The Goldfield Hotel sign in Goldfield, Nevada.

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Top choice in Southern Nevada

Goldfield became Nevada's biggest boomtown after gold was struck here in 1902. Much of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1923, but a few precious historic structures survive today, including the Goldfield Hotel, a restored firehouse (now a museum), the county courthouse, with its Tiffany lamps, and the rough-and-tumble Santa Fe Saloon. Although there's a resident population of 268, some days you wouldn't know it.

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