To be a member of the Historic Hotels of America, you have to meet a few criteria. You have to be at least 50 years old. You must “have been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and you must be recognized as having historic significance.” You don’t necessarily have to be haunted, but it doesn’t hurt, and will probably help.
Browsing the member catalog of this organization is like flipping through the Cliffs Notes of America’s past. I was doing just that when I came across a hotel in the middle of Nevada - which is to say, hours from just about anywhere - that possessed the first electric elevator west of the Mississippi, and it’s still in use.
So that’s how we came to visit Tonopah (TOE-nuh-pah), Nevada.