4 TONOPAH TIMES - BONANZA & GOLDFIELD NEWS JUNE 23, 2011
By Bill Roberts
Times Bonanza & Goldfield News
Marc A, Coppell / Special to the Times - Bonanza & Goldfield News
Three paranormal groups from Las Vegas and one from Colorado put their finest ghost - detecting foot forward recently to spruce up the old Tonopah cemetery . Participants in the event included (left to right ) Michael Figoli , Meme Whitenton , Marc Coppell , Barry Berry , Teralyn Blackburn , Janie Johnson , Mike Johnson , Cecile LeClair , Shannon Weeks , Erika Weeks Dave LeClair , Michelle LeClair , Rachael Weeks.
While it was mid-day when most self-respecting spirits would be resting up for a night of haunting and mischief, more then a dozen souls could be seen on Saturday, June 4th as they moved about the silent graves of the old Tonopah cemetery next to the Clown Motel.
However these were not "paranormals" who returned to to earth. They were "normal" from three Nevada Paranormal groups and a colleagues from Brighton Colorado.
The groups have found Central Nevada to be an interesting meeting place in recent years and decided the cemetery should receive a " much needed cleaning and fix up."
Participating in the year's meeting were Vegas Valley Paranormal (VVP). Paranormal Phenomena Investigations of Lass Vegas (PPILV) and Ghost Anomaly Research Project (GARP) of Las Vegas.
Paranormal Trackers Of Colorado (PTOC) joined the Las Vegas investigators and the service project to benefit the some-times forgotten old cemetery.
The original site of the most early day Tonopah funerals , the burial ground sat in virtual disregard and disrepair for many years until members of the Central Nevada Historical Society undertook a major project to restore some of it's dignity.
Members and volunteers , from the spryest youth to octogenarians hauled lumber and rocks, wielded rakes and shovels and generally made the cemetery a much more respectable place for visitors and those searching out family roots.
That was a decade or two ago and most of the area needed a facelift.
So the Paranormal investigators took a service project for the Tonopah community. "We met on Friday , June 3rd and started cleanup on Saturday morning , June 4th." according to a spokesman for the groups. " We policed the cemetery for trash and fixed fences around individual graves of those that were falling apart. We also replaced rocks around the graves that had been misplaced.
The cemetery has been the focus of interest in the recent anniversaries of the Belmont Mine fire (many victims are buried there) and the commemoration of Sheriff Thomas Logan during Jim Butler Days. And because of the efforts of the paranormal investigators, the graveyard is a more pleasant place to visit and more reflective of how Tonopah and Central Nevada should remember it's past.
"Thank you." one department went to murmur, although his identity was not to be confirmed. Persons wishing to contact the Paranormal Investigators should email , Or you can do it the old fashioned way, think about them and they will get back to you at their earliest convenience spiritual and atmospheric conditions permitting.