Clown Motel

The Clown Motel, located in Tonopah, is a unique overnight experience unlikely to be repeated anywhere in the USA if not the entire world. Only recently built in the 1980s. It was dedicated to the builder’s father, Clarence David, who died in the 1911 Belmont Mine Fire. Mr. David, one of 17 mine workers who died that evening, had been a clown enthusiast leaving a collection of over 150 clowns in his home at the time of his death. Those original clowns and 1,000s more now decorate the motel, the guests rooms and just about any space staff can find an appropriate spot.



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The motel is rumored to be haunted with the by the spirits of the men that died that day, many of which are buried int the Old Tonopah Cemetery adjacent to the motel property. Many staying guests have reported to experience paranormal activity in their rooms or on the property when spending the night.

The Clown Motel, along with a good night’s rest for the traveler, offers modern motel conveniences including coffee in the lobby, wireless internet access, housekeeping service, parking and information/directions to location attractions in town. Each room, along with a unique decoration and paintings, is equipped with a TV, microwave and refrigerator. A grill is available on the patio for the guests desiring to use it.

The Clown Motel is open year round, but is especially popular during the month of October with special events including a Clown Hunt.

If traveling on US95 between Las Vegas and Northern Nevada, even if not spending the night, spend a few hours at Clown Motel for memories and unique pictures to make the trip extra special.

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Courtesy S. Ward – at Shriner’s Open