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Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2021, Issue No. 36

 Having just had knee replacement surgery in June, it’s been challenging to sit at my computer to put together this newsletter. Hopefully, it reads okay. I do plan on attending Goldfield Days and hope you can make it too. It’ll be nice to be able to celebrate together again. We now have 170 members. 

 High School Update – As previously reported, the Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation (CCCHP) awarded us $247K for the High School roof work. These funds are now available plus an additional $15K.….

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1st Quarter 2021

1st Quarter 2020       2nd Quarter 2020       3rd Quarter 2020       4th Quarter 2020

1st Quarter 2019       2nd Quarter 2019       3rd Quarter 2019        4th Quarter 2019

1st Quarter 2018       2nd Quarter 2018       3rd Quarter 2018         4th Quarter 2018


2021 Historical Society Events

Goldfield is OPEN and SAFE so we have plans in the works.

Saturday, October 23, 2021, The Society will host the 118th Goldfield Birthday Party with lots of free cake, punch and history for locals and travelers alike.

Download the flyer here

The 2021 Poker Walk held during Goldfield days August 6, 7 and 8 was a great success.  We had 48 gamblers roaming thru our town collecting cards and enjoying the events.  Our Winners:

Best Hand – Bill Klopping of Apple Valley, CA came in first place with the winning hand of Four Jacks, with a King high.  That hand won him the $300.

Second Best hand
went to Corissa Abbott and two handsome young fellows from Silver Peak, NV.  Four 9’s backed up with a Jack won her $150.

Third Best Hand
went to Derek Cornell (a new Goldfield resident) with Four 4’s and a King high for a prize of $50

The Society added a new wrinkle this year.  The WORST hand got their ante of $15 back just for playing the game!  That turned out to be Goldfielder Bret Lingenfelter.

Our thanks to all the players, all the wonderful folks who stopped by to just chat and to our card shark, Brenda Gleffe, who opened a LOT of envelopes!

Special thanks to our sponsor BEST IN THE DESERT RACING who generously bankrolled our event!  We could not hold this popular event without you!!

2020 Historical Society Events Cancelled

2020  was not a good year for the Society thanks to Covid-19.  Somehow, we did accomplish some amazing things on our main project – The Goldfield High School.  (see our High School Restoration page).  However, a number of things equally important to the Society had to be set aside.

Regular Meetings cancelled. The April thru October meetings were cancelled.  We hope to hold a meeting in November since it will be the last one for 2020.  (We do not hold a meeting in December because of the holidays and so many members either out of town or busy with family.)

Poker Walk Cancelled.  The highly popular Poker Walk held in August during Goldfield Days was another victim of the virus.   This event not only brings in funds to the society but encourages folks to walk about our town and visit businesses as well as historical sites in order to collect their poker cards.  The highest three hands win cash donated by The Best In The Desert Racing team.  But, there were no high hands this year!

Quilt Drawing Cancelled.  Our yearly quilt fundraiser is also a big draw as well as showcasing an example of creative needlework.  The tickets are usually sold for several months before the drawing during Goldfield Days.  Of course, with the country pretty much shut-down, the tickets and drawing didn’t happen.

Birthday Party Cancelled.  In October the Society had planned to host Goldfield’s 117th Birthday Party.  That’s when we put out signs on the highway and flyers everywhere we can think of to encourage locals as well as travelers to visit our community center (and our town) to celebrate Goldfield’s birthday with  free cake and punch.  It’s amazing how many out of state and out of country folks drop by.  Well, that didn’t happen either.

However, we are not discouraged and we are already planning bigger, better doings in 2021!

Poker Walk August 3 & 4, 2019 Hosted by The Goldfield Historical Society

This year’s poker walk, held during Goldfield Days, was a great success attracting 44 hopeful “gamblers” willing to ante up a donation of $15 to the Society to walk about the town visiting and enjoying the various events.  The weather was good and hopes were high.  Entrants had two days to collect their 10 poker cards and bring them back – unopened -to the Historical Society Booth.   Out of the ten cards, they picked the five best.  Alas, we can’t all win…but here are the results for the top three hands:

Whitney Phillips Best Poker Hand 2019

Whitney Phillips brought in the winning hand:  4 Kings with a Queen High which won her $300 in cash.

Laurie Sundeen was close behind the first place winner with 4 Kings with a 9 High for a second place win and $150 in prize money.   Laurie generously donated her winnings to the Goldfield High School building fund.   Thank you, Laurie!

Heather Smith 3rd Best Poker Hand 2019

The third place hand was 4 Queens with a 10 High brought in by Heather Smith and won her $50.

So many people to thank for our success!

Our “gamblers”….  so hopeful and so much fun.

All the Goldfield Businesses and historical places that cheerfully supplied poker cards and initialed entrant forms.

Our card-shark, Brenda Gleffe who opened a LOT of envelopes and helped players select their best hand.

Volunteers who helped man the  booth during the two day event:   Joan Sieber, Richard and Edie Koepnick, Sandy Beltz.

Steve Lauritzen who donated beautiful,  handmade  picture-boxes.   These charming boxes were given away as gifts to those generous folks who donated to our projects.

