TONOPAH, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- When you think of luxury hotels, you might first think of the glitz of the Las Vegas strip or neon lights of downtown Reno, but there's much more history than that when it comes to first class accommodations in Nevada.
The town of Tonopah is the the halfway point between Reno and Las Vegas, and for decades, the iconic center of this mining community was the Mizpah Hotel.
The Mizpah opened in 1907, and at five stories tall, was the tallest building in Nevada for over 20 years. But, the Mizpah closed its doors in 1999 after a tough run before finally being bought by the Cline Family, and then reopened to open arms again in 2012.
"Amazingly enough, the Mizpah is absolutely the core of Tonopah," General Manager Bruce Jabbour says.
The local community, not just metropolitan Tonopah, but also the outlying communities, have had hopes and dreams of the Mizpah to reopen and reestablish itself.
"We really weren't trying--and didn't want--to change much of anything except to keep the property as close to period as possible," Jabbour says. "I think we've accomplished that with the decor, the color scheme, the carpeting, the wallpaper, the paint. We had to make some changes; changes are good. But, again, we were not trying to change anything in a negative way."
The people of Tonopah have high hopes for the hotel's impact.
"There is a renewed interest in this town," says Tonopah City Councilman Duane Downing. "I hope to see new people. I hope to see new residents. I hope to see new businesses. With this business being back in, it's a stepping stone. The next step is getting more businesses in town. With more businesses, there's more employees. There's more residents, and this town will flourish again."