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Goldfield Cemetery

With most Nevada ghost towns, there is one incredibly fascinating cemetery to match the area's history. Goldfield certainly doesnt miss the mark when it comes to this arena. The Goldfield Cemetery is still actively being used by community members, but was originally located on the other side of Goldfield in 1905. The cemetery today is the second burial plot for seventy of Goldfield's earliest residents. A few homeless and unknowns are also buried here, including a murder suspect who committed suicide in the Goldfield Jail.

 

The original cemetery was located within the city of Goldfield until 1908, when the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad ran its main line alongside the graves in order to place its terminal as close to the business district as possible. Naturally, the Railroad didnt want to immediately frighten their passengers upon arrival, so the graves were relocated in the middle of the night. This group of men, otherwise known as the "Official Ghouls" exhumed the already departed late at night in order to cause as little controversy as possible.

 

Today, wandering this historic site proves to be quite interesting. Many of the graves explain certain untimely deaths, and a few odd ones, like a death that resulted from eating too much library paste! Truly, an unconventional way to enjoy another facet of Nevada history.

 

Photo by: Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada

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Taken on September 28, 2015