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.