The Hotel Nevada at 1 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas in about 1912.
Today this is the site of the Golden Gate Hotel Casino
and the entrance to the Fremont Street Experience.
Photo Credit: UNLV special collections
Nevada Hotel,68



1 Fremont Street

circa 1905 to 1931

The Hotel Nevada holds the distinction of having the first telephone in Las Vegas.
Its number was fairly easy to memorize. It was 1.

Hotel Nevada from 1906 Newspaper article
John F. Miller is the owner of the Nevada Hotel in Las Vegas and is, "one of the richest men in that city."
In the article below it mentions that John F. Miller is the owner of the Nevada Hotel in Las Vegas and is, "one of the richest men in that city."
John F. Miller was born on August 1, 1864 and arrived in Las Vegas on the first train in 1905.
Miller built the Hotel Nevada (often times also called the Nevada Hotel) as a two story hotel in 1905- 1906 shortly after the original auction for the new townsite of Las Vegas. He would later add another two stories to the building and rename it the Sal Sagev at the same time as the construction began on Boulder Dam. The original building has been remodeled many times over the years and is now the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.  John F. Miller later built the large El Trouatore Autel Court outside of Kingman, AZ. 
Miller had extensive ranching properties in Mohave County, Arizona. He also owned a ranch that would later become Sunset Park, from 1909 to 1939 when he sold it to Las Vegas Club owner J. Kell Houssels, Sr. 

Miller was also involved in banking and established one of the first two banks in Las Vegas.  A newspaper article of October 30, 1930 states that he is the president of Southern Nevada Bank. 

The John F Miller elementary school in Las Vegas was named after him in 1959, two years after his death.

An article in the Nevada State Journal January 6, 1946 shows him getting a liquor license for the former site of the Trail Cafe in the Sal Sagev building.

John F Miller married Rosa C. Marchetti who was born August 1, 1884 and came to las Vegas in 1910. She died August 29, 1962 in Kingman, AZ.    John and Rosa had two daughters Helen (Nugent)  and Opal (Lambert),
and five sons, Abe P., Jack, Frank, Dan, and Harry. 

John F Miller died February 13, 1957 in his apartment in the Sal Sagev Hotel after a long illness. He had been a charter member of the Las Vegas Kiwana's Club and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks.  In the 1940s he was also a member of the board of the American Life Insurance Company in Reno, Nevada.

At the time of his death his son Abe P. Miller was managing the Sal Sagev/Golden Gate property.
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