Solar array at Crescent Dunes, Tonopah Nevada

NevadaGram #176 — Tonopah Rising, Nevada Correspondence

Tonopah, 4 am The city was sleeping with its night lights on, silent except for the occasional snore of a semi-truck traveling US 95 through its center. The night was warm and the air was...
Chair lift at Heavenly Lake Tahoe

NevadaGram #175 – Winter at South Shore

Lake Tahoe is well-known as a vacation/recreation destination, and so we made a visit between January snowstorms to see what the Lake has to offer in winter. “We were like a couple of kids,”...
The fried cheese cheeseburger. Does Sassafras serve the hippest food in town?

NevadaGram #174 – US 50 is Burger Road, Comstock Mining Update

The Best Burgers in the World are found along US 50 in Nevada. Anyone who has driven the "Loneliest Highway" and had a burger along the way will agree. No matter how long ago it...
Festival of Trees

NevadaGram #173 – Elko’s Christmas Trees, 2016 Must-See Must-Do, Global Tourism Summit

Christmas in Elko is a delightful mini-season that begins each year with the Festival of the Trees, which came this year on the last day of November. This is one of the major annual art...
Nevada State Capitol, Carson City

NevadaGram #172 – Carson City at Christmastime

Carson City is a real city now. No, really. There are lots of ways to measure this, but in my mind the true mark of a city is whether or not you can do all...
Edmonton Eskimos, 1910

NevadaGram #171 – Wheezer Dell

A while back I posted a NevadaGram about Wheezer Dell, the first Nevada-born child — Tuscarora, June 11, 1886 — to grow up to play major league baseball, first for St. Louis in 1912...
Jeanne Dini Cultural Center, Yerington Nevada

NevadaGram #170 – Smith Valley and Yerington, Nevada Correspondence

A while back I recounted our drive along the Bodie Road in far western Nevada, and our homeward journey via Smith Valley and Yerington. Shortly after that NevadaGram was dispatched I was chided by...
Holbrook Junction by Neil Lockhart

NevadaGram #169 — Lovelock Cave, Comstock Mining Update, Nevada Correspondence and More

One of Nevada's greatest attractions to visitors goes mostly unmentioned, even by our most enthusiastic promoters: Time Travel. This is conveniently accessible and easy to do here, and one enjoyable way to do it is...
Bodie California State Park in far western Nevada

NevadaGram #168 – Far Western Nevada (Bridgeport, Bodie and Aurora)

Nevada Correspondence In this NevadaGram we debut a new section of Correspondence from around the state on matters of interest to Nevada-lovers, both residents and visitors. Please try a taste, and add your comments in...
Lake Tahoe, early spring

NevadaGram #167 – Adrift at Lake Tahoe, Comstock Mining Update

Imagine that you've made arrangements for an exciting weekend with a friend who shares your enthusiasms and at the last minute it all fell through, leaving you alone and adrift at Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe!...
Borges Carriage Rides, Genoa Nevada

NevadaGram #166 – Rural RoundUp, The One and Only McKeen Car,

This year's Rural RoundUp — the 25th Annual — was held in the Carson Valley. For the rural tourism marketers in attendance it was an enjoyable visit to one of the most beautiful places...

NevadaGram #165 — Wheezer Dell, Two New Breweries

I've just come from spending three pleasant days delving into the Wheezer Dell archive, and especially the thick scrapbook into which Eleanor Dell had pasted newspaper clippings about her husband's career as a baseball...

NevadaGram #164 – Eagles & Ag in Carson Valley, Comstock Mining Update, a Post...

The last time I was an agri-tourist was 42 years ago, when I was led inside, outside, through and around a pig farm in Aarhus Denmark, but my memories of it are still vivid...

NevadaGram #163 – 2015 Must-See Must-Do Awards, A Visit to Ely, Elko’s ‘Lost Ski...

And now the moment that everyone has been waiting for: the announcement of the annual Must-See Must-Do List for 2015. As always, this list reflects our personal preferences — lots of nominations on the website...
2014 Christmas card by Deb Sutherland

NevadaGram #162

Our beautiful Christmas Card Our thanks to Deb Sutherland for allowing us to share her image of the Northern Nevada Railway depot in East Ely. It caught my eye when I first saw it on...
Civil Warriors on Parade, Nevada Day 2014 Virginia City

NevadaGram #161 Sesquicentennial Nevada Day

Nevada Day was very big this year, being the Sesquicentennial edition and all. The year-long effort to celebrate the milestone with events and activities around the state — more than 500 of them...
Belmont Mill, White Pine District

NevadaGram #160 — Hamilton, the Belmont Mill and Wheezer Dell

In Nevada, even in our Age of Tesla, it is still possible to venture as deep into history and prehistory as you care to go. Here's a day trip from Ely or Eureka that...
Tile Tortoise, Main Street Park, Fernley Nevada

NevadaGram #159 – I-80 postcard from Shorty

Robin, Shorty and I recently made a pleasant trip across northern Nevada to update Shorty's book, and here is some of what we discovered along the way. Two Burning Man art pieces and one locally...
Frontier RV Park, Winnemucca Nevada

NevadaGram #158 – A Visit to Winnemucca, Comstock Mining Update

When we planned last week's visit to Winnemucca we determined to try nothing but new restaurants and lodgings. No Griddle for breakfast. No Martin Hotel for lunch. No Ormachea's for dinner. No Tortilla Factory...
Red Dog at Night - Virginia City Nevada

NevadaGram #157 – Landsailing Championships on Smith Creek Playa, Plus Bulletins from Austin, Wells,...

