There's nothing quite like exploring an old Nevada ghost town!
Can the loneliest road in America lead you to the most haunted experiences in your quest? Eureka, Nevada is definitely a spot you must detour to – it's known as the friendliest town on the loneliest road. Here, all are friendly, including its phantoms!
The Lurking Legacy of Nevada’s Lead Boom Credit: The Lincoln Highway Guide
By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen
On a hot summer day in 2017, I found myself in Eureka, Nevada, exploring this historical ghost town. Eureka is just off Hwy 50, which is well-known as "the loneliest road" in America. It took me and my co-pilot, Mayela, 11 hours to get to this old silver-mining town. I was asked to be a guest speaker at a paranormal convention event held here.
The Haunted Eureka Café - Credit: ABC4.com
This small community has a few haunted historical buildings that I was able to investigate. The first night, I actually got to spend the night in one of the haunted locations. Our sleeping quarters were in the old Eureka Cafe, which is joined by an old saloon and features some old hotel rooms/apartments above. Prior to going to bed, though, our event host showed us around the building, including the tunnel that's underneath. Of course, we decided we wanted to investigate that night! So we hung out in the cafe to see if we could make contact with the previous owners, Ann and Peter, who apparently were a few of the haunts there.
Our main piece of equipment was a simple recorder, since it was late and I was a bit too tired to unpack any equipment. I always introduce myself and give them permission to interact with me by appearing to me, talking to me, or even touching me. In this case, whatever the entity was that I was interacting with in the cafe, liked to touch me! That first night I was touched twice, and during the second night I was touched two more times! On our second night, we continued our ghost hunt – this time with more equipment, which was going off. Mayela saw a shadow while I could have sworn I saw a person that wasn't there.
Haunted Eureka Opera House Credit: Nevada Travel
The following night, after I had spoken at the conference, we did an investigation in a building called the Opera House. While backstage, on multiple times, I was sure someone was either beside me or behind me; but upon checking, as soon as I shined my light upon the space, I saw no one. We proceeded to go down to the basement where Mormon Joe is known to be – and I'm sure I saw his shadow in the basement while Mayela saw a shadow leave the room.
The Haunted Owl Club Credit: Visit Eureka Nevada
We then moved into the Owl Club, where we only stayed an hour due to being so tired. In the basement, I kept feeling like someone was standing behind me even though no one was there. When we get home, we'll have all the evidence to go through, so we can't say what we have evidence-wise at this point, but we can say we have had many personal experiences.
So to say the least, we have not been disappointed with the haunts here in Eureka. This little town off of the loneliest road in America may not be filled with a ton of entertainment, but in my opinion it's definitely filled with the spirits of the past. The community's residents are very friendly and welcoming – we met some wonderful people that I have already formed friendships with.
So if you ever feel like escaping city life and going to a true ghost town with haunts, be sure to look up Eureka, Nevada and have some personal experiences of your own. Until you do that though, remember you are truly never alone!
About the Author
Radio host of Mysteries Explained
Owner of Tucson Ghost Company, LLC
Founder/lead investigator of Tucson Ghost Society
Author of an upcoming book “Haunted Tucson” due in stores in Oct 2019
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