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    Loneliest Road

    by DSwede Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    Favorite thing: US-50 is often sited as being the "Loneliest Road in America". There are often times that you will drive for hours without seeing any other travelers.

    But in reality, US-6 is the real "Loneliest Road", crossing Nevada's expanse from Montgomery Pass CA to Baker and Great Basin National Park at the Utah line. In those 297 miles of open spaces there are only three towns of more than 100 people, Baker, Tonopah and Ely. Most days you'll have the road to yourself.

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    Wildlife abounds

    by DSwede Updated Jul 10, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I know this photo is not the best quality, but it just goes to show you that Nevada might be desolate, but it is full of life. Elk, deer and the occasional wondering livestock will be the most common obstacles while driving.

    Big animals that you can see in Nevada include, elk, mule deer, wild mustangs, bear (mostly in the Sierras and Ruby mountains), mountain lion and desert bighorn sheep (state animal, often seen near Hawthorne). There is also a strong population of hawks and eagles.

    Small animals like raccoons, coyotes, skunks, etc. are everywhere.

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    Stay in Las Vegas but rent yourself a car!

    by lonestar_philomath Written Nov 7, 2006

    Favorite thing: I love going to Las Vegas. It is cheap to get a room and eat on the strip, not to mention the great shows. However, the main reason I go to Las Vegas is not to go to the strip, but to head out to the mountains. All within easy driving distance, Death Valley in California, Grand Canyon and Painted Desert in Arizona, Zion and Bryce in Utah, and Valley of Fire and Lake Mead in Nevada are well worth the inconvience of a tourist trap.

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    Verdi's Historical Marker

    by mcpangie Written Feb 13, 2004

    Fondest memory: You can find this marker on highway 40 (my grandmother said this is the old highway that she used over 50 years ago to drive to California) between the I-80 exits. It's the only way through town. Stop in and see Crystal Peak Park nearby along the Truckee River, near the last crossing gold rush emigrants had to make before their long trek through the Sierra Nevadas.

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    California National Historic Trail

    by mcpangie Written Feb 13, 2004

    Favorite thing: Truckee Trail - Last Crossing
    "Drove over a hill and came through a most beautiful pine forest to the [Truckee] river and crossed it for the last - 27th time, camped on the opposite side by a spring." - Joseph Curtis Buffum, Aug 7, 1849

    Fondest memory: This picture was taken at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi, Nevada. The gold rush emigrant probably didn't cross exactly where I took this picture, but it amazes me that he had to cross the Truckee River 27 times! It's not at all an uncommon site to see huge boulders along the shores and in the middle of this river.

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    Gerlach's Historical Marker

    by mcpangie Written Feb 1, 2004

    Favorite thing: The signs at Gerlach says...

    Situated between Black Rock Desert on the east, and Smoke Creek Desert on the west, the townsite of Gerlach lies in country long occupied by prehistoric man.

    John C. Fremont traveled through northern Paiute lands when he camped here in 1843 and named “Boiling Springs” 1/4 mile north of town.

    This was also emigrant country; the Noble Road left the Applegate-Lassen Trail at Black Rock Springs, went past this site, and southwestward through Smoke Creek Desert toward Susanville.

    The town established when the Western Pacific Railroad was constructed in Nevada in 1905-1909.

    Fondest memory: You can find this historical marker in Gerlach, at about the end of SR 447 (it changes to county road) downtown near the Gerlach Water Tower Park.

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    Pyramid Lake's Historical Marker

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 31, 2004

    Favorite thing: The sign says...

    America’s most beautiful desert lake is a remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan which during the Ice Age, covered some 8,450 square miles in Western Nevada. Caves and rock shelters along its shore have yielded evidence of a prehistoric people with a well-developed community life.

    John C. Fremont came upon the lake on January 10, 1844 and named it for the pyramid-shaped island just off the east shore. The Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation was created in 1859. The history of the Paiute people living here has been one of contention with the white man. With the Indian victory in the First Battle of Pyramid Lake May 12, 1860, more white men died than in any prior White-Indian engagement in the Far West.

    Anaho Island, just to the south of the Pyramid, was established as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1913 and is today one of the largest white pelican nesting grounds in North America.

    Pyramid Lake's Historical Marker #18 can be found on State Route 445 just past the cut-off State Route 446 to Nixon.

