Photo Gallery | Goldfield: Once Nevada's Largest Town, its Glory Days Were Brief
There was a time in Nevada history when Las Vegas wasn't the state's largest city, a time back in 1907 when that distinction belonged to Goldfield.
If you've never heard of Goldfield, it's because the town's meteoric rise and fall spanned less than a decade. Beyond a few historic buildings, not much remains of the Esmeralda County seat along U.S. 95, a three hours' drive northwest of Las Vegas. A fire on July 6,1923 -- exactly 89 years ago -- wiped out much of the town. What once was a community of more than 20,000 people in the first decade of the last century has only a fraction of that today. Fewer than 800 people live in the entire county.