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Explore: Hauntings at Overland Hotel & Saloon in Pioche
PIOCHE, Nevada — Situated on the outskirts of desert nothingness, on the southeastern border of Nevada, where vultures and ravens skim the sky above dilapidated buildings, Pioche exists as a living ghost town. Among its numerous historic structures — many of which were built in the late 1800s — stands the Overland Hotel & Saloon where many say ghosts linger … particularly in room number 10.
Inside, the air is cool, Halloween decorations hang from the ceiling and adorn the walls, and a steep staircase leads to the rooms of the Overland Hotel & Saloon, located at 662 Main Street in Pioche, Nevada. On the bottom floor, cigarette smoke hovers in the air above the bar – a seemingly perfect scene for an Alfred Hitchcock horror film.
Stephanie Haluzak, of Panaca, has been working as a maid and bartender at the Overland Hotel & Saloon for six years and said she has, on many occasions, experienced visits from spirits. She said that when she first started working at the hotel, she never thought about it being haunted, until she started hearing footsteps and voices … and she realized she was not alone.
“One time I was upstairs cleaning and went into room 8 and opened the door,” Haluzak said. “I left to get something and came back to find a ghost sitting there — that’s the best way I can describe it; a mist in the shape of a body that started floating across the room.”
That instance, she said, made her a believer. A while later, she was in the laundry room folding a towel, when a heavy glass ashtray came flying across the room.
“I said, ‘OK I’ll stop smoking in here,'” Haluzak said. “I didn’t smoke in there for years. I’ve never been afraid. I’ve never felt threatened. But by all means, the Overland is haunted.”
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, 59-year-old Doug Hendershot, of Pioche, has been working at the hotel for around three years and said one time a young man rented a room for a month, room 23. After not seeing him for a few days, the maids checked his room and found him dead. Another time, a man ran from room 10 and said that someone had tried to smother him in the middle of the night, Hendershot said. Aside from these occurrences, Hendershot said he has also experienced his own strange encounters.
“When I’m walking down this hallway, sometimes I’ll see a person standing here,” Hendershot said pointing to where one hallway intersects with the main hallway, “then I’ll walk back and look and no one will be there.”
Despite the attention the hotel receives for its paranormal activity, residents of Pioche say that’s not all that’s haunted.
Kathy Hiatt, who was born and raised in Pioche, said that she believes that spirits wander the streets.
“My granddaughter was playing at my dad’s barbershop, and she looked up and waved at something,” Hiatt said. “We looked to see what it was and there was nothing there. She waved again and we said, ‘who’re you waving at?’ And she said, ‘that man. Him, smoking.’”
Perhaps the ghostly happenings of Pioche stem from its wicked past.
Pioche was known as one of the most violent towns of the Wild West and during its heyday, between the years of 1868 to 1875, some 10,000 miners pulled $100 million worth of silver from the hills, said Pioche resident Jim Kelly, who hosts tours of the million dollar courthouse and works part-time at the Overland Hotel & Saloon.
“During this time, 72 people were murdered and buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery before anyone died of natural causes,” Kelly said. “One of the men murdered was my great grandfather who got shot by Morgan Courtney.”
The big fire of 1871 started in a restaurant on Main Street and then spread to the hardware store, where several kegs full of blasting powder sat behind the steel doors which caused an explosion and killed 8 people, said Pioche Chamber of Commerce volunteer Leslie Derkovitz.
By 1874, as with all mining boom towns, findings of high-grade ore became slim and miners packed up and left town. The Overland Hotel & Saloon was built years later in 1915 and then later restored. In 1953, robbers came into the saloon and one of the men pistol whipped the owner of the hotel and then shot him to death, Kelly said.
The Overland Hotel & Saloon is no stranger to ghost-hunting gurus. The Travel Channel featured the hotel in an episode of “Ghost Adventures,” where camera crews spent a week in April filming. The Las Vegas Paranormal Task Force is expected to investigate the Overland Hotel & Saloon Feb. 13, 2015 — on a Friday.
No ghosts were harmed in the writing of this article.
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- Overland Hotel & Saloon | Address: 662 Main Street, Pioche, Nevada | Telephone: 775-962-5895
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Room 10 at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, 662 Main Street in Pioche, Nevada, Oct. 29, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
At the Overland Hotel & Saloon, 662 Main Street in Pioche, Nevada, Oct. 29, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
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Ed. note: The year 1974 has been CORRECTED to 1874 in the third-to-last paragraph.
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I been told the old Catholic cemetery out in Silver Reef is haunted. Not sure I’d wanna be out there at night…
I’m sure you ment 1874 they packed up and left town…
Yes, we did, MM. Thank you, correction has been made. 🙂 ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com Joyce Kuzmanic Editor in Chief
My hubby and I are intrigued by haunted places and thus stayed at the Overland in room 23 for our honeymoon 4 years ago. Our room was on the South hall and at 4am our first night, we were awoken by something hitting our door. We got up and looked out into the hall and saw nothing, we went back to bed and again heard another thump on our door and we just listened…a ball, it was a ball bouncing up and down the hall. We looked out again after we heard the ball a little way down the hallway, not a single person in the hall. The ball kept bouncing, but it seemed further away. We followed the moving sound but could never get close enough to find anyone. The next evening, I heard a TV and it was loud. I walked all over the hotel but could never find the room with the TV on. We talked to some of the locals and they said it’s normal and nothing that the haunted hotel hasn’t experienced before. I can’t wait to go back next year for our 5th anniversary!
