For Immediate Release

Date:  November 8, 2019

The National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, will install the first of five Nevada historic markers in Tonopah.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Voting rights for the majority of women across the country were secured with passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The centennial of that landmark will take place in 2020. To celebrate, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to place historic markers in each state and territory of the US. The markers recognize significant events and people in the suffrage campaign. Nevada passed a woman suffrage bill in 1914 and active members of the state campaign went on to work for suffrage in other states and set up voter education groups in the state.

The first installation of a suffrage marker takes place Nov. 22 at noon at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah and will honor Marjorie Moore Brown whose work in the state’s second largest city in the center of the state proved vital to the state’s early success and important in the national campaign. The Mizpah Hotel provided meeting rooms for the suffrage league and hosted out of town suffrage speakers.

1912, the Nye County branch of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society (NEFS) organized and elected Brown press secretary. This responsibility included sending suffrage news briefs to local papers on a regular basis. The Tonopah Daily Bonanza opposed woman suffrage and never missed a chance to dismiss the voice of those who supported it. Nevertheless, Brown’s reputation and work kept the movement in the press. At the 1913 Nevada Equal Franchise Society meeting, Brown was elected second vice-president. Her support for Anne H. Martin’s state leadership became essential in 1913 when a split in the organization threatened to destabilize progress at a crucial time. Brown’s support maintained the county branch and the cohesion of the state organization. In 1914, the final year of the campaign, Brown was elected Third Vice-President of the NEFS. That fall, 70 percent of Nye County’s male voters voted yes and joined other counties to pass woman suffrage. Brown continued to support the national campaign and worked with two national organizations, the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the National Woman’s Party, for passage of suffrage in other states.

“It has been remarkable to discover the breadth and longevity of activity across Nevada that led to this win,” said Joanne Goodwin, professor of history at UNLV and a Board member of the NCWHS, who coordinated the Nevada effort.  “The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and Pomeroy Foundation have demonstrated the truly national effort of the campaign. We are grateful to the Tonopah Town Council and to the Mizpah Hotel for acknowledging this significant event.”

Other sites in Nevada are:

  1. Battle Mountain — site of the first convention July 4, 1870 to organize for woman suffrage in the state.
  2. Carson City – honoring Felice Cohn for her work with the state Equal Franchise Society and writing the draft of the legislation passed by the legislature.
  3. Las Vegas — the Mesquite Club and its President Delphine Squires who brought national and state suffrage speakers to the southern part of the state during the height of the campaign.
  4. Reno — the state headquarters of the Nevada Equal Franchise Society and its president Anne Martin who organized the successful campaign, 1912-1914. (in approval process)

About The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites is a non-profit organization established to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American history. NCWHS is dedicated to making women’s contributions to history visible so all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued. Visit: www.ncwhs.org

About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org 

MEDIA INQUIRES:

Joanne Goodwin

Professor of History, UNLV

joanne.goodwin@unlv.edu

Tonopah, NV Honored as Top True Western Town by True West Magazine!

 

News Release
Contact: Senior Editor Stuart Rosebrook

The legend goes that Tonopah was founded by happy accident in 1900 when Jim Butler, hunting for his burro, found an outcropping that eventually produced five million tons of silver ore. True or not, Tonopah is a place with a rich history and heritage.
That is one reason Tonopah is #8 among True West Magazine’s 2019 Top Western Towns. Tombstone, AZ took the top spot. They will be featured in the February 2019 issue, hitting newsstands on December 10, 2018.

Halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, Tonopah remembers its founder every year with its Jim Butler Days Celebration, a week of fun that includes a parade, gold panning, live music and a street dance. At the Nevada State Mining Championships, men compete in events like single and double jack drilling, just as early miners did.

