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Thunder Mountain

March – April 2013

Mysterious Imlay monument beckons Interstate 80 travelers. (This story first appeared in our March/April 2013 issue) BY GREG MCFARLANE If you’ve ever traveled east from Reno, Fernley, or Lovelock to Winnemucca, you’ve driven by it. You might not have thought twice to look, and if you didn’t, you could easily have missed it even though […]

Only in your State: Thunder Mountain

January – February 2019

The word unique gets thrown around a lot, and its true meaning is often muddled. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “being the only one” and “being without a like or equal.” In this section, we highlight Nevada treasures that are not only special, but are truly unique and can be found nowhere else in the world; treasures that can be found only in your state. This issue: Thunder Mountain.

Following Her Gypsy Soul

March – April 2017

BY CHRIS PLATT Washoe Valley artist Jill Mueller is one of the fortunate ones. She figured out how to take a fun hobby and turn it into a lifelong career that she loves. Known to the art world as Lady Jill, this impressionistic watercolorist is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a professional artist. She specializes […]

Bringing Books To Life

January – February 2017

STORY BY RACHAEL AND DEBBIE LAMBIN PHOTOS BY KIPPY S. SPILKER My mom, Debbie Lambin, and I created “My Thousand Words,” a series of book sculptures. Each book sculpture tells a story of its origin, from the name of the book to an idea that becomes inspiration for the sculpture. That idea is incorporated into […]

Yesterday: Reno’s First Robber Baron

May – June 2018

Founding father Myron Lake was a man of vision and avarice, whose toll bridge had Reno citizens both coming and going. Some said he had created a town in order to bleed it. BY GUY LOUIS ROCHA His death was not so deeply de­plored by the community at large as it should have been,” wrote […]

Railroading Sisters

May – June 2018

Two women run the U.S. Gypsum short line north of Reno STORY BY LINDA NIEMANN PHOTOS BY SHIRLY BURMAN (This story originally appeared in our March/April 1992 issue) Just how rare is it for two petite grand­mothers to be running a train? It’s about as common as hen’s teeth, talking pigs, or shy politicians. Shutterbugs […]

W.J. Forbes: Death, Taxes, & BM

May – June 2018

Mysterious Nevada newspaperman was nearly forgotten by the history books. BY ERIC CACHINERO Semblins. While on a lunchtime jaunt at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, I still remember how anxious I was seeing the name for the first time in my life. It was like a tractor beam defiling my focus and leaving […]

Yesterday: Will James & a Horse Called Happy

March – April 2018

BY ANTHONY AMARAL Originally appeared in the May/June 1980 issue. When Will came to Reno he was just another drifting cowboy, broke and out of a job. His future as the author and illustrator of Smoky, the classic story of a cow pony, and 15 other books of the range country had not yet become […]

Yesterday: The Big Bang Theory

January-February 2018

From the Dunes to the Mapes, Nevada hotels have discovered a dynamite method of urban renewal. In Nevada, demolishing old hotels to replace with something bigger and better has become a common practice. In Las Vegas, the trend started in 1994 with the implosion of the Dunes Hotel, which had been built in 1955. The […]

Lincoln Union Club

January-February 2018

African Americans on The Comstock fought for equality. BY ERIC CACHINERO Blood and silver soaked the earth in the mid 1860s. Seemingly just as quickly as the blood from Civil War battles was spilled in the eastern United States during the conflict’s culmination, silver was scooped from the recently formed Comstock district. This bizarre pseudo […]

A Literary Guide to Las Vegas

November – December 2017

By MEGAN EDWARDS The word “literary” does not often turn up as a modifier for Las Vegas. The only books to be found in Sin City are sports books, and literacy is not a requirement for excelling at blackjack, playing the slots, or even holding down a job. Because everybody is a dealer, a showgirl, or a […]

Yesterday: Exotics

November – December 2017

The Nevada Fish and Game Commission Introduces Game Birds From India By DAVE MATHIS This story originally appeared in the January/February 1962  issue of Nevada Highways and Parks. When he came to work as an upland game biologist for the Nevada Fish and Game Commission in 1952, Glen Christensen had no idea that he would […]

