The Clown Motel

Spending the night in Tonopah's Clown Motel could qualify as a true test of courage. Not because of any accommodation shortcomings, but because it's full of over 600 clowns.

There are clowns on the doors, shelves of clown dolls and collectibles in the lobby, clown paintings on the walls of the rooms. And if you have a room on the second floor, you can look out from the balcony and see why the motel is so quiet — and dark at night. It’s the cemetery. That’s right; the Clown Motel stands next to Tonopah’s dusty, unlit cemetery, closed for over a hundred years, packed with the graves of miners in this former Boom Town who died unpleasantly.

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