|Zak, Nick and Aaron head out to the dusty old ghost town that launched
their careers -- Goldfield, NV.
This time they have teamed up with EVP
experts Mark and Debby Constantino in a quest for new mind-blowing
Goldfield is an unincorporated community and the county
seat of Esmeralda County, Nevada, United States, with a resident
population of 440 at the 2000 census. It is located about 240 miles (390
km) southeast of Carson City, along U.S. Route 95.
a boomtown in the first decade of the 20th century due to the discovery
of gold — between 1903 and 1940, Goldfield's mines produced more than
Much of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1924,
although several buildings survived and remain today, notably the
Goldfield Hotel, the Consolidated Mines Building (the communications
center of the town until 1963) and the schoolhouse. Gold exploration
still continues in and around the town today.
Gold was discovered
at Goldfield in 1902, its year of inception. By 1904 the Goldfield
district produced about 800 tons of ore, valued at $2,300,000, 30% of
the state's production that year. This remarkable production caused
Goldfield to grow rapidly, and it soon became the largest town in the
state with over 20,000 people.
One prominent, or notorious, early
Goldfield resident was George Graham Rice, a former check forger,
newspaperman, and racetrack tipster, turned mining stock promoter.
collapse of his Sullivan Trust Company and its associated mining stocks
caused the failure of the Goldfield State Bank in 1907. Rice quickly
left Goldfield, but continued to promote mining shares for another
Another prominent resident from 1908 was George
Wingfield, one of Nevada's entrepreneurs, who build the Goldfield Hotel
at a cost of $500,000.
In collaboration with his partner George
S. Nixon (who was to become a US Senator in 1904), Wingfield started in
Belmont, Nevada in 1901 and then saw the potential of Goldfield after
mining at Tonopah, only a few miles north, took off.
Wingfield who made his fortune in Goldfield by forming the Goldfield
Consolidated Mining Company. Between 1903 and 1918, mining in two towns
was to grown from $2.8 million to $48.6 million.
Virgil Earp was
hired as a deputy sheriff in Goldfield in January 1905; Virgil died
there, in bed with pneumonia in October 1905, and Wyatt Earp left
Goldfield shortly thereafter.
Goldfield reached a peak population
of about 30,000 people in 1906 and hosted a lightweight boxing
championship match between Joe Gans and Oscar "Battling" Nelson.
addition to the mines, Goldfield was home to large reduction works. The
gold output in 1907 was over $8.4 million, the year in which the town
became the county seat; in 1908, output was about $4,880,000.
the 1910 census, its population had declined to 4,838. By 1912, ore
production had dropped to $5 million and the largest mining company left
town in 1919.
In 1923 a fire destroyed most of the town's
flammable buildings; some brick and stone buildings from before the fire
remain including the old hotel and the high school.
The Goldfield Hotel is considered by many to be haunted by multiple spirits and entities. It is believed that these spirits still linger in the hotel due to the emotions, deaths and murders that occurred due mostly to greed.
Reports within the Goldfield Hotel include shadow people, EVPs, unexplained sounds and footsteps, as well as objects being moved.
Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past.
Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong.