Return to Goldfield
Ghost Adventures

Return to Goldfield
Ghost Adventures

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 evidence.

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.

Goldfield was 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 $86 million.

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.

The 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 quarter-century.

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. 

It was 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.

In 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.

By 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.