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    Birds of Nevada - California Quail

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 19, 2004

    Favorite thing: My parents have a little covey of quail that live in the backyard and wander around looking for seeds. They are scared of any movement and run back into the brush.

    This type of quail are pretty common in Northern Nevada. You might see them in neighborhoods of Reno running across the street in a long line like quail do.

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    California National Historic Trail

    by mcpangie Updated Jan 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: The California Trail that many gold-seekers followed in the mid-1800's crossed Northern Nevada. For the most part, Interstate 80 is the auto-route a person would follow if they wanted to drive along the California Trail, now part of the National Park Services as the California National Historic Trail.

    But, there aren't any National Parks in Nevada where you can get your NPS Passport book stamped for the California National Historic Trail in Nevada.

    Fondest memory: http://www.nps.gov/cali/cali/cali.htm

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    Joshua Trees

    by luiggi Updated Sep 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The tree is actually a species of yucca (Yucca Brevifolia),that can reach a height of 50 feet and is believed to live for up to 1000 years although they are difficult to date accurately - as they are not proper trees, they have no annual growth rings.

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by luiggi Updated Sep 6, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Just 15 Km. from Las Vegas, the mountains rise to great colourful escarpment, formed along a fault zone with peaks over 8,000 feet, and including huge cliffs and ravines composed of bands of grey, white and red rock, all heavily eroded. The wide empty plains beneath the hills are studded with Joshua trees and other desert plants, contributing to a most impressive spectacle.

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    Genoa- A Home Station for the Pony Express, 1860

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For several years in the early history of the area, mail was carried 2000 miles between Sacramento , California and St. Joseph, Missouri by riders on ponys who rode through the wilderness with reckless abandon and transferred the mail to a fresh rider and pony at the next station on the route which covered some of the most rugged and dangerous terrain in America. Riders typically rode for 7-100 miles and changed horses every 10-15 miles

    The westward route in this area began in Genoa on April 13, 1860 and went over the rugged Sierra Nevada range at Echo Summit...in a few months the route was changed to go over the Kingsbury Grade and Dagget Pass(7350 ft. above sea level).

    Once the telegraph lines were completed in Oct 24, 1861, the need for the Pony Express ended.

    For more information on this fascinating era of American History see : http://www.americanwest.com/trails/pages/ponyexp1.htm

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    State Capitol Building

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Sep 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The State Capitol Building is located in Carson City. The building is nice but doesn't have the architectual splender of other capitol buildings on the West Coast such as the Dome in Olympia, Washington.

    Like everything in Nevada, there is a tale to be told! Supposedly when the Capital Building was completed in 1871, no building was allowed to be built taller. The Capitol with it's silver cupola stood tall above all other buildings in Carson City for over 100 years. It was discovered , however, that there was no official ordinance preventing a taller building until 1991....the Carson City Master Plan established a rule that "no building taller than the capitol could be built....within in 500 feet!

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    Road to the top of the Sierras

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Sep 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: To get a perspective on the landscape take a short road trip on the Kingsbury Grade, which rises out of the Carson Valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The valley is at about 4700 ft above sea level. The road climbs at a 9% grade for 8 miles and the summit, at 7350 ft, is called Dagget Pass.You then descent into the resort area surrounding Lake Tahoe.

    Take Highway 395 to the Junction with hiway 88. Proceed throught the farming area until you see the highway sign pointing to the grade.

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    Genoa Courthouse Museum

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Sep 2, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Genoa, listed as the first permanent settlement in Nevada and founded in 1851, is located south of Carson City about 14 miles on the Jacks Valley Road just off of highway 395. This beautiful little museum tells the tale of this interesting community. The museum is located in the old courthouse. Genoa is the home of "Snowshoe Thompson(1827-1876), a legendary pioneer who carried the mail on skis from Genoa in the Carson Valley, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Placerville, California for 20 years. The museum has a whole room dedicated to his interesting life.

    Genoa also holds it place in American History as the first permanent station of the legendary Pony Express.

    The museum also features the Genoa jail and the first Courtroom, which is beautifully restored.

    Open May-October:
    Daily 10am-4:30pm

    2304 Main Street
    Genoa, Nevada 89411
    702.782.4325

    Adults $3 Children under 6 $2
    No charge on 1st Saturday of the month

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