Friday, September 09, 2011

The Goldfield Hotel


According to most legends of old-time Nevada, the Goldfield hotel in Goldfield Nevada is one of the most haunted spots in the state.  Opened in 1908, the Goldfield Hotel was the most spectacular hotel between San Francisco and Chicago, with 154 rooms, an elevator, crystal chandeliers, electric lighting, telephones, mahogany trim, and leather seating. Then the city of Goldfield died with the end of the short-lived Nevada gold rush and with it the last remnants of the splendor the hotel could have been. For 50 years now, the building has lain dormant, an abandoned shell of a building in the midst of the Nevada wasteland. It looms grimly over the other buildings in the town, the 4 story brick building dwarfing everything else within a good hundred miles.
The tales of the haunting are endless, and the legends surrounding the giant building never have truly added up. In 2004, a trio of UNLV film students and Ghost Hunters under the name Ghost Adventures created a documentary here that involved flying objects in the basement (including bricks), noises, and more. TAPS has visited the location, as have several other well publicized crews.
We visited the Goldfield hotel on our way up to Boise, and found that the fences that had been up 3 years ago have been taken down. The town was silent, and the hotel was in shadow. Talk about creepy.
Image by Strublay

Image by Strublay

Image by Strublay

Image by Strublay

Image by Strublay

3 comments:

Pam Morris said...

doesn't look too bad on the inside--interesting story!

Justine's Halloween said...

That was creepy alright! How did you manage to get into this place to take your pictures? That last photo you posted of the street is the definition of deserted!

"Strublay" said...

I never got in to the Hotel, I took the interior picture through the windows. The rest are of the exterior of the building. Yeah it's hard to believe that Goldfield once had a population of 35000 and was the largest city in Nevada. Now it's down to a population of 500 or less.