I’ve had an encounter while staying in room 10.
I love ghost stories! Now I want to go check out this town.
No thank you, I don’t want to go play with demons. I’ve seen enough to know what they are and what they do. I did live and fight against the corrupt los diablos county government( known as: Los Angeles county). What I saw is real. And I don’t need to be convinced anymore. Thank you Jesus!!!!
Really, it took the maids 3-days to notice a dead body during their daily room cleaning? And forget the demon possession, that red carpet is scary enough! YIKES!
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Overland Hotel & Saloon – Pioche
When visiting the quiet community of Pioche in modern times, you’d probably never suspect this was once one of the richest, most remote, rough-and-tumble towns in Nevada and even the American West. So boisterous in fact, that nearly 60% of homicides reported in the entire state during the early 1870s occurred in Pioche. A whopping 72 people were murdered and buried in the local cemetery before any natural deaths occurred, if that tells you anything. With such a spectacular mining boom, of course a slew of businesses followed suit to cater to the workers. May we present Exhibit A: the historic Overland Hotel & Saloon.
Graveyards, ghost hunters, and gunslingers are the hallmarks of Pioche, Nevada, and there’s no better place to get a sense of this town’s history that this historic hotel and saloon.
A Fascinating History
While you can still visit an actual miner’s abode in the rear of the property today, back in the early 1900s, a Chinese family formerly owned the property that the Overland Hotel & Saloon sits on today. The Overland originally sat just around the corner from its present location, but during the 1940s a terrible restaurant fire wiped out most of Pioche. The original Overland burned to the ground, but was reconstructed in 1948 in its current location and stands exactly as you see it now. Determined to create a more lasting building, the exterior walls are made up of poured concrete and brick, then covered in stucco.
When the hotel was originally reconstructed in 1948, the entire bottom floor initially operated as a dance hall and grocery store, and the second floor housed doctors offices and hotel rooms. True to Wild West form, the only part of the Overland Hotel & Saloon that is exactly the same then as it is today is the saloon. Interestingly, the massive cherry wood bar that is in the saloon today was reconstructed after being housed in a bank and brought 118 miles down to the Overland from Kimberly, Nevada.
Over the years, the doctor’s offices and grocery store relocated or shut down, but the dance hall, hotel rooms and saloon can still be visited and enjoyed today. The current owners, Ron & Candice Mortensen purchased the property in 1996 and have completely renovated the rooms, each individually themed — except for Room 10 that is…
Staying at the Overland Today
When booking your stay at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, check out one of the many themed suites like the Victorian, Garden Room, Bear’s Den, or Fishing Hole. Or, opt for one of the standard rooms, which are equally as comfy of a retreat.
For ghost hunting aficionados, you will hit the grand slam with a stay at the Overland Hotel & Saloon, as the property is allegedly very haunted (particularly Room 10). In fact, Ghost Adventures from the Travel Channel spent an evening at the Overland Hotel & Saloon and were successful in interacting with spirits. Staff can also steer you away from haunted rooms if you’re not up for a “lively” evening.
If you prefer your encounters to be a little more celestial, you’re in luck. Sitting at an elevation of 6,060 feet, Pioche is home to some of the darkest skies in the lower 48, which means you’re in the right place for some serious deep sky stargazing . For the other type of hunters (game, that is), the Overland is a hunting-friendly establishment and offers a walk-in cooler for storing your day’s haul.
Offering a glimpse back in time with their impressive bar and comfy rooms, this historic property is proud to offer guests a selection of thirteen rooms, which provide something to suit every taste and budget. All rooms are located on the second floor, above the saloon and dance hall. No matter whether you select a themed room or a standard, each and every one provides the perfect starting place for an amazing Lincoln County experience and a welcome place to hang your hat after a long day of adventure. Map out your Lincoln County, Nevada itinerary today and be sure the Overland Hotel & Saloon is at the top of the list.
The Overland is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Rooms are individually priced, as are drinks in the saloon. Check with the property if you have any questions.
The Overland Hotel – Staying in the Most Haunted Hotel Room
We are going prepared this time. We purchased this ouija board and this ghost hunting kit from Amazon for our trip. The kids are very excited to use them. So far they’ve divied up the dowsing rods and scrying crystal. Cord really wanted to keep the coin, but decided to give it to my nephew.
To prepare for our trip, we’ve been watching lots of ghost investigations on Youtube. The Overland Hotel has been featured in Ghost Adventures and Dining With Death . My kids watched this one by The Haunted Side-Paranormal Investigations on an hour long zoom call with our nephew. That one had them pretty freaked out, but they were begging to stay in room 10.
The Overland Hotel is currently owned by Ron and Candice Mortenson. The original Overland Hotel was built in 1863, well over a hundred years ago. It burned to the ground in 1947 in a fire that destroyed a third of the town. A year later, the Overland Hotel was rebuilt. Over the years, parts of the building have been used as a grocery store, bowling alley, doctors offices, and a coffee shop.
Disabled travelers should take note: the hotel rooms are located on the second floor and there is no elevator. They do not have any wheel chair accessible rooms. However, they do offer pet friendly rooms and were wonderful about my service dog when we called to make our reservation. If you are nervous about ghosts, they do offer “activity free” accommodations as well.
We are very excited about this trip! If you’ve stayed in a haunted hotel before, tell us about your experience below. Don’t forget to check back soon for updates on our trip!
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The 11 Most Haunted Hotels in Nevada
Nevada, a state steeped in history and legends, is home to a variety of haunted accommodations. From luxurious establishments to cozy inns, these paranormal hotspots have attracted ghost hunters and thrill-seekers looking to experience a chilling encounter with the supernatural.
