Discover what life was like in the heyday of the abandoned mines that dot the Nevada landscape, now host to the spirits of those who lost their lives in pursuit of gold, silver, and salt. Step into the Silver State's past, where the echoes of once-thriving boomtowns and mining operations reverberate through the desert to this day. Explore the remnants of a drowned town exposed by the receding waters of Lake Mead, and an abandoned pet cemetery sure to send chills down your spine. The bones of prehistoric creatures lie beside the former residents of Berlin, and in Goodsprings, reports of ghostly celebrity sightings stir up excitement. Join author Heather Leigh on a journey through the eerie history of Nevada's ghost towns.
From the mystery of a U.S. Senator's death (was he kept on ice until after the election?) to a haunting of the Governor's mansion, this selection of fourteen stories from Nevada's past explores some of the Silver State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths.
The states are full of haunted mansions, jails, courthouses, hotels and homesteads. Phantom hitchhikers, headless engineers, and unending battles abound. Let Ghost to Coast Tours and Haunted Places tell you who, what, and where the ghosts and haunted places are, and help you find the tours that will lead you to them in every state from Alabama to Wyoming.
Nevada is... a state where American Indians have lived for thousands of years, adapting their ways of life to the resources it offered. European explorers and American pioneers, however, saw Nevada as a dry and dangerous obstacle to be crossed. Only when the land revealed its mineral riches did settlers come to Nevada. By the twenty-first century Nevada was America's fastest-growing state. As the population boom shapes the state's future, the influences of the land's pioneer past and of the land itself remain strong. Book jacket.
Haunted Hotels comprises more than two dozen tales of ghosts, unexplained phenomena, and other spooky happenings at hotels, inns, and rooming houses across America and around the world. Tom Ogden, author of four other books in the Haunted series, also provides information for readers who wish to check in and check out the spirits themselves . . . if they dare.
The 287-mile stretch of highway that runs east to west across Nevada's desert is billed as the "Loneliest Road in America." But those who explore it find there is plenty to discover along the way in the towns of Austin, Eureka, Ely, Fallon and Fernley. Every one of these places has its own unique history, ghosts and stories to tell. From the sordid lynching of Richard Jennings to the humorous legend about a famous sack of flour, author Janice Oberding treks across Highway 50 seeking spirits and uncovering the tales of Singing Sand Mountain, the Red-Headed Giants, the Giroux Mine Disaster and many more.
With a well-known nickname like the “Biggest Little City in the World,” you might think Reno has no secrets. But you shouldn’t bet on that. For example, What is Reno’s connection to Mount Rushmore? How can you participate in a real-life cattle drive, see a shrunken head, or sip a glass of Picon punch in the midst of poltergeists? Arm yourself instead with Secret Reno: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, and you’ll soon discover these and many more of the city’s secrets and lesser-known adventures. How about a lazy day kayaking down the Truckee River? You might want to climb the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, or take a stroll where the lynching of an innocent man occurred in 1892. But be warned—his angry ghost is said to haunt the location, occasionally harassing passersby. If you’ve donned your leathers and are all in for a bike ride, you might want to know that Reno has an annual motorcycle rally not to be missed. Local author Janice Oberding loves to find adventure off the beaten path and be your guide to unconventional, but worthwhile, exploration. All you’ll need is here in this book about the Biggest Little City’s secrets.
This book presents the compelling histories of fifteen pioneer women, all born before 1900, who traveled Nevada Territory in unstable wagons, on temperamental mules, and in early Motel Ts to leave a legacy of courage and celebration as they broke records, hearts, and rules while conquering uncharted ground. Meet Ferminia Sarras, a Nicaraguan immigrant with four young daughters who arrived in Nevada in the early 1800s determined to seek her fortune as a miner . . . and succeeded; Dat so la lee, a Washoe Indian renowned for her basket-weaving artistry whose work is today preserved in museums; and Anne Henrietta Martin, a lifelong suffragette who fought for women's rights and was instrumental in securing the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
The author of Haunted Nevada explores the spooky goings-on in the city named one of the top-three most haunted towns in America. Unlike any city in America, Virginia City epitomizes the notion of a western boom-and-bust ghost town. The Comstock Silver Rush lured wealth seekers from around the world, including a young Samuel Clemens. Despite the fortune some found, not all of the town’s earliest settlers rest easy. Shops, hotels, boardwalks, and cemeteries are said to be filled with the supernatural remnants of Virginia City’s hardscrabble characters and their violent propensities. The queen of haunted Nevada, Janice Oberding, mines Virginia City’s spectral history, from the ghost of Henry Comstock to the ghostly Rosie and William of the Gold Hill Hotel. “Virginia City is known for its rich mining history that designated Nevada as the Silver State. But to local residents and paranormal investigators, it’s better known as a place to look for ghostly dwellers.” —Reno Gazette Journal