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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 townâ??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 Winfieldâ??s rage. Winfield was a successful mining magnet who grew even wealthier by owning the Goldfield during the 1930â??s. The majority of his money, however, was spent on Elizabeth, a favorite prostitute of his. She eventually became pregnant, and claimed George was childâ??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 â??The Stabber,â? haunts what was once the hotelâ??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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gabi says:

December 26, 2008, 11:18 pm

Elizabeth couldn’t be heard because its rumored that Wingfield ordered to close that section of the hotel were she was. So that no one couldn’t heard her crying and screaming in childbirth. Some say he killed both of them, others say that she died at childbirth complications.

Nick says:

February 3, 2009, 12:46 pm

my teache told us that he did go in it about 4-5 years ago and that he dose have a picture of him standing in a room and there is a gostly figure in it i so beleve!

David R. C. says:

February 4, 2009, 8:09 pm

Ghosts do not exist. I will be back in vegas after the 11th and would love to investigate this place. If anybody has any proof I would greatly apprec. you shgaring it with me. darkangelstear at yahoo.

KC says:

March 24, 2009, 3:52 pm

I was just in Goldfield twice on my roadtrip this past weekend. We stopped at the Hotel at night. The reason it hasn’t been fixed is because the companies buying the Hotel to restore it go bankrupt and sell it off again. The owner of the hotel now lives in a trailer out front. The lights are on at night sometimes because actual people are in there working. It’s not the ghosts. And the story about Elizabeth is that she got pregnant and the owner was either married or just embarrassed to be with a prostitute, so he waited for the child to be born and killed it. Supposedly he left her tied to the radiator and she burned to death.

I don’t think we know all about this place. I’ve heard there were so many instances here that could lead to the place being haunted. For example, people would come here when they were down on their luck and commit suicide. This was a huge tourist spot and brought the ONLY business to Goldfield. So the Hotel hid homicides/suicides/deaths. That was before it was known to be haunted. When the population dwindled, the place was known as being super haunted. Then THAT was the only reason people came to Goldfield. Now that it’s closed, they have nothing. Once it’s open again (hopefully it is), it’ll be another story.

mercedes says:

August 4, 2009, 5:23 pm

umm i have studyed book about this spirital things and 1 of the portles use to live next to my neigborhood becuase a lady and her husban use to fight alot and they wherent happy and 1 day i was sleeping and i heard screaming and the husban yelling when i heard a gun shot and i went outside and i saw the shadow of every thing happending then the police where all over the house and i went there to see if there is communtication with the spirit because i am phyicic and a mediam so both ): bt when i went in there there was negative

Tess says:

August 19, 2009, 7:29 pm

I have lived in Nevada my whole entire life i am very intested about ghosts in NV. I thnk that they should put on more stories of haunting in NV because i know that there is more Ive lived in haunted houses and they are not on here.

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Anthony says:

October 8, 2009, 12:25 am

I would like to stay in this hotel for a week.I would like to see how it really is.I want to get a couple people also.So that maybe it could be if anyone has guts.hit me up at so we can make a real story out of this.

Vegas valley Paranormal says:

December 23, 2009, 1:17 am

The story about the girl is fake made up. info from the key holder for the last 32 years.nothing like a good ghost story.

Sparkman in Reno says:

December 31, 2009, 1:59 pm

There are many more haunted places in Nevada. If you want a real haunt, try the Old Washoe Club, Piper’s Opera House, the cemetery, or 4th Ward School in Virginia City; The Gold Hill Hotel in Gold Hill (I have a DVR recording of the ghost in Room 4); Ward Cemetery outside of Ely or any of the over 100 ghost towns and mining camps from the 1800s and early 1900s.

Hobo says:

February 22, 2010, 1:31 pm

I was one of the workers that had tried to restore the hotel. I was eating a turkey sandwich. I had some mustard and mayonaise on my sandwhich. Fries and a coke were sitting next to me. I took a long sip from the coke. I then ate some fries before taking a bite of my turkey sandwich with mustard and mayonaise. When i was done with my lunch i remember going to the restroom. I was constipated. I blame the ghost. 😛

some random says:

March 12, 2010, 6:32 pm

if anyone ever wants to stay the night at the place i was murdered be my guest i dont suggest that you stay the night at the room next door to #109 because thats were my boss killed himself. thank you please visit me soon i am very lonely. thank you p.s. i was murdered at 2:31 p.m and my son was murdered three minutes after

Drazen says:

April 16, 2010, 10:25 pm

I investigated this case. I was curious whether or not there was any basis in truth to the story of the prostitute tied to a radiator, killed, and her baby thrown down a mineshaft. I was unable to find any corroborating evidence to the story. I suspect it’s an urban legend.

Drav says:

May 31, 2010, 3:19 am

This site is missing a lot from the Nevada area. There is the Old Washoe Mill in Virgina City, The Suicide Table, which isn’t really a place, but a gaming table with a dark past also found in Virginia City. I can vouch for both these places as I live in Reno, NV and go there often.

Jason says:

October 1, 2010, 2:20 pm

I want to shooot western porn in that place.Nothing like banging the bottom out of something in a haunted location.

Layla says:

October 14, 2010, 5:43 pm

i have heard of this one it was on ghost hunters the show made it more scarier

Mallorymel Rainstorm says:

November 12, 2011, 2:39 pm

…One of the nine “Portals” that connect to the spirit world? Just because
a building has a history of paranormal activity, Does NOT necessarily make it a door, or anything other than a haunted house. The Portal is another topic entirely. The study of the paranormal is in it’s infancy, so please do not make statements on subject-matter in content posting that sound good to get “linked,Liked,and ratings”., This disqualifies the site as legitimate.

Gerre Young says:

May 17, 2012, 1:04 pm

Spent 2 nights at the Goldfield with the Ghost Adventure Crew. I have my own paranormal research group and this had to be one of the best/scary experiences ever. Room #109 was amazing….we did an evp session there and when I leaned on the radiator, I was immediately gut-punched with emotions. Tears were streaming down my face without me being aware of it. When a thermal scanner was pointed in my direction it read 19 degrees. The temp in the rest of the room was 35 degrees! The second night we did a group evp session on the 4th floor and we actually had rocks thrown at us from what seemed, no where!! Amazing place…hope they reopen soon!

Maureen says:

February 21, 2013, 5:48 pm

Hello, I’m m and this isn’t scary.

Kim Jones says:

June 28, 2017, 7:32 pm

check out the youtube video on the goldfield hotel ghost adventures.

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