I have been fascinated with the St. Charles Hotel for many years. It has a rich history from 1862 to present day. In fact, I have written a book about this icon of Carson City, titled: “St. Charles Hotel, The Wild West Past The Haunted Present.”
Following are excerpts from the pages of my book about the hotel:
The Hotel was built before Nevada was a state – in Nevada Territory.
In 1862 it could boast of having all gas utilities. By 1900 it was the only Carson City hotel lighted by electricity.
The 1865 hotel owner, George Tufly, was the grandfather of America’s foremost contra-tenor, a sensation on three continents, claimed as the world’s greatest tenor, Richard Jose.
The Hotel had its name changed six times before returning to the original name, St. Charles Hotel: Briggs Hotel – 1894, Golden West Hotel – 1910, Travelers Hotel -1928, Page Hotel – 1949, Pony Express Hotel – 1953, St. Charles Hotel – 1993.
In 1982 the movie, “Honkytonk Man” starring Clint and Kyle Eastwood was partly filmed in the St. Charles Hotel, rooms 217 and 218.
Heavyweight boxing champion of the 1970s, “Fighting Irish Pat Duncan,” lived out his last months at the hotel in 2004.
The hotel’s E. Clampus Vitus sign, from the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827 (being found after disappearing for a few years) was re-hung on the north wall of the building on 8-8-08 at 8:00 a.m.
In 2009 the “Downtown Redevelopment Citizens Committee created a collector’s holiday ornament highlighting the St. Charles Hotel.
To date, the St. Charles Hotel is one of the oldest remaining commercial buildings in Carson City, the second oldest hotel in the state, and holds the record of being the oldest continuously operating hostelry in the State of Nevada.