Great Basin Nationnal Park sky observatory

NevadaGram #185 – Great Basin Observatory, Nevada Correspondence, Sourdough Slim in Eureka

Sourdough Slim at the Eureka Opera House Story and video below  Among the many things they can brag about, the rangers at Great Basin National Park can point to the sky and say, "It gets really dark...
Fly Geyser, Gerlach Nevada

NevadaGram #184 – Gerlach, City of Dreams

South Tahoe Food & Wine Festival See story and photos below We drove to Gerlach north from Silver Springs, through Fernley, Wadsworth and Nixon — towns most visitors never notice, if they see them at all...
World’s Fastest Human in Battle Mountain

NevadaGram #183 – World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain

We are in Battle Mountain for the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge, which is a contest to see whose bicycle can go fastest on five miles of straight, flat Highway 305 about 15 miles south...
Central Nevada Museum

NevadaGram #182 – Visits to Eureka, Tonopah and Winnemucca, Richard Bangs Makes it to...

In Silver City, Saturday August 20th was a hot and happy summer's day as townspeople, former residents, grandparents, friends from out of town, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins by the dozens gathered at...
Ward Charcoal Ovens

NevadaGram #181 – Comstock Mining Update

We failed. For more than five years residents of the Comstock tried to keep an upstart mining company from digging an enormous pit mine in the the Virginia City National Historic Landmark just above Devil's...
Ely Renaissance Village

NevadaGram #180 — Pioche to Great Basin National Park, Wine-Walking in Eureka

Nevada State of Mind (Part 2: Pioche to Great Basin National Park) by Richard Bangs Pioche was once the baddest town in the West, badder than Tombstone, Deadwood or Dodge City. In its heyday as a silver...
Valley of Fire State Park Nevada

NevadaGram #179 – Exploring the Edge of the World, Comstock Mining Update

Nevada State of Mind by Richard Bangs It feels like we’re driving to the edge of the world where the water falls off. Infinity is just ahead. To the right are mountains that arc up from the...
River walk, Laughlin Nevada

NevadaGram #178 – Rural RoundUp in Laughlin, Detour to Paris

Rural RoundUp is the annual conclave of Nevada's tourism industry, Cow County division, a party it throws for itself. The venue rotates; last year in the beautiful Carson Valley in the shadow of the...
It's not Venice, It's Sparks!

NevadaGram #177 – Sparks, City of Mystery

Last week, unable to spare the time for a vacation in Tuscany, I decided to spend a day in Sparks. You might be tempted to begin a self-guided tour downtown where Sparks grew up across...
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...
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...
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