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Tonopah, Nevada: 1940

Tonopah, Nevada: 1940

March 1940. "Main Street in Tonopah, Nevada." If you can't find us at the Ace or Tonopah clubs, try next door at EXPLOSIVES. Or maybe the F. & A.M. R.A.M. O.E.S. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.


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Of course the Masons are still there

Your alphabet-soup sign is for the Free and Accepted Masons, the Royal Arch Masons, and the Order of the Eastern Star (the ladies' auxiliary). The Masons often built their own lodge halls, which many times outlasted the lodge that built them.

Exhausting Work

I especially like the "architecturally sensitive" ductwork being installed on the face of the Tonopah Club.


I'd be spending my allowance at the explosives store. I also spied a Philco radio shop.

Going out with a bang

I'm guessing that EXPLOSIVES was a booming place.

The Mizpah Hotel is still there, but the "MIZPA" Garage looks like it's been facelifted, and renamed the Tonopah Garage.

Boom town skyscrapers

This picture shows two five-story buildings. On the far left is the Belvada Building, constructed in 1906. On the far right, with its sign partially obscured, sits the Mizpah Hotel (1907). Legend has it that that the two were the tallest buildings in Nevada from 1914 until 1927, when the six-story Riverside Hotel in Reno was completed. Both have been carefully restored.

That's Strange

The buildings between the Ace Club and the F. & A.M. R.A.M. O.E.S. appear to be missing. I wonder if the Explosives building had anything to do with it? Hmm.

The F. & A.M. R.A.M. O.E.S. S T I L L S T A N D S

Tonopah is also home to one of the creepiest hotels I've seen, and it's for sale!

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