Clarence David

Throughout the years, the Tonopah area has witnessed numerous fires, with one notable incident being the Belmont Fire of 1942. Tragically, Clarence David lost his life in that historical blaze. Following his demise, he found his resting place in Tonopah Cemetery. Coincidentally, Clarence David had a unique passion – a substantial collection of clowns. In a curious turn of events, his children honored their late father’s love for these whimsical figures by establishing the iconic Clown Motel right beside the cemetery in 1985. This peculiar motel serves as a showcase for the extensive clown collection left behind by Clarence David, creating a distinctive and memorable connection to Tonopah’s history.

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