The Goldfield Hotel opened in 1908, not long after gold was discovered north of town in 1902. Goldfield had more than 20,000 people at that time, prospectors and merchants and miners drawn to the Great Basin Desert town to seek their fortune.

By 1910, most of those fortune-seekers had moved on, completing the boom- and-bust cycle seen in towns across Nevada in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (At left, the old switchboard is still in the lobby.)

The Goldfield Hotel closed after World War II, and never reopened. The building is not accessible to the general public, but during the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s Rural Roundup Highway 95 familiarization trip April 16-17, we were able to explore the once-grand edifice, thanks to Virginia Ridgway, the building’s caretaker. (Above, the saloon was left of the lobby.)

The U-shaped Goldfield Hotel had 150 rooms and 45 suites with bathrooms as part of its original design. There also was a saloon and dining room. The cost to build the Goldfield was estimated to be between $300,000 and $400,000. The building once was owned by Nevada banking magnate George Wingfield. (Above, the elevator ran at 300 feet per minute, one of the fastest in Nevada.)

For more on the Goldfield Hotel, visit the Goldfield Historical Society website. (At left, the Goldfield lobby has three iron pillars that once were surrounded by circular, black leather buttoned banquettes.)

Source: Goldfield HIstorical Society.