The Goldfield Hotel, near Las Vegas, Nevada is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman named “Elizabeth” who was murdered there. The hotel was investigated by Ghost Adventures in 2008.
The Goldfield Hotel is located in the tiny town of Goldfield, Nevada, located halfway between Las Vegas and Reno. In its heyday, when gold was discovered in the area, the hotel entertained all manner of affluent guests. However, as the gold rush began to dry up, so did the town.
The Goldfield Hotel was built in 1908 over a disused mine shaft. At the time Goldfield was a thriving town and the owner, George Winfield, became a very rich man. They say he was a multimillionaire by the age of 30 and became a very influential political figure in the state of Nevada.
But by the 1930s the once bustling town had declined dramatically and all was not well with George Winfield. At some point in the 1930s, his life took a turn for the worse when a pregnant woman named Elizabeth claimed he was the father of her child. For a while he gave her money to stay away, afraid that a scandal that could damage his business.
When it was no longer possible to hide the pregnancy, Winfield lured her to Room 109 of his hotel and chained her to a radiator. He left her there, supplied with food and water, until her child was born. Reportedly she cried out over and over for help, only to be met with silence.
Some say that Elizabeth died in childbirth, but others contend that Winfield murdered her after the child was born. Her baby was then thrown into the old mine shaft at the northern end of the basement over which the hotel was built.
Afterwards, rumors abounded that the ghost of Elizabeth continued to haunt Winfield until his death and the sound of a crying child could sometimes be heard coming from the depths of the mine shaft.
The Goldfield Hotel closed its doors in 1945, never to be opened again. In the years since, the ghost of Elizabeth has been sighted. She is described as having long flowing hair, wearing a white gown, and looking terribly sad as she paces the hallways of the hotel, calling out for her child.
Others have seen her ghostly apparition chained to the radiator in Room 109. They say the room is intensely cold, and most people report that their cameras refuse to work in that room. In fact some people break down crying when they walk into room 109 and animals refuse to enter.
Two more ghosts have been seen in rooms on the third floor. Two people are known to have committed suicide on this floor. One, a woman, hanged herself while the other, a man, jumped to his death from a window. Their identities have never been confirmed, but they have been sighted by more than a dozen people.
Near the stairs is a strange trio of spirits, two children and what has only been described as “a midget.” The three are seen, sneaking up behind people and tapping their shoulders before giggling and running away. Their identities are also as yet unknown.
In what was once the main dining room, called the Gold Room, lurks the most malevolent spirit of all. Locals call him “The Stabber”. He stays by the entrance of the dining room and attacks people with what appears to be a large kitchen knife. Although his blade has never actually harmed anyone, the sight of a man lunging at you with a knife in his hand only to suddenly disappear before he makes contact, is enough to make people run screaming from the room.
They say that this is the ghost of George Winfield himself. The evil man also makes his presence known by moving objects about and the stench of his cigar smoke lingers in the air. It is not uncommon to find fresh piles of cigar ash in his downstairs room, even though it has not been occupied in over sixty years.
The hotel is also believed to be built on a Vortex. Paranormal experts say the mine shaft in the basement is one of the 7 gates of hell, which exist throughout the world and allow the dead to cross into the world of the living.
In 2001, the hotel was featured on TV as one of the world’s scariest places. A film crew shooting in the basement captured a brick being thrown across the room on camera. Ghost Hunters investigated the Goldfield hotel in 2008 and heard footsteps and strange whispers on the upper floors. They also saw shadows walking down the hallways and recorded disembodied voices talking in Room 109.