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Somewhere, out there, in the middle of the Nevada desert --- well, maybe not in the middle of the desert, but certainly halfway between Carson City and Las Vegas --- sits the old silver mining town of Tonopah, elevation about 6200 feet above sea level. Mention Tonopah to some Nevadans and you'll evoke a chuckle and a lopsided smile, but we found the town delightful. Since we don't drive 400 miles in a day, we stopped in Tonopah at the Hi Desert Best Western motel; pricey but they do offer a complimentary full hot breakfast.
The story goes that in May of 1900 a prospector by the name of Jim Butler became angry at his burro; so angry, in fact, that he picked up a rock to throw at the poor animal. Butler recognized that the rock was very heavy, as though it might contain silver ore, but he was too broke to be able to pay for an assay. He sold shares in whatever would develop to gain enough to pay for the assay, and the rest, as they say, is history.
And history is displayed thoughout the town, and especially at the Tonopah Historic Mining Park.
We spent maybe an hour just driving through the mining park grounds for these pictures, and the rest of them you can see if you go to our web album 2010 Tonopah and Beyond by clicking the underlined words. Spending only one night between two full driving days does not leave a lot of time for sightseeing!
There is also history within the town itself. This overview of Tonopah is from the mining park.
Below is the Nye County Courthouse.
The sign in the window identifies the red brick building as the "Belvada Hotel ... Opening Late 2006." Very late, I'd say!
This is the side door (registration entrance) for the seemingly defunct Mizpah Hotel. The biggest mine in the area was the Mizpah mine.
In the mural, the central plane bears the name "Mizpah."
This statue by the VFW post has an inscription : "Freedom Isn't Free."
We moved on south from Tonopah to Las Vegas. Along about the town of Goldfield we came into Joshua Tree country.
Just beyond these trees was this little memorial. The cross bears the inscription "Wolf 1998 2004." You'll have to draw your own conclusions about that!
And those were the highlights of Friday, September 10, in ... Our Life on Wheels.