Nevada Photographers: M.D. Welch

September-October 2017

Nevada Photo Tours: Learn to shoot the Silver State through the eyes of professional photographers. SERIES COMPILED BY KIPPY S. SPILKER The bacon wave at Valley of Fire State Park. A sunset at Lake Tahoe’s Bonsai rock. The International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield. Iconic images are everywhere in Nevada, but capturing […]

Hank Monk, The Incomparable

September-October 2017

BY BRANDON WILDING “Hank Monk, the incomparable! The most daring – the most reckless of drivers; and the luckiest. The oddest, the drollest of all the whimsical characters who made Western staging famous the world over… It was a dream come true! I’m quite sure that had anyone asked me which of the two I […]

Cooling Off Naturally: Waterfalls

July – August 2017

10 Wow-Worthy Places to Catch the Spray BY PAUL SEBESTA Envisioning the country’s driest state with natural waterfalls is a weird and wonderful notion. The waterfalls of Nevada are a beautiful fortune awaiting the intrepid explorer and they steal the show in their unexpectedness. My wife and I found 10 plunges that absolutely took our breath […]

Cooling Off Naturally: Kayaking

July – August 2017

BY KIPPY SPILKER By far, my favorite way to cool off naturally in Nevada is kayaking. One might say choosing to kayak in a state with so much desert is an odd choice, but there may be more places to paddle than you realize in the Silver State, especially with all the precipitation we’ve had […]

Yesterday: How the Girls Kiss

May – June 2017

In the late 19th century, young couples in Nevada faced Victorian ground rules when it came to kissing. Some bussing customs relied more on superstition than romance. For example, a girl might be kissed if she heard a bird sing after dark, if she put on a man’s hat, or if coffee grounds formed a ring in the bottom of her cup. This story originally ran in the September/October 2002 issue of Nevada Magazine.

Historic Sentence Fits the Crime

May – June 2017

The hanging of Elizabeth Potts marks Nevada’s only execution of a woman. Photos courtesy of the Northeastern Nevada Museum. “It is a dreadful thing to hang a woman, but not so dreadful as for a woman to be a murderer.” BY BOB SAGAN If “Dubious Achievement Awards” were handed out in 19th-century Nevada, Elizabeth Potts […]

Exhibition Melds Contemporary Art with Traditional Craft

May – June 2017

Great Basin artists challenge the concept of Native American artwork.   STORY BY TERI VANCE PHOTOS BY CATHLEEN ALLISON   Melissa Melero-Moose draws upon her roots growing up as a Paiute on the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony for her work as a mixed-medium painter. But her work is not a relic of days past. “I would […]

‘Tilting the Basin’ Exhibition Brings Nevada Artists Together

March – April 2017

More than 30 artists demonstrate the breadth of the Silver State’s art scene in Las Vegas exhibition. BY MEGG MUELLER Thanks to the magic of seven colorful mountains, a partnership between northern and southern Nevada’s art communities has developed, resulting in another collaboration. This time, Reno’s Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) and The Art Museum at […]

A Blast at News Nob

March – April 2017

(This story originally ran in our March/April 1996 issue) Covering an atomic test for Nevada Magazine was an assignment like no other. BY ADRIAN ATWATER It went by several names: “Operation Doom Town,” “Observation Shot,” and the official Title, “Upshot-Knothole.” Whatever the name of that 1953 atomic test, it made a bang-up impression on Fred Greulich and me. Fred was the pioneer of Nevada Magazine, then called Nevada Highways and Parks, and he served as editor, writer, and copy boy of the highway department’s publication. I was the department’s lone photographer in those days, and one of my duties was to […]

A Bullish Bout you’d Barely Believe

January – February 2017

In the 19th century, fights that pitted bears and bulls were a popular spectator sport. The strangest venue for such an event occurred in 1871 in Virginia City. The fight, held inside Piper’s Opera House, was the only such event ever held indoors.

