The large Union Pacific rail depot was built in a Californian Mission style back in 1923 when Caliente was a bustling railroad town. Today, the old depot houses the City Hall, the library, an art gallery and the chamber of commerce. A large mural is painted in the lobby reflecting the history of Southern Nevada through the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The depot, as with the little town, is an unexpected gem for you to discover here in the vast wilds of eastern Nevada.
There are not a lot of choices in Caliente. This place is not bad despite the limited choices. It is definitely worth a stop if you are hungry and hot. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious, but nothing spectacular. They are not the best burgers in the world, but they are good. The service had a lot to be desired. My friend asked for extra pickles and the girl at the counter said "We don't have pickles," but when he opened up his burger, there were pickles. As she was taking our order, she wasn't that friendly as well. I guess when there are not a lot of options in a town, friendliness is not a requirement since there isnt much competition.
Favorite Dish: I had a burger and it was tasty.
Have a look at the Union Pacific Railroad Depot. It is Nevadas State Historical Marker No. 248.
From the sign at the depot...
"UNION PACIFIC DEPOT 1923
Constructed as a Union Pacific Railroad Depot in 1923. This Mission Revival Structure was designed by well-known Los Angeles architects, John and Donald Parkinson..."
See the complete text on my Caliente page.
At the Union Pacific Railroad Depot you will find a measurement device for the research about the impact of the US former nuclear tests in Nevadas deserts. Once there you will find a plate telling you how the device works and what is measured exactly. Of course you can read the results of the current measurement interval.
The device was installed by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration in cooperation with the Desert Research Institute.