Ben Rosenthal was born in Bodie, California August 1, 1871. Ben’s father was born in Russia in 1851 and he immigrated to California. He settled in Hornitos were he owned a business. He went on to Bodie and then to Hawthorne, Nevada in 1882.
Ben was raised in mining towns. He played baseball for the ball team in Hawthorne. He helped his father run the Lake View Hotel while growing up. When his father died in 1901, Ben took over the hotel.