The drive on US Hwy 95 between Fernley and Las Vegas, Nevada is just over 400 miles. It is mostly 2-lane highway over mountains and through the desert. Twists, turns, and climbing are nearly as common as the flat straightaway!
The town of Tonopah is regarded as the halfway point by seasoned Nevada travelers. It’s an interesting area to visit because so much of the historical sites. You’ll see the Mizpah Hotel and if you travel out of town a ways, you’ll see parts of the Mizpah Mine.
About seven miles west of Tonopah is the ghost town of Metallic City. Sometimes called Pickhandle Gulch, it hosted the nefarious activities common around Nevada’s mining towns. Less than a mile away is the ghost town of Candelaria, a bustling town in the 1880s with 2 hotels, 10 saloons, and 6 stores! There were three each of lawyers and doctors to serve the public.
The face of Tonopah continues to change based on the economy and remote location between Reno and Las Vegas. The enticement of riches beyond belief from silver and gold ended decades ago. The wide open lands and legacy of Nevada’s history continue to draw tourists.
Ultimately, many areas focus on tourism as the way to recovery and prosperity.
The town also caters to the familiar faces that pass through several times a year while traveling from one end of the state to the other.
The 211 miles between Las Vegas and Tonopah makes it a nice day trip to reflect on the thousands of people who responded to the cry of “Gold” and “Silver” in Nevada.
|Old Nye County Courthouse|
|New Nye County Courthouse|
In, out, and through town.
What local areas do you like to explore in your state or province?