The Goldfield Hotel opened its doors in 1908, just a couple of years before the town’s mining boom was over. Called in its day β€œthe gem of the desert,” the lobby had luxurious mahogany paneling, the rooms had steam heat and telephones. The hotel survived the disastrous fires and floods that have returned to the desert much of what can be seen in this 1909 photograph of the town. The hotel is shuttered.
Find the hotspot for the Goldfield Hotel. Once you enter the hotel, you can locate hotspots that will ultimately lead you to the “haunted room.”

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Click and drag to view Goldfield during its bonanza days, and the present-day Goldfield Hotel.

The archival panorama image that begins this virtual tour is used courtesy of the Library of Congress. It has been restored to remove image defects. The interactive photo you’ll find on the Goldfield Hotel’s front desk was made in the hotel’s lobby c. 1908. It is used courtesy the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Library.

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  • Vicky Graves
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    This is Vicky, I didn’t realize that I always thought that Edward was the one who was the Judge from the stories from the family I didn’t realize until now that my great grandmother had Married Edward and when he died then married his brother Timothy.Does anyone know how Edward Connolly died and where. We are trying to find out more about him. I have articles on Timothy Connolly. My Grandfather wad James Connolly and my mother was Jackie (Bea) Connolly Demarinis.

    • Danny Connolly
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      Vicky, visit Goldfield Mowhawk Mine.And images. Grandpa Tim Connolly is on the far right 1906. He was the superintentent He was36 yrs. old back then . Danny πŸ™‚

  • Beverly Roberson Moncrieff
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    Hi! My grandmother and grandfather, Amy and Haywood Roberson, brought their two children Alvin Clifton (Cliff, my Dad) and Roberta Roberson (Childers) there from Ouray Colorado in about 1906. My Grandfather served as County Clerk and Treasurer until his death from an accident near the school in 1928, when my Grandmother succeeded him until her retirement in the 1940’s when she moved to join her daughter Roberta Childers in Fallon.
    My mom and married in Tonopah where I was born 2 years later.
    I love the pictures of early Goldfield, as well as books of its history. I recently enjoyed some time at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno where I found copies of articles written by my aunt Roberta Childers for the Nevada Magazine about early days in Goldfield. I remember visiting my Grandmother in Goldfield during vacation days..

  • Charlie Love
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    I’m writing a book set in Goldfield in the year of 1908. It should be out toward the end of 2014

    • Beverly Roberson Moncrieff
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      I’ll really look forward to reading this when it comes out…

  • Tom Lorenz
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    My Grandfather’s sister(Lucy Heslip) was murdered August 17, 1909 in this city.

    • Christian Lauderdale
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      The murder of a woman at that time must have caused quite a bit of community uproar.

  • ron
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    u can see the inside of the hotel on a episode of state troopers t v show starring rod cameron from the late 1950’s

  • robert
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    i saw the goldfield hotel, for the first time, on an episode of ghost hunters the other night. it looked like a really cool piece of our western american history. it would be so very cool if it would be restored but not over restored. made to look like it did then not modern. i would definately stay there if it was possible. too many times you see old buildings falling down or being demolished. there’s an old one room school house in the small village i live in that is still structurally sound. it was built in the very early 1800’s and was the first school in the county. it’s a lot larger than most one room schools and still had the huge blackboard hanging on the wall when i was little. i wish it would’ve been restored and made a historical building. i hate to see the old buildings of our countries past dissapear.

  • Carlene
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    I sometimes cruise around on Google Maps Street View when I’m bored. Today I was looking at buildings in Goldfield, Nevada. I went to the old high school and had to take a closer look because it appears there are 2 women standing inside the front door looking out. I showed my mother and she pointed out there are more than 2, and they look like children.
    There are no other people, no cars and the gate is closed…so it appears there is not a tour happening. (sign says “Tours on Saturdays).
    IYou can see it yourself on the site (Google Maps). Just type in “Euclid ave. Goldfield Nevada” in google maps…then drop your orange guy on the street in front of the building. They are in the shadows of the front hall.

