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The history of Goldfield is one you’ll find repeated across the American west. Fever had struck the nation and settlers were lured to Goldfield with stories of gold so plentiful that nuggets littered the ground, just sitting there for easy taking. For a time, the Goldfield vein did give up the goods. In 1904, just two years after the mine was discovered Goldfield produced 800 tons of ore and made up almost 30% of the state’s economy. Ranking as the third largest city in the state Goldfield was also the site of one of Nevada’s most well-known bars, the Northern Saloon which, according to some accounts, was so large it needed 80 tenders to run it.Goldfield_Ghost_Town_by_JulianasGrandma

Why settle for a haunted house when you can visit an entire town?

But unlike many abandoned gold rush towns, one hundred years later the city is almost as active as it was in it’s heyday, making it a favorite for vacationers looking for a trip back in time. There’s regular showdowns by the Goldfield Gunslingers.  The Mammoth Gold Mine still hums with action (now tours) and there’s still panning for gold. The narrow gauge train—the only one in the state—still runs like clockwork, circling the town every 20 minutes. The hotel is continually inhabited (by ghosts including two mischievous children and a midget) and the bordello opens its doors to anyone who’d like a tour—kids 7 and under get in for free.

The Goldfield Gunfighters in action. Reenactments take place weekend afternoons from November - April.

The Goldfield Gunfighters in action. Reenactments take place weekend afternoons from November – April.

Narrow gauge trains, like the one visitors ride at Goldfield, run on a track narrower than the standard track, making them cheaper and faster to build.

Narrow gauge trains, like the one visitors ride at Goldfield, run on a track narrower than the standard track, making them cheaper and faster to build.

It’s also a destination for real ghost lovers and  has been featured on Fox Family TV’s World’s Scariest Places and Sci-Fi channel’s Scariest Places on Earth.  But for most visitors, the main attraction is a history-filled vacation disguised as Old Western style fun.

Goldfield Ghost Town

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Image credits: Hanging hats and boots, courtesy Vic Marsh, kids running courtesy Best Western Mezonna Inn, gunfighters courtesy Alex Zabo

 

 


 

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