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Gold Hill Saloon & Hotel

Gold Hill Saloon & Hotel

Virginia City, Nevada
89440 USA

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Virginia City NV is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, Gold Hill Saloon and Hotel. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.


The Gold Hill Hotel started as "The Riesen House" and was built around 1861. Hotels and boarding houses were in high demand. Horace M. Vesey bought the building in 1862 and added a wooden structure to the south of the original stone building. The hotel became an essential part of Gold Hill.

It was also the site of some violent events, Jabez Spencer shot and killed James Murray in front of the Vesey House in 1871 and in 1873, Thomas Miller attempted to settle his bill by shooting proprietor James Lowery, Lowery managed to duck in time.

Gold Hill was adjacent to another industrial and business center known as Virginia. Between the two cities, they had schools, opera houses, newspapers, trains, factories, churches, fire departments, police. The growth of the area was due to the mining operations, which were producing vast amounts of silver and gold. The mining boom continued but slowly declined until the 1930's when the population shrunk to a few hundred. By 1907, the Gold Hill Hotel was a private residence. The structure has been known as the Gold Hill Hotel since 1958.

The present wood structure was added during a 1987 renovation. Now, the Gold Hill Hotel is known as the oldest hotel in the state of Nevada


Some believe the hotel and saloon are haunted by miners who died in an accident nearby. Also, the spirits of William, a former owner, and his housekeeper, Rosie, are said to be here still. Rosie resides in Room 4 and William in Room 5. Rosie enjoys turning the lights on and off, in addition to moving guests' personal belongings around. William likes to lock guests out of their rooms.



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Date added: Jan/24/2017 | Last time updated: Mar/07/2020

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