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Frank Golden Block

The Frank Golden Block, located at the intersection of Brougher and Main Streets in Tonopah, Nevada, is a historic building constructed in 1902. As the first substantial stone commercial building in Tonopah, it marks a significant point in the town’s architectural and commercial development.

Frank Golden Block

Frank Golden Block Overview

This building is noted for its unique architectural style, or rather, its lack of a formal stylistic treatment, which makes it stand out in Tonopah’s landscape. Its construction by George E. Holesworth and its association with Frank Golden, a prominent businessman and banker, underscore its importance in the local history.

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Frank Golden Block History

The Frank Golden Block is significant for being the first major stone commercial building in Tonopah, reflecting the town’s growth and development in the early 20th century. Its architectural uniqueness, characterized by the absence of cut and dressed stonework or trim, suggests the limitations of available craftsmanship at the time.


  • 1902: Construction of the Frank Golden Block.
  • May 20, 1982: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Tonopah, Nye County

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Brougher and Main Streets, Tonopah, Nevada

Today, the Frank Golden Block remains a notable part of Tonopah’s historical fabric. Its architectural distinction and historical relevance continue to tell the story of the town’s commercial evolution and the resourcefulness of its early builders.

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