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Claude Inman Goldfield’s Toughest Cop - By Stewart Luce

Claude Inman, born in 1873, was raised on a ranch near Bishop California.  At an early age he learned to ride, shoot and herd cattle.  At age 19 he moved to Los Angeles to learn the carpentry trade.  

He showed up in Tonopah about 1901.  His skill as a carpenter did him well.  He worked on mine shoring, carpentry repairs and built houses.  In December 1902 Harry Stimler and Bill Marsh found gold in Goldfield and the rush was on.

Claude felt that the new camp would require the services of a carpenter.  So in mid-1903 he loaded a wagon with his tools and lumber and headed for Goldfield.  His first project was a store built on wheels.  This allowed the owner to move to the location of the business area when it was established. 

At the end of the year he brought his wife and son to the camp.  They started out living there in a two room tent.  Continue reading the entire story here...


1908 Goldfield High School Plans for a two-story school building, with twelve rooms, located on the corner of Euclid and Ramsey streets, were first announced in the Goldfield Daily Tribune on December 8, 1906.

The cornerstone was laid August 4, 1907 at 3 P.M., and done with the full ritual of the Masonic Order. A silver trowel made from Comstock silver was used for laying cornerstones of all the most important buildings in Nevada for about 30 years prior.

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Virgil Walter EarpVirgil Walter Earp in Goldfield - By Stewart Luce

The Earp brothers were always drawn to boom towns. Perhaps it was the rush they got from the excitement of a new town springing up with miners coming and going, the saloons, restaurants, and any number of services including financial institutions, not to mention the unbelievable flow of money. In the early 1900’s Virgil had been farming in Arizona but moved back to Colton to run for Marshal, he lost the election.

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Goldfield Cemetery Stories

The Trip to Joy's Grave
On  May 17, 2010, two sisters,  Joan (Ellis) Lee and Barbara Ellis, and a mostly patient and understanding husband, Mack Lee, made the 176 mile drive from Las Vegas to Goldfield, NV., in search of the grave of Joy Fleming, the older half-sister of our Father, Earl Ellis.  Joy died from diphtheria at an early age when Earl was about age 5.  Daddy would tell us that he and his father, Herbert Ellis, had to sleep in the barn behind their house because his Mother was doctoring his two sisters, Neita and Joy Fleming, in the house during the terrible diphtheria epidemic and wanted to keep them from getting it.
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This is a story about my Great grandparents, Joseph Bown his wife Mary E. and family. Joseph traveled west to Telluride, Colorado before settling in Goldfield, Nevada around the early 1900s, not to mine for gold, but to satisfy his entrepreneurial desire. He and his wife Mary were excellent cooks and started a boarding house for miners in Jumbo Town, an area adjacent and north of Goldfield, until the death of Mary in 1919. Continue reading the entire story here...

The Story of Joy~

In the town of Goldfield on August 30, 1907, Mildred Joy Fleming, a young girl whose family was getting ready to move to the East, passed away from diphtheria. The family could ill afford a headstone. Her mother was very distraught about her daughter being left behind and forgotten in an unmarked grave. Continue reading the entire story here...

Joe Gans
(Joseph Saifus Butts)
The Old Master
November 25, 1874 - August 10, 1910

The Longest Fight On Labor Day, 1906, in Goldfield, Nevada, Gans and Nelson were matched in the first Fight of the Century promoted by Tex Rickard, who would later achieve greater fame by promoting Jack Dempsey's million-dollar fights. 

The Goldfield match under the blazing Nevada desert sun drew the largest gate in history at that time, with a purse of $30 thousand and attendance over 8,000. Continue reading the entire story here...


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The History of Goldfield
The Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad
Goldfield’s Building Boom
The Devastating Fire of July 6, 1923

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