The phantoms of five of the most haunted places in Nevada are eager to tell their spooky stories. Here are our spine-chilling picks from the Silver State!
Carson City, Nevada
The Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nevada, was in continuous operation from 1862 until 2012. It was among the oldest operating US penitentiaries until its closure. This maximum-security prison held some of the most hardened criminals and was the sole facility for executing criminals in the state of Nevada. More than 43 executions were carried out here by hanging, firing squad, gas chamber, and lethal injection. Additional inmates died as a result of riots or ambushes. Many men who were sent here never came out alive.
Since it closed, this complex has been a preferred destination for many paranormal investigators due to it reported high supernatural activity. The most-reported paranormal activity includes disembodied voices, unexplained noises, energy pockets, moving orbs, and various apparitions. EMF (electromagnetic field) meters and thermal cameras have picked up various voices. Many have seen numerous apparitions especially at night behind barred windows. Many folks have felt some physical contact when nobody was around. The hotspots include the mess hall and kitchen (where many violent riots took place) and the shower room where an alleged murder was committed.
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Constructed in 1907, the hotel was named after the Mizpah Mine and was the social hub of Tonopah. It was dubbed the "Finest Stone Hotel in the Desert."
The Mizpah Hotel has seen many guests. Some, dreadfully, have never made it out alive. The hotel is said to house a ghost deemed the Lady in Red by hotel guests who have experienced her presence. The Lady in Red themed room in 504 is exquisite beyond doubt, but the allegedly haunted room is just down the hall, in room 502. Legend says that the Lady in Red is the ghost of a prostitute who was beaten and murdered on the fifth floor of the hotel by a jealous ex-boyfriend. A psychic medium has identified her as Rose. She worked as a prostitute at the Mizpah. She claimed that Rose was killed by a jealous gambler. Folks will know when Rose's phantom has visited their room, for she will leave a single pearl behind. Other baffling instances include rumors of mysteriously moving items and even a phantom figure that once taunts guests. Sometimes an old elevator that was supposed to be out of commission, randomly open and close its doors.
The Goldfield Hotel was built in 1908 by George Wingfield in this prosperous Nevada gold town. Once considered the most luxurious hotel between Chicago and the Pacific Ocean, the four-story hotel attracted only the most affluent of guests, with electric lights, phones, and a steam heating system. Unfortunately, when the gold dried up, so did much of the sustaining businesses. Twelve years after its glory days, people were starting to leave town in search of more favorable locations. The Goldfield Hotel closed in 1945.
There are reports that claimed the ghost of a previous owner, George Wingfield, still roams the hotel. He is said to leave his signature cigar ashes on the floors. A female phantom is also said to lurk in these old spaces, She is known as Elizabeth, whom Wingfield supposedly murdered in the hotel. Room 109 has been the site of various strange occurrences, including intense cold spots, camera malfunctions, and sightings of ghostly figures. Although the hotel is abandoned today, there are investor commitments to reopen this historical jewel. The spirits, we are sure, are waiting to greet new guests!
Virginia City, Nevada
Built in 1876, the Silver Queen Hotel in Virginia City, Nevada is a historic landmark with a haunted reputation. According to Silver Queen lore, Room 11 and Room 13 are particularly prone to paranormal activity.
The supernatural activity is often described as 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 (although they were carpeted!) Many guests assumed other visitors were responsible for the noise, but talked to the front desk staff and learned they were the only guests on the floor. One woman insisted she was chased down the hallway by a dark figure! The Silver Queen is allegedly haunted by a tragic woman who died on the property. In this case, a prostitute named Rosie reportedly slashed her wrists in the bathtub of Room 11 and now wanders the hotel, tapping on doors and frightening guests. Rosie seems to have a preference for men as the rooms she visits are primarily occupied by males. As far as I know, there’s no official record of Rosie’s suicide, though a man did take his life there in 2010. Whether or not Rosie actually existed, dozens of staff members and guests swear something strange is happening at the old hotel. There is another female ghost said to be named Annie that haunts this hotel. Her footsteps, disembodied voice, shadowy apparitions, and tapping sounds without visible sources are frequently reported. She is a story of an epic fight between a man and a woman from the early history of the hotel during its gold rush days being played out repeatedly by resident spirits. One woman insisted she was chased down the hallway by a dark figure!
Virginia City, Nevada
Dating back to its original build in 1861, the Gold Hill Hotel was originally called the "Riesen House" and has the distinction of being the oldest existing hotel in all of Nevada! When the city's population doubled in 1861 in one year, the hotel provided services to accommodate the expanded needs of the gold diggers.
The Gold Hill Hotel is said to be home to multiple spectral entities. Rosie, a known prostitute, and a former owner, William, are two of the most active phantoms in the hotel and tavern. Rosie makes her presence known by delivering an aroma of her preferred perfume. She likes Room 4, and that is probably where you will meet up with her. She may unlock your room during the night, so be sure to check often. William manifests in Room 5. He is often felt sitting on the edge of the bed. There is also a little girl who prefers to be on the third floor. Better not forget the Miner's Cabin, which sits right behind the Gold Hill Hotel near the area where several miners were reportedly killed during the Yellow Jacket Fire. The cabin has two rooms that are separated by a kitchen, living room, and a bathroom. Once a guest reported being puzzled because she thought she had the entire cabin to herself. But she heard a man crying in the other bedroom all night long. Sure enough, she was the only living person the cabin was rented to.
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