After the discovery of gold in the nearby Columbia Mountain area in 1902, the city of Goldfield, Nevada occupied one of the largest and brightest mining towns in the West. In 1906, the city’s gold mines went up by $ 11 million. A year later in 1907, the mines generated about $ 10,000.00 per day.
Earthquake Resistant, 154-storey 154-storey Goldfield Hotel was built on top of an abandoned gold mine in 1908 for $ 500,000. The hotel was the best accommodation between Denver and San Francisco and was known as “The Gem in the Desert”.
When the hotel opened in 1908, the hotel boasted the Otis lift and then the most modern lift of its kind west of the Mississippi. The crystal chandeliers of the Goldfield Hotel, the elegant lobby decorated with mahogany, black leather furniture, gold leaf gold and gilded columns compete with the best hotels in San Francisco.
In a time when few homes or businesses have telephones or rugs, the sumptuous hotel has a sophisticated keyboard and telephone in every room. The meals were fantastic European cuisine, with oysters, quail and octopus. Shepherds came to dinner in formal attire – black tie, tails and ball gowns.
Goldfield, once the largest city in Nevada, was connected to the rest of the United States by five railways, and Goldfield Mines produced more than $ 10,000.00 a day at its peak as the five city banks flourished. Goldfield had several mines and three magazines. As the city flourished, its leaders considered bringing a jogging car into the city center.
But when the mines dried up, the city lost its appeal and the magnificent Goldfield Hotel stopped working in the 1920s. During World War II, the army captured it and added some improvements, including a barbecue to accommodate Air Force women whose men were stationed and trained in the nearby remote desert.
At the end of the war, the Goldfield Hotel was abandoned again and boarded. Since the 1980s, a famous new owner poured millions of dollars into the modernization of the hotel. His dream was to open the former “jewel in the desert” with all the original splendor to break before he quit. It has property support for property taxes. Vandals stopped most of the newly installed bathroom fixtures and lighting and eventually took all of the walls except the bare walls.
Goldfield currently has fewer than 300 people, though it is still the seat of Esmeralda County, home to less than 1,000 people, Nevada’s most populous district. There is no gas station, no bank, no grocery store and smallest newspaper, and is far from knowing the city as the “camp queen” for more than 25,000 residents.
The Forlorn Elizabeth Haunts
With its glorious past, the fateful hotel remains the most prominent symbol of the former Goldfield glory. But contributing to the ghostly temperament is the fact that much of the original luxury woodwork has been destroyed by vandals. All the old fixtures were stripped down through the years by today’s gold seekers and sold.
Before the hotel was purchased at an auction for taxes due in August 2003, the Goldfield Historical Society opened the hotel for special “ghost” tours several times a year. He brought fame as one of the “scariest places on earth” when Fox Network filmed a Halloween episode of the same name that aired in October 2001.
During the recording, the crew noticed a ghostly presence in the halls. Felt unstable, one of the crew members left and refused to enter again. Subsequent skies (laughter-like objects) were seen on many of the pictures taken inside, including my portraits.
Since about 1910, room 109 has been regarded as inhabited. Legend has it that this room is being chased by a prostitute named Elizabeth, who was chained to the cooler in the room by the original hotel owner George Winfield.
Winfield was very angry when he discovered that Elizabeth was pregnant; he denied her the freedom to leave. When her baby is born, she tears from her arms and ignores her. I was thrown into the abandoned gold mine on which the hotel was built.
When Alison’s children expired, Winfield left the young woman to die and for several days she cried for mercy. The rescue never came and was alone and abandoned. Afraid of Winfield’s authority, the hotel staff feared to rescue Elizabeth, and hotel guests could not hear her because of the room’s insulation and wall thickness.
The agents who visited room 109 say that Elizabeth was either left to die there or killed shortly thereafter. Its spirit is trapped in the humble room overlooking the hotel’s brick wall. On dark nights, the baby hears crying from passersby and nearby residents.
On the first floor, George Winfield’s presence felt close to the lobby stairs. The smell of cigar smoke and ash was regularly found by people inspecting the hotel, and once a new electric worker was discovered in the valve box that had not been opened for more than 50 years. Ghost hunters on the third floor also discovered high psychic energy.
Many who enter room 109 find it cooler than other rooms and feel in the room. It seems that the age color change on the wall where the cooler stands contains the contour of a human form. The cameras are known to fail in this room.
Other ghosts were reportedly seen in the halls and in the lobby stairs. Doors sometimes close and mysterious odors remain. The sighters, who came to examine the building, say that the Goldfield Hotel is among several gates or gates to life after life.
During the Esmeralda County annual land auction in August 2003, the Goldfield Hotel was sold for $ 360,000. The new owner was said to have plans to renovate the four-story lower floors and open it to the public. Even now, the hotel is still empty and composed.
Goldfield is located in the corridor between Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada on US Highway 95.
Kathy Manny is a nationally recognized author of biography, lifestyle and travel articles and travel columnist for The Vegas Voice, a high profile regional monthly lifestyle magazine published in Nevada.
Like most writers, Kathy’s life experiences have gone into her writings. Special Education: Certificate in Education – Clinical Journal Therapy from the Journal Therapy Center, provided by the Council for Accredited Counselors, Basic Course in Travel Industry Competence and Travel Agency Automation Course from International Travel School.