Nevada is extremely haunted, and the main reason is because many ghosts died horrible deaths and just can’t seem to move on. They continue to haunt the Silver State each and every day. Interested in hearing more about these ghosts? Here are nine of the most bone-chilling ghost stories of Nevada you may or may not already know about:
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1. Goldfield Hotel - Goldfield, Nevada
Many ghosts have been spotted at Goldfield Hotel, which was built in 1908. This hotel's most famous ghost is a woman named Elizabeth, a prostitute George Wingfield (hotel owner) supposedly visited often. Upon finding out she was pregnant, Elizabeth told George the baby was his. Because he was afraid the scandal would negatively affect his business affairs, he lured her into Room 109 and chained her to the radiator. She was left there until her baby was born. She died and her baby was thrown down a mine shaft. Many guests have reported seeing Elizabeth's apparition wearing a white gown and looking sad. Several guests have even reported seeing her in Room 109. As legend has it, George Wingfield also haunts the hotel.
2. Mizpah Hotel - Tonopah, Nevada
In 1907, shortly after the town of Tonopah was founded, the Mizpah Hotel was built. As legend goes, this historic hotel is haunted by a few prostitutes from its earlier days. "Lady in Red," the hotel's most famous prostitute, is known to touch men's hair or rub up against them. Many guests have reported seeing her spirit in Room 504 and on the fifth floor hallway.
3. Silver Queen Hotel - Virginia City, Nevada
The Silver Queen Hotel, which was built in 1876, is one of the most haunted places in Nevada. Its most famous ghost is a prostitute named Rosie. She supposedly committed suicide in Room 11 by slitting her wrists in the bathtub. Since then, she has been spotted wandering around the hotel, tapping on doors and scaring guests. One guest even reported that she felt something chasing her down the hallway as she walked toward Room 11. Could it have been Rosie?
4. Nevada Governor's Mansion - Carson City, Nevada
The Nevada Governor's Mansion was first occupied in 1909 by the family of Governor Denver S. Dickerson. It's said to be haunted by the governor's wife, Mrs. Una Dickerson, and their child, June. This is one of the most haunted mansions in the entire U.S., and it's hard to not feel the cold chills that run throughout the entire property.
5. Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon - Gold Hill, Nevada
Since 1861, the Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon has been in operation. It's believed to be haunted by miners who died in an accident nearby. William, a former owner, and his housekeeper, Rosie, have been spotted hanging out at this hotel. Rosie lives in Room 4 and William lives in Room 5. Rosie enjoys turning the lights on and off, in addition to moving guests' personal belongings around. William also plays practical jokes on guests, such as locking them out of their rooms. According to several ghost hunters, Rosie and William enjoy using the "great room" to hang out.
6. Old Washoe Club - Virginia City, Nevada
Originally built during the 1870s, the Old Washoe Club was at one time a high-class club for the rich. The apparition of a blonde woman named Lena, a prostitute, has been seen hanging out on the spiral staircase. She was murdered in a third-floor bedroom. The apparition of her killer, who committed suicide on the 2nd floor, has also been seen in the building. In addition to seeing Lena and her killer, several guests have also reported seeing the apparition of a 13-year-old girl in a second-floor bedroom. She was murdered in the basement.
7. Boulder Dam Hotel - Boulder City, Nevada
The Boulder Dam Hotel is said to have many ghosts. Many guests have witnessed several ghostly activities at this historic hotel, including the feeling of a hand on their shoulder or hands coming through the floor and grabbing one of their ankles. The ghost of Tommy Thompson, a night clerk, has also been seen many times haunting the hotel's lobby.
8. Abraham Curry House - Carson City, Nevada
The Abraham Curry House was built in 1871 by Abraham Curry, founder of Carson City. Ever since he died from a stroke in 1873, Abraham Curry has been returning to his house to check on his family because he left them so suddenly. There have been several sightings of Mr. Curry's apparition. The Abraham Curry House is currently being used as a private law office.
9. Mackay Mansion - Virginia City, Nevada
Built in 1860, Mackay Mansion was once the home of John Mackay, one of Virginia City's "Silver Kings." Mackay Mansion is now a museum. Many guests have reported seeing an apparition of a little girl dressed in white, and several have even reported hearing her play upstairs. A colonel has also been seen several times in the kitchen.
Have you been to any of these haunted places? Do you know of any other bone-chilling ghost stories that can be added to the list? Let’s see how many ghost stories from different towns we can get.