Nevada is probably best known for legalized gambling and prostitution, but what many people do not realise is that it is also incredibly haunted. Many of the cities and towns across the The Silver State have colorful, blood stained histories which has led to a plethora of hauntings and unexplained activity.
The Mizpah Hotel was built back in 1907 and it is now believed to be haunted, mainly by the lost souls of some of the prostitutes who lived and worked there in the early days of the hotel. The most active of these spirits is known as The Lady in Red. She is very affectionate and she has been known to rub up against male visitors or run her fingers through their hair. On the odd occasion she has also been known to appear speaking to the ghost of a miner who is perhaps one of her former clients. The most common story regarding her back story is that the Lady in Red was a prostitute who was beaten to death by a client or boyfriend, but others say that she was a woman killed by her husband when he caught her cheating with him. Whatever the real story is, one thing is sure – she is now tied to the Mizpah Hotel for eternity.
9. Silver Queen Hotel, Virginia City
Another old Nevada hotel which is said to be haunted by the spirit of a prostitute is The Silver Queen Hotel in Virginia City. Room number 11 is said to be haunted by a female spirit named Rosie, a young prostitute who actually committed suicide in the late 1800s in the room’s bathtub by slitting her own wrists. She makes her presence known by rattling doorknobs, phantom footsteps and disembodied voices within room 11.
8. Bonnie Springs Ranch, Las Vegas
Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas is a western themed amusement park which gives people a look at life back in the old west! It is also said to be very haunted. Some of the activity that has been reported here includes a little girl who appears in the school house and a merry-go-round that turns all on its own on dry and windless days. The wax museum is a common place to hear unexplained voices and some of the wax figures have been said to move on their own! The opera house is also a hive of paranormal activity with people witnessing shadow figures in various spots, one guest even caught one on camera! The owners love to play up to the haunted aspect and every Halloween they transform the ranch into ‘Bonnie Screams’ a haunted Halloween attraction! However, from the stories that are linked to the property it is haunted enough on an average day!
7. Mackay Mansion, Virginia City
The Mackay Mansion was built in 1860 and served as the home of John Mackay one of the so called Silver Kings of Virgina City! It is now a museum and is said to be one of the most haunted places in Nevada. Many of the guests who come to visit the museum say that they have seen apparitions of a colonel in the kitchen and a little girl in a white dress in several of the rooms. Staff say that they often hear the little girl playing upstairs when nobody is up there!
6. Yellow Jacket Mine, Silver City
The Yellow Jacket Mine in Silver City is one of the most haunted places in Nevada thanks to a fire that ripped through the mine in 1869. The fire is said to have killed more than 35 miners, but not all of the bodies were able to be recovered. This is perhaps the reason why up to 11 spirits are still haunting the mine.
5. Abraham Curry House, Carson City
The Abraham Curry House was built in 1871 by Carson City founder, Abraham Curry. Unfortunately, he died in 1873 from a stroke, so he never really had much of a chance to enjoy it. However, it seems that Mr Curry has been been returning to the house since his death! At first it was to check on the family that he left behind so suddenly, but even after the family was long gone his apparition has been spotted in the building. The house is currently a private law office and many of the staff still see Mr Curry wandering the property.
4. Old Washoe Club, Virginia City
The Old Washoe Club in Virginia City was originally built back in the 1870s and at the time it was an upper class club for the rich. One of the most commonly reported spirits that are said to haunt the club today is an apparition of a blonde woman known as ‘Lena’ who is believed to have been a prostitute. She is often seen on the spiral staircase. Lena was actually murdered in a bedroom on the third floor of the building and her murderer – who committed suicide on the second floor – is also seen in the club from time to time. In addition to the spirits of Lena and her killer, there are also reports of the apparition of a teenage girl who was actually murdered in the basement. The Old Washoe Club is definitely one of the most haunted places in Nevada.
3. Nevada Governor’s Mansion, Carson City
The Governor’s Mansion in Carson City was first occupied in 1909 by Governor Danver S Dickerson and his family. It is now said to be haunted by his wife, Una and their daughter, June. Many say that it is one of the most haunted houses in the entire United States. That remains up for debate, but it is certainly one of the most haunted places in Nevada at the very least. Visitors to the mansion always comment on the cold spot throughout the mansion and both of the female spirits have been spotted on occasion.
2. Westgate Hotel, Las Vegas
The big claim to fame of the Westgate Hotel is that it was a favorite of the king himself Mr Elvis Presley! It seems like Elvis may not have left the building because it it said to be his ghost that is haunting the hotel! Originally, the Westgate Hotel was known as the Las Vegas Hilton and even before that it was The International Hotel. It was during this time beginning July 1969 and spanning seven years that Elvis set, broke and reset numerous world records with performances for 2.5 million fans. Some say that this was the site of his greatest success, so it makes sense that he would want to hang around here! Ever since his death in 1977, Elvis’ spirit has been seen and heard at various places within the hotel!
1. Goldfield Hotel, Goldfield
The Goldfield Hotel is one of the most notorious haunted locations in all of Nevada. It is well known to fans of the paranormal and has been featured on several paranormal television shows with even national news programs running segments on the potential evidence gathered her. It now stands abandoned and boarded up, but it opened in 1908 by George Wingfield and his presence is still felt there today.
The most famous ghost that has been encountered in the Goldfield Hotel is a young woman named Elizabeth. The legend states that she was a favorite of the hotel’s owner George Wingfield and he visited her with some frequency. However, when Elizabeth became pregnant with his child he was concerned for his reputation and business, so he lured her into room number 109 at the hotel and he kept her chained to the radiator until she gave birth. She died in the room and her baby was allegedly killed and thrown down a nearby mineshaft. Elizabeth has been seen in room 109 wearing a long white dress and looking sad. She has also been heard crying and some visitors have heard what sounds like her chains clanking on the radiator.
Elizabeth is not the only spirit that hangs out in the Goldfield Hotel. It is also believed that George Wingfield is there also and that he is still tormenting poor Elizabeth even in death. At least one former staff member is also haunting the hotel having committed suicide in the building. There are also reports of a very dark and malevolent entity on the upper floors and there have been many different reports of poltergeist activity. This truly is one of the most haunted places in Nevada.