Takes its reader on a tour of Virginia City, the most haunted city in Nevada; and quite possibly the most haunted city in the US. Meet its fascinating ghosts and discover the rich history of the Comstock Lode.
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Janice Oberding's Haunted Nevada
The apparition of a faceless woman has been frightening Comstock children ever since she first appeared at the corner of Carson and A. Streets decades ago. Dressed in casual attire that's decidedly outdated, the ghost walks back and forth from the intersection of the two streets to a spot some blocks away. The question is; who is she and what does she want?
Those who've seen her say that even though her face is completely indistinguishable, she is crying. They know this because the sound of soft weeping follows her.
Some think she is a widow who died in the city some 50 years ago. Others insist on a more sinister explanation of the faceless phantom.
They say she is the apparition of a woman who was born and raised in the city during the roaring twenties. Bored with life in the small town she ran away to San Francisco where she eventually married and settled down. Years later her husband, a very successful businessman, murdered her out of love for another woman.
Apparently she's not content to stay in one particular area. Occasionally she's spotted in other areas of the city.
With the publication of Haunted Nevada I took some good-natured ribbing from friends who "don't believe in ghosts." History it seemed was fine, but ghostly activity was an entirely different matter. Fortunately, I had expected the reactions and laughed them off. There was no point in arguing that history and ghosthunting share a connection.
The more you look into one, the more you discover the other. To know history is to know ghosts; Virginia City is rich in both. There seems to be a correlation between the city's former living conditions and the ghosts who haunt it still.
I've been asked to explain why anyone believes in ghosts numerous times, and have decided that the better question might be, how can anyone not believe?
The so called coincidences are just too overwhelming. Stories of ghosts and spirits are found in nearly every culture. Many of the different languages spoken throughout the world today have at least one word that translates to mean ghost or spirit; two examples are the German word poltergeist and the Spanish word fantasma. Centuries before miners came over the Sierras seeking wealth on the Comstock, mankind was living with ghosts.