In about a hour and a half you'll pass through the timeless small town of Beatty, NV. The folks here are friendly and welcoming to strangers. They are, after all, the Gateway to Death Valley. If time allows, make sure to head west at the intersection, towards Death Valley. Stop at the Beatty Museum to visit Amina and her volunteer helpers. They are a wealth of local history and folklore and know just about every story there is to tell about Rhyolite, the magnificent ghost town just a few miles west of the museum. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone interested in ghost investigating or mining town history. Don't miss a stop at the Death Valley Nut & Candy Store, next to the only casino in town. Make sure to check out their hundreds of candies, nuts and sweets with many sugar-free choices as well. Pay a visit to the little gift shop next door for some unique T-shirts and novelties. Don't forget to have a peek at the shopkeeper's monkey! Really!
Another good hour up the road you'll be in one of our favorite places, Goldfield. This place was once a boomtown of over 10,000 and nearly became the Capital of Nevada. But Carson City ended up taking that honor. Plenty here too, for all ghost hunters and investigators. Don't miss out on the Goldfield High School. A terrific old school that is currently under restoration. An on-going project that is funded by donations and revenue collected from activities that include booking your own ghost hunting. Dominic is a great guy for Goldfield and will fill you in on their local folklore and history.
Tonopah is home to the Central Nevada Museum. A fantastic place to visit and learn all about the mining history of Central Nevada and the surrounding areas. It's archives are extensive and the staff quite friendly and helpful.
In the center of the city lies the Mizpah Hotel, which opened in 1907. It had succumbed to age and economic woes, and finally shuttered her doors back in 1999. She was recently and magnificently restored to reopen in 2011, with much acclaim, by Fred and Nancy Cline of Sanoma, CA..
The City of Tonopah has survived the ebbs and flows of the past century, while many others have succumbed, Today she is but a small town compared to her greatness of a century ago. Hopefully due to the Mizpah Hotel reopening her doors in 2011, she can help the town back to livelihood. She already is, once again, the grand dame of the city.
Guests have repeatedly complained of noise from children playing in the 3rd floor hallway late at night. But there are rarely children even in the hotel.
There is an old Keno light board in the basement. It has not had power to it for decades. Numbers will mysteriously light up on their own. Is someone still enjoying the game?
Following our investigation of the 3rd floor, we proceeded to the 4th floor hallways in search of Senator Pittman and his room where he was kept on ice until he won his re-election...albeit posthumously and unbeknownst to the public.
So when you visit the Mizpah Hotel, pause for a while...or stay for a night. You'll be amazed by the stories from the locals and enjoy the company of the staff and other guests. Some of them have been around for a while...some for a very long while.