The iconic Mizpah Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in the state of Nevada offering guests with a taste for adventure and a curious nature the chance to experience a living history. When it was first built in 1907, at five stories, it was the tallest building in the entire state of Nevada, and remained so for 25 years (until the Hotel Nevada beat it by just one floor.) Since the beginning, it has seen prospectors, politicians, pugilists, pilots, philanderers, and preservationists. It has stood firm through shifting economic tides and the dramatic seasons of the high desert of Nevada.
Although historians say the frontier was settled by the 1900ss, this was far from true for central Nevada with some of the state’s largest silver and gold discoveries still just over the horizon. In 1900, when Jim Butler and his burro discovered silver in the mountains surrounding Tonopah, this region of the Silver State was relatively undiscovered. From that point on, the silver boom was on, transforming this quiet mining camp into the Queen of the Silver Camps. Between 1900-1910 the population of the town soared with the growth of the mines. A small group of businessmen worked together to build the Mizpah Hotel as a place to entertain and conduct business with powerful politicians and business investors from around the world.
Throughout the last 110+ years the Mizpah Hotel served as a beacon for the town of Tonopah, hosting celebrities, providing entertainment for U.S. Army and Air Force personnel and providing luxury and comfort to those traveling and exploring the roads less traveled. The hotel followed the boom and bust of the eras shuttering its doors in 2000. For over a decade the hotel sat empty until Fred & Nancy Cline purchased the property and began a detailed restoration. The Cline undertaking wasn’t a business venture, it was an opportunity to preserve a valuable piece of history, honor their past and reinvigorate a proud and independent community. In 2011, the doors re-opened offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in luxury and authentic history.
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Settle into plenty of historically preserved standard hotel rooms, or opt for some of the property’s specialty themed rooms at the Jim & Belle Butler Suite, the Lady in Red Suite, Wyatt Earp Room, and more. The friendly ghosts at the hotel have been present throughout the years and delight in interacting with our guests! The Mizpah Hotel was voted the #1 Haunted Hotel by USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Whether you’re stopping by to grab a bite, looking to sample the Lady in Red Wine at the historic bar counter within, plan to do some ghost hunting of your own, or are looking to treat yourself with a luxury stay in one of Nevada’s most legendary historic hotels, be sure to make the Mizpah Hotel part of your Tonopah discoveries.