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Goldfield Hotel

Goldfield, Nevada

Located in the practically ghost town area of Goldfield, this hotel was built in 1908 to accommodate Americans pouring in during the Gold Rush. However, by the time eight years had passed, the gold supply was cleared out, rendering the building almost useless. Later, due to floods and large fires, the town’s population was reduced to only 500. Mysteriously, the hotel survived the disasters and still stands empty today.

Goldfield Hotel hides many secrets behind its seemingly harmless brick walls, the most famous being a result of George Winfield’s rage. Winfield was a successful mining magnet who grew even wealthier by owning the Goldfield during the 1930’s. The majority of his money, however, was spent on Elizabeth, a favorite prostitute of his. She eventually became pregnant, and claimed George was child’s father. Fearing the scandal would usurp his business status, he paid her to stay away at first. When Elizabeth was too far pregnant for it to be concealed, the paranoid hotel owner managed to chain her to a radiator in room 109. There she was given only bread and water until the child was born. Some claim that she died in childbirth, while others insist Winfield directly murdered her afterward. Either way, it is agreed that the baby was simply thrown into the mine shaft beneath the hotel.

During its short heyday, Goldfield hotel switched owners many times. This might have been due to the immense amount of money pouring in from the gold discovery, allowing it to be sold for more than its value. The last owner used the building to house Army Air Corp personnel during World War II, and closed its doors in 1945. Though unavailable to the living, the hotel has its share of ghostly guests. Elizabeth especially makes her presence known; a woman with long hair and a flowing dress is often reported wandering the hallways, calling for her child. She even appears in a photograph taken of Room 109, a room with suspicious quirks of its own.  It is always extremely cold, and sometimes visitors break down crying upon entering. Further still, cameras often refuse to work and animals refuse to enter.

Some of the more harmless ghosts include a trio of two children and a midget who sneak around tapping people on their shoulder, and a man and a woman who both committed suicide in rooms on the 3rd floor. All have been sighted many times, but their identities remain a mystery. The scariest ghost, aptly named “The Stabber,” haunts what was once the hotel’s dining room. Although he has never harmed anyone, the apparition of a man lunging with a large kitchen knife in hand was clearly enough to frighten away most tourists. Lastly, George Winfield himself is said to haunt the Goldfield hotel, leaving the stench and ash of cigars in his old room.

This small, vacant hotel in a remote town has received much publicity over the years, having been featured on at least two TV specials. Psychics who have visited even claim that the mine below is one of the seven gateways into hell.


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princess says:

September 27, 2005, 10:42 pm

i think this story is not that scary and you need to put more stories about nv

Maggi says:

October 16, 2005, 2:11 am

i live in tonopah and have been to goldfield many times and stuff and i have heard a different story about that hotel.

Shaun Sullivan says:

October 23, 2005, 8:37 pm

I believe the woman that was chained to the radiator was in room #109.

brittany says:

November 19, 2005, 11:44 pm

i belive that the goldfield hotel is hunted!!! i wanna go in it

brianna says:

November 20, 2005, 5:17 pm

ya its was room 109 cuz they were doing a thing one tv about the world scared places on earth.

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 11:02 am

Woot! Never heard from the place but what can you say I’m Finnish or suomalainen or what ever. Rauhaa ja rakkautta!

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 12:03 pm

Hokkay.. Have to addmit. It sounds rather interesting. To bad I don’t live in USA. Otherwice I would be jumping towards it right now. Do not know if it is true, but I would happily find out..

penny says:

January 17, 2006, 1:23 pm

anyone up for spending a night in the hotel could be a BLAST

mandy says:

January 23, 2006, 3:15 am

There is a scary place close to there in Tonopah it is an old mansion which I as well as others have seen things just in the windows because it is private proberty and you can’t go in there but if youcould get the owner to let you research it it will be promising.

jen says:

February 1, 2006, 11:35 pm

I saw that show brianna was talking about it freaked me out so much…but i couldnt stop watching it, there was like a marathon of it. Then i got so paranoyed…every little noise scared me.

marvin says:

February 5, 2006, 1:44 pm

The haunted rooms are #13&14. These and the hall way are the only places in the hotel where the haunts occure. If you ask for the haunted rooms you are allowed to stay in them. When I was there I heard a small laughing sound at about 2:10 AM. My friend said she was very cold and the covers did not seem to offer any warmth. After that neather of us got any sleep. On the other hand the dinner was great.

rhochelle says:

March 1, 2006, 4:41 pm

If you ask me I think that the story is pretty interesting,then again I honestly don’t think he died from running.

ina says:

March 16, 2006, 2:58 pm

What kind of animal would do such a thing?Whatever issues he had with her,there was no need to kill her or the baby.I’m curious why he waited until the baby was born..

Taylor/Reyes says:

April 3, 2006, 1:25 pm

In Response to: anyone up for spending a night in the hotel could be a BLAST
Yeah We are and we will provide the entertainment; a room full of ghosts. Don’t try to fight it, we’ll kill you! :)
Max: Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ghosts Rock. I know because I own one!
***This is an automated response from the Taylor/Reyes corporation taking over the world one ghost at a time***

Sia Nyteblade says:

June 6, 2006, 1:59 pm

Haunted hotel huh? Sounds cool, I would like to go there some time. I love going to creepy places, can’t say the same for my cousin though, she hates ghosts! Me I love ‘em…guess I get it from my mom.

lando says:

June 6, 2006, 5:48 pm

i think they should rebuild it. man i dropped my coke

britiny spears says:

June 6, 2006, 5:49 pm

call me

anonimus says:

June 18, 2006, 6:58 am

What and where are the 9 portals…

J.R. says:

July 4, 2006, 10:35 pm

I used to live in Tonopah and I have heard many different stories about this but never got the real thing. I hella believe this **** though. I wanna go back and party now. n e body up 4 it?

Rubarb says:

August 8, 2006, 8:25 pm

I am one of the ghosts in the hotel and I must tell you…it really isn’t that scary.

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