Vampires, zombies, and ghost hunters are America’s newest celebrities, and the tourism industry is cashing in. Nearly every city hosts a tour of haunted sites, including the tourist capital of the world: Las Vegas. Haunted Vegas Tours offers a two and a half hour tour, but at $66.25 per person, the price might scare you before the tour begins. Here are four Vegas hauntings offered at bargain prices.
The Clark County Heritage Museum
With an admission price of $1.50, this museum just might be the best deal in Vegas. The museum’s paranormal reputation comes from the historic buildings that have been relocated to “Heritage Street” on the museum’s grounds. Museum visitors have reported encounters with the ghostly former residents of the Beckley, Giles/Barcus, and Gourmand houses.
The Old Mormon Fort
Most tourists know Las Vegas as “Sin City.” Far fewer know that some of the first settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were missionaries sent from the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. Now a Nevada State Park, the Old Mormon Fort has been said to be the home of the ghost of Archibald Stewart who bought the land the Fort was built on when the missionaries returned to Utah.
Pioneer Saloon, Goodsprings, Nevada
40 miles from Las Vegas on I-15 South, the former mining town of Goodsprings features the historic Pioneer Saloon. When movie star Carole Lombard’s plane crashed on nearby Mt Potosi in 1942, her husband, Clark Gable, waited for news of her fate at this saloon. Sadly, Lombard died in the crash along with all 21 of her fellow passengers, and her spirit is said to linger within the wall of the Pioneer Saloon. Be sure to stop by the Goodsprings Cemetery on your way back to Vegas.
Area 51, Rachel, Nevada
Though not technically a haunting, no paranormal tour of Las Vegas would be complete without a visit to Rachel, a tiny town that borders the infamous military base Area 51. Located about 115 northwest of Las Vegas on Highway 395, the “Extraterrestrial Highway,” Area 51 is rumored to be a secret UFO research facility. Passersby have reported unidentifiable lights and flying saucers since the 1950’s. No “Area 51” sign will greet you when arrive in Rachel, but you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the signs reading “Restricted Area / No Tresspassing.”