ALL the wonderful folks who stopped by to visit.

Our generous sponsor, BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION, for donating the prize money.  We could not hold this popular event without them.

The Goldfield Historical Society thanks you ALL!

Goldfield’s 116th Birthday Party – October 19, 2019

Lots of sunshine, cake, punch and interested folks made this a wonderful social event held at the community center.

The Society served lots of decadent chocolate and lemon cake as well as cookies by the dozen along with our special once-a-year birthday punch.  All the goodies were donated and the Historical Society gives you all a huge shout-out. The cakes were works of art and the cookies delectable.


Signs on both ends of town invited travelers to stop for a while and enjoy cake and hospitality.  Volunteers came early to help set up the event.  Our visitors came from California, Washington, Oregon, North Carolina, Utah, Canada, Australia and The Philippines as well as local folks and fellow Nevadans. In the afternoon we were surprised and thrilled by a visit from a Las Vegas Boy Scout Troop. They were such a charming, courteous group of young fellows.  We served a lot of cake.  It was a wonderful day and we thank everyone who helped make it happen.

Folks in period clothes strolled the sidewalk visiting with passersby.  A beautiful 1930 Pierce-Arrow was on display for all to admire courtesy of Society Members Ben and Juanita Colvin.

Our railroad conductor, Jim Price, checks the time on his pocket watch  for these visitors.

Past Events

Results of the two events hosted by the Goldfield Historical Society during Goldfield Days, 2018

The Poker Walk, hosted by the Society during Goldfield Days went very well.  The prize money was bankrolled by BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION based in Las Vegas.  We can’t thank them enough for their generous donation to our event!  The booth was manned by volunteer Brenda Gleffe for two long, hot days with welcome breaks provided by Sandy Beltz. Thank you ladies!  Thirty two poker players signed up and they had their work cut out for them with twelve different stops around town for cards.  The players brought their sealed envelopes back to the booth and picked the best hand.  At the end of the two day event the results were in:

The Top Hand…  Deanna Robinson took home the top prize of  $300 with  5 of-a-kind… all 10’s!!!  Unfortunately she fled before we get a photo.

Second Best Hand…  Straight Flush 8, 9, 10, J, Q of Hearts brought in by Leroy Wood.  He collected $150.  Looking mighty happy in photo above…

Third Best Hand… Vicky Johnson (below) took away $50 with 4 of a kind … all 8’s with a Q High.

Now for The Rest of the Story…

Later in the day, after all was said, done and awarded we discovered, to our horror, that the third and fourth spots had been inadvertently switched.  The third highest hand was actually another straight flush…3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of Clubs brought in by Dan Sokera.  He was contacted. We explained the error and apologized (humbly) and requested an address to send his rightful winnings.  Mr. Sokera was forgiving and very gracious… said he had such a nice time during the walk that he would forego the cash and we could consider it a donation to our Society.  We thank him for his understanding, kindness and generosity!

Our second event, The White Elephant Hunt also went well.

Although we only sent out eight outback  adventures, our hardy participants reported they enjoyed the sun and dust as well as the hunt.   These are folks who love to load up their GPS  units and hit the back roads.  And, they all accepted their prizes with good humor!  White Elephant gifts are interesting to say the least.

Once again it was the Payne Family (photo at right) of Goldfield who spent quality time searching  thru the back county during the two day event.  Trekking the desert roads on their ATV’s is a way of life for this family!

The booth was staffed by Edie Koepnick with the help of members, Stewart Luce and Joan Sieber.   Stewart is a frequent contributor to this website, with interesting stories of Goldfield old-time movers and shakers.   But, Joan was definitely the best dressed.     We thank all our participants and the folks who just stopped by to visit for making our events a success.

The GPS Challenge for 2017, held in August during Goldfield Days, was well received. Read more here…

The 2016 GPS Challenge held during Goldfield days is over and the dust has settled. Check out how it all went here…

Goldfield’s Birthday Party a Success!

Saturday, October 20, 2018, turned out to be a gorgeous, warm autumn day – perfect for celebrating Goldfield’s 115th Birthday. Signs along the highway on both ends of town alerted travelers of free cake and punch up ahead!  Members John Ekman and Ruth Lee donned period dress and stood outside our community center waving cheerfully to drivers.

Inside, local folk and curious travelers were treated to cake and punch.  The cake was a beauty… three layers of scrumptious carrot cake created by Carolyn Dyson who also prepared two sugar-free lemon Bundt cakes for our folks that have to forego the sugar.  The punch was fruity with a nice fizz and was enjoyed to the last drop. According to the signatures in our Birthday Card, the Society served 80+ guests.

Our visiting travelers came from many places. We had folks from California, Utah, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Idaho as well as a twosome from Chile and a lovely young family from Paris, France.  We were thrilled to have them stop and join us.

Along with cake, we served up a bit of history as well.  In our exhibit, the photo on the left is Alva Myers who is considered “The Father of Goldfield”. The other photo shows Virgil Earp at far right supervising high stakes gaming in Goldfield in 1905.

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