Goodsprings Cemetery Goodsprings, Nevada
Goodsprings, or Good Springs, was a mining camp on what is now Highway 53 in Clark County, Nevada 7 miles west of Jean. There are few buildings left standing and of course the Saloon. If you go, don't miss out on visiting the Saloon. For more information go to ghosttowns.com
We met up with Las Vegas Paranormal Investigations (LVPI) group at a nearby gas station around 9:30 PM. After introductions were made and philosophies exchanged, we searched online for any information we could find on this new site. Then we started off on our adventure.
Since we decided to dedicate only one evening to researching the paranormal in another state, we contacted many groups to make sure we could find a someone to show us around. LVPI greeted us and made us feel at home. We enjoyed their professionalism and their choice of equipment. We enjoyed their friendship and we understand why they are part of the TAPS Family. We hope to show them the local haunts in our desert one day.
We learned that most of the historical places in Las Vegas have been removed for hotels and casinos. This is a shame and the reason we do what we do. One of those places is Good Springs Cemetery. We arrived around 9:45PM.
The wind and air was cold and strong. The place does have quite an interesting history. The cemetery was in use long before A.J. Robbins donated the property to the town in 1913 with the earliest marked burial dated 12/27/1890 for that of Anna Nimmer.
The cemetery consists of 1.33 acres (5,400 m2) and is an old, continued use cemetery located southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada just before entering the town of Good Springs. We spent nearly an hour photographing and recording the location. We also did some digital recording hoping for EVPs. We were shown some of the grave markers and their meaning by our hosts.
Offerings had been left on some graves. Perhaps by relatives or well wishers. One even had an unopened bottle of beer left on it. Perhaps a toast to the departed. As incense had been placed on some of the graves it gave it us a eery feeling.
Some of the graves we observed were as recent as last year! The location had some graves without markers. Upon careful observation it was noticed that some of them showed signs of water seeping through to the coffin. Their were holes in the grave site . Not those similar to ground squirrel holes which you find scattered around the desert. They had a smooth texture with no traces of droppings and foot prints around. We Proceeded to head for the exit of the cemetery. Then we were taken to our Next location The Famous Pioneer Saloon........
We had heard about the haunting at this next location. We were also told of the kindness in this part of town. We were not disappointed. The folks of this small community are friendly and it did not take us long to feel at home. Considered to be the oldest saloon in Nevada (over 90 years old). The saloon houses a bullet hole on the side of the building and a coroner's letter describing how it was created. The saloon is said to be "haunted" by the victim's ghost. In addition, the Pioneer Saloon has a small memorial to both Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Ms. Lombard's plane TWA Flight 3 crashed into nearby Potosi Mountain on January 16, 1942. The saloon was the center of operations for the search. The accident resulted in her death. Her husband, Clark Gable sat in the Pioneer Saloon for days after the tragedy waiting for news. The building is made of stamped out metal. The original pot-bellied stove stills heats the saloon since the day it opened. Built in 1913, it's barely changed. If this place doesn't make you think you just stepped into the old wild west you haven't seen enough Westerns. The cherry wood bar itself was constructed in the 1860's in Brunswick, Maine. Shipped in three separate sections around Cape Horn and into San Francisco. One section was lost to fire, one section never arrived, and the third is what stands there today. A small room at the side of the saloon offers artifacts and newspapers from the height of Good springs success in the mining booms and a nearby old cemetery remembers former residents. The Saloon was in the middle of a busy mining camp and was the host to many nightly poker games. Not much has changed since then .
It is a true remnant of the fabled Wild West and has been used as an authentic set for several Hollywood movies, including “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and “The Mexican.” The construction of the Pioneer Saloon is part of what sets it apart as one of the last, if not the last, of its kind in the United States. The current residents are friendly and have many ghost stories to tell. It gives us a reason to return and search for paranormal activity.
We did not record or capture any paranormal evidence. We did capture some very small Evp's We would like to thank our hosts LVPI for the excellent evening and warm friendship. We hope to cross paths once again.