In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through Nevada’s 11 most haunted hotels. Discover spine-tingling tales of ghostly apparitions and eerie occurrences that have left guests questioning their own senses. Are you brave enough to spend the night?
1. Boulder Dam Hotel, Boulder City
Boulder Dam Hotel housed several notable figures in the forties and fifties including Shirley Temple, Howard Hughes and Boris Karloff.
Staff will insist that the hotel is not haunted, but previous guests and even some former employees beg to differ!
2. Overland Hotel & Saloon, Pioche
In the living ghost town of Pioche, Nevada, the Overland Hotel & Saloon at 662 Main Street is said to be haunted, particularly room number 10. Built in the late 1800s, the hotel has a rich history of paranormal activity, with many employees and guests reporting eerie encounters.
Stephanie Haluzak, a maid and bartender at the hotel, has experienced visits from spirits, hearing footsteps and voices, and even witnessing a ghostly mist shaped like a body floating across a room.
Doug Hendershot, another hotel employee, recounted how a man once fled room 10, claiming someone tried to smother him in the middle of the night. Hendershot has also seen figures in the hallway that vanish upon closer inspection.
The town of Pioche itself is believed to be haunted, with some residents sharing stories of spirits wandering the streets. The town’s violent past during the Wild West era may contribute to the paranormal activity.
The Overland Hotel & Saloon has attracted ghost hunters, including the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” and the Las Vegas Paranormal Task Force.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain Motel
Nestled in Virginia City, the Sugarloaf Mountain Motel and Market boasts a charming exterior dating back to 1878. Originally a boarding house for early miners, it retains its brick, stone, and iron features while offering a cozy stay in one of Nevada’s most historic towns.
Despite its quaint atmosphere, the motel has a reputation for paranormal activity. Guests have reported encounters with ghosts dressed in 19th-century attire, as well as mysterious sounds of footsteps, heavy breathing, and laughter.
Unexplained phenomena, such as malfunctioning digital alarm clocks and doors opening and closing by themselves, add to the eerie ambiance.
4. Santa Fe Inn, Winnemucca
The Santa Fe Inn, in operation since 1830, has gained a reputation for being haunted. Located in the small, historic community of Winnemucca, the inn offers large rooms and friendly staff. However, its paranormal tales are what truly captivate guests.
Room 136 is considered a hotspot for eerie occurrences. One guest recounted strange television interference followed by loud, unexplained knocking at his door. Upon investigating, he found no one outside. Later, he witnessed a shadowy figure traversing the room, prompting him to leave in the middle of the night.
5. Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon
The Gold Hill Hotel, situated in historic Virginia City, Nevada, is known as one of the state’s oldest hotels. Brimming with nostalgic charm, the hotel offers a unique blend of history and the supernatural, ensuring an unforgettable experience for guests.
In the 1860s, Gold Hill was a bustling mining town during the Gold Rush. The devastating Yellow Jacket Mine fire in 1869, which occurred beneath the hotel, claimed the lives of dozens of miners. It is said that their restless spirits still haunt the hotel to this day.
Paranormal hotspots include “Rosie’s Room” and “William’s Room,” where guests have witnessed moving items, slamming doors, and even apparitions. The Great Room is another area believed to be frequented by both living and deceased patrons.
For those who wish to experience the Gold Hill Hotel’s haunted reputation firsthand, consider staying the night or participating in one of their monthly ghost tours, which regale guests with spine-chilling tales from the hotel’s history.
6. Silver Queen Hotel, Virginia City
The Silver Queen Hotel , nestled in the historic heart of Virginia City, has earned a reputation as one of Nevada’s most haunted locations .
The spirit most often associated with this establishment is that of Rosie, a former lady of the night believed to have taken her own life in Room 11 during the 1800s.
Visitors to the Silver Queen Hotel have experienced a wide array of spine-chilling phenomena. Reports include inexplicable noises, tapping sounds, and phantom footsteps resembling boots on wooden floors, even though the hotel is fully carpeted.
The most unnerving encounters, however, involve inhuman growls and dark shadowy figures, with at least one guest claiming to have been pursued down the hall by one such apparition.
For those seeking a thrilling and historically rich stay in Virginia City, the Silver Queen Hotel promises an unforgettable experience filled with intrigue, mystery, and ghostly encounters.
7. Tahoe House, Virginia City
Virginia City, widely recognized as one of Nevada’s most haunted towns, is home to the historic Tahoe House Hotel.
Built in 1859, this captivating establishment offers 16 rooms adorned with period-style decor, complete with antique beds and furniture. The hotel’s charming ambiance sets the stage for an array of paranormal encounters.
A particular room on the second floor is known to be a hotspot for otherworldly activity. Guests staying in this room frequently report a palpable presence sharing the space with them, accompanied by the inexplicable aroma of a potent floral perfume.
The Tahoe House Hotel masterfully blends its rich history and elegant atmosphere with an enticing hint of the supernatural, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a memorable stay in Virginia City.
8. Flamingo Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Among the numerous casinos scattered across Las Vegas, the Flamingo Hotel and Casino stands out for its notorious haunted reputation . Originally opened in 1946, the hotel was a collaboration between Billy Wilkerson and the infamous mobster Bugsy Siegel.
However, Siegel’s life was cut short in a brutal murder less than a year after the grand opening, leaving his restless spirit to roam the premises.
