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Goldfield, Nevada

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Goldfield Town Tour

Location:    South Central Nevada
County Area:    3,588 Square Miles
Elevation:    5,689 Feet


Goldfield Street Map

The historic town of Goldfield, the Esmeralda County seat, is filled with the history of its old mining days. Located approximately 26 miles south of Tonopah on US Highway 95, Goldfield has the grand old buildings of yesteryear. The Goldfield Historical Society has been making strides to preserve the rich heritage and buildings of the area. As part of a beautification process, the town has put in sections of new sidewalks and lighting.

Esmeralda County, Spanish for Emerald, was created in 1861, three years before Nevada became a state.  The county seat, originally in Aurora, was moved to Hawthorne, and finally to GOLDFIELD in 1907 at a cost of $125,000 which included office furniture and the construction of the jail.  The district courtroom is furnished with the original steel bench and back-drop with Tiffany Lamps.  Located in the rear of the courthouse, the jail was constructed by the Pauly Jail Company of St. Louis, Missouri.    The jail contains three levels of metal cells; two levels still house inmates in 18 cells.  The two-story stone building is occupied today by the elected county officials.

From 1903 to 1910, Goldfield was the largest city in Nevada.   From 1903 to 1940, Goldfield's mines produced more than $86 million.   Major fires in 1905 and in 1906 destroyed several businesses in the town.  Another portion of the town was destroyed in l913 by a flash flood, and in 1923 a fire leveled 54 square blocks.

Opened in 1908, the Goldfield Hotel, designed by Architect George E. Holesworth, is four stories of stone and brick.  The structure cost over $300,000.  The original plans called for 150 rooms and 45 suites with private baths.  Each room had a telephone, and the building was heated by steam.   The lobby had luxurious mahogany paneling and leather banquettes.

Another Goldfield landmark is the "Tex" Rickard House.  He and his partners operated the Northern Saloon in Goldfield.  To promote Goldfield, he and others staged a prize fight on Labor Day, 1906.   Joe Gans and Battling Nelson fought for the Lightweight Championship of the World.   In the 42nd round Nelson was disqualified, and Joe Gans was declared the winner of the $30,000 purse.

Saloons and restaurants were plentiful during Goldfield's heyday.   The Santa Fe Saloon (1905) is one of Goldfield's oldest continuously-operating businesses.  Today, the Santa Fe, with its eight motel rooms, is still a popular oasis. The Santa Fe saloon has slot machines for gaming.

The Northern Saloon & Cafe, located at 317 North Columbia, was remodeled, opened for business and served delicious daily specials.  The building boasted an authentic real western atmosphere and was a favorite for locals as well as tourists but has since closed the doors.

Goldfield is a community with private businesses like the Dinky Diner, (the only eating establishment currently open) -  High Desert Automotive, an auto repair shop and U-Haul rental -  The General Store, a grocery/convenience store -  The Goldfield Gift Shop, a gift and antique store -  a saddle shop - one local saloon/motel the Santa Fe Saloon & Motel -  Wild West Outpost, selling jewelry, knives, art, Blackpowder guns, authentic Indian goods, rocks, minerals, gifts, gold panning lessons, Buy-Sell-Trade silver &  gold - Barbarosa and Bear vintage wares, classic motorcycles, biker gear, repair, T-shirst, hats, assorted books, pottery and other gift items - Hidden Treasure Trading Company, a treasure trove of unique gifts, collectibles and antiques - Gifts of the Great Basin, jewelry repair, sales and custom jewlry design.  Goldfield also boasts it's own radio station, Radio Goldfield, KGFN 89.1
Some of the more famous visitors and residents of Goldfield included Virgil and Wyatt Earp, George Wingfield, Death Valley Scotty, Jack Dempsy, and Governor and late U.S. Senator Tasker Oddie.

Senior Transportation Program
The Senior Transportation Program provides weekly service to Seniors 60 and over and to those under 60 on a space availble basis. Trips are provided to Tonopah Senior Center for hot meals, grocery shopping, banking and medical appointments. Shopping trips and social trips to other areas are scheduled as needed. For further information please call 775-482-7300.

PO Box 155
Goldfield, NV 89013
Phone: 775-485-3483
Fax: 775-485-3704

William Bailes - Chief
PO Box 460
Goldfield, NV 89013
Phone: 775-485-9978 (home)

DeEtta Sligar - Coordinator
PO Box 146
Goldfield, NV 89013
Fax: 775-485-3208 (home)

Clerk/Treasurer Office
PO Box 547
Goldfield, NV 89013
Phone: 775-485-6309
Fax: 775-485-6376

Amanda Elsea
PO Box 430
Goldfield, NV 89013
Phone: 775-485-3236
Hours: Tues thru Fri from 2-6, Sat from 1-6

Terry Rivero - Driver
Contact Sr. Nutrition Office: 775-482-7300