Your success depends on your knowledge of the spirits of those who haunt the Comstock. This study guide will help you traverse the twists and turns of The Hunt. Check back frequently. The Game Warden will be adding new clues leading up to The Hunt. If you really think he’s just going to give you all the answers, think again. Some of these hints will help you to victory, some will be dead ends. You won’t know which is which until you play the game.
- The Spirits of Gold Hill – the Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon is Nevada’s oldest existing hotel with a long, haunted history. There is rumored to be a female spirit named Rosie who turns the lights on and off, and moves around guests’ belongings. The red-haired, tiny-framed woman dresses in 1800s apparel and smells of rose-scented perfume. Rosie was the housekeeper of former owner, William, another spirit who haunts the hotel. Guests report a distinct smell of cherry pipe tobacco when he is lingering. William is known for allegedly locking guests out of their rooms. The pair, apparently, aren’t alone. In 1869, a massive fire ripped through the nearby Yellow Jacket Mine. Several of the miners who were killed are said to haunt the rooms of Gold Hill.
- Miners are not at Rest at Yellow Jacket – The Yellow Jacket Disaster is the worst mining accident in Nevada’s history. On the morning of April 7, 1869, a fire erupted in the mine, flooding it with flames, smoke, and poisonous gas. The enormous fire was impossible to contain, and burned for weeks. At least 35 died, but some bodies were never recovered. There is also speculation that many single workers died, and their identities are still unknown today. The Yellow Jacket Mine is now abandoned. Except, reportedly, for the spirits of the miners left behind. The paranormal activity allegedly created by the disaster has made the hike between the Yellow Jacket Mine and the Gold Hill Hotel arguably one of the most haunted in the West.
- Murder at The Old Washoe Club – The Washoe Club is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the western U.S. Built in the 1870s, it was a high-class, men’s only club for the rich. Its iconic spiral staircase was a discreet entry for the sexual services offered upstairs. A blonde prostitute named Lena has been reportedly seen hovering on the top of that staircase. She was murdered in a third-floor bedroom. Her killer then took his life own life on the second floor. His apparition is also known to haunt the building. But their troubled souls aren’t the most disturbing paranormal activity at the Old Washoe Club. Several guests have also reported seeing the spirit of a 13-year-old girl, who was murdered by a predator in the basement of the building. Many children allegedly died in that basement from abuse or disease because of their mothers’ line of work at the club.
- Disturbances at the Silver Queen – Staff, guests, and countless paranormal investigators are certain that ghosts roam the 138-year-old property. Constant occurrences include tapping on walls, jingling doorknobs, sudden bangs, voices in unoccupied rooms, and strangest of all, footsteps on a wooden floor. The footsteps are particularly odd considering the hotel is completely carpeted. It is believed two female spirits are mainly responsible for the disturbances: a prostitute who reportedly slashed her wrists in the bathtub of Room 11, and a woman simply known as Annie. There is also stories of an epic fight between a man and a woman from the early days of the hotel being played out repeatedly by resident spirits.
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