K2 Paranormal research
Kelly Shaffer and Team
eureka cafe and tunnelsLéger
The myths and stories about the Chinese immigrants have emerged over the years. The recurrent story is the Chinese built tunnels under their adopted cities to house opium dens, and to traffic drugs, alcohol, and prostitution. Eureka is no exception with a maze of tunnels stretching throughout the original downtown area. A recent visitor to the tunnels described the scene: “…basement which opened up into an enormous room, lined with red bricks and arched ceilings. There was a moldy, damp smell in the air as I saw water dripping down from the ceilings and permeating up from the dirt floor. This tunnel measured twenty feet across and twenty feet high with an amazing length of sixty feet towards the front of my building! At the end of this tunnel was a cylindrical brick lined shaft that lead upwards from the arched ceiling to a point underneath my front sidewalk. Adjacent to this massive room was an identical tunnel which had smaller rooms connected to it. Iron water pipes protruded from the floor and ore car rails extended the entire length of the tunnel then disappeared under the crawlspace of the existing restaurant. Continuing eastward, the tunnels ran across Main Street to what is currently Nevada State Bank then north to the old Masonic Lodge. The tunnels on Main Street were intentionally filled in to make way for water and sewer lines throughout the town.” Oh, and the tunnels are haunted.
The best location for visiting the tunnels in Eureka is via the Eureka Café located at 90 North Main Street. This building is built of local volcanic tuff prior to 1873. The location has served as a restaurant and bar, and offices for lawyers and doctors. The building is owned and managed by “paranormal friendlies” and is worth the effort to investigate. The best part of the investigation is you don’t have to breakdown the equipment when you’re tired and need to sleep – there are three bedrooms with a common area kitchenette and sitting/eating area on the top floor of the building – the location can sleep a good size crew adding sleeping bags and/or cots. This site is available at a fee – with or without the apartment space above. I normally don’t pay to investigate; however, the fee for investigating help to preserve this historic building and is very reasonable.
The entire building has activity, but there are a few locations that seem to have more activity than others. The first is the café area. As for reported activity, experiences of disembodied voices, footsteps, cold spots and objects moving on their own seems to be common. One account from the owner states that while looking for the electrician, he called out and upon the second shout, a reply was heard. But not from the electrician. Other reported experiences have come from the owner’s wife who will not enter the premises alone and their hotel manager having experienced footsteps and furniture moving on its own while painting the restaurant.
There is a long hallway on the way to the entrance to the tunnels where the sensitives in our crew felt a dark energy in the shadows. All the crew were able to see, without assistance of any kind, a black shadow like a cat walking on the floor, jumping over things on the floor, and seemingly sitting and watching us. We set up cameras which recorded the area for entire time we were in residence.
The interior entrance to the tunnels is via a very narrow and steep rickety staircase. Just going down the steps will instill anxiety in the most grounded person. Once you get to the bottom, the area opens into a maze of brick arches at every room, ground water seepage is apparent on nearly every wall, the smell of must and mold is strong. I don’t blame Zak for wearing his mask, it smelled earthy. Virtual tour: https://www.facebook.com/forgottennevada/videos/2405177379801296/
The impressive activity reported in the area is the full-bodied apparition of a lady in period clothing. Other than that, expect the usual disembodied voices, unexplained noises, and equipment malfunctions in the pursuit of evidence. There is one entity that is new to the tunnels and could be a former resident of the town who in life thought himself above the law. In the reports received from the field (that sounds so official), this spirit is a black mass and exhibits aggressive behavior towards men mostly. Coincidentally, there is another entity that exhibits the same behavior at the Jackson House Hotel. Through research and coordination of the reports, this entity may be the same one in both locations. This guy was a true-blue asshole in life and seem to enjoy new “power” in the spirit world.
If you go to Eureka, Nevada, let me know. Myself and my crew had a pretty chill night at the Eureka Café with not much activity wise. I’m interested in other encounters and experiences in Eureka in the ongoing effort to help figure out the activity.