NevadaGram #226 – Wagon Train Ambush

Tuesday July 1 1976 was a grand and glorious day in the history of the Comstock Lode, the day the whole town of Silver City came out to play. As the Gold Hill NEWS reported...
Before dawn south of Beatty on US 95

NevadaGram #225 – Cowboy Joe, Carson Valley, Valley of Fire, Burning Man

 by David Toll If I hadn't slowed to look down the road west, I probably wouldn't have noticed the eight-year-old Chevy parked on the shoulder about 100 yards from the intersection. The hood of the...
Harry Motson Gorham

NevadaGram #224 – The Mind Reader

by Harry M.Gorham Due to the frenzy of speculation occasioned by the ore discovery in the Sierra Nevada, every stock quoted in the San Francisco exchange was quoted at ridiculous prices, and those who could...
Butch, Sundance and the Wild Bunch

NevadaGram #223 – Butch Cassidy & the Great Winnemucca Bank Robbery

Winnemucca is a tranquil town on the Humboldt River, a trading post transformed by the railroad into a lively shipping center, a bumptious cow town and county seat. Its history resembles that of dozens...
Helicopter delivering Bighorn sheep to Pyramid Lake Reservation

NevadaGram #222 – Bighorn Sheep Reintroduced at Pyramid Lake

by Kalen Goodluck/High Country News The day began early for the crew of scientists, state and tribal officials — long before the sun rose across the snow-covered sagebrush. “How many are you going to give us?”...
Virginia City after a summer thundershower

NevadaGram #221 – The Last Stagecoach Robbery, Dirt Roads, Bicycling US 50

Jarbidge Nevada lies within the narrow steep sided canyon that's the channel for the middle Fork of the Bruneau River, 9 miles south of the Idaho border in the northeast corner of Nevada at...
Quakies in Water Canyon

NevadaGram #220 – Fall Color in Nevada

Ten of the Best Places for Autumn Colors in Nevada 1. Virginia City Six Mile Canyon extends from Virginia City's north end down past Sugarloaf Mountain to US 50 and presents a glowing portrait of autumn...
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NevadaGram #219 – IHPV Speed Challenge, NevadaGram Wins ‘Best Writing’ Award

It's a little after 7 on a clear September morning and we are standing on a large open flat on the east side of Highway 305 about 20 minutes south of Battle Mountain and...
Elko County Fair

NevadaGram #218 – Elko County Fair

We're on our way to the Elko County Fair but you'd never guess it from our route. Elko is on I-80, about 100 miles from the Utah line. Heading out from Gold Hill, about...

NevadaGram #216 – The Nevada Hall of Fame

The Nevada Hall of Fame When it first occurred to me that Nevada has no Hall of Fame I envisioned a big sign on the outside of a large empty building. Please use this form to...
Eureka 4th of July

NevadaGram #217 – Eureka 4th of July, Yerington Museum, Fort Churchill

Nevada's biggest cities are near its edges, and as a consequence our city-dwellers don't have as much connection with small town Nevada as they might otherwise, and so they miss out on a big...

NevadaGram #215 – Nevada’s Museums, Dirt Roads, on Wheels and Goings On

Nevada's Museums — What a Collection! We've gathered glimpses of 60 of Nevada's Museums to introduce a new section of our website devoted to these repositories of our history and culture. The materials on exhibit vary...
Wilderness

NevadaGram #214 – Spring Sprang in Nevada

Northern Nevada is shrugging itself awake as the heavy winter snows melt away. Here in Gold Hill the change of season made the usual overnight transition from furious blizzard to peachy sunrise with soft...
Ghost Town by Justin Panson

NevadaGram #213 – Nevada Ghost Town Comes to Life

by Justin Panson The Ghost Town has the most beautiful name, drawn from botanical nomenclature, at once Victorian and old western. But I omit it here, based on keeping secret places secret. With a place...
On the way to School, Baker Nevada

NevadaGram #212 – Boulder City 1935, Squaw Tom, Sourdough Slim, and the MaryJane Sisters...

See the Wind and Catch it Based on the true story that Ila Clements Davey (Godby) told me, as I imagined it. by Alan Goya There was a lot for a kid to do in Boulder City...
Z Bistro

NevadaGram #211 – Power Dining in Carson City, Skiing Elko, Driving Dirt Roads and...

19 Carson City Restaurants Legislators and Lobbyists Visited in 2019 You Should Too! by Barry Smith When 63 legislators and hundreds of lobbyists arrive in Carson City for the 2019 session of the Nevada Legislature they continued a...
Silver City residents and friends

NevadaGram #210 – 2019 Must-See Must-Do and a Whole Lot More

 As always, this is Not a Best List but a list of some of the people, places and things we encountered in the past year that we feel deserve a shout-out. Enter your own nominations...
Choo-choo Santa

NevadaGram #209 – Christmas Trains, Secrets of the Picon, and the Guy from Tahoe...

Nevada is blessed with a handful of historic railroads operating around the state, and they all devote considerable energy to creating forever Christmas memories. If there's a child in your world, these train rides...
Merry-Go-Round on Rue de Rivoli

NevadaGram #208 – Nevada in Paris

Last year Robin and I spent several magical days following Sam Clemens around Paris and when the opportunity came to come back again, I decided to see what else Nevada people have been up...
Squaw Tom Sanders 1900 - 1980

NevadaGram #207 – Squaw Tom, The Picon Drinker and the Guy from Tahoe

Fate and circumstance have decreed that this month's NevadaGram will feature Squaw Tom Sanders at the top of the page. This is one of the stories that won him the Nevada Press Association's First...
Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Carson Valley Nevada

NevadaGram #206 – A Visit to Carson Valley, Goldfield Days, Bicycling in Nevada and...

