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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...
Unionville road

Dirt Road to Unionville

by Gage Smith, "the Picon Guy" Any long time Nevadan knows that camping on the first weekend in May can be a real crap shoot. The weather can be anything from sweltering hot to frigid...
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...
Ichthyosaur dig in the Augusta Mountains of Nevada

Icky to Underwrite Ichthyosaur Digs

The Ichthyosaur is Nevada's favorite fossil, and it has been given a new lease on life by a German professor of Paleontology and a beer brewer in Reno. Metaphorically, I mean, not that Old Stonybones...
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...
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...
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...
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...

Ely Correspondence – March 2016

Ely Great Basin College Geology Field Trips For the adventurous person interested in the Great Basin, two geology field trips are being offered by the Great Basin College during the Spring Semester. The Death Valley field trip...

Railfanning Correspondence- February 2016

Railfanning See Nevada from the California Zephyr For a lot of people, railfanning means finding a location overlooking some railroad tracks, setting up a lawn chair and an umbrella, and listening to a radio or scanner...
Bellagio Conservatory

Nevada Correspondence – December 2015

In this edition: Baker, Carson Valley, Las Vegas(2), Lincoln County, Tuscarora, Railfanning in Weso              
Union Pacific locomotives near Weso

Railfanning Correspondence – December 2015

Railfanning in Weso   This month's railfan dispatch is all about watching trains in Weso, Nevada.  Wait, where?  If you try locating information about Weso on the the internet, you will be hard pressed to come up...
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...
Chinatown, Winnemucca Nevada

Boyhood Days in Winnemucca 1901-1910

by James R. Chew As a young boy, my family and I lived in Winnemucca's Chinatown on Baud Street.  It had a population of about 400 Chinese, who were practically all railroad workers.  Surprisingly, only four...
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...
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...
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 #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...

NevadaGram #125 – January 2012 Handing Out Awards, Wild Women in Elko

What They're saying About Us In the State of Nevada 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, jingle dancers are juxtaposed with state statistics. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. Get the New Complete Nevada Traveler at our Nevada...

NevadaGram #121 – Mizpah Hotel Opens, Perfect Tourist Comes to Visit

What They're saying About Us The Guardian (UK) cuts a rug in Las Vegas. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. The Affectionate and Intimately Detailed Guide to the Most Interesting State in America is available at...

NevadaGram #108 – Edna’s 115th in Winnemucca, Scandal in old Tonopah

Despite its affinity for famous people from Kit Carson to Frank Sinatra, Nevada has relatively few notable natives. Even Wayne Newton came from somewhere else. How many Nevada-born celebrities can you name? Emma Nevada was...
From Reno To Winnemucca and Back By Train

NevadaGram #103 – From Reno To Winnemucca and Back By Train

I mentioned in an earlier NevadaGram (not getting the NevadaGram yet? Sign up here) that there will be an almost-impromptu birthday party for Edna Purviance in October at Winnemucca. What They're saying About Us The...
Alpaca Western Extravaganza

NevadaGram #91 – Poetry in Fallon, Art & A Capella in Eureka

What They're saying About Us The New York Times eats lamb testicles in Virginia City. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. We can't...
Lil Red Wagon, Winnemucca

NevadaGram #67 – Winnemucca, Wendover

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. Winnemucca Love Song: In the early and...
A glimpse of the Forbidden City

NevadaGram #51 – Governor’s Conference, Baker, Eureka, Ely, Pahrump

What They're saying About Us The Los Angeles Times meets Frenchies in Las Vegas. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. The recent Governor's...

NevadaGram #50 – The Mary Jane Sisters, Hawthorne Loop Trip, Arc Dome Wilderness

In this long, lingering autumn of sunny skies and still air, lots of adventurous folks have been out exploring the state. The MaryJane Sisters went from Austin to Ely, with side trips to Cave...

NevadaGram #49 – Hooters in Las Vegas, Cow Camp, Old Yella Dog Ranch

What They're saying About Us The San Francisco Chronicle goes boy crazy in Las Vegas. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. The Hotel...

NevadaGram #46 – Carlin to Palisade, Mesquite discoveries, Ginny’s Desert Adventure

What They're saying About Us The New York Times drives Interstate 80. Sign Up for our NevadaGram here. You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. One of the pleasures of...

NevadaGram #43 – Frenchies in Winnemucca, a Bad/Good Day in Black Rock City and...

We were up early on a sunny Winnemucca Saturday. We gave Shorty a rare treat, a walk on level streets, and then headed for The Griddle. In the Nevada culture, breakfast at The Griddle...

NevadaGram #29 – Austin’s Fabulous New Year’s Eve, Legends Meet at Lake Tahoe, the...

Victorian New Year's Eve in Austin was a great success. Jan Morrison of The Main Street Shops reports: "My little shop was packed! "From an RSVP list of 84, 81 people made it to...
Mom, Connor and Davis visited the preserved town of Berlin at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.

NevadaGram #26 Female Bank Robbers, Winnemucca Wants Your Vote and The Family E Discovers...

There is a gang of female bank robbers headquartered in Austin and making raids as far away as Goldfield. They don't actually rob banks, but they play the part to the hilt, in full...
1948 Tucker

Trip Report #25 – More Battle Mountain, Is Tonopah The Next Ghost?

No sooner did Battle Mountain bring off its hugely successful "Old Spice Festival in the Pit" than its citizens took a deep breath and began setting up for the 2003 World Human Powered Speed...
Victoria B.C.

NevadaGram #23 – Canada, Goldfield Hotel for sale, Two Elys, Fallon’s famous Cantaloupe Fest

In last month's Travelgram I mentioned Canadians and tipping, which inspired a sharp rebuke from Winnemucca: "For your information not all of us Canadians are lousy tippers!" Naturally I was appalled at the idea I'd...
Mickey Jones comes to Winnemucca after filming the movie ?The Fighting Temptations? (also with Cuba Gooding Jr.), due out in August

Trip Report #20 April 2003 Mizpah Hotel, Wooly Worms and Memorial Day around Nevada

The sternwheeler Tahoe Queen presents, “Mark Twain’s Tales of Tahoe,” a daily two hour and 15 minute Emerald Bay cruise departing at 2:30 pm daily and starring McAvoy Layne as the Ghost of Twain. Our...

NevadaGram #9 – May Winnemucca, Elko Museums, Travel off the freeway

Two Great Museums on I-80: The Humboldt Museum, Winnemucca Take US 95 north across the river to this recently enlarged facility containing an exotic combination of artifacts from the pioneer west, prehistory and the early automobiles...
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