Guests at the Flamingo have reported chilling encounters, such as waking up to find a dark figure looming at the foot of their beds. Disembodied whispers and the mysterious opening and closing of doors only add to the eerie atmosphere that permeates the hotel.
The haunting doesn’t stop within the hotel’s walls. The chapel gardens, which host the Bugsy Memorial, are said to be frequented by Siegel’s apparition as he wanders among the manicured greenery.
Learn more about the hauntings of the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas
9. Clown Motel, Tonopah
The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, is a destination that can send shivers down the spine of even the bravest souls. With its entirely clown-themed decor, this unique hotel is enough to unnerve many visitors.
Upon entering the office, guests are greeted by a vast collection of clown figurines and dolls, while the rooms boast an array of clown-related artwork and ornaments. Eerily, some of these clowns are rumored to move of their own accord, adding to the motel’s unsettling ambiance.
The hotel’s proximity to the historic Tonopah Cemetery only heightens its haunted reputation. Whether or not the Clown Motel is genuinely haunted, its peculiar theme and uncanny atmosphere make it an unforgettable destination for thrill-seekers and those fascinated by the mysterious and bizarre.
10. Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah
The Mizpah Hotel , nestled in the heart of the resort city of Tonapah, is renowned for being one of the state’s most haunted establishments. With a rich history dating back to its construction in 1907, the hotel is believed to be inhabited by multiple spirits that continue to roam its halls.
One such spirit is said to be that of Rose, a former lady of the night who entertained guests within the Mizpah Hotel’s walls. Tragically, her life was cut short when a client took her life. Today, Rose is known to make her presence felt by visiting guest rooms, occasionally leaving behind a single pearl as a reminder of her lingering spirit.
11. El Cortez, Las Vegas
The historic El Cortez Hotel , nestled at 600 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, has a delightfully spooky past that still sends shivers down the spines of its guests and employees.
This iconic hotel, built in 1941, was once in the clutches of mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, and later, the enigmatic Jackie Gaughan, who stashed a hair-raising secret in the hotel’s basement: the cremated remains of several bodies, some of whom were former employees and, let’s just say, not-so-friendly rivals.
The hotel’s vintage wing is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of “Fat Irish” Green, one of Siegel’s henchmen, who guarded a briefcase brimming with ill-gotten cash for the mobster, all while enjoying a lifetime of free room and board at the El Cortez.
In true ghost-story fashion, current employees have reported eerie paranormal experiences, with some even refusing to venture into certain areas of the hotel, particularly the basement.
So, if you dare to take the Haunted Nevada tour, prepare to be regaled with spine-tingling tales of early Las Vegas mobsters and the mysterious ashes concealed in the El Cortez’s basement.
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I never believed in Ghosts until I stayed here. I had to go to Pinche for business, drove in from Vegas and arrived tired. The staff was very nice, and the room was cheap and only 1.5 miles from my AM meeting. As soon as I unpacked my things, my high blood pressure medicine bottle flew across the dresser. I thought it must be static in the room, and picked it up and set it back down. Sure enough, it flew further across the room. Later when I returned from my business trip, I looked online and saw that this place has a history of "hauntings". Some travel here in hopes of finding an odd experience, however, I was simply looking for a good night's sleep! I am not a "wacko" and did not EVER believe in Ghosts until I stayed here! More
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We live in Sparks Nevada and wanted to get away for a couple days since I work M-F and my girlfriend works nights and weekends, we had a chance to escape for a couple days. We found this hotel off of KOLO TVs website and called and booked one night. When we arrived the room was not ready so they referred us to Jack's for a bite to eat. At Jacks they literally had the best burgers I have ever had. We went back and checked into the room which the owners Mark & Judy have refurbished. The rooms have nice crown molding, a refrigerator, TV and nice old furniture. We had a community bathroom and shower and all of the areas including the bedroom where really clean. I saw one of the owners Judy and she asked me if the room was alright or if we needed anything for the room, which we did not, everything was perfect. Judy and Mark have a restaurant that is open for dinner Weds-Sunday that is Basque. We ate their on Sunday night. My girlfriend had the Lamb (T-bone) and I had the Rib eye steak which was huge. Both of them were delicious and the service was great. You eat family style and every table has bottles of free wine on them. I do not drink so I did not try the wine, but my girlfirend Teresa did and she said it was good. Each course of the meal comes out one at a time. The french onion soup was great, as was the salad, we really like the dressing. The beans were great too. We enjoyed our first night so much that we booked one more night. The costs of the rooms were extremly reasonable at only 40 dollars per night. I would of paid 70 dollars per night, with the great service. The saloon was packed with a bunch of people both nights. We went in on Sunday night and hung out for a couple hours a talked with some of the locals and other travelers and everyone was really friendly. We were lucky when we came out because on Labor day (Monday) they have a pot luck where they cook under ground for twelve hours overnight a bunch of pork butts. It was really good on Monday. I believe they do this twice a year, one is on Labor Day and the other is the Fourth of July, I believe. We had a great time and will be back to visiti again. Both of the owners and workers are all really friendly and it was neat to go see Fallon Nevada. I used to be in the Navy down at NAS Miramar and the squadrons would come to Fallon to do training and used the bombing range. It was neat to see the town. Over the weekend a lot of the local businesses were closed, but we walked to the nearby old movie theatre and saw a movie. I would highly recommend this establishment for a quick getaway. It should keep getting better as they are improving this hotel which was build in 1908. We are planning on coming back for Christmas, but we will be back before then.
