The Mapes Hotel played a central role in the lives of Reno's
residents from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. The story
includes little known information about the owners, the floods and
hotel fires, construction and design of the building, as well as
descriptions of the furnishings, entertainment, sporting events and
gaming offered in the hotel. The book contains 36 photographs and
illustrations, and a copy of the original Reno town site map from
A magnificent building, the twelve-story Mapes Hotel was the
tallest building in Nevada and the first major high rise hotel
built after World War II in this country. When it officially opened
on December 17, 1947, the Mapes family invited everyone in Reno to
attend in either full dress or cowboy boots and attire.
"Book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in Reno's history." — Gloria Mapes Walker.
"Well researched and then presented by a person who was lucky enough to witness history." — Neal Cobb, Sheriff, Westerners International Nevada Corral.
"Not to be missed stories of the Mapes Hotel standing tall along the Truckee River." — Toni Harsh, Reno City Council (2002-2004).
"Lively, entertaining narrative of historic Mapes Hotel." — Eric Moody, Curator of Manuscripts, Nevada Historical Society.