"CALIENTE - HOT SPOT ON US 93 ON THE UP RAILROAD" Caliente by mtncorg
Caliente Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 18 photos
Towns in Nevada are 'boom-bust' affairs involving either mining or - in this case - railroads. Set in a pretty canyon, local springs provided late 19th Century railroaders with water for their steam engines and a route was put in by Union Pacific - after a local 'disagreement' with another rail company which UP reluctantly went into partnership with - which ran from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Caliente became a main division point along this line and the town that developed was a quintessential company town - company row housing can be seen along US 93 just north of the main train depot area. In 1948, diesels replaced steam engines and rail facilities were moved to Las Vegas. That might have been it for Caliente but for US 93 and the fact that UP did not completely move away.
This is a traveler's main stop between Las Vegas and Ely with a couple of gas stations, restaurants and three motels. If you are traveling late, heed the words of VT's own Caliente connection dubmiller. The town shuts down at 10 PM, actually only one gas station is open that late - and the little casino - most of the rest of the town has closed up long before 10. I also agree with dubmiller's comment regarding the Branding Iron as the place to eat in town. See my Accommodation tip for my choice on the place to stay.
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