Haunted Vegas: The Pioneer Saloon
I was only in Vegas for a short while so I didn’t get to visit as many places as I would have liked, but the second place on my list was the Pioneer Saloon!
My view when I arrived!
Thursday, before I had to go to the airport, I made the 45 minute drive from Summerlin to Goodsprings, NV. It’s crazy how you go from the city to gorgeous desert views so quickly!
The Pioneer Saloon
The Pioneer Saloon has been featured in one of the Ghost Adventures episodes, so of course I was excited to go and spend some time there. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the history of this place this is from their website: “Many movies have been filmed here but the genuine stories of the Pioneer Saloon do not live in the lines of a movie script but in the echoes of the past. The famous screen legend, Clark Gable, waited for three days at the bar for word on his wife of less than two years Carole Lombard. She was lost in a plane crash near Mount Potosi. You will be able to read this tragic story on an original newspaper and see a piece of the actual wreckage. At one time the saloon was next to a hotel that not only served as a comfortable rest place for the many prospectors and miners in the west… it also served as a place where street girls would frequent with their clients. The hotel is gone now after a severe fire left only ashes to remember.The many tales from the bar along with bullet holes, the pot bellied stove and the paper clippings are just a few of the things that will keep you immersed in the exciting era of the old Wild West.”
The Memorial Room
Some Fun Facts
- It's possible that many people died in the old mineshaft that runs underneath the bar. - Supposedly remnants of the plane that killed Carole Lombard can still be found around the desert. - There is also the story of a drunk miner named of Paul Coski who was shot after he was caught cheating at a card game in 1915. - Rumors that there may be spirits of the “ladies of the night”.
I decided to stop in and have one drink (which was the best Gin & and Tonic I’ve ever had!). The bartender & who I’m assuming was the manager were both very friendly. I asked them about their own experiences at the place and they said they always work during the day, so they haven’t had many. They said that plenty of other employees do, though! I was also told that Zak Bagans was pretty overcome with intense emotions, off camera, while the crew was there.
Out back. Would love to sit out here at night with the fire! It was hard for me to pick up on any energies because they were fairly busy and I was exhausted, but I love the atmosphere, the people & can’t wait to come back one day!!! Xoxo