The last night of our 2020 three-month road trip was spent in Tonopah, NV about half-way to Las Vegas from South Lake Tahoe.
To say that the view while driving was not as gorgeous as the Oregon Coast or the California Redwood Highway would be stating the obvious. But it is the way home and the roads were very nice.
Once in Tonopah, we stopped by “America’s Scariest Motel”, The Clown Motel, which has hundreds of clowns. It is adjacent to the dark, closed, town cemetery which has plenty of lore. I guess the two combined make it scary. All the clowns are happy clowns incidentally.
One reason for one more overnight was to stay in the historic Mizpah Hotel. At five stories it was the tallest hotel in Nevada until 1927.
It had and still uses the first electric elevator west of the Mississippi.
Legend has it that Wyatt Earp kept the saloon, Jack Dempsey was a bouncer and Howard Hughes married Jean Peters here. Alas, upon my investigation, all are false, but have Tonopah connections.
It is definitely true according to USA Today that it is the number one haunted hotel in The US.
One ghost is that of the infamous Lady in Red, She, a prostitute, lived in the very room that we are in.
About a hundred years ago, she was strangled to death by one of her customers right outside the door. The Lady has been rumored to target individual male passengers in the elevator, whispering “hey, you” into their ear. Moreover, If she is fond of a guest, she is known to leave pearls in his bed.
This must be where Tonopah folks go when they want to work on their pavement striping skills.