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We stayed at this hotel 2 times in the last 3 months. They only have about 15 rooms. The majority of their rooms have just been COMPLETELY redone. We did stay one night in one of the old rooms, and make sure you request one of the new themed rooms. There are a number of themes, such as Hunting Lodge, Victorian Suite, Kokopeili, Bears Den, etc. Each of this is very very nice. The old rooms are large, but have 40 year old shag carpeting, and are like old motel rooms. The new ones are like staying at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast. The only restaurant in town is directly across the street, the Silver Cafe. It is not fancy but does have good breakfasts, and pretty good lunch and dinner. This hotel, and Pioche, make a great base to visit several State Parks such as Cathedral Gorge, Kershaw-Ryan and Echo Dam. It is a fun area, and a very nice getaway location.
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Downtown Pioche is pretty much a living ghost town and all the more facinating because of it. With only one place to stay, one place to eat and only a couple of bars, your choices are limited, but nevertheless I was surprised by the good quality service and hospitality offered. Each room at the Overland is themed. We had the Garden Room. The room was huge, spotlessly clean and excellent value for money. There was a little bit of noise when the saloon closed, but this was because our room was right above the entrance. All in all, if you find yourself out this way, you should head for the Overland for a good room and a friendly bar. The town itself is well worth a visit.
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A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
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We all love a good scary story, right? Especially one that involves a bit of state history that otherwise remains relatively unknown. The story of this particular haunted cemetery in Nevada is nothing short of spectacular, albeit a bit creepy. But the best part about it all? You can visit this haunted Nevada spot anytime you wish for an up-close-and-personal look, but only if you’re brave enough.
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If this story piqued your interest and you’re ready to take a trip to Boot Hill Cemetery, then you can use the address below to lead the way.
Boot Hill Cemetery, Pioche, Nevada 89043
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The Overland Hotel in Haunted Nevada
The Overland Hotel ; Saloon is located in the virtual ghost town of Pioche, in the mountains and deserts of Nevada. In its heyday during the 1800s, Pioche was a thriving, yet uncivilized and dangerous, location due to the gold and silver mines that dominated the landscape. By the 1900s the town had been virtually abandoned, and today many of the building from that time sit empty. One building that still remains in operation is the Overland Hotel.
The first building to house the Overland was erected in 1863. Since then, the building has housed all sorts of dangerous characters during its time as a brothel, gambling house, and a boarding house for travelers and miners seeking their fortunes in the foothills of the Nevada mountains. In 1947, a fire ravaged the town and the Overland burnt to the ground, along with about a third of the building in the town. The hotel was rebuilt and began its operation as a hotel and saloon.
The Ghosts of The Overland Hotel Still in operation today, the Overland Hotel is notorious among locals and employees for its ghostly activity. It only makes sense that a building as old as this one, with the kind of rough and tumble history which included murderers and thieves in the mix, would have its fair share of spirits. Locals even believe the entire town of Pioche itself is haunted, due to its history as one of the most dangerous and deadly towns in the West.
Employees at the Overland have shared their own personal experiences with the spirits that inhabit the place over the years. Some say they frequently hear footsteps where there should be nobody around. One woman claimed an ashtray was thrown across the room, nearly hitting her in the head as she worked. Others claim to have seen ghostly figures sitting on the edge of the beds or walking the long hallways.
Room 10 If you ask the employees, they’ll be happy to tell you stories of haunted happening at the Overlook. The most notorious room in the hotel, according to the staff, is room number 10. An employee claims that a guest once fled the room in the middle of the night, claiming a ghostly figure tried to smother him as he slept.
Room 23 Another likely haunted location at the Overland is room 23, where employees claim a guest was found dead after no one saw him for three days. To this day, if a guest wishes to stay in a room that’s not particularly haunted, all they need do is ask the front desk upon check in.
Visit the Overland Hotel If you’re feeling brave enough, guests can arrange to stay at the Overland Hotel. More information is available from their website. Just beware, if you stay in room 10 or 23, you may not get much sleep.
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It's Nevada Day. It's Halloween. We're talking about the creepiest haunts in the state
Happy Nevada Day. And of course, happy Halloween—and if you’re in a business that benefits from Halloween, it’s probably even happier: the holiday has grown into one of the most popular and profitable in Nevada.
Nationwide, retail sales for Halloween are expected to be more than $12 billion this year. Last year, Nevada retail sales ran up to $171 million and that’s expected to increase.
At the same time, paranormal investigators believe Nevada is one of the most haunted in the country. Plus, the idea of ghosts, ghouls, poltergeists, lost souls — can be both scary and fascinating. Are they real? Are they figments of imagination?
Tracie Barnthouse, the chief communications officer for Travel Nevada, said we have 100 zip codes throughout Nevada but about 600 ghost towns preserved due to our dry climate, "so there's a lot to see and do out there."
Nevada has always had a haunted reputation, but shows like Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters, as well as social media, popularized the idea, she said. Her favorite ghost town is Rhyolite, "Nevada's most photographed ghost town."
CLOWN MOTEL: NOT FOR THE COULROPHOBIC 21 N. Main St., Tonopah, NV 89049
"The Clown Motel has definitely made a lot of those haunted lists," Barnthouse said. "If you're scared of clowns, which a lot of people are scared of clowns … it's a clown-themed motel and that's kind of creepy and [what] ups that spooky factor is that next door to the Clown Motel is a 1900s-era miner cemetery. You could do a walking tour and learn about the lives of the people … in that cemetery right next door to the Clown Motel, so [you] get a two for one there."
