An open set, endless vistas, carpeted valleys, and picturesque mining towns, there are few places that embody the Nevada experience as well as the Pony Express Territory. The territory stretches in central Nevada, on US Highway 50. Its name reflects that US Highway 50 parallels the historic Pony Express, which ran from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in the early 1860s.
It is a one-foot zone firmly planted in the 19th century and the other in the 21st century. There are only a handful of small towns hanging along the highway, which Life magazine ranked "America's only road." It is probably so. Motorists who feel lonely when they are not surrounded by buildings and traffic may feel isolated. But the rest will find calm in magnificent isolation.
Pony Express Territory is a land of natural, unmasked wonders and charming mining towns that still look the way they were more than a century ago. When traveling from east to west, your first stop should be on the US 50 motorway in Great Basin National Park, home to old pine trees. These giant giants, growing at altitudes greater than 10,000 feet, can live up to 4,000 years. The park also has hiking trails leading to majestic alpine lakes and mountain peaks, including 13,063 feet Wheeler Peak, Nevada's second highest point.
The Leman Caves, accessed through the park's visitor center, offer spectacular displays of stalactites and steel that have been developed over hundreds of years. The small town of Baker, five miles east of the park, offers restaurants, a motel and a gas station.
Ely, a former copper mining town, about an hour northwest of the park, Ely serves as a great base for trips to many recreational areas and historical sites. The city has a large number of restaurants, hotels, recreational spaces and murals that bring the city's history to life.
The Northern Nevada Railway Museum in Elle houses the railroad arenas, shops and railroads of the Northern Nevada Railway, a short line that ran from 1906 to the early 1980s.
The renovated East Ely train depot has a small museum and a gift shop. But the highlight of the stop is the "Ghost Train of Old Ely" ride. During weekends and on scheduled times, train trips are offered using the historic 40th Railroad, the Baldwin steam engine in 1910, or its sister engine, 93, an American steam engine built in 1909. Train enthusiasts can become engineers and actually drive Either a steam locomotive or a diesel on a 14-mile journey to a narrow canyon.
Seventy-eight miles west of Ely is Eureka, one of the best preserved 19th-century mining cities in Nevada. Founded in 1864, Eureka boasts many of its original buildings, a number of which have been carefully renovated. The most impressive is the Eureka Court, which opened in 1880. Across the street, Eureka Eureka, built in 1880, has been renovated into a modern conference facility and performing arts center. The well-preserved Eureka Sentinel Museum offers presentations on local history and features much of the press equipment used in the production of the Medina newspaper, published between 1870 and 1960.
Next comes Austin, which was one of the most successful mining camps in Nevada. Silver was discovered here in 1862 and within a few years, Austin was the second largest community in the state. It is noteworthy that the three historic churches in the city are: St. Augustine Catholic Church, established in 1866; Methodist Church, also built in 1866; and St. George Episcopal Church, constructed in 1878. The surrounding Creek is famous places for mountain bikers who are looking for bright blue skies, rugged landscapes and few crowds.
Between Austin and Fallon, Sand Mountain is a unique two-mile-long, 600-foot sand dune that appeals to buggy enthusiasts, dirt bikers and sand skiers. Sand Mountain Pony Express Station, located south of the dunes, is one of the best preserved examples of the type of crude rock containers used by Pony Express passengers.
West on US Highway 50 is Grimes Archaeological Site. Explanatory signs guide visitors along the corridor filled with rock paintings, the rock paintings made by indigenous people who lived in the area between 5,000 BC. And 1.500 m.
Twelve miles west of Fallon, known for melons and fighter jets. The award-winning Hearts Falls are one of the best products in this rich farmland. It is also home to the US Navy's Top Gun Flight School. Fighter jets are often seen practicing maneuvers in the sky above society. While in Fallon, visitors can also enjoy the Churchill County Museum, which has exhibits describing Native Americans in the region, the immigrant trajectory, and rural life at the turn of the century. There is great fishing and camping in the Lahontan Reservoir, just 17 miles west of Fallon. The camps are also welcomed in nearby Fort Churchill, an army post in the 1860s that was kept in a state of decay. Both areas are government parks.
The nearby Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is an important habitat for a variety of waterfowl including swans, pelicans, swans and ducks.
Pony Express Territory is a place of history, natural beauty and unprecedented recreational opportunities. So head to Loneliest Road in America and discover an area called the heart and soul of the Silver State.