Reno Santa Crawl

November – December 2016

10 Things to Know Before You Go Ho, Ho, Ho! BY NEVADA MAGAZINE The Reno Santa Crawl is one of those special events that give Reno its character. Each year, thousands of Santas descend on the streets of downtown, spreading holiday cheer, raising money for charity, and taking advantage of some killer drink specials. This year’s event […]

Mesquite: Sweet Heat

September – October 2016

MESQUITE: Sweet Heat One more day. It’s something many vacationers and travelers wish they had, but seldom take even when they do. It’s no secret that we’re all busy, and getting back home a day early can make getting ready for the week that much easier. But staying just one more day can mean the difference […]

Carson City Ghost Walk

September – October 2016

Step through history with a supernatural twist. “Madame Curry” leads the Carson City Ghost Walk through historic downtown Carson City. Photo: Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada BY KEN BEATON   At the 24th annual Carson City Ghost Walk, you can walk, but you can’t hide from the supernatural entertainment and historical folly. This is not your high school […]

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

July – August 2016

STORY AND PHOTOS BY PETER MIRES This summer, I’m checking off a significant entry from my bucket list: I’m hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Although experiencing the entire 165-mile trail that circumscribes the mountainous perimeter of the Lake Tahoe Basin didn’t make Patricia Schultz’s popular book “1,000 Things to See Before You Die,” it’s […]

Genoa Lakes, Club & Resort

May – June 2016

Genoa: Comfort on Par GENOA LAKES CLUB & RESORT One more day. It’s something many vacationers and travelers wish they had, but seldom take even when they do. It’s no secret that we’re all busy, and getting back home a day early can make getting ready for the week that much easier. But staying just […]

Sparks: Kindle Your Adventure

March – April 2016

One more day. It's something many vacationers and travelers wish they had, but seldom take even when they do. It's no secret that we're all busy, and getting back home a day early can make getting ready for the week that much easier. But staying just one more day can mean the difference between a quick glimpse and a comprehensive experience. So take the time to live your adventure to the fullest, and do something special on your one more day. You owe it to yourself.

Lake Tahoe’s Sunken Treasure: The SS Tahoe

March – April 2016

Diving exploration team reveals the depths of famed ship’s history. By RYAN HUGHES It took only 50 years for the Lake Tahoe Basin to transform from an untouched oasis into a bustling asset of the logging industry. When John Fremont first set eyes on the breathtaking views Lake Tahoe had to offer, there was nothing but […]

Carson City: A Capital Place to Live

January – February 2016

One more day. It’s something many vacationers and travelers wish they had, but seldom take even when they do. It’s no secret that we’re all busy, and getting back home a day early can make getting ready for the week that much easier. But staying just one more day can mean the difference between a […]

Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs

January – February 2016

Soak in Serene and Scenic Nevada Hot Springs. BY ERIC CACHINERO   Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs Photos by: Eric Cachinero Bathtubs are overrated. Bubbles, smelly soaps, and candles are nice for some people, but here in Nevada, we like our baths all-natural. We like feeling silt between our toes; gazing upon snow-kissed peaks as our bodies […]

Murals Make Nevada Buildings Come Alive

January – February 2016

Colorful paintings are popping up around the state, telling stories, and drawing attention. BY MEGG MUELLER As a town ages, its buildings take on the patina of the years; fading bricks and paint take the place of bold, new structures, and the impact on a neighborhood can be sad. But it doesn’t have to be that […]

The Dann Sisters: Searching for Reciprocity for the Western Shoshone

November – December 2015

Discover the quest of two sisters to recover their homeland. By KATHIE TAYLOR Carrie Dann—an elder in the Western Shoshone Nation—goes into the mountains surrounding her Crescent Valley home one afternoon in search of pine nuts, a traditional Shoshone food. A successful hunt for pine nuts might seem like a foodie’s dream, yet for Carrie […]

Rim to Reno: Take a Hidden Hike

September – October 2015

Located between Reno and Lake Tahoe, this trail offers a way to disappear from it all, without going very far. By TIM HAUSERMAN What is truly remarkable about the Rim-to-Reno Trail is that at each end of the trail you will find some of the busiest sections of trail in Nevada, yet in the middle there […]

Backcountry Saloons

September – October 2015

Ten great places to wet your whistle off the beaten path. BY ERIC CACHINERO Nevada has no shortage of backcountry saloons that will make you feel like you’re in the old West. Some are simple, some are quirky, but all of them have one thing in common: they’re a great place to wet your whistle […]

