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Mapes Hotel and Casino: The History of Reno's Landmark Hotel

Patty Cafferata

September 2005 978-0-9746996-2-2


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 1868.


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.