Spiral Staircase

Haunted Spiral Staircase - Old Washoe Club

Field review by the editors.

Virginia City, Nevada

The Old Washoe Club, a narrow saloon along the board sidewalk on Virginia City's C Street, is supposedly haunted. A long dead temptress, named Jeni by bar patrons, lingers near the unusual spiral staircase on the way back to the pool table room.

While Jeni may not choose to materialize during your visit, you can still peer up at the staircase. A sign explains that it was "featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not as being the longest of its kind without a supporting pole." The staircase was built in the 1870s to provide access to the upper story "Millionaire's Club."

Another sign, a hand-lettered piece of paper, notes: "Entrance to Millionaires Club now sealed to prevent fire draft." In 1875, most of Virginia City burned down, so we understand their caution. Since the staircase isn't used, the bar tends to pile stuff at its base, forgetting that it's a tourist attraction... and probably pissing off Jeni.

Haunted Spiral Staircase - Old Washoe Club

112 C St., Virginia City, NV
Main drag of town, west side of street, south of Taylor.
Free to enter, fee for tours.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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