MIZPAH HOTEL: THE LADY IN RED 100 N. Main St., Tonopah, NV 89049
"The lady in red was a popular lady of the night who lived and received her customers on the hotel's fifth floor. … Very sad story a jealous ex-lover strangled her to death. But despite her tragic end, she is said to whisper kind words to people in the elevator and to leave [pearls] on people's pillows from her broken necklace. So she is said to haunt the Mizpah, but in a in a friendly way. You can actually stay in room 502, which is the room that this is said to have happened. There's also the lady in red room as part of the Mizpah, as well."
OVERLAND HOTEL: ACTIVE SPIRITS 662 Main St., Pioche, NV 89043
"The Overland Hotel in Pioche, so that's definitely a haunted experience," Barnthouse said. "We recently had our team from the United Kingdom out here with the media, showing them around this part of the state and in the middle of the night, our rep told me that the lights of her room turned on, just all of them, and she couldn't turn them off. And this is a very old hotel. So it's not, you know, a technology error. It's nothing like that. … Light switch wasn't working. So that's something specifically that happened to her. The property itself attracted the crew of Ghost Adventures, who were able to capture some of their most successful interactions with paranormal spirits there."
GOLDFIELD HOTEL: 'SCARIEST PLACE ON EARTH' 69-79 Columbia Ave., Goldfield, NV 89013
"Goldfield hotel is said to be haunted by a couple people. The most famous spirit is a woman who's named Elizabeth and she was the proprietor's mistress; she became pregnant with his child, he got super jealous of that and in order to protect his marriage … the story goes that she was initially paid to stay away from from him, but he was fearful that she would expose him, so he chained her to a radiator in the Goldfield Hotel. And after she gave birth, she disappeared but many people have claimed to hear crying in the Goldfield … when they do offer tours from time to time. There are lots of things … a tobacco odor that maybe permeates throughout the hotel … it also is said to be declared as a portal to the underworld, so it's definitely one of the scariest places on earth."
FOX RIDGE PARK: THE BOY ON THE SWING 420 N. Valle Verde Dr., Henderson, NV 89014
Also with us on Tuesday was Heather Leigh Carroll-Landon, PhD., a paranormal researcher. She's the author of two books on haunted Nevada places: Haunted Southern Nevada Ghost Towns and Ghost and Legends of the Vegas Valley .
"Upon deep diving into the history of the park, the biggest haunt is a little boy that is rumored to be swinging on the swings. And then when you approach him, his eyes turn red, and he turns into a demon and attacks. And it's believed that this is the spirit of a little boy who was hit by a car near the park, and he just remains at the park. But now he's being influenced by demonic entities. And I personally was not able to find any type of record of a small boy dying anywhere near this park. So I truly believe that it started off as an urban legend, and has now developed into almost a self-manifestation. … I truly think that that park is haunted. But it's not of the spirit that people think it is, just because I think with all the legends in the sharing of the story, it just kind of developed into its own haunting."
FLORENCE MINE: 'NONSTOP PARANORMAL ACTIVITY' Florence Mine #1 Ramsey Road, Goldfield, NV 89013
"It's owned by John Aurich, and he welcomed us into do some filming. And we did an investigation of one of the mines. We were there three days; from the time we arrived to the time we left was nonstop paranormal activity. We were greeted by spirits watching us from a shed as we pulled up the driveway. We were psychically attacked in a collapsed mind where I was suddenly had to be pulled out because I could hear screaming of men … then all of a sudden I couldn't breathe and I felt like I was being crushed. And it was the exact same area where the mine had collapsed. They still don't think they got all the bodies out yet," Landon said. Then on their way home, "We were smelling fire burning. I was woken up in the middle of the night to someone screaming, "I didn't start the fire," which Goldfield had several fires and that mine also suffered several fires."
PIONEER SALOON: FAMOUS GHOSTS 310 NV-161, Goodsprings, NV 89019
"People have seen the image of Clark Gable at the end of the bar where he drank himself into a stupor, and the bar still has a cigar marks where he put a cigar out on the wood bar. People will see him, they're just you know, drinking and laying on the counter like he did back then. And then others have seen Carole [Lombard] walking through the bar almost like she's looking for her husband to console them," Landon shared.
THE NEVADA TRIANGLE
"Some of the research that I've started doing is, it's basically based off the Superman theory [as to why Nevada is so haunted]. And this is where there's high concentrations of quartz crystal in the environment. … And over time, [recordings are] being replayed over and over and over similar to the Stone Tape Theory, it just starts to fade. So because the hauntings are so old in the Vegas area, and throughout Nevada, they're slowly fading. And that's why a lot of them in my theory — I mean, everybody has a whole bunch of different theories on it — but that's my theory as to why. Also, the Nevada triangle is there, that goes just south of Vegas to Area 51, and then out west just to the California border, and that is where a lot of hauntings occur. And it's believed that's because of the different metals and everything in the environment. Just kind of makes a lot of things happen similar to the Bermuda Triangle."
