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Goldfield, Nevada

Unincorporated Town -

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 Mozart Tavern (formerly the Hoist House) is located at the corner of Crook/Hwy 95 and North Columbia, is opened for business and has meals available.  The building boasts an authentic atmosphere and is a favorite for locals as well as tourists.

As you pass through Goldfield on US Hwy. 95, be sure to SLOW DOWN and STOP & SHOP as you will find this is a quaint and friendly community with a growing number of  private businesses like the Dinky Diner,  - The Corner Store, a grocery/convenience store -  The Goldfield Emporium Gift Shop, a gift and antique store with bottles, jewelry, knives, books, coins, t-shirts, antiques, coffee mugs.  The Santa Fe Saloon & Motel -which boasts a motel, laundry and turn of the century 1905 Saloon.    Vanderfords Gold Strike & Ice Cream Parlor Wild West Outpost, selling jewelry, knives, art, Black powder guns, authentic Indian goods, rocks, minerals, gifts, gold panning lessons, Buy-Sell-Trade silver &  gold, (be sure to stop at the TeePee).  Barbarosa and Bear vintage wares, classic motorcycles, biker gear, repair, T-shirts, hats, assorted books, pottery and other gift items.   Hidden Treasure Trading Company, a treasure trove of unique gifts, collectibles and antiques.   Gems of the Great Basin, jewelry repair, sales and custom jewelry design.  The Burro Express a voice in the Nevada Desert Making History.   GOldField ART & Business Services copies, art & more. - Warehouse Museum & Orchard CompanyThe Little Church in Goldfield , everyone is welcome.  The Goldfield Radio Museum, currently next to the goldfield Gift Shop.   Larry's Motor Bikes - Buy, Sell, Trade & Repair.   Clarks Custom Camp RV and Goldfield RV.   Wolfpack Towing.   The Olde Miners Shack a Goldfield Tradition since 1969.   Zero -1 Off-Road,  Robert E. Glennen III , Attorney At Law  for Family, Guardianship, Wills, and Trusts.  Goldfield also boasts it's own radio station, Radio Goldfield, KGFN 89.1.   Gypsea Captures Photography, portraits and weddings, life style.    

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 free transportation services to Seniors 60 and over and to those under 60 on a space available basis for a fee. Bus 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 775-485-3406.

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

Travis Smalley - Chief
PO Box 460
Goldfield, NV 89013

DeEtta Sligar - Coordinator
PO Box 146
Goldfield, NV 89013

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

DIRECTOR:  Maureen Glennen
ADMIN CLERK: Natalie Colunga
403 W. Crook Ave, Courthouse, 2nd Floor
Goldfield, NV  89013
Hours:  Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm