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In 1900 the possibility of building of a dam in either Black Canyon or Boulder Canyon was beginning to be studied. The US Government wanted a dam to produce hydro-electric power, provide irrigation for farming and allow flood control.
In the 1928 Congress authorized the project and put it up for bidding. A consortium called Six Companies Inc won the bidding and began work on the dam in 1931. This was during the Great Depression and employed thousands of people.
During construction it was called the Hoover Dam in honor of President Herbet Hoover but when President Franklin D Roosevelt christened it in 1935 the name was changed to the Boulder Dam. In 1947 Congress brought back the original name.
On March 1, 1936 Six Companies turned the completed dam over the US Government – 2 years ahead of schedule despite very challenging working conditions. The dam created Lake Mead; the largest reservoir in the United States.
The dam provides hydro-electric power to Nevada, Arizona and California. It is also a popular tourist attraction with over one million people visiting it every year. US 93 used to run over the crest of the dam until a bridge was built in 2010 on the Hoover Dam Bypass.
The building of the dam cost 112 lives and that doesn’t count those that died of illness or those taken away after an injury and succumbing to their wounds. Rumor has it a number of workers fell into the concrete as it was being poured and are suspended in the dam for eternity.
The dam has also been used by those looking to end their lives. Over 100 people have jumped to their deaths from the dam. Now that the dam is not as easily accessible people have taken to jumping off the bridge on the bypass.
These are thought to be the reasons for the majority of paranormal activity at the dam. Which includes:
Apparitions walking on the dam where the cars used to drive. This is especially apparent at night being as the dam is no longer accessible to the public at night.
Apparitions of people jumping off the dam; and now the bridge.
Cold spots in the hallways, lights flickering and other electrical disturbances and the sound of water dripping – not something you want to hear in a dam – but no leaks or other damage is detected.
Workers have reported having their tools go missing, malfunctions and equipment being tampered with. These three things tend to come in groups with all of them happening at the same time.
The dam is also linked to the Anti-Christ and the end of the world. There are those who believe when the dam collapses it will herald in the end of times.
On May 8, 2015 a giant goat was projected on the dam face. The reason given was that a German company was testing a driverless truck on the dam and the goat is the symbol of the Cologne football club. Of course, one of the many forms of Satan is that of a goat so many people believed the true reason was the honor the Anti-Christ and bring about the apocalypse.
606 Mountain Street
Status: State Government Building
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The Mansion Bill was passed by the Nevada State Assembly in 1907 allowed a secure and permanent site to be found for the State Governor. Up until then the Governor and family had found whatever house they could either in or near Carson City.
Mrs TB Rickey sold the land the mansion stands on to the State for $10 ($320 in 2023) and Reno architect George A Ferris designed it in the Colonial Revival style.
The mansion was built between 1908 and 1909.
Acting Governor Denver S Dickerson (Nevada’s 11th Governor) and his family were the first to move in the mansion.
In 1967 to 1968 the mansion was renovated, redecorated and brought up to code.
On the second floor – the private residence of the Governor and his family as well as guest rooms since 1909 – is haunted by a woman in a long white dress followed by a girl. They wander throughout the second floor in both the hallways and the rooms.
There are 2 theories as to who these ladies are: 1) they came with an antique grandfather clock that was given as to a present to a Governor; 2) they are former First Lady Una Dickerson and her daughter – the only child to be born in the mansion – June Dickerson.
The phantom footsteps of a male walking up the staircase to the second floor are also heard. This is thought to be the ghost of a servant unable to let go of their job even in the afterlife.
Doors in the parlor tend to open and close on their own and people have felt a cold unseen presence brush past them.
On the first-floor people standing before the antique fireplace mantle of the grandfather clock have felt a sudden cold breeze blow through them.
69 – 79 Columbia Avenue
Corner of Columbia Avenue and Highway 95
Status: Former Hotel; Formerly Abandoned; For Sale; Famous Haunted Location
There are Some Websites saying this Location is open for Tours but Reviews in 2020-21 all State the Hotel was Closed.
As of July 2022, its Listed as For Sale
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Completed in 1908 at a cost of $300,000 to $400,000 ($9.7 million to $13 million in 2022 dollars) it is rumored to have had champagne flowing down the stairs on opening day. Upon opening the hotel was said to be the most spectacular hotel in all of Nevada.
All of it’s 154 rooms contained deep pile carpeting and most included a private bath; a rare luxury in the early 20th century. The lobby was filled with black leather furniture and gilded columns and even included an elevator that was the fastest west of the Mississippi at the time.
The hotel was open until just after World War II when it was used to house the officers and their families from the Tonopah Army Air Field.
There have been multiple attempts to resurrect the hotel - $4 million in the 80’s ending in bankruptcy and another attempt in 2004 to have it open in 2006 (it didn’t) – that have failed. In 2017 reports indicated the hotel was under going renovations again but as of mid 2022 it was up for sale again – for 4.9 million - and remains so in December of that year.
As of October of 2023 the price has dropped to $3 million.
The Goldfield Hotel is considered one of the most haunted buildings in America and the world. It has been investigated by nearly every paranormal tv show there is.
The hotel has even been called a portal of the underworld.
The most famous ghost of the hotel is that of Elizabeth a prostitute that had an ongoing affair with George Wingfield; the man who built the hotel. She became pregnant and rather than admit to the affair he chained her to a radiator in Room 109.
And there she remained until she gave birth and then disappeared. It is unknown if she died in childbirth or was murdered but it is said Wingfield got rid of the baby by tossing it down a mineshaft behind the hotel.
The apparition of Elizabeth is seen throughout the hotel. She is also heard calling for her baby and crying. She is said to be dressed in a white gown, with long hair, obviously stressed and crying out for her baby
In Room 109 a misty out of focus figure has been captured in photos – when photos can be taken at all - many people report their cameras will not function in that room despite operating fine elsewhere in the building. It is also frequently reported as being unnaturally cold.
The phantom cries of the baby are said echo through the hotel’s empty rooms and hallways.
Of course, there is no historical proof that Elizabeth ever existed and there are many who consider her a tulpa; a story repeated so often it became a legend followed by so much belief in Elizabeth she became an actual paranormal entity; one that was never actually alive though.
Wingfield, himself, is also said to haunt his hotel. He makes himself known with the phantom smell of cigar smoke usually near the lobby staircase. Fresh cigar ashes are also found in his former room on the first floor.
Three other known ghosts in the hotel include: a woman who hung herself in a room of the third floor, a man who jumped to his death from another room on the third floor and “The Stabber” who has attacked people in the building while wielding a large knife.
The Stabber has never actually hurt anyone – as he disappears suddenly just before he gets to anyone – but he has scared people half to death.
There are also three ghosts that hang out near the lobby staircase: 2 children and a midget. They are known pranksters who will tap someone on the back before running away giggling. They never show themselves.
Other Reported Activity: shadow figures and people; time shifts; disembodied voices; unexplained sounds from laughter to loud bangs; objects moving on their own; electrical disturbances; light anomalies; phantom footsteps and feelings of being watched, not being wanted and being followed.