MORE INFORMATION Travel Nevada: Paranormal Passport Travel Nevada: Dirt Road Code Heather Leigh PhD - Exploring the Paranormal heatherleighphd.com
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Hotel is Definitely Haunted! (Room 10) - Overland Hotel & Saloon
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Hotel is Definitely Haunted! (Room 10)
ROOM #10 in the Overland Hotel has a POLTERGEIST problem! My brother and I were on a road trip from Montana to Las Vegas & Phoenix, and decided to stop in Pioche, NV to grab some dinner & try our luck at some slots. After some lengthy conversation with a very pleasant local woman, we decided to follow her advice and check prices for a night at the Overland Hotel. We met the night clerk, a Nevada Cowgirl, who was more than eager to visit with the two of us (Montana Cowboys) about the town of Pioche, it's wild and rugged mining history & things to see & do in the area. She was a clever gal. She suggested that we stay in the hotel that night, and seemed adamant about giving us room #10. When I said we might look around some more, she quickly honored our military service with a discount... for room #10. When I jokingly asked her, "Why room 10? What's up with it?" she flashed a foreshadowing wicked grin, and replied "It's a mini-suite with two separate rooms, perfect for two rowdy cowboys like yourselves." We thought that was a pretty cool compliment, and the price seemed good for the extra space. Although the room was dated, with crazy orange "shag-a-delic" 70's carpet, and had not been remodeled like the rest of the rooms in the hotel, we really had no complaints... That is... not... ROOM #10 in the Overland Hotel has a POLTERGEIST problem! My brother and I were on a road trip from Montana to Las Vegas & Phoenix, and decided to stop in Pioche, NV to grab some dinner & try our luck at some slots. After some lengthy conversation with a very pleasant local woman, we decided to follow her advice and check prices for a night at the Overland Hotel. We met the night clerk, a Nevada Cowgirl, who was more than eager to visit with the two of us (Montana Cowboys) about the town of Pioche, it's wild and rugged mining history & things to see & do in the area. She was a clever gal. She suggested that we stay in the hotel that night, and seemed adamant about giving us room #10. When I said we might look around some more, she quickly honored our military service with a discount... for room #10. When I jokingly asked her, "Why room 10? What's up with it?" she flashed a foreshadowing wicked grin, and replied "It's a mini-suite with two separate rooms, perfect for two rowdy cowboys like yourselves." We thought that was a pretty cool compliment, and the price seemed good for the extra space. Although the room was dated, with crazy orange "shag-a-delic" 70's carpet, and had not been remodeled like the rest of the rooms in the hotel, we really had no complaints... That is... not until about 4:00am. I was staying in the sub-room side of #10 that is without a door, and my brother was in the area with the bathroom and closing door. At 4:00am, I awoke to see a type of faint shadowy figure in the foyer between our rooms - it moved into and around my room, and then went back out. I was a little freaked & startled, but figured it was just my imagination... nothing to worry about; after all, I was really tired. Around 4:30am the door to my brother's area slammed shut, and then what sounded like a small ruckus started to happen. I was pretty tired, and figured he was just moving his bags around looking for something he lost, or was just frustrated with my occasional snoring. Moments later, into my room bursts my brother, completely freaked out and clearly upset. He said a shadowy being came into his room, slammed the door shut, and then attacked him by holding him down on his bed with a pillow to the point that he couldn't even breathe, let alone yell for help. He said he struggled and tried everything he could to break free, but couldn't... until it finally stopped and was gone. I heard the ruckus and it was real. He was scared to death! My brother went through Navy Seal training, and isn't scared of anything... but this time he was REALLY SCARED! Believe what you want to. I don't expect you to believe me or my brother. Room #10 in the Overland Hotel is absolutely haunted. We've debated about going back with some forensic cameras and EMF meters, as we are both photographers. The staff was courteous & polite, the room was a bargain, but we definitely got MORE than what we bargained for staying there. I'd recommend one of the newer remodeled "themed" rooms, they are VERY clean & nice ... there is obviously an underlying 'sinister' reason why #10 hasn't been remodeled yet. I'd avoid staying in room #10 !! More
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I just spent a couple of days at the overland and was not impressed. The place has not change from since my grandmother cleaned the rooms back in the 70's. But the staff was out standing
Hello and thank you for taking the time to review The Overland Hotel & Saloon. We purchased the property in 1996 and have made complete renovations to the rooms, saloon and the property. This is a family owned property and we have put our heart and soul into making this a beautiful and comfortable place to relax. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us, we always do our best to accommodate our guests. If there is anything we can do to improve the experience please feel free to email us at [email protected]. Best, Mary King Co-Owner Overland Hotel & Saloon Pioche, NV 89043 (775) 962-5895
My partner and I highly recommend the Overland, the staff are very friendly, and the rooms are so reasonably priced yet they are lovely, very spacious, and themed! Pioche is fab, real old mining town, so quiet - Boot hill Cemetary is a must see. Wished we stayed here and not bothered going to Vegas! PS - big Gins served in the bar!
If you are from Vegas wanting to visit the 5 state parks in the area, I highly recommend this for a night or two. A word of warning, there is no elevator, so it was an issue for my elderly mother, but other than that, the staff was great, and we will definitely stay there again! The diner across the street was thankfully open till 9 pm, and it was a great place to escape to to "cool" off from the Vegas heat. We stayed in the victorian suite, and was good for 4 people. Mattresses and pillows were great, and found it hard to get out of bed.
We stayed in Pioche, NV on our way to Great Basin Nat'l Park. We were just looking for a clean room, but the clerk gave us a keys to a room and a suite to check them out. The room was very nice, but the suite was big and comfortable, and it cost less than most generic motel rooms. The Saloon has a Wii game they let patrons use if they aren't using it for their bowling league. The bartender set it up for us and we had a lot of fun "bowling". If we're in the area we'll definitely stay at Overland Hotel & Saloon again.
