The state of Nevada is one of the most haunted places in America, with Virginia City being its most haunted city. Year after year, the Silver State attracts many curious ghost hunters and tourists that are in search of Nevada’s most haunted places.
Here are 10 places in Nevada where several people have experienced haunting encounters:
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1. Silver Queen Hotel - Virginia City
Built in 1876, the Silver Queen Hotel is one of the most haunted places in Nevada. It's home to a ghostly 1800s prostitute named Rosie, who committed suicide in Room 11 by slitting her wrists in the bathtub. She has been seen wandering around the hotel, tapping on doors and frightening guests. Many guests have heard loud footsteps on a wooden floor, which is odd considering the hotel is completely carpeted. One guest even reported that an unseen entity was chasing her down the hallway as she walked toward Room 11. Could it have been Rosie?
2. Goldfield Hotel - Goldfield
Several ghosts have been reported at Goldfield Hotel, which was built in 1908. The most famous ghost is a woman named Elizabeth, a prostitute George Wingfield (hotel owner) supposedly visited often. When Elizabeth was pregnant and told George the baby was his, he was afraid the scandal would negatively affect his business affairs so he paid her off. When she could no longer hide the pregnancy, he lured her into Room 109 and chained her to the radiator. She was left there until her baby was born. Elizabeth's apparition has been spotted wearing a white gown and looking sad. Many guests have reported seeing her in Room 109. Several guests of Room 109 also reported their cameras wouldn't work. The spirits of two guests who committed suicide on the third floor have also been spotted by several guests. As legend has it, George Wingfield also haunts the hotel, making his presence known by cigar smoke.
3. Mackay Mansion - Virginia City
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. The apparition of a little girl dressed in white has been spotted several times, and many visitors have reported hearing her play upstairs. A colonel has also been spotted in the kitchen.
4. Abraham Curry House - Carson City
The Abraham Curry House was built in 1871 by Abraham Curry, founder of Carson City. There have been several sightings of Abraham Curry's apparition. After dying in 1873 from a stroke, it's believed he goes back to check on his family after leaving them so suddenly.
5. Old Washoe Club - Virginia City
The Old Washoe Club was originally built during the 1870s to be a high-class club for the rich. The first floor was the saloon and the upper two floors had fancy suites and areas for recreational activities. The apparition of a blonde woman named Lena, a prostitute, has been spotted on the spiral staircase. Lena was murdered in a third-floor bedroom. The apparition of Lena's killer, who committed suicide on the 2nd floor, has also been spotted. And finally, several guests have reported seeing the apparition of a 13-year-old girl in a second-floor bedroom. She was murdered in the basement.
6. Bowers Mansion - New Washoe City
Sandy Bowers and his wife, Eilley Orrum Bowers were the first Comstock millionaires. With their instant wealth, they built Bowers Mansion in 1864. After the death of her husband, Eilley was left broke and lost her dream home to foreclosure. There have been many reports of paranormal activity inside and outside of the mansion. Supposedly, Eilley haunts the 2nd floor. She, her husband and their children are buried on a hillside behind the mansion. On moonless nights, several people have reported seeing glowing apparitions in the hillside graveyard.
7. Virginia City Main Street
On Virginia City's Main Street, several ghosts have been spotted. The ghost of Katie Hillyer, who died in 1968, has been spotted hurrying down the street to visit the bookmobile. Katie loved reading and she was also a freelance writer. Her apparition wears her favorite jacket and baseball hat. She has also been spotted in some of the bars that are located along the street.
8. Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon - Gold Hill
The Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon has been serving people since 1861, making it the oldest existing hotel in Nevada. It's supposedly haunted by miners who died in an accident nearby. William, a former owner, and his housekeeper, Rosie, have been spotted hanging out here. Rosie resides in Room 4 and William resides in Room 5. Rosie likes 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. Several ghost hunters have reported that the "great room" is a popular place where the ghosts enjoy hanging out.
9. Bliss Mansion - Carson City
Bliss Mansion is one of the scariest houses in America. Completed in 1879, this three-story, 8,500 sq ft mansion was Nevada's biggest and most elaborate home during its time. The original homeowner, Duane Bliss, has been spotted wandering around the mansion. Other apparitions have also been spotted wandering around the property. Bliss Mansion is now operated as a bed and breakfast.
10. St. Mary's Art Center - Virginia City
Formerly the St. Mary Louise Hospital, St. Mary's Art Center is rumored to be visited by ghosts of hospital staff from its old days. Apparitions have been spotted inside the building, as well as on the front lawn. Heavy footsteps, rolling gurneys and ladies' voices have also been heard down the halls. The scent of tobacco, flowers and rubbing alcohol has been reported.
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