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Goldfield Ghost Town in Nevada

We were in search of a more substantial ghost town than our previous day’s exploration of Chloride. Despite having been on the road for several hours yesterday, husband insisted an extra 3 hour drive north of Vegas might yield better prospects for our ghost town hunt, especially since Goldfield has been featured several times on the Ghost Adventures TV Show.

And every once in a while he gets it correct. 😀 –Remember folks, marriage is usually a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband. Just kidding, just kidding…. But not really. 🙂

The nearly 3 hour drive out of Vegas was pretty uneventful. About 184 miles of uneventful-ness, unless we count a poop-stop at a really weird alien gas station.

Roadtrip from Las Vegas to Goldfield, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Roadtrip from Las Vegas to Goldfield, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

…But when we saw this sign, we knew we were in for a treat!

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Elite Trading Post antique store in the Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
We didn’t know where to begin so we stepped into the Elite Trading Post, where the proprietors were extremely friendly and the building itself filled to the brim with interesting antique finds. We didn’t leave empty-handed and currently have one of our finds on display in our house.

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
After the Elite Trading Post, we explored the many historical buildings on foot. It’s hard to believe these derelict buildings were once the heart of Nevada’s largest city. Founded in 1902 when gold was struck, Goldfield quickly grew to a population of 20,000. Today the population stands at 282 with various factors contributing to the town’s decline: a mining stock collapse, bank failures, increasing costs of mining, a drop in production, strikes, and a major fire in the 1920s caused by a moonshine still explosion.

Historic Goldfield Hotel in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
The Goldfield Hotel is one of the structures that survived the 1923 moonshine fire.

Historic Goldfield Hotel in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Built in 1905, this 4-story hotel consisted of 154 rooms with telephones, electric lights and heated steam. The lobby was opulently decorated with mahogany, black leather upholstery, gold-leaf ceilings, crystal chandeliers and was considered the most luxurious hotel between Chicago and San Francisco.

Interior of Historic Goldfield Hotel in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Old piano in the interior of the Historic Goldfield Hotel in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Weird car in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Old firetruck in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Vintage firetruck in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Weird shadow painting in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Old schoolhouse in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
The old schoolhouse is another structure that survived the major fire of 1923. It was built in 1907 and graduated its last class in 1952. It’s currently under restoration (thanks to a matching grant from the NPS) but this building would have been neat to explore had it not been fenced off.

Schoolhouse in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Pigeon house in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
We’ve seen this movie before…

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
We may have jiggled several door handles to see if any of the seemingly abandoned buildings were open for a quick exploration. This was one… but only because the owner was in the building! Oops.

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
He was very friendly and led us through the various rooms of the building.

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Bank interior in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Bank interior in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
That isn’t him, but one of Goldfield’s notable residents (besides Mark Twain), was Wyatt Earp. 24 years after the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt Earp and his common-law wife joined Virgil Earp in Goldfield.

Arches in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Old stove in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
My husband versus stove jokes are all used up.

Antique cars in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Train in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
The Goldfield Consolidated Mining Company was worth $30M in 1906 (almost $1B with today’s inflation).

Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada
Goldfield is still mined in various locations throughout town.

Mining in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Mining in Abandoned mining attraction of Goldfield Ghost Town, Nevada - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/goldfield-ghost-town-nevada

Overall, Goldfield gets our approval as worth a visit.

Goldfield Ghost Town (Nevada) Overview

  • Coordinates: 37.7102092,-117.2563079
  • Fees: FREE
  • Usage: Light
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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