Pony Express Territory is an homage to the early American delivery system, consisting of a charge across a 17-million acre region that kept the east and west connected. Pony riders made the ten day trek between Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri back in 1860 - 1861, giving the region it's equestrian namesake. This stretch of Nevada remains a time capsule of the era, capturing the history in a living museum filled with cities that take you right back to the times of pioneers and gold rush miners. Filled with ghost towns and old mining cities, you can visit the areas that once made the Pony Express Territory famous. To get the full experience, travel across what Travel Nevada dubbed "The Loneliest Road" (aka US Highway 50). While it may not offer traditional tourist attractions, motorists can stop at many of the towns along the way to see the sights, like historic cemeteries and museums. While you drive, you may get to see some of the local wildlife and there are plenty of camping, picnicking and hiking opportunities along the scenic route. Running parallel to the original Pony Express Trail, you can even see remnants of Pony Express Stations. No matter where you decide to stop, the entire trip will be full of surreal desert beauty that keeps us coming back to this historic region. The Great Basin National Heritage Area offers a variety of activities that any outdoorsman or historian would love. You can take a step back in history by visiting some of the world's oldest trees - Bristlecone pine trees that can live up to 5,000 years old and are sustained by the high elevation ranges of the GBNHA. Visit the Nevada Northern Railway Museum to learn about the history of trains and even get the opportunity to ride along in a themed railroad journey or even sign up to be an engineer! What was once considered "unexplored" Nevada territory in the early days of the Pony Express, Austin has now boomed to become Nevada's second largest city - thanks to a vein of silver found by William Talcott. The historic downtown area consists of the original brick buildings constructed to house the city's banks, lecture halls, schools and churches - some of which are still operating today. If you're more interested in exploring the outdoors than taking a history lesson, there are plenty of camping opportunities in the surrounding wilderness areas where visitors can hunt, bike, backpack or just breathe in the fresh air. One of the earliest cities of the Nevada Territory, Dayton was built on the gold rush and remained strong through the railroad days. Railroad buffs from across the country are drawn to the historic site where they can see some of the original lines from back in the day. Visiting families can try their hand at pump cars and gold panning. Visit the depot museum to see accurate model replicas of the original locomotives and enjoy some live music and food while walking through history. Plan your trip with Mighway and let the journey unfold
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The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway historic facilities, yards, and rail collection. This evolving museum gives people the opportunity to experience a world-class, historic, working railroad.
Great Basin National Park sits in the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery. The story of the Great Basin is not just one of geology and landforms, but also of people. This region has been home to American Indians for thousands of years. In more recent times, farmers and ranchers, Mormons and sheepherders, all called the Great Basin home.Within Great Basin National Park, a representive piece of this massive region, stories of people and of places abound. Humans have left their mark here, too; from the Fremont Indians, who lived in Snake Valley, to Absalom Lehman, discoverer of Lehman Caves, to the mining camps that at one time dotted the South Snake Range. Remnants of former times are abundant. They are worthy of preservation as much as any natural feature, as they are invaluable links to the past. The Great Basin Visitor Center is located on Nevada State Route 487 in the town of Baker. The Lehman Caves Visitor Center is located on Nevada State Route 488. It is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from Baker, Nevada, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) inside the park boundary. Both centers feature exhibits about the park's geology, natural and cultural history, as well as theaters with orientation films
The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and operation of the Nevada Northern Railway historic facilities, yards, and rail collection. In the 1990 the Depot Building and the Freight Barn were given to the State of Nevada for the establishment of a museum in eastern Nevada. As the newest of six state museums, the East Ely Railroad Depot Museum shares the mission of other institutions. Staff are dedicated to the collection, preservation, study, and interpretation of the vast and rich heritage of the State of Nevada.
The Museum’s Main Building, built in 1957 as a Safeway grocery store. With the help of community volunteers, the Churchill County Museum opened in the building on July 4, 1968. The Museum’s West Annex, completed in 2000, houses communications and transportation artifacts including buggies, fire engines, a blacksmith shop, telephones, and a 1912 steam roller. The Woodliff Novelty Store, built about 1911, was moved frequently over the years, coming to its final home on the museum grounds in 1982. It was restored and opened to the public two years later. The post office boxes from Hazen, in use from 1904 to 1977, are also housed in this building.
Baker Creek Campground is situated right next to Baker Creek and contains 34 campsites, 2 of which are wheelchair accessible. The elevation is 7,530 ft. Water is available during the summer months. There is a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring at each site. A few vault toilets are located within the campground. Elevation: 7,530 feet (2,295 meters) Location: On Baker Creek Road, 3 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center Baker Creek Campground contains 17 campsites, one of which is wheelchair accessible. Water is available.Visit Baker Creek Campground
Meadow Valley Campground is located in Lincoln County east of Pioche. The main campground lies in a narrow side canyon called Nicanor Canyon in the Mt. Wilson Range, at 5,800-foot elevation. Fishing, hiking and bird watching are popular in the area. This recreation site borders Spring Valley State Park, which provides additional fishing and hiking opportunities. 6 campsites with picnic tables & fire grills. 3 walk-in primitive sites for tents. Restrooms available but no potable water. Trash cans are provided. Limited access for large RV’s but overflow site across the road for larger vehicles. Restrictions: Hunting/shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites. Located at the south end of the Mt. Wilson volcanic caldera, this scenic area offers a variety of camping and outdoor pleasures. A popular camping area for users of Eagle Valley Reservoir. The park is open year round. Fees and reservations are not needed to access the park. Recreational activities include fishing, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, water sports, and camping.Visit Meadow Valley Campground
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