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Would You Stay At Nevada's Clown Motel?

Coulrophobics, beware, this may be your ultimate nightmare: The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. Interesting choice for a marketing gimmick, since clowns basically make it impossible to sleep.

Clown Motel, Tonopah, Nevada

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In the front office of the Clown Motel sits a life-sized clown holding two smaller clowns, among the plethora of clown posters, dolls, toys, and more. There are more than 600 clowns in the front office alone. The management maintains that the motel is not meant to be creepy. Instead, the motel owners just really like clowns, and are not trying to prey upon coulrophobics (people with a fear of clowns).

Next door to the motel is something perhaps creepier: a 100-year-old miners' cemetery. If you need another reason to fear clowns, consider this Google review of the Clown Motel by Dean Artillio: "I'm a clown so I loved this place. Clean rooms and a great cemetery next door from 1901." Who just casually mentions a "great cemetery" next to a motel? A clown, that's who.

It is speculated that the fear of clowns may have begun when "killer clown" John Wayne Gacy killed 33 people in the 1970s. The news of Gacy inspired a string of terrorizing clowns in pop culture, a connotation that still exists today.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Clown Motel sits off the highway in Tonopah, Nevada. 00:01

  2. There are over 600 clowns in the office of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. 00:50

  3. Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. 01:07

Written by Curiosity Staff November 20, 2015