Eureka: Friendly town with a haunted history

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EUREKA, Nev. (News4Utah) – Eureka. Some call it a small town with a big history. It’s an old mining town situated along historic Highway 50 in Eureka County, Nev.

Eureka is known as the friendliest town on the loneliest road. So, when you come to Eureka, you’ll be treated like a local. People are very friendly, they’re very accommodating. There’s great hiking trails, there’s great biking trails, great fishing holes, there’s hot springs. There are a lot of outdoor activities that are available to folks,” said Rich McKay, Eureka business owner.

Once a booming mining town with thousands of people bustling about local businessman, Rich McKay, is quick to joke that Eureka now has more residents resting underground than it has walking the streets above.

“There are nine cemeteries so there are many more people deceased up on the hills than there are living in the town,” said McKay.

About 600 people call Eureka home today. McKay’s family roots run deep in the community, dating back to the 1870s. He says the town’s historic buildings are a must see.

 “So, one of the appeals now of Eureka is that of the original buildings that have been restored and it’s a really a great place to visit. You can go in our courthouse, our opera house and our museum and some of these old buildings along main street are open to the public for viewing,” said McKay.

McKay’s Eureka Café, now with the saloon and the apartment above, is one of those buildings. It’s an interesting place that once housed a hotel, a grocery store, a drug store and doctors’ offices.

“So it’s actually a haunted building, but the apartment is one of the hot spots. So paranormal investigators when they come with their electronic devices, they pick up a lot of voices and sounds,” said McKay.

McKay recalls strange incidents indeed like sightings of something or someone being present one moment, then gone the next.

“The other apparition that’s been seen four times now is that of a cowboy that sits down here in the bar,” said McKay.

The haunted tales are part of the attraction to this town as are the old brick tunnels found under Eureka.

Most are collapsed, but McKay is restoring what he can with hopes to offer tours and share stories about the tunnels.

“So, the origin of the tunnels is still a bit shrouded in mystery. It’s unclear whether the Italian miners built the tunnels or if the Chinese miners built the tunnels,” said McKay.

Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in the dusty tunnels themselves, yet to be revealed.

 Eureka is about a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Salt Lake City. The ghost stories alone are worth making the trip.

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