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05-22-2006, 08:01 PM
I'm heading to Tonopah for the Memorial Day weekend and was wondering if anyone knew the status of the of Mizpah Hotel. Also I'll be exploring nearby areas such as Belmont, Manhattan, Round Mountain. Are there any other sites worth visiting in that area? Also does anyone know the status of Candelaria? Is it open to the public?

05-22-2006, 08:08 PM
What little remains of Candelaria is 'open' to the public. A huge open pit operation there destroyed the town when their tailings covered most of what remained. There are however, a few surviving buildings that would be wroth looking into if you are going to be in the area.


05-22-2006, 08:29 PM
They are working on reopening the Mizpah and the hotel across the street from it. I believe they are trying to get them on the national register or something. Some guy has gone in and bought up literally half the town and a few mine claims in hopes of creating a new boom I guess. Word is they even have plans for a housing development. I heard something about a mine reopening in Round Mountain as well.

old judge
05-23-2006, 10:09 AM
Wife and I visited Candelaria Fall of 2004. The pictures on this site are accurate and that represented is still there. OJ

05-23-2006, 11:25 AM
BTW - If you haven't before, be sure to stop by the Tonopah Mining Park! Although this weekend is going to be a bit crowed, as it is Jim Butler Days.


Blair Jett
05-23-2006, 06:47 PM
I lived in Tonopah for a short time in 1993. The Mizpah Hotel is there on the main drag & is still a working hotel. I`ve been to Belmont & it`s very facinating also. Don`t forget about Goldfield just south of Tonopah, it`s fascinating.

A WORD OF WARNING THOUGH! Watch out for the Nye County Sheriff deputies in the Tonopah area! They have a reputation of being hard nosed & unfriendly to tourists. Not to mention, beating suspects up while enroute to the jail. If they don`t like you & can`t find something to charge you with, they have been known to plant drugs on you or in your vehicle (usually methamphetemines).

Read "The Nye County Brothel Wars" (I believe the authors name is Jeanie Wright?) She talks about Nye County deputies even planting guns on people. There are probably some people that won`t believe what I`m saying here, but I personally know about the mentality of Nye County deputies from first hand experience & am not exagerating!!!. Unless things have changed since 1993, the Nye County Sheriffs Department reminds me of the Dukes Of Hazzard, but more violent.

Enjoy your trip to Tonopah, just don`t get on the bad side of the law there.

05-23-2006, 08:53 PM
I want to thank everyone that has responded to my thread, all the information is very helpful and I'm sure the trip will be a lot more enjoyable having the benefit of additional information.
thanks again.

05-25-2006, 07:48 PM
Hey Sweeper, Let us know about the Mizpah! I have been trying to find out about the status for a couple of years now. I stayed there back in '97 during a hugh thunderstorm. It was quite a treat. (the storm and the hotel) Unfortunatly the hotel closed soon after and then reopened a year or so later for a very short time without the casino and hasn't been open since. There have been several rumors about it reopening. However, last I was there about a little over a year ago, it looked just like the last time I saw it. CLOSED! Enjoy your trip!

05-26-2006, 03:27 PM
I was just there the first of this month. They were working on getting the Belmont (across from the Mizpah) finished to the point to which they could continue their work on the grant or permit they had. Then they were going to hit the Mizpah and get it up and going. Plans are to have both open and running and be protected under the historical site act. We did some estimating to get the neon signs up and working to original specs.