penthouse suite, the basement, and the elevators. Elvis may have left the building, but his spirit may have decided to stay there!
10. Carson City Mint
The building that once housed the Carson City branch of the U.S. Mint, which opened in 1869, is said to be haunted by two spirits: An employee who died when equipment fell on him in the basement, and Abraham Curry — the Mint building is only a few blocks from the Abraham Curry House mentioned in #2 above.
If you're interested in the paranormal, or just like giving yourself goosebumps, consider checking out one of these spooky spots this Halloween season.
Photo credit: Goldfield Hotel, by Sydney Martinez/Travel Nevada
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