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Pahrump has its share of Spirits

If you are looking for places to go ghost hunting, then Nevada is the place to go. One can start in Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, visiting the haunted hotels and then, slowly making your way up north, hitting towns like Beatty, Rhyolite, Tonopah, Goldfield, and Virginia City. Oh, and don’t forget Pahrump.

With the exception of Pahrump, those towns have been chronicled as some of the most haunted towns in the United States. Tonopah’s Mizpah Hotel was just voted the most haunted hotel in an edition of USA Today. And ghost hunters will be thrilled that tours are now being given of the infamous Goldfield Hotel, a hotel that was previously closed to all but the most elite ghost hunters.

So what about Pahrump?  Pahrump is not known as a ghost hunter’s paradise because it doesn’t have the ruins and old buildings that most Nevada towns are known for — but it still has its share of spirits.

There are some very haunted places in this valley, starting with the highway that leads into town from Las Vegas, Highway 160. This highway is one of the most haunted highways in the nation and is known to locals as the “Highway of Death”. The dead who have died in the hundreds of fatal car crashes are said to walk the nights between Vegas and Pahrump.

The infamous ghost hunter Barry Berry once said, “It’s not the buildings that are haunted in this town, but the land itself.”

Although Pahrump may not have the usual ruins and ghost town, it does have a few haunted buildings, which according to Marilyn Davis, Pahrump Valley Museum Director, all reside at the museum on 401 E. Basin Ave. Marilyn says that all the buildings they have collected over the years are haunted, but the most haunted of all out of the 11 buildings in their collection is the Little Red School House.

The School House came from Amargosa and was brought to the museum sometime in 2005 by Harry Ford, one of the founders of the museum. “Harry even went to the school in the 1940s, and because it was his favorite building he may be the ghost that haunts it,” says Marilyn. “Harry passed away in 2011, and people who have ghost hunted the school house claim to have heard a teacher’s voice and a student call out the name ‘Harry.’”

Marilyn says that people have heard voices, have recorded EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) and have heard other noises like desks slamming and footsteps. She even says she has heard noises in the school house.

The museum does give ghost tours, but arrangements for ghost hunting must be made in advance. For ghost hunting she does ask for a donation to the museum, which goes to help the museum fund its many projects.

So break out the old digital recorder, pack the Mel Meter and head to Pahrump. For ghost hunting tours at the museum call 775-751-1970.

— Vernon Hee

Pahrump Correspondence – November 2018

Geology Saved Spring Mountains From Mining Tim France, standing in front of the Johnnie Mine head frame, said that the mining just stopped at the Johnnie Mining District and didn’t continue into the Spring Mountain Range. Photo by Horace Langford Jr. Some of the more well known mines in Pahrump, like the Johnnie, the Labbie […]

Pahrump Correspondence – October 2018

Pahrump — from gold mining days to the modern era                                                     Tim Hafen displays photos of Pahrump in the 1950s and Pahrump in 2010. Gold was the biggest mover of people out West. People came by the millions looking to start a new life. Pahrump, Nevada was one of those towns. But when the gold […]

Pahrump Correspondence – September 2018

Rockhounding in the Johnnie Mining District                                                                                          The Johnnie Mining District The Johnnie Mining District may be historic in nature and worthwhile to poke around a bit if you are into history, but there is another reason to go there. Like most mining districts in Nevada, people can find some pretty good rocks, and even […]

Pahrump Correspondence – August 2018

Pahrump still has a lot of gold to be found Historically speaking, when people talk about gold being discovered in Nevada, they mention towns like Goldfield, Beatty, Virginia City, Tonopah,  and Eureka, to name a few, but very few ever speak of Pahrump. And yet gold has been discovered in the area, just like most […]

Pahrump Correspondence – June 2015

Pahrump still has a natural spring that one can walk to The small town Pahrump is here for only one reason: the first settlers found water close to the surface. Of course, that was vital to the survival of those first settlers for they had no well-drilling equipment. One such spring can still be seen […]

Pahrump Correspondence – May 2018

Pahrump Has the Need for Speed                                                         A crowd enjoys a night time race at the Pahrump Valley Speedway. Not all towns can say they have a speedway. The Pahrump Valley Speedway is a hidden gem, especially if you enjoy watching action packed motorsports.  I say “hidden” because people can live here for years, and, […]

NevadaGram #202 – Rural RoundUp in Tonopah, Big Spike in Boulder City, Reno Night on the Town

Peter Barton and Gernor Brian Sandoval at dedication of the new NSRy bridge to Henderson

Rural RoundUp, the annual grand conclave of tourism workers from all around rural Nevada, was held this year in Tonopah. The speakers were insightful and entertaining, the workshops apt and informative, the meals ambitious and delicious and the schmoozing pleasant and productive . . . but what we most remember is the wind. The bitterly […]

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