"The Middle of the "Loneliest Road"" Austin by DSwede
Austin Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 24 photos
US50, crossing through the middle of my home state, Nevada, is often labeled as the "Loneliest Road in America".
There are a few other notable signs such as a payphone on the side of the street being labeled as the "Loneliest Phone in America".
Crossing US50, you will see some wonderful mountains. They are desolate and arid, but beautiful. If you drive in the winter, make sure you have warm supplies and blankets in case you have a problem, because help might not come immediately. If you travel in the summer, bring extra fluids and be prepared for the heat. Austin is about half way between Fallon and Eureka on the way to Ely.
Austin's chamber of commerce has a comprehensive website that describes all recreation, history, accommodations and other information.
Austin is a small town (approximately 350 in 2004). It was named after Austin, Texas in the 1860's during the silver rush of Nevada.
The story goes that "triggered by a Pony Express horse who kicked over a rock and found gold. By summer 1863, the Austin and the surrounding Reese River Mining District had a population of over 10,000."
The Nevada Central Railroad was built to connect Austin with the transcontinental railroad at Battle Mountain in 1880. But the boom was over by then.
Silver mining was over in the 1880's, and the town started to become a living ghost town. But in the 1950's there was a little life put into the town by the discover of low grade Uranium ore.
- Pros:Locals will recognize you're not from there and will help you.
- Cons:More isolated, so options are more limited and expensive.
- In a nutshell:Worth a day's stop while traveling through the heart of Nevada to see a "living" ghost town on the Loneliest Road.
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