We all have guilty pleasures. I happen to have many. Not the least of which is the Travel Channel’s long running paranormal investigator show Ghost Adventures. Even if their “findings” have been called into question over and over again (even leading to the exit of one of the show’s founders), there’s something about Zak, Aaron, Billy, and Jay that crack my ass up. And there’s no denying that they share some interesting history and lore about some pretty creepy locations.
If you’re a fan like me, then plant yourself in front of the TV screen August 22nd. The boys are back again – check out the official announcement, along with a break down of some locations visited this season below :
“America is rich with haunted history – both iconic and obscure,” said Bagans, host and lead investigator. “The locations we visit this season are intensely haunted. The deeper we investigate and the bolder our measures, the more we learn not just about the afterlife but different events and times in our history. Each place tells a story that is both transfixing and frightening.”
In the season premiere, the team travels to Scotch Grove, Iowa, to investigate the 150-year-old Edinburgh Manor. The manor once housed the incurably insane and has documented over 100 deaths within its walls. A menacing dark entity known as “The Joker” terrorizes those who enter, inflicting physical harm. Inexplicable technical issues plague the team from the start. As they make their way to the basement – the center of the Joker’s attacks – Bagans and Goodwin experience intense uncomfortable feelings, and Bagans decides to leave before the dangerous energy completely overwhelms him. But the investigation takes a frightening physical turn when Tolley makes contact with an active presence.
In this year’s special two-hour Halloween episode airing on Saturday, October 31, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, the team embarks on a full-scale investigation of Deadwood, S.D. – a notorious rough-and-tough boomtown full of powerful paranormal activity. Known as one of the deadliest towns in American history, Deadwood is shrouded in violence and betrayal. In a lockdown like no other, the crew investigates a number of the town’s famed buildings: the Bullock Hotel; Wild Bill Trading Post – reportedly haunted by Wild Bill Hickok; the Fairmont Hotel – formerly the Mansion House brothel; and the Adam House, thought to be the most tragic haunt in town.
Season 11 Highlights (in alphabetical order):
Castaneda Hotel/Harvey House (Las Vegas, N.M.)
The Castaneda Hotel is one of the famous Harvey Houses built by Fred Harvey in 1898 – and “Ghost Adventures” is the first paranormal group to investigate the property. Harvey was known for his all-inclusive hotels and the famous “Harvey Girls” who served as staff in all of the Harvey Houses. The team undergoes an active investigation at both the Castaneda and nearby haunted Plaza Hotel.
Clown Motel & Goldfield High School (Tonopah, Nev./Goldfield, Nev.)
The Clown Motel is believed to be haunted by miners who perished in the 1911 Tonopah Belmont mine fire and are buried in the nearby cemetery. As they investigate the quirky themed motel, Bagans’ fear of clowns is put to the test. Goldfield High School, nestled in a historic ghost town, has been abandoned for 60 years. During their lockdown, Goodwin is physically impacted by a negative presence, while Wasley and Tolley capture several clues.
Grand Canyon Caverns (Peach Springs, Ariz.)
Formerly a sacred Indian burial site, the famous Grand Canyon Caverns were first discovered in 1927 – with a number of bodies entombed by the local Hualapai Tribe. During their investigation, the team dodges mysterious rocks throughout the night, and Bagans has an eerie, one-on-one encounter.
Haunted Hollywood (Hollywood, Calif.)
The team heads to Hollywood, Calif., to explore the darker side of this legendary city. Griffith Park, the famous Hollywood sign, and the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 are reportedly haunted by a few well-known names. During their investigation, the guys encounter mysterious dark energies and unexplained phenomena.
Manresa Castle (Port Townsend, Wash.)
Built by the town’s first mayor, Manresa Castle has become a magnet for paranormal activity. Now a hotel and inn, the spirits here acknowledge the living. With a history of suicides and a mysterious child’s casket discovered in the family tomb, paranormal activity is at times violent. The guys begin an extremely intense lockdown, with Goodwin as the focus of the activity.
Old Lincoln County Hospital (Fayetteville, Tenn.)
The abandoned Lincoln County Hospital is a massive, crumbling wreck of mold, mildew, and ghosts. During their investigation, the entire team becomes increasingly affected by the intense emotions – and entities – within the building. While a menacing energy terrifies Goodwin, Bagans has an unsettling experience in a former hospital room.
Old Montana State Prison (Deer Lodge, Mont.)
The Old Montana State Prison housed many dangerous prisoners during its 108 years as an operational prison and was the site of a deadly prison riot in 1958. Hangings were routinely carried out on the prison grounds. At one point a mobile version of the gallows, now located on site, was responsible for all of the hangings performed in Montana. As the team investigates, they experience an abundance of mysterious occurrences and capture significant evidence.
“Ghost Adventures” is produced by MY Entertainment for Travel Channel. For MY Entertainment, the executive producers are Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, and Zak Bagans. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz.
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