    I thought someone out there may find this interesting….if you don’t already know about it.
    Have a nice day,

    • Travis
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      Hi Carlene,
      I looked at the photo on google maps and looked in the door way there appears to be 3 women high school age or older from what I can tell, I was puzzled by this as well but on further searching the area I found what looks like a state inspectors vehicle and another black SUV just to the left of the building. Even though it looks like all the gates are closed if you look at the fencing on the right hand side when you are looking at the back of the vehicles you can see the fencing is rolled back somewhat on the second to last section. But it is still a great find because if you don’t zoom in on the door you would never see them at all. Pretty cool in my book still, be it people or apparitions either way.

      Now as for the Goldfield Hotel I would like to see this building restored back to new. Even if I never spent a night their(due to my fears) I would like to at least see what it was like to go into a place that was restored back to new but kept its original feel that to me would be awesome.

      Sincerely,
      Travis

  • Brian Johnson
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    My first trip through Nevada in About March of 1982 brought us through the small town of Goldfield and a hot day required a cold Beer and some visiting with some fo the local people. I was totally in awe at the hotel and walked around it many times asking myself “why has no one began to restore this beauiful structure” . About two years later we again drove through the town and at that time I think I read an ad in a paper possibly in Tonopah looking for investors to start on a restoration, and that made me think “right on”. Having taken some pictures and kept them in a photo album It was brought to mind on more than one occasion. At another time don’t remember but we were there again and a restoration had started but it looked like it had come to a halt. Last spring I had some friends check it out again for me and they brought me more photos and a book -The Goldfield Hotel-gem of the desert by Patty Cafferata-have read it twice and sincerely hope some day to return to Goldfield andbe able to walk in that gorgeous front entry and get a room and stay for a few days and snoop around the whole local area. Truly Beautiful and I hope the dream that many have had will come true.
    Sincerely
    Brian

  • laura
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    my great uncle lived there in until 1911, and i love seeing what the town looked like!!!!

    • Vicky Graves
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      Laura, I was happy to see some of the photos they have on here also. My Great Grandfather Edward Connolly was a Judge in Goldfield, I have a few photos of the area and one of Modock Mine, not sure what the family had to do with it but I heard a lot of stories about Goldfield and starting to search for more information.

      • Eddie
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        Vicky, Edward Connolly’s brother Tim Connolly was a Justice of the Peace. And have been researching the family history as well. It is believed Tim Connolly & his wife Mary Jane Vose built the Goldfield Hotel.

        • Danny Connolly
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          Tim Connolly was my grandfather.He was the Justice of the Peace.And passed away in his sleep in his room at the court house in 1948 at the age of 78. My grandmother passed away earlier at the age of 76.Both of them and my uncle George are buried at the cemetary.

          • Eddie

            DAnny, here’s my email address: Please e,ail me as I would like to correspond with you regarding the family history.
            Thanks, My great grandfather was James Timothy Connolly b. 19 APR 1897. Died 2 JAN 1939 Redding,Shasta,CA
            Eddie

          • Vicky Graves

            Hi Danny
            Not sure if you remember me I am your cousin, Jackie Demarinis was my mother. We use to go on picnic and other famililygatherings i rember Patsy and Jerry, Dale and i were always together and Terry was always teasing all of us younger cousins and called me Vicky Lee pickle butt. I am intetested in seeing what you have . I really loved your Mom and Dad. I know Uncle Cal was my moms favorite Uncle and her godfather. I do have some picture of both your mom and dad if your interested..

      • danny
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        Hi Vickie .Remember uncle Burr ? πŸ™‚

  • Alan
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    Very cool!!! What an excellent piece of American history. I wish there were more pics of Goldfield as it is today and I sure would like to restore this old hotel to it’s original glory. I know there wouldn’t be any money in it but so what? Some things you just do for the love of it. If I ever hit the lotto…… Anyway, thanks for the tour…: )

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