Pioche is a classic western mining town with plenty of character and not much going on outside of fiestas such as Labor Day weekend. The Overland is authentic and a far cry from the world of highway chain motels. It has gone down the route of themed rooms, which are amusing and comfortable enough - we had the Anastasi Room. You pay the full bill on entry in the atmospheric bar. There is only one place to eat evening meal (the nearby Silver Cafe: very good but it closes at 20.00). There is also a county court and detention centre, a little museum, and a walking tour of the town centre that won´t take you too long to finish. To the east is a great walk from Echo canyon campground (Ash Canyon: allow 2 hours, then continue the drive east to Eagle Valley and the main road). To the S is Cathedral Gorge State Park. Maybe 1 or 2 nights here is enough (the walls are pretty thin), but staying in Pioche is quite an experience and definitely worth it.
The Overland Hotel, as it exists now, was built in 1948. Prior to that it operated as a boarding house and bar on the same footprint as it is now. In the early 1900’s the property was owned by a Chinese family. (The Peis). The Overland also owns the property behind the building where the old miner’s rock house still sits. Take a walk back there and read the information board placed there. If you look up on the hill from there you can see a few rows of rocks here and there. These are the remaining foundations of a number of miner’s rock houses that were built there in the late 1800’s. The size of these rock homes demonstrates how much we Americans have grown! People were much shorter back in the day and lived in an area approximately 100 sq. feet.
In 1947 there was a terrible fire in Pioche. It started around the corner from The Overland, on Meadow Valley St., from a restaurant fire. About one-third of Pioche was lost in that fire and three people were killed. The Overland burned to the ground. If you go to the Million Dollar Courthouse, on the 2 nd floor you can see a large picture of The Overland after the fire. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1948, exactly as you see it now. The exterior walls are poured concrete (18” thick) up to the 2 nd floor, and then brick construction on the 2 nd floor exterior walls. The entire exterior was covered with stucco. From the basement all the way to the ceiling of the 2 nd floor are massive vertical beams that support the entire structure. You can see some of those beams in the Dance Hall. There is an 8,000 sq. foot cement basement that back in the 1950’s housed a ¾ size bowling alley and a roller-skating rink. They were closed and removed many years ago.
When the hotel was rebuilt in 1948 the entire side of the ground floor on the dance hall side was Pioche’s grocery store. On the 2 nd floor the whole front of the building was built to house Pioche’s doctor’s offices, and the rest of the area was hotel rooms. The saloon was where it is now. The Doctor’s offices closed down in the 1950’s when the hospital which is still located around the corner was closed. During the 1948 reconstruction the massive solid cherry wood back bar, front bar and the room registration area which was an old bank teller’s cage were brought from Kimberly, Nevada to their new home in The Overland. Also, a coffee shop was built in the back area of the bar where the “office” is today. In 1976, Mr. Bill Brown purchased the Overland. The grocery store closed and he built a coffee shop where the gift shop is presently located, and made the “Dance Hall” as it is now. In 1996, Ron & Candice Mortenson bought The Overland from Mr. Brown. We have spent the past 22 years restoring it to its original glory. The first and second floors have solid oak plank flooring. We have restored it on the ground floor, and you can see it in the hallways upstairs. We have remodeled and redecorated all of the rooms; re-stuccoed the entire outside and made many upgrades to the property. It has been a labor of love for us.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Historic Overland Hotel !!
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Man Gives Chilling Look at His One Night in 'Haunted' Clown Motel: 'Done With Clown Stuff'
In a video shared to Instagram, user Khail Anonymous shares his experience staying overnight at the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada
If you've ever wondered exactly what it's like to stay overnight alone in a haunted motel — one inhabited by hundreds of clowns — one brave soul knows the answer.
In a video shared to Instagram , user Khail Anonymous shares his experience staying overnight at the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada.
"Why did I go ALONE??" he captions the Reel, which begins with a shot of the hotel room door — decorated with a colorful illustration of what appears to be Pennywise, the toothed clown made famous in Stephen King's It .
"I rented a room at a haunted clown motel and I have an additional surprise," he says in a voiceover.
Inside the room, another even larger painting of Pennywise is displayed on the wall, along with framed portraits of other clowns.
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The additional surprise, he then says, is a meter to measure paranormal activity.
"The motel lets you rent an EMF reader so you can kind of go ghost-hunting," he says in the video. "So I'm going to wait until it gets dark and then go do that."
The video also shows what's next door to the motel — a graveyard complete with rows of headstones.
"There's also a graveyard next door. I forgot to mention that, Oh, whoops," he says in the video.
Once night falls, he then gives followers a look at the EMF reader. a meter that measures electromagnetic fields and is often used to "hunt" for ghosts.
"All right, let's do this," he says, as he turns the EMF reader on.
"I keep looking back, as if someone's watching me. This is not my thing — I hope you guys don't like this [because] this is a one-time thing, for sure," he tells followers.
In a voiceover, he says he spent "about half-an-hour" using the EMF reader, which elicited "several high readings," but "mostly just apologized to the ghosts."
He then left his camera on overnight, "so we can see if anything happens," before choosing between one of two beds in the room — "the one that's closest to the door, or the bed that's closest to Pennywise," he says, gesturing toward the oversized mural of the clown on the wall.
Ultimately, he chose the bed nearest to Pennywise.
"Goodnight, enormous skeleton head," he tells a large prop on the bed beside him before laying down.
Overnight, he says, nothing interesting was captured on camera and he seemingly slept okay, spending the next morning checking out the hotel's "collection of clown stuff," which was both "creepy and not — mostly creepy."
"But I left knowing that I was just done with clown stuff — almost," he adds at the end of the video, while a "to be continued" text display on the screen.
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