Map sale

Goldfield Hotel put up for sale for $4.9 million

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A piece of Nevada history — the Goldfield Hotel — is up for sale, and its owners are asking for nearly $5 million.

It is the tallest building in a city that was the tallest in Nevada 120 years ago. This was the time when a gold rush drew crowds of gold diggers, causing the town’s population to swell to 20,000 in 1906. By 1910, the population had dropped to 5,000. Now the hotel Goldfield is well known as a destination for ghost hunters.

The towering four-story hotel includes a fully restored test office, as well as off-site property including an auto repair shop, workshop and five vacant lots, according to Randy Pease of Logic Commercial Real Estate in Reno, the company which announces the hotel. The entire portfolio will go for $4.9 million. The list should not increase for another week.

The hotel is being sold by the heirs of Edgar “Red” Roberts Jr., who died October 19, 2020. Roberts purchased the property in 2003 and hoped to one day make it a venue for poker tournaments and specialty gatherings such as the car clubs, according to his son, Edgar.

His son said it would be rewarding to see his father’s vision for the property come to fruition. He has been continuing the work since the death of his father, but the decision has been made to sell the property.

George Knapp reported the ghost story who put the hotel on the map 22 years ago on 8 News Now. It’s a dark story of prostitution, a powerful man and the death of a child. And it all happened in room 109, according to local legend.

According to the former owner of the premises, it was in room 109 that a young prostitute supposedly impregnated by mining magnate George Wingfield was held against her will to avoid a scandal. “She ended up having the child. Supposedly she was chained to a heater in this room and she and the child ended up dying here,” said Linda Toner, Esmeralda County employee and hotel tour guide.

Since then, ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts have invaded the hotel. It was featured on “Ghost Hunters,” which aired on SyFy until 2016, and Zak Bagans took “Ghost Adventures” to the site.

A panoramic photo exhibit developed at Goldfield in the early 1900s.

The hotel is across the street from the Esmeralda County Courthouse and a nearby restoration project – Goldfield High School, which is expected to become something of a community center once the work is complete.

Will the Goldfield Hotel ever reach the heights seen by the Tonopah restoration of the Mizpah Hotel? Maybe not, but Pease thinks a new owner could make it a great spot for fourth-floor lofts while using the rest of the building for other commercial purposes.

The interior of the Goldfield Hotel, which was a luxurious place in the early 1900s.

Pease notes that the hotel and other structures that are part of the deal are listed on the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. He said when the hotel was built it had the fastest elevator west of the Mississippi River.