The 113-acre Tonopah Historic Mining Park is an outdoor museum that encompasses Butler’s original claims—and it’s been voted best rural museum in Nevada five years running. For a meal or a drink, stop at the Mizpah Hotel, the height of luxury at its opening in 1907. The Central Nevada Museum has an Old West town with miners’ cabins, a saloon and blacksmith shop. Walk through the Old Tonopah Cemetery with a map that tells about the 300 souls buried there.

“Tonopah is a small town—about 2500 people—with a big heritage,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “The people honor and celebrate their mining history and do a great job of presenting it to visitors. Tonopah truly deserves the designation as a Top Western Town.”

 

This is the 14th year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 67th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit TWMag.com or call 888-687-1881.

Contact: Stuart Rosebrook
stuart@twmag.com

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Contact: Christine Lilienthal
Phone: 707.940.4014
Email: clilienthal@clinecellars.com

Historic Mizpah Hotel Selected as the #1 Haunted Hotel in America by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

The Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah Nevada was selected as the #1 Haunted Hotel by USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards, with results released on Friday, October 12th at noon Eastern Time.

The iconic Mizpah Hotel is one of the most historic hotels in the state of Nevada offering guests with a taste for adventure and a curious nature the chance to experience a living history. When it was built in 1907, at five stories, it was the tallest building in the entire state of Nevada, and remained so for 25 years. Since the beginning, it has seen prospectors, politicians, pugilists, pilots, philanderers and preservationists. It has stood firm through shifting economic tides and the dramatic seasons of the high desert of Nevada.

Although historians say the last frontier was settled by the 1900’s, this wasn’t true for Central Nevada. In 1900 when Jim Butler found silver, in what is now the town of Tonopah, the area was largely undiscovered. The early settlers overcame amazing hardships to build the town, starting out by living under the open skies or huddling in rough tents. Days were long and work was hard but they persevered. Between 1900-1910 the population of the town soared with the growth of the mines. A small group of businessmen worked together to build The Mizpah Hotel as a place to entertain and conduct business with powerful politicians and business investors from around the world.

Over the last 111 years the Mizpah Hotel served as a beacon for the town of Tonopah, hosting famed celebrities, providing entertainment for U.S. Army and Air Force personnel and providing luxury and comfort to those traveling and exploring the roads less traveled. The hotel followed the boom and bust of the eras shuttering its doors in 2000. For over a decade the hotel sat empty until Fred & Nancy Cline purchased the property and began a detailed restoration. The Cline undertaking wasn’t a business venture, it was an opportunity to preserve a valuable piece of history, honor their past and reinvigorate a proud and independent community. In 2011, the doors re-opened offering guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in luxury and authentic history. The friendly ghosts at the hotel have been present throughout the years and delight in interacting with our guests!

 

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest featured historic hotels from across the USA to include the Mizpah Hotel.  Owners, Fred and Nancy Cline were honored to be nominated in the company of so many prestigious hotels.  On finding out that they were chosen by the public as the number one haunted hotel, Nancy said, “This acknowledgement means so much to me. The Mizpah Hotel was a work of passion and serves to honor so many who came before and sacrificed so much. It is my hope that this acclaim will raise awareness and entice those seeking adventure, history and natural beauty to venture forward to Central Nevada and stop for a stay in Tonopah.”

The Cline Connection

Fred and Nancy Cline are well-regarded owners of Cline Cellars Winery and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma. They share a passion for Tonopah, preservation and history. Nancy also has deep historical family-ties to the town and wants to honor the sacrifices made by so many in braving a new frontier to build a better life for those that followed. In 2011, Nancy and Fred restored the Mizpah Hotel. They have since opened the now thriving Tonopah Brewing Company and are also restoring the historic Nevada State Bank and Trust Building, also in Tonopah, which will open its doors in 2019 as the Belvada Hotel.

 

For more information about the Mizpah Hotel, please visit: www.themizpahhotel.com

 

For more information on USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, please visit: www.10best.com/awards/about

 

To see review, please visit: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-haunted-hotel-2018/