Halloween is not far away. Haunted houses always deliver a good scare, but what about looking for some real ghosts? Las Vegas has its share of spooks and specters hiding among the tourists on The Strip as well as out in the quiet suburbs. Grab your ghost hunting equipment and check out these haunted Vegas hotspots.
310 W. Spring St.
Goodsprings, NV 89019
Located just 30 minutes south of Las Vegas in Goodsprings, Nevada is the Pioneer Saloon. Built in 1913, this saloon was frequented by prospectors. The Pioneer Saloon has been featured on the show “Ghost Adventures” and recently celebrated 100 years. It is believed to be haunted by several prospectors that met untimely deaths near the saloon as well as a famous ghost. In 1942, Clark Gable waited for three days for officials to recover the body of his wife, Carole Lombard, who died in a plane crash in the area. Employees of the bar have heard a woman crying in the ladies room and believe it is the ghost of Mrs. Lombard. It is also said to be haunted by Paul Coski, who was killed in a gambling dispute.
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
One of the original Las Vegas Strip resorts, the Flamingo Casino Hotel is said to be haunted by its founder, gangster Bugsy Siegel. Siegel did not die in the hotel but he was so invested in the hotel, that he still roams the grounds. Guests and employees have seen him in the halls of the rooms, in the Presidential Suite and out by the pool. Try your luck at a sighting by sipping a cocktail by the pool at dusk.
Redd Foxx’s Former Home
Shannon Day Realty Office
5460 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Comedian Redd Foxx, star of “Sanford and Son,” lived and performed in Las Vegas in the 1980s. Due to non-payment of taxes, his home and most of his belongings were seized and auctioned by the IRS. He died in 1991 and is buried down the street at Palm Valley Memorial Park. Current and present owners have reported lights turning off and on and hearing noises in the hallways. It is believed that Foxx is haunting the home, still expressing his anger over the IRS seizure. The house was featured on an episode of “Ghost Hunter Busters.”
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Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bally’s Las Vegas is the former MGM Grand and the site of a massive fire in November 1980. The fire was the worst disaster in Nevada history. Most of the people who died, perished due to smoke inhalation. Sadly, a few tried to escape the fire by jumping from their windows. Ghosts of the victims have been seen in the halls of the north tower, elevators and stairwells. Guests have even reported smelling smoke near the affected rooms, but no smoke or fire is present.
Las Vegas Academy Of International Studies, Performing And Visual Arts
315 S. 7th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Las Vegas Academy is an exceptional performing arts high school in downtown Las Vegas. Before it became a magnet school, it was the original and oldest high school in Las Vegas. Students and staff of the school claim the school’s theater is haunted by a man who lived in a house on the site of the school. People recall hearing strange sounds and seeing apparitions of a man named “Mr. Petrie.” The ghost usually only appears to an empty theater.
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