Classic Nevada

Goldfield was at one time the largest city in
Nevada with a population of over 25,000 people.  
It is located 180 miles North of Las Vegas on a
two lane paved road that links Las Vegas to Reno
and Northern Nevada to Southern Nevada.  In
December 1902, two prospectors, Harry Stimler
and Billy March found Gold just West of town.  
Goldfield became known as  Â“Queen of the
Mining Camps” because of its population,
saloons, and other forms of luxury and Â
“Entertainment” such as gambling and the Â
“ladies of the evening”

Lots that sold for $25 in the early years were
sold for thousands of dollars by 1907.  The first
jail was erected in 1903;  During 1903 and 1904,
it was said that the mines were producing as
much as $10,000 per day.  Wooden buildings
replaced adobe and stone structures. In 1904 a
post office was established as well as the Palace
Saloon, the Hermitage Saloon, and the Nye
Ormsby Bank. More people flooded into the area
with the coming of the Tonopah & Goldfield
Railroad.    The Year 1906 saw the addition of
the Telephone Office and the Station House as
well as a population explosion past the 15,000
mark and the addition of more than 150 new
building in a single monthÂ’s time.  Other
significant events in 1906 Goldfield included the
Gans – Nelson Fight which began on
September 3 and was billed as the “Battle of the
Century”.  Promoter “Tex” Rickard, owner
of the Northern Saloon had an 8,000-seat arena
built for the fight, which lasted an astonishing 42
rounds. It is said that more than 15,000 people
actually turned out to watch the fight.  The fight
was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records
for the longest ever boxing match under
Queensbury rules.  The fight finally ended when
Oscar Nelson was disqualified for a “vicious
foul” against Joe Gans and Gans was declared
the Winner.  In 1907 there was a miners strike in
which Federal Troops were called in to restore
order and settle disputes between the miners and
the owners due to mine owners cutting wages
because of all the “high grading” (miners
were stealing gold ore) that was going on.   In
1908 the four-story brick and granite Goldfield
Hotel opened.  It was considered to be the finest
hotel west of the Mississippi and was said to
cost over $400,000 to build.  It was called “the
gem of the desert” and “the Waldorf-Astoria
of Nevada”.   The town and the hotel did well
until about 1910 but soon labor problems, and a
combination of human and natural disasters
caused the towns fortunes to deteriorate.  A flash
flood washed out part of the town on September
13, 1913.  Ten years later, a fire destroyed more
than 50 square blocks of homes and businesses
leaving only the Courthouse, the High School, the
Goldfield Hotel, and a few commercial and
residential buildings.  With few prospects, and
little energy to rebuild, the boom was over and
Goldfield quietly settled down to await rebirth.
Goldfields Historical Heritage
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All photos are in JPEG format. The
following is a list of some of the images
and information is as follows: A Short
History of Goldfield NV, Guarding
$1,000,000 in Gold, Nye Ormsby Bank
Vault, photos showing the Nelson-Gans
fight that took place in Goldfield, Nevada,
in 1906, The Goldfield Hotel,
Waldorf-Astoria c1900, The Nixon Block
and Mining and Stock Exchange, Goldfield
High School built in 1907, Goldfield
Firehouse (then and now), Brown Parker
Garage, Goldfield's first Jail, old outhouse
made from wood and old cyanide cans.
Goldfield NV Bottle House, close-up of
bottle house construction, Cemetary
pictures and history, Early Pioneers Final
Rest,  Goldfield NV Flood, Sept 19, 1913,
Tonopah & Goldfield Railroad Track after
the Goldfield NV Flood - September 13,
1913, Pioneer Buildings, Adobe Mud House
Goldfield Nevada c1907, Goldfield's First
Bar, 1903, Independant Market, JC Lewis
& Co, THE BANK, Old Map of Goldfield
Area showing roads, towns, water holes,
and springs, Goldfield after the fire of
1923, Soldiers in Goldfield to put down the
strikers 12-8-07, the FLORENCE MINE
(includes old pictures and some of the old
equipment as is is now, Red Top Mine,
The Third Chance Mine, Burro Drawn
Wagon, Prospectors, At work in a Nevada
Mine, Tonopah & Goldfield Depot 1904,
Main Street 1906, Goldfield NV, July 4,
1910, High Grade Ore for deposit, 4th of
July, Goldfield, Nevada, 1910, Parade with
Elephants-Goldfield NV, Drilling Contest,
Labor Day, Old Early Goldfield, Nevada
Main Street, Boom Days Goldfield, NV,
Ramsey Street, Decoration Day
Services,1907,  Fire Dept, Freight by team
before railroad, Hitch of Mules in Goldfield
NV, Freight Wagon leaving Goldfield, 20
Head Mule Team to Death Valley via
Goldfield NV, Stage crossing desert to
Goldfield, enroute to Goldfield NV 1907,
Prospectors, Street scenes,View of
Goldfield NV 1907,  Goldfield NV 1909,
Old view of Goldfield, NV, some tokens,
some stocks, and many, many more
images. Each image has a caption telling a
little about it where known. Many have
Columbia Mountain in the background.
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images and storys about old mining towns, even
bricks & locks from the Goldfield Hotel in historic
Goldfield, Nevada are available.  You can order by
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for your help!  This CD - Goldfield's Historical
Heritage has many photos and images (over 220)
of Historic Goldfield, Nevada. Included are many
images of the buildings, sights, and streets of
Goldfield, NV as it was in the early 1900's as well
as a few from the present.

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