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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mizpah Hotel

The Mizpah Hotel originally opened November 17, 1908 in the fast growing mining town of Tonopah NV.     It offered luxury to weary travelers.    At the time, this was the tallest building in the State of Nevada  (remember, Las Vegas didn't become a town until 1905)

When mining left, so did most of the residents of this community, current population 2,500.     This hotel sat in disrepair for years.    Enter the Cline family from Sonoma, CA.     They lovingly restored this hotel and it was reopened in 2011.

The lounge area has various Victorian seating areas and the Wyatt Earp bar.  

According to legend, Wyatt Earp kept the saloon, Jack Dempsey was a bouncer and Howard Hughes married Jean Peters at the Mizpah.       But, Wyatt Earp left Tonopah before the Mizpah was built.    Hughes was married in Tonopah, but not at the Mizpah.    And, Dempsey asserted he was never a bouncer.     The hotel nevertheless features the Jack Dempsey Room and the Wyatt Earp Bar.

Nancy Cline's family was from this area, so she was drawn to the hotel.    Nancy and Fred Cline founded the Sonoma-based Cline Cellars winery and feature their wines in the lounge.    They have also opened a micro-brewery in town and are planning a small casino next door.

We had a room on the fourth floor.     This light fixture was in our room.    Sorry, there isn't a picture of relaxation in the claw foot tub.....

The hallways on our floor also had seating areas.

In the morning, RJ was able to get fresh coffee at this rustic table a few feet from our door.

This charming piece of history was our "home" for a night.      While not quite the St James (in Red Wing) it is a beautifully restored piece of history.


  1. I just read an article about this hotel in VIA, the AAA magazine. Thanks for sharing the photos. Our best hotel experience was at the Lowell Inn in Stillwater. MN. Eating in their Matterhorn room was the best fondue experience ever.