The Goldfield Hotel: Gem of the Desert (Paperback)

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No Nevada History library is complete without this book which describes the Goldfield Hotel, an opulent reminder of of one of Nevada's historic mining boom towns. This publication contains information on the hotel's interior, the owners, the hotel myths and its ghosts. A brief history of Goldfield and information about the two hotels built before the current structure was constructed are also included. The book has 28 photographs, 2 illustrations and two maps. This book covers the history of the hotel from 1905 until 2004.

​Because of the hotel's resident ghosts, some have dubbed the Goldfield Hotel as one of the scariest places in America.


A reporter from the Goldfield Daily Times dubbed the Goldfield Hotel the "gem of the desert" when it opened in 1908. While the Goldfield Hotel is a historic gem today, it has not proven to be a treasure to its many owners.

About the Author

Patricia (Patty) Cafferata has had a diverse career in politics, law and as an author. She is an attorney and former Nevada State Treasurer (1983-1987), State Assemblywoman (1981-1983) and district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties in Nevada. Cafferata was the first woman elected to constitutional office in Nevada when she was elected state treasurer in 1982. When she was appointed district attorney of Esmeralda County to fill a vacancy, she became the only woman and one of only three people to serve as district attorney of three Nevada counties. Cafferata has authored numerous books including Christmas in Nevada; Lake Mansion: Home to Reno's Founding Families; The Goldfield Hotel: Gem of the Desert; Mapes Hotel and Casino: The History of Reno’s Landmark Hotel; More than a Song and a Dance: The Heyday of Piper's Opera House; Tales of the Biggest Little City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada; Tales of the Biggest LIttle City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada, Volume II; and Tales of the Biggest Little City in the World: A Collection of Patty Cafferata's Columns on Reno, Nevada, Volume III. She also coauthored her Mother’s memoirs, Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again, and edited A Walk through Time: the Historic Powning's Addition in Reno, Nevada. Cafferata is a lifelong resident of Reno. Patty and her late husband, Dr. Treat Cafferata, are parents of two daughters, Elisa Cafferata and Farrell Cafferata, and one son, Reynolds Cafferata. Patty is a graduate of Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada; Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon; and Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…

"Easy to read story about one of Esmeralda County's historical centerpieces."
—Ben Viljoen, Chairman, Esmeralda County Commission.

"The book captures the untold story of the magnificent Goldfield Hotel."
—Guy Rocha, Assistant Administrator, Nevada Archives & Records.

"The story records important events surrounding one of the memorable buildings in Central Nevada."
—Mella Harmon, Nevada Historic Preservation Specialist.

"A must read for Nevada history aficionados."
—Allen Metscher, Central Nevada historian.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780974699615
Publisher: Eastern Slope Publisher
Publication Date: January 1st, 2005
Pages: 43