Friends of the Denio Library hosted a Round Table Discussion with local longtime residents of the Denio, NV and Fields, OR area on March 31.
The Denio School children and community members attended to ask questions. Round Table members and children enjoyed a potluck lunch and casual conversation. The purpose of the discussion was to gather facts and hear stories from our locals. The Friends of the Denio Library is raising funds to restore the old hotel and turn it into the Denio Library Annex. This historical building has been in Denio, NV since 1958 according to the Humboldt County Accessors office. Before that time the business was located about 300 yards north in Denio, OR.
There are many stories told about the Denio hotel. Some say the building itself was located first in Denio, OR and then the whole building was put on skids and moved to the Nevada side. The town name moved to the Nevada side as well. Some say that the building did not move but that a new hotel was built on the Nevada side.
The Friends of the Denio Library are determined to get to the true story of the Denio Hotel. They are in process of applying to be on the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. However, first they must solve the mystery and history of the current building. This Round Table Discussion was the first meeting on the journey of discovery. Next the Friends of the Denio Library plan to have a program of interviews with longtime residents. The Friends group are on the case, following the clues to the “true” story of the Denio Hotel.
If anyone has information, they would like to share on the history of the Denio Hotel, and the old store (which is now the current Denio library) please contact Sherry Ranf at 775-225-0328.