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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...

Ely Correspondence – February 2018

Tacos, Tamales and Nopales! In November, drivers along Great Basin Highway took in the new and welcome sight of Jr. Street Tacos, operated by Claudia Coble and parked at the Sinclair gas station. The food truck...
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...

Ely Correspondence – December 2017

Cold Mountain Fun with Fire & Ice As January cold settles into the mountains of Ely, Cave Lake comes alive with the annual Fire & Ice Festival. The festival melds artistic skill, physical endurance and...

Ely Correspondence – November 2017

Scenic Fall Drive Before winter sets in, take a drive along 38-mile Success Loop to glimpse the last of the autumn aspen leaves. Along the road are numerous places to pull over to bask in...

Ely Correspondence – October 2017

Pine-Nut Time If you like pine nuts, then fall is the time to visit Eastern Nevada. The mountain pinyon trees are heavy with their delicious crop this year, if you know where to look and...

Ely Correspondence – August 2017

1987 Ely Centennial Celebration – Thirty Years Later Mining is an up and down activity, with the price of minerals controlling the rise and fall of the economy in a mining town. The 1980’s were...

Ely Correspondence – July 2017

July 4th in Ely July 4th is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Ely. There is a long history and tradition for this. In the early days of the mining and ranching here,...

Ely Correspondence – February 2017

Ely's Nevada Northern Railway Photo Shoot The whistle from the steam engine echoes across the valley as the white, puffy cloud of steam rises in the early morning chill. Snow covers the ground and the...
Star Lake above South Lake Tahoe

Nevada Correspondence – October 2016

In this edition: Boulder City, Carson Valley, Elko, Ely, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Lincoln County, Mesquite, South Lake Tahoe   Boulder City Good Citizens The biggest event of the year in Boulder City is the Annual Art in the Park...
Halloween in Ely

Ely Correspondence – October 2016

Halloween in Ely A Ely celebrates the fall harvest and Halloween in a variety of ways, all designed to take advantage of our great fall weather. The Nevada Northern Railway's Haunted Ghost Trains run each Saturday...

Working on the Railroad

by Mark Bassett   Working on the railroad all the live-long day. If you have driven from Ely to Ruth, you might have noticed that is just what we’re doing. Track equipment is out on the...
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...
1956 Pontiac Chieftain Hy-Rail, modified by Fairmont Motor Co.

One Unusual Project: Nevada Northern Railway HY-RAIL #18

by Mark Bassett As with most things in life, it started with a simple comment. “Hey that’s a cool 1956 Pontiac Chieftain Station Wagon.” Paul Mickelson, one of the museum members was reviewing a book Joan...
NSRy Visitor Center

Railroading in Nevada

'Forgotten by Society' In a new exhibition, the contribution of Chinese workers is being brought to the light When one thinks of the transcontinental railroad, rarely do Chinese migrants come to mind. But in a new...
Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive No. 40 rolls out of the enginehouse

Railfanning Correspondence – March 2016

Railfanning Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Photo Spectacular Gallery Back in January, we told you about the Winter Steam Photo Spectacular, hosted in Ely, Nevada, by the Nevada Northern Railway.  We invited you to attend and...
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...
Railfanning January 2016

Railfanning Correspondence – January 2016

Railfanning Nevada Northern Railway Winter Steam Photo Spectacular Welcome to 2016, we hope you had a joyous holiday season and we hope this new year will be a great one for you and all of your...

Nevada Correspondence – October 2015

In this edition: Baker, Las Vegas(3), Lincoln County, Mesquite, Tuscarora, West Wendover, Railfanning in Ely   Baker October is one of the most beautiful months to visit Great Basin National Park. The cool, crisp air and changing colors makes...
Mark Bassett, Executive Director, Nevada Northern Railway, Ely

A Steamin’ Miracle in Ely

By Mark Bassett Executive Director Nevada Northern Railway The long awaited forensic audit of Nevada Northern Railway was released last week by Larry Bertsch, CPA. In his presentation, Mr. Bertsch stated, “…the railroad is on a...

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 #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...
Will James collection housed at Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko

NevadaGram #127 – March 2012 Rural Round Up at Incline Village, Will James settles...

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...
Piper's Opera House

NevadaGram #69 – The World Comes to Virginia City

What They're saying About Us The Boston Globe Visits Laughlin. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. On Friday May 18, the world of...
Boat Race on the Colorado River, Laughlin Nevada

NevadaGram #68 – April 2007 Gold Point, Tuscarora, Las Vegas and Laughlin

This time instead of looking back on a visit here or there, I'm looking forward. But the basic idea is the same: enjoying Nevada. And I'm hopeful that the sunny skies will especially inspire...
Northern Nevada Railway

NevadaGram #61 – Northern Nevada Railway Centennial in Ely, Ten Essentials for your Nevada...

We had a great time at the Nevada Northern Railway's Centennial celebration. We stayed over the night before in Eureka, and managed to get into Ely in time to join in the pancake breakfast that...
Gold Dust at Goldpoint

NevadaGram #59 – Three Nevada Ghost Towns and How They Survive

What They're saying About Us The LA Times Discovers Pyramid Lake. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. Ghost Towns are among Nevada's most...
Dragon Boats, Hendersn Nevadaa

NevadaGram #55 – A Capella in Eureka, Muhammad Cartoons in Wendover, Dragon Boats in...

What They're saying About Us The Los Angeles Times finds Rhyolite. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. The Eureka Opera House is an...

NevadaGram #31 – Jazz, Railroads, Dude Ranches, the Mary Jane Sisters in Eureka and...

No sooner do the first wildflowers of spring begin to paint the mountainsides than Jazz music fills the air around Nevada. A consortium of Las Vegas investors has bought Tonopah's historic Mizpah Hotel and announced...
Giuseppe?s, Main Street, Yerington

NevadaGram #6 – Yerington and Winnemucca Dining, The Rainbow Turns 7 and Nevada Goes...

John Sanderson writes from Yerington to enthuse about Joe Dini's Lucky Club on Main Street as one of the finer dinner houses in rural Nevada: Giuseppe's is open Friday and Saturday nights and it's the...
Battle Mountain Armpit Festival

NevadaGram #5 – Battle Mountain, “The Ghost Train of Old Ely” Goes to the...

Our travels have been somewhat curtailed by heavy workload in January. One product of the work is the spiffy new website for the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall in Ely, featuring the dancing burro....
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