Carson Valley has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful places on earth, just a half hour's drive, via the Kingsbury Grade with its stunning views, from another of the most beautiful...
Lily in her pool at Safe Haven Refuge Nevada

NevadaGram #205 – Hold that Tiger (and those Bears)

I don't quite know how to introduce the strange place in the desert we visited early in July. It is only ten miles off Interstate 80 at Mill City but far removed from what...
Miles End B&B, Kingston Nevada

NevadaGram #204 – Kingston, Night Out at Lake Tahoe and Mountain Biking Trails...

The best way to get to Kingston is by way of US 50 to Austin, then west down into the Reese River Valley a couple of miles and then south on the road marked...
Last Chance Joe, Sparks Nevada

NevadaGram #203 – Last Chance Joe, Wandering, Cold Springs Station, Old Time Fiddlers

There's a paunchy, nearly toothless bewhiskered old guy who's always wearing a goofy grin and has been a familiar figure on Victorian Avenue in Sparks for more than 50 years — since it was...
Peter Barton and Gernor Brian Sandoval at dedication of the new NSRy bridge to Henderson

NevadaGram #202 – Rural RoundUp in Tonopah, Big Spike in Boulder City, Reno Night...

Rural RoundUp, the annual grand conclave of tourism workers from all around rural Nevada, was held this year in Tonopah. The speakers were insightful and entertaining, the workshops apt and informative, the meals ambitious...

NevadaGram #201 – Art, Skiing, Driving Old Lonely, the April Calendar

Skiing in Nevada by Curtis Fong “The Guy From Tahoe” Miracle March? March Madness? During this past month the Storm Door finally opened and Mother Nature brought winter back to northern Nevada… Gotta hand it to...
Ruby Mountain summits near Elko

NevadaGram #200 – Skiing the Rubies, A Foodie in Vegas, Shopping in Winnemucca

Introducing a new section of the NevadaGram, Let's Go Outside with Curtis Fong. "I remember the guide telling us what line he was going to ski and indicating a stop point at the bottom and...

NevadaGram #199 – Skiing in Nevada, yep

Our Guest Author this month is Curtis Fong, “The Guy From Tahoe”. He has been a familiar figure on the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe, on the tv screen and on the radio, for...
China Camp, near Tecopa

NevadaGram #198 – Must See-Must Do, Hot Spring Getaway

It is traditional for us to unlimber our Nevada 'Must-See Must Do' list in this first edition of the New Year. In the past Robin and I (and once, Shorty — he loved the...

NevadaGram #197 — Virginia City at Christmastime

Virginia City is what's left of the Richest Place on Earth, and a major attraction for visitors in Nevada. It's a wonderful place to visit any time, but if you really want to catch...

NevadaGram #196 – Following Mark Twain around Paris

On the 4th of July 1867, Sam Clemens was 32 years old and had acquired the beginnings of a reputation and a career by becoming Mark Twain. He had embarked on a 5-month tour...
Incline Village Nevada

NevadaGram #195 – Incline Village, Crystal Bay and Coaldale

In all my years of exploring Nevada the most difficult place for me to get a handle on has been Incline Village. I could never find the There there. Now with the help of...
US 95 in Nevada

NevadaGram #194 – Laughlin, Art Flap at Baker

We'd been a long day on the road and running late, hurrying now that a sunset was setting the sky on fire, worried we'd find all the campsites taken. We'd visited the Big Bend...
The Clown Motel, Tonopah Nevada

NevadaGram #193 – A Drive down 95

Driving and jiving down 95, first stop in Yerington where we had some bad news: Kings Diner, last year's great Yerington discovery, is gone. We liked the food, but more than that we liked...
The Travelvan

NevadaGram #192 – Snake Valley Days at Baker

All you have to do to get to Baker from anywhere in Nevada is to get on US 50 and drive east. That's what Robin and I did, and then drove up the east...
Cowboy Express to Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada

NevadaGram #191 – Dream Train to Elko, Comstock Mining Update

The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is scheduled for January 29-February 3 next year. Its theme will be "Basques and Buckaroos: Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond" and tickets will go on sale...
Paleontologists digging for ichthyosaurs in the Augusta Mountains, Pershing County Nevada

NevadaGram #190 – Ichthyosaur Digs, Rural RoundUp in Elko, Nevada Calendar

Rural RoundUp 2017 This year's Cow Counties Tourism Pro-Am convened in Elko. Story below. More than 500 fans of a Reno-brewed IPA, and of its namesake — a giant prehistoric ocean-dwelling reptile — attended a fundraiser at...
NevadaGram #189 – Fallon’s Secret Revealed, The Nevada Calendar for April

NevadaGram #189 – Fallon’s Secret Revealed, The Nevada Calendar for April

Here's what Fallon has been so carefully guarding from the world: There is no quieter, calmer, sweeter or more secret getaway in Nevada than Fallon. I know, right? Does not compute. That's how clever Fallon has...
Martin Hotel Winnemucca Nevada

NevadaGram #188 – Meet Me at the Martin, Nevada Calendar for March

In the summer of 2004 a man and his wife set out from Maine, heading west for their new life in Nevada, and on the way the wife suffered a cracked tooth. Despite her...

NevadaGram #187 – Snowbound at Tahoe, Nevada Correspondence, Comstock Mining Update

Mark McLaughlin Our Guest Author is an award-winning, nationally published author, speaker, and photographer with seven books and more than 750 articles in print. He has been a regular contributor to California and Nevada media, and has won 5 Nevada...
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