About 20 years ago, my sister and I drove through Goldfield, NV on our way to Las Vegas. Intrigued by the historic buildings, we parked and walked around. We came upon the Goldfield Hotel, a huge structure built in the early 1900's that has seen better days. A hand-made sign on the door announced tours of the hotel for $5. Tables were set up in front, vending some of the hotel's original brass fixtures. Pressed for time, we bypassed the opportunity to tour the hotel and headed back towards our parked car. Before we reached the car, however, my sister spotted a doll in the window of an antique shop that she wanted to check out. We entered the shop and were greeted by a very pleasant woman. We looked at her wares, and I purchased an old 16mm reel of a Laurel & Hardy comedy. Little did we know then that a decade later we would be back in Goldfield, on an invitation from our friend, Janice Oberding, to join in a paranormal investigation of the Goldfield Hotel as part of a British television production. And that's how we met up again with the antique shop owner, Virginia Ridgway, who was also the caretaker of the Goldfield Hotel. That was the first of many visits to the Goldfield Hotel, and more importantly, the start of a great friendship with an amazing woman, and an enduring relationship with the town and its folks and animals.
Soundtrack: Vivaldi's Four Seasons performed by John Harrison and the Wichita State Univ. Chambers Players; horror music performed by Alastair Cameron.
Goldfield Hotel Investigation - Part I