The World Championship Land Sailing Competition was held last month at Smith Creek Playa west of Austin alongside old US 50 (now Nevada 722). It had been held in recent years at Ivanpah in...
The Genoa Trail System

NevadaGram #156 – A Visit to Genoa, Post Card from Shorty,

If you've ever visited the Carson Valley in your lifetime, you can probably still see it clearly in your memory. The broad green valley, speckled with grazing cattle, made lush by rivulets from mighty granite...
Bucket of Blood on C Street, Downtown Virginia City Nevada

NevadaGram #155 – Virginia City, an SOS from Lake Tahoe and More

Was it a mistake for me to be your guide to Virginia City? I know too much. It's helpful to be able to point out that B Street was once Virginia City's Champs-Elysees. It's just a...

NevadaGram #154 – Rural Round Up in Ely, Comstock Mining Update, Burning Man Art...

By mid-afternoon on the last day in April, a bus coming from Reno, another one from Las Vegas and a slew of passenger cars coming from every which way had all accomplished the voyage...
Showers in Early Spring - Nevada

NevadaGram #153 – Getting There, Post Card from Shorty and “Queen of the Night”

Getting there. When you hear someone say that our long highway distances are boring, it's easy for a Nevada-lover to suppose they lack a crucial gene. As a service to our subscribers, we present...
cowdogs at work at teh Winnemucca Ranch Hand Rodeo

NevadaGram #152 – Dog Trials in Winnemucca, Hotel Comes Down in Eureka, Comstock Mining...

Comstock Mining Update This month's Comstock Mining Update begins with the Lyon County Commissioners meeting in Yerington on Thursday, March 6. (CONTINUED below or click the link above) There is every kind of mid-winter fun available in Nevada,...
Hoover Dam

NevadaGram #151 – Boulder City, a Post Card from Shorty

We are doing ourselves a big favor by visiting Boulder City in February. It is the perfect cure for a Comstock winter, if you're not going to Belize. When we are snowed in and battling...
Hawthorne Army Depot

NevadaGram #150 – Comstock Mining Update, Must See-Must Do 2014

Comstock Mining Update: At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 2, the Lyon County Commission broke all precedent by ignoring its Planning commission's recommendation to deny the Comstock Mining Inc's Master Plan Amendment and Zoning...
Lyon County Planning Recommends Denial

NevadaGram #149 – Comstock Mining Update, “Jesus’ Birthday”

The struggle over pit mining in the Virginia City National Historic Landmark has shifted south through Devil's Gate from Storey to Lyon County. At last month's scheduled hearing before the Lyon County Planning...
S-Line Reservoir in Fallon, Nevada

NevadaGram #148 – A Dream Speech and a Call from Joe

AS I WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Las Vegas this week, I found myself reflecting on the Great State of Nevada and its future, imagining a speech from that...
USS Nevada

NevadaGram #147 – Nevada Day in Carson City

IT IS NEVADA DAY, the grandest 72-hour day of our year, and the great Nevada Day Parade in Carson City on Saturday is its most splendid expression, a gaudy 3-hour procession of floats, bands...
Sunrise over I-80 in Nevada

NevadaGram #146 – Andy & the Snake, A Postcard from Shorty

THE NEW Harrah's Hotel was one of four or five buildings that rose up out of Reno's grimy brick downtown like bright porcelain teeth in a mouthful of rotting stumps. I had begun talking...

NevadaGram #143 – Comstock Mining Updates

Since late in 2010 the necessity of defending the Virginia City National Historic Landmark against surface mining has meant interrupting the NevadaGram from time to time. Compared to the other frustrations and annoyances we and...
The restored and refurbished Tuscarora Society Hall contains the community museum.

NevadaGram #142 – A Visit to Tuscarora

Share on Facebook Tuscarora's great event takes place every other year, usually over the Memorial Day weekend: Open Studios, during which visitors may tour the ateliers and meet the "sensitives" (as my friend Buckeye Blake...
Laughln Boat Race

NevadaGram #141 – Living Large in Laughlin, Postcard from Shorty

Laughlin should have been named Fun City — Laughlin NV in the 1970s no-one comes here on business unless they are in the fun business. We come for the food, the drink, the easy-going...
The 2013 wine crush at Rural Round-Up

NevadaGram #140 – Rural Round Up in Pahrump, An afternoon in Carson Valley, A...

April's great event for those of us non-metropolitans who strive to build Nevada Tourism, is Rural Round Up. It is the annual gathering of folks from what we used to call the cow counties...
Squaw Tom Sanders

NevadaGram #139 – March 2013 Sourdough Slim and Squaw Tom Sanders

What They're saying About Us The New York Times goes winter kayaking on Lake Tahoe. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guide to the Most Interesting State in America is available at...

NevadaGram #138 – February 2013 Chinese New Year in Virginia City

What They're saying About Us The New York Times visits the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Photo: New York Times Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guide to the Most Interesting State in...

NevadaGram #137 – January 2013 Pit Mining on the Comstock, More from Shorty

What They're saying About Us Photo Courtesty of Max Whittaker for The New York Times The New York Times finds a Storey County Commissioner at the Mustang Ranch. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately...

NevadaGram #136 – December 2012 Merry Christmas

Elko's Festival of Trees represents for us the whole spectrum of Christmas activities around Nevada: a community event based on creativity and generosity that has become an integral part of what makes Elko Elko....

NevadaGram #135 – November 2012 A Heavenly Day in Fallon, Must-see, Must-do for 2013

What They're saying About Us The New York Times visits downtown Las Vegas and finds Zappos. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guide to the Most Interesting State in America is...
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