This museum is one of Nevada’s best. The TMM is a great place to learn about mining and the forces that made Tonopah what it was and is. The park is located upon the original mines that gave rise to the town in 1900. A walking tour takes you up and around four different mines, including Bill Butler’s original Mizpah Mine. You can also go underground through the ‘Burro Tunnel’ and look down from above over an old glory hole. Exhibits inside an old mining office further educate you on the minerals mined and methods used. This is an excellent museum where you might find yourself taking quite some time. A great place to start from before setting out to visit some of Nevada’s or California’s old mining ghost towns.
Located just off the street leading to the Tonopah Mining Museum, you can find the old courthouse for Nye County. Nye County is Nevada's largest county stretching almost to Las Vegas. Most of the County lies within the Nellis Air Force Ranges, the Tonopah Missile Site - Area 52 - or the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site. Tonopah is cut off from the few other towns that are in Nye County - Beatty, Amargosa Valley and Pahrumph - by Esmeralda County to the south. Nye County allows prostitution, something that Las Vegas' Clark County does not - a fact taken advantage of by the entrepeneurs of Pahrumph.
The county has a new courthouse outside of town to the west though you can find some services still at the old courthouse. Notice the dome of the old courthouse is appropriately of silver!
If you've got time, check out the clown motel. I never stayed there, so I don't feel comfortable writing a hotel review of it, but I've driven by many many many times. What makes it so special? The clowns, I guess. Clowns everywhere. Positively eerie at night, when I drove up on it. I've never seen a place like this before. Also (literally) a foot away from the old Tonopah cemetery.
We stayed here for one night in April, 2004 and were very satisfied. Excellent home made cookies and...more
If you're traveling through central Nevada on highway 95, you'll more than likely be stopping at...more
If you're just looking for a place to sleep, just sleep, then this place is OK. Problem started just...more
Nevada has been a place for adults to tour for quite some time. I saw this old brothel "wheel of chance" in Tonopah Station. It's been "PG"-ed with a swip of color around the anatomically correct portions.
This tip could just as easily go in the warning section... Seeing as how prostitution is still legal, if you travel to Nevada with children, sooner or later you're going to get asked a question like. "Mom, why is there a naked lady on top of that cab?"
The police here are quick to pull you over if you're going 25 1/2 miles per hour. Don't just drive the speed limit (which is 25 through town), drive under the speed limit.
The police are everywhere and seem to do a good job at fulfilling their quotas.
There are lots of neat historic sites to visit in Tonapah and surrounding ghost towns. There are many little deserted mining spots that are kinda neat to go to. Nothing much to do in this town but look at old stuff n go rock hunting. LOL
There is a little muesuem a few miles into town that has interesting info about the town's past and has some different hands on activities.