Nevada August 23, 2016
The Urban Legend About Nevada That Will Keep You Up Tonight
Usually when you think of Nevada and our local legends or haunted stories, your mind goes straight to old tales about abandoned ghost towns or remote highways. While all of those things are equally guaranteed to keep you scared all day long, there’s nothing quite like the stories surrounding this one abandoned cave in an undisclosed location somewhere within our state.
Prepared to not get any sleep tonight? This urban legend will have you losing sleep:
Somewhere out in Churchill County, you may or may not encounter a cave with a creepy history.
Lovelock Cave, a cave in Nevada, is said to be roughly 150-feet long and 35-feet wide. The cave was actually placed on the National Register of Historic Places back in the spring of 1984 and was the one of the first caves within the Great Basin to be explored and excavated.
In 1911, two miners would be hired to go into Lovelock Cave in search of bat guano. The guano was one of the main components of gunpowder, making it highly sought after. The miners would go on to remove a considerable amount of guano and other natural elements from the cave, not realizing the unusual history and artifacts hiding right in front of them.
After the two miners completed their work in Lovelock Cave, many weird items began surfacing in the cave.
Sparking the interest of explorers and excavators alike, by the mid 1920's the cave would be further explored. During further excavations people would begin to discover baskets, shoes and skeletal remains of whoever once inhabited this cave.
So, what's so creepy about people once living in caves? The fact that it is speculated that the remains found inside these caves were those of ten foot tall giants. That's right! The local legend passed down through members of the Paiute Tribe claim that their tribe was once at war with a community of cannibalistic giants who were nothing short of vicious and unfriendly.
The specific story handed down through generations describes a battle between the two communities. The Paiute would eventually corner the giants into the Lovelock Cave where they were said to live, demanding that the giants come out of the cave. After all but a few who were instantly shot with arrows as soon as they exited, the majority of the giants would refuse to exit the cave, trapping themselves inside. The Paiute lit a fire at the entrance of the cave, pouring deadly smoke down into the cave suffocating and burning alive anyone who was left inside.
So, where did all of the giant remains go? Local legend continues on to claim that the remains were excavated by those who explored it, only to be hidden away and covered up by museums and the state of Nevada. Stories of sandals being discovered in the cave that were nearly larger than life are told, disturbing anyone who believes in the local legends.
Want to hear more about the history of these giants and hear passages from Paiute tribe member Sarah Winnemucca’s book? Watch this informative video provided by
Hidden Human Story on YouTube:
Looking to read about more creepy tales surrounding our state? Then check out these
9 Disturbing Unsolved Mysteries In Nevada That Will Leave You Baffled!