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Las Vegas has its share of spooks and specters. From famous people to ordinary citizens caught in bad circumstances, their trapped souls roam some of the most famous places in the world. Why not combine ghost hunting with one of the things Las Vegas is most famous for, delicious libations. There are two places just south of Las Vegas where you might come across some haunts from the old west. Stay in town and you might just see Elvis or gangster Bugsy Siegel.

Pioneer Saloon
310 W. Spring St.
Goodsprings, NV 89019
(702) 874-9362

Located just 30 minutes south of Las Vegas in Goodsprings, Nevada is the Pioneer Saloon. Built in 1913, this saloon was frequented by prospectors. In January of 1942, Clark Gable waited for three days for news of the fate of his beloved, Carole Lombard. She was in a plane crash at nearby Mount Potosi. It is also said to be haunted by infamous troublemaker Paul Coski who was killed in a gambling dispute.

Bugsy’s Bar
Flamingo Hotel

3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-3111

The Flamingo Casino Hotel is said to be haunted by its founder, gangster Bugsy Siegel. Although he did not meet his end in the building, guests and employees have seen him in different parts of the hotel including guest room halls, the Presidential Suite and at dusk near the pool. If you are staying at the hotel, try to check it out at dusk. You can always stop in for a drink at Bugsy’s Bar, open 24 hours.

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Zen Lounge
The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton)
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 732-5111

The LVH is said to haunted by none other than Elvis Presley. Elvis’ ghost has been seen many places in the hotel including the Presidential Suite where he used to stay during his residency. Hotel workers have caught him in a freight elevator and a basement area below the theater where he and other musicians would hang out. The Zen Lounge that fronts the Benihana restaurant has itself been featured in movies like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Indecent Proposal.” Try a specialty drink in a souvenir Buddha mug and enjoy the interactive “tiki” show, complete with a soothing rainstorm.

Indigo Lounge
Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7778

Bally’s Las Vegas is the site of the famous MGM Grand fire on November 21, 1980. It was the worse disaster in Nevada history. Most of the 85 people died due to smoke inhalation, but a couple tried to escape the fire by jumping from their windows. Ghosts of those that perished have been seen in the halls of the north tower as well as elevators and stairwells. The Indigo Lounge is a great place to grab a cocktail and take in soothing lounge music. For a schedule of entertainment, click here.

Pete’s Place
Whiskey Pete’s
31900 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Primm, NV 89019
(702) 386-7867

Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino is located 35 miles south of Las Vegas at the Nevada/California state line. It is named after Pete MacIntyre, the original proprietor of a gas station at that very site. The location of the gas station made it difficult to make ends meet, so he began bootlegging. At his death in 1933, he was buried on the site, standing up with a bottle of whiskey in his hand. When the casino was building a bridge to Buffalo Bills across the street, his body was accidentally discovered and moved to one of his moonshining caves. His apparition has been seen in the casino, watching all the action. Pete’s Place has entertainment by the Whiskey Band and is open daily at 8 p.m..

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.