Would You Stay At Nevada's Clown Motel?
Coulrophobics, beware, this may be your ultimate nightmare: The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. In the front office of the Clown Motel sits a life-size 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. However, 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-those with a fear of clowns. Next door to the motel is something perhaps creepier: a 100-year-old miners' cemetery. 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.
from Atlas Obscura
Key Facts In This Video
The Clown Motel sits off the highway in Tonopah, Nevada. (0:01)
There are over 600 clowns in the office of the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada. (0:50)
Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns. (1:07)