Nevada became famous because of the discovery of the richest known U.S. silver deposit called Comstock Lode. Also, it is the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States.
A sign that visitors see when they visit Nevada. (Link: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15731622/nevada-medicaid-for-all)
Carson City, which is in Nevada, is another spot in the state where many tourists visit. This is because of the many amazing spots like the Nevada State Museum, Nevada State Capitol Building, Casino Fandango, Washoe Lake State Park, Kit Carson Trail, Governor’s Mansion, and many more.
Speaking of the Governor’s Mansion, it draw a lot of tourists not just because it is the official residence of the Governor of Nevada and the public official’s family, but also because of the rumors that claim the place is haunted.
The facade of Nevada Governor’s Mansion. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/ShowUserReviews-g45926-d103293-r379271352-Governor_s_Mansion-Carson_City_Nevada.html)
The History Of Nevada Governor’s Mansion
It was designed by a Reno architect named George A. Ferris and it was a Neoclassical style mansion. It was built between the years 1908 and 1909. Initially, the first 10 governors of Nevada would just rent an area where they would live while they serve so in 1907, the “Mansion Bill” was passed to establish the law that created the permanent residence of governors of the Nevada capital. This was 45 years after the state was admitted to the Union. Initially, Governor John Sparks did not favor the bill but it was vetoed. Sparks died in office in 1908 so he was not able to see the mansion.
Governor John Sparks in an undated photo. (Link: https://history.wikia.org/wiki/John_Sparks_(Nevada_politician))
The first governor to occupy the Nevada Governor’s Mansion was then-acting governor Denver S. Dickerson and his family in July 1909. By 1910, it was opened to the public for the first time so the citizens can see what the residence looks like. The mansion is very elegant and grand. It has two stories, Greek Revival motifs were used for the moldings of the window, it has a grand entry hall, a formal dining room, the governor’s, study, a reception room, a kitchen, and a luncheon room.
An undated photo of Denver S. Dickerson. (Link: https://www.carson.org/government/departments-g-z/parks-recreation-open-space/cemeteries/lone-mountain-cemetery/politicians-buried-in-lone-mountain-cemetery/denver-s-dickerson)
One of the notable events that took place at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion is the birth of June Dickerson on September 2, 1908. She is the only child born in the mansion to this day.
A baby photo of June Dickerson. (Link: https://findery.com/MadameSpooky/notes/fleeting-spirits-at-the-governors-mansion)
The Ghosts At The Nevada Governor’s Mansion
The wife of Dickerson, Una, reportedly loved the mansion very much. She is said to haunt it often and is the only first lady believed to be haunting the area. Her ghost has been spotted walking on the mansion’s landing many times for the past years. There have been no reports of her bothering visitors, staff, or the governor and his family. Their daughter June is also said to haunt the mansion.
There are other ghosts at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. The most popular of these ghosts is the spirit that resides in the antique grandfather clock at the mansion. It is believed that when the clock was moved to the Nevada Governor’s Mansion from the state capitol building, it was when the spirit became active. Many have reported air around the clock becoming icy and the door of the clock swinging open on its own. A former caretaker of the Nevada Governor’s Mansion shared that one evening, she went downstairs and noticed that the clock’s door was open. She was sure she closed it but she was shocked when it snapped open all of a sudden. She said in a statement, “I really wasn’t frightened, but I didn’t try to close it again.”
Other ghosts seen in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion are a young woman and a child. They are sometimes spotted on the staircase of the building. It is also believed that the woman and the child are the spirits living in the grandfather clock. Others believe it is Una and June who are the woman and the child ghosts. Staff and other guests claim that they have seen a woman wearing a long white dress. She is followed by the apparition of a young girl. Aside from being spotted at the staircase, they are also seen wandering the second floor and the hallways.
Una Dickerson in an undated photo. (Link: https://www.nevadawomen.org/research-center/first-ladies/una-reilly-dickerson/)
The staircase at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. (Link: https://www.bruzzesehomeimprovements.com/how-renovating-your-staircase-can-improve-your-house-value/)
The ghost of a man wearing period clothing is also seen haunting the mansion. Many believe it is Fred Balzar, a former Nevada governor. He is the only governor who died in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion.
An undated photo of former Governor Fred Balzar. (Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_B._Balzar)
Some paranormal activities include disembodied voices heard throughout the mansion. Another pertains to footsteps of a man going up the staircase to the second floor of the mansion.