Lockdown in Pioche, NV

5/12-14 Pioche Lockdown, to include the Caliente Train Depot and Elgin Schoolhouse.

The Nevada Paranormal Task Force plans to rendezvous along side “702 Paranormal,” “Arizona Paranormal Cowboys,” and the “Duke City Paranormal Pahrump Ghost Trackers.”

Pioche is know as a living ghost town, with numerous historic structures built in the 1800s. Most known is the Overland Hotel & Saloon, which many claim is haunted, particularly in room number 10. “Pioche was known as one of the most violent towns of the Wild West and during its heyday, between the years of 1868 to 1875, some 10,000 miners pulled $100 million worth of silver from the hills”, said Pioche resident Jim Kelly, who hosts tours of the million dollar courthouse and works part-time at the Overland Hotel & Saloon. “During this time, 72 people were murdered and buried in the Boot Hill Cemetery before anyone died of natural causes,” Kelly said. “One of the men murdered was my great grandfather who got shot by Morgan Courtney.”

You don’t want to miss the live-steaming and video coverage. Plans to be a real spooky time.

More about the history of Pioche, Nevada, to come…………. stay tuned to the white noise…………….. /\…….


Extremely Haunted

Our next stop on Route 50 after Eureka is Austin, Nevada, which is located on the western slopes of the Toiyabe Range at an elevation of 6,605 feet. Named after Austin, Texas, Austin was founded in 1862 as part of a silver rush reputedly triggered by a Pony Express horse who kicked over a rock. By summer 1863, the Austin and the surrounding Reese River Mining District had a population of over 10,000 residents. By 1880, the boom was almost over, and major silver production ended by 1887. High quality turquoise is still mined in the area in small quantities. Gold and silver mining has continued in the area sporadically and at generally low levels of production. Today Austin is a living ghost town, and is perhaps the best preserved example of an early Nevada mining town. The International Hotel, first built in Virginia City in 1859, and parts of it were moved to Austin in 1863. The Hotel still serves meals and drinks, but does not rent out rooms (there is a motel across the street), and is said to be the oldest Hotel in Nevada. Austin contains numerous other historical buildings, in various states of repair.

Stokes Castle is a three-story stone tower located just outside Austin, Nevada. It was built by Anson Phelps Stokes, a rich mine developer, investor, and banker from the East Coast. The castle was meant to be used as a summer home for his sons. Construction began in 1896 by the brawn of miners and local skilled workers, and is made of hand-hewn native granite. The stones, weighing thousands of pounds, were hoisted into place with a hand winch and held in place with rock wedging and clay mortar. It was finally completed in 1897, it was used by the family for one brief period in June and July, 1897. Since then, with one possible exception, the structure has remained unoccupied.

The castle is patterned after a tower that Stokes had seen and admired in the Roman Campagna in Italy. The kitchen and dining room were on the first floor, while the second floor contained the living room and the third floor housed two bedrooms. Each of the floors had a fireplace, plate glass view windows, very adequate plumbing, and the second and third floors each had a balcony. The roof had a battlemented terrace, which had a 60 mile view down the Reese River Valley to the south. The Tower was filled with the finest of furnishings and artwork befitting a “castle.”

The family only occupied the Stokes Castle for a short time. The family traveled west in June 1897 with friends and spent about a month in the castle, and spent a few more days in October 1897. They returned in the summer of 1898, but due to an embezzlement scandal and the silver mine’s decline, the Stokes family sold the mine, the milling equipment, and the brand new castle, never to return to the town.

Eventually, the castle fell into disrepair, and almost became the victim of a publicity stunt in the early 50’s, when a Las Vegas promoter wanted to buy the castle and move it to the Sin City strip. That’s when a cousin of the Stokes’, former New York socialite and Nevada rancher Molly Magee Knudsen, stepped in and bought the property in 1956. When Molly passed away, it was left in the very capable hands of H.W. Trapnell, or “Wally,” who still owns the castle today. The tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The structure still stands as an abiding monument to the local men who built it and to those who helped develop the mines of Austin.

Is the Stokes Castle haunted? Well, we shall see when the Nevada Paranormal Task Force makes their way over on April 8th, after their stop in Eureka. The team will be holding up at the local hotel… ummm haunted, and also will be investigating the old court house, ummm really haunted!!! This weekend plans to be full of adventure and good ole-fashioned ghost hunting. Stay tune, ya’hear!

Chloride Videos – March 25, 2017

Fun Times ghost hunting at haunted Chloride, Arizona. First the team meets up, and then looks into the history of the town. We tour the jail, and the fake town before night falls. First stop fake town Melodrama. Then we move on to the old hotel and the cemetary. The team shares some laughs too. Below is part 1 and 2. Leave your comments!

Part 1

Part 2

These are the thermal images of the cold spots and mist that was forming while at the cemetery. These were taken by Chuck.