Minden and Gardnerville: The Twin Towns

July – August 2015

One more day. It’s something many vacationers and travelers wish they had, but seldom take even when they do. It’s no secret that we’re all busy, and getting back home a day early can make getting ready for the week that much easier. But staying just one more day can mean the difference between a quick […]

Wheezer Dell: A Life Hit Out of the Park

July – August 2015

Nevada’s first Major League Baseball player pitched in the World Series. BY DAVID TOLL I spent three pleasant days delving into a Wheezer Dell archive—especially a thick scrapbook into which Eleanor Dell had pasted newspaper clippings about her husband’s career as a baseball player. It begins with accounts of games he pitched for the Seattle […]

More Mountain Biking in the Silver State

July – August 2015

From tip to toe and side to side, Nevada is filled with great trails. BY MEGG MUELLER From beginner fire roads to gnarly downhills, you don’t have to look to far to find some dirt that’s just right for you. And while Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas all have well-known trails, the rest of […]

The Comstock Summer of Love at 50

May – June 2015

Red Dog Saloon celebrates a time when rock ’n’ roll counterculture ruled the joint. Long before burners engulfed the playa of Nevada’s Black Rock desert or steampunkers rocked their first Comstock counterculture balls, there was the Red Dog Saloon. From June to August of 1965, this establishment-defying enclave on C Street in Virginia City made […]

The Loneliest Road trip in America

May – June 2015

U.S. Route 50 makes for the perfect family vacation. BY NOLAN BROUGH The roadtrip: America’s quintessential summer pastime. Nothing quite beats sitting behind the wheel of your car, conquering miles and miles of road as the scenery around you gradually shifts. The freedom associated with such an excursion is unmatched. But where lies the perfect […]

Shop Around the Corner

May – June 2015

Rocking and Rolling Rocks, crystals, jewelry, books, and Made in Nevada products mingle with sparkling owner at Carson City shop. BY MEGG MUELLER Jeanette Champagne is aptly named. Whether you happen upon her humble shop in the historic district of Carson City or you are one of the many who hear of Rocking and Rolling […]

Right Place, Right Time

November – December 2014

Right Place, Right Time STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOHN PELTIER Driving home along the east shore of Lake Tahoe, you usually see kayakers and paddle boarders cruising along the placid waters. It’s not too often you see guys in wetsuits tackling 6-foot waves with their surfboards. That’s what happened on Sept. 25 and it was […]

Then & Now: Behind the Photo Shoots

March – April 2015

Photographers tell the experiences and challenges of recreating historical photos. By Nevada Magazine When we set out to recreate historical photographs, we knew it would be a challenge. How much has changed? How much has stayed the same? Would we end up driving hundreds of miles only to find the photograph unattainable, or would it […]

Cal-Nev-Ari

March – April 2015

The heart of this tiny border town keeps beating through its owner. By Floyd Allen Nevada’s pioneer spirit is alive and well in Cal-Nev-Ari, and is embodied in the town’s owner and founder Nancy Kidwell. Since 1965, when her husband Slim first saw the area from the air, Cal-Nev-Ari has been first a dream, and […]

Snow Much Fun: 2015 Winter Guide

January – February 2015

The time has come to put away bathing suits and snorkels, grab your snowshoes and skis and jump into the powdery pleasure that is winter in Nevada. Whether you long for the fast downhills, the serene backcountry hikes, or need to get the kids out of doors for a while, from every corner of the state, […]

Right Place, Right Time

November – December 2014

Photos by: John Peltier STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOHN PELTIER Driving home along the east shore of Lake Tahoe, you usually see kayakers and paddle boarders cruising along the placid waters. It’s not too often you see guys in wetsuits tackling 6-foot waves with their surfboards. That’s what happened on Sept. 25 and it was […]

Why I Love Nevada by Karen Cazier

November – December 2014

By Karen (Lani) Cazier This Nevadan’s family has been calling the Silver State home for 122 years. I guess you’d say I am embedded—it’s in my blood. Nevada is where I was born, where my mother and father were born, where my paternal grandfather was born; yes, we go back 122 years. Our family roots […]

Battle Born Express

November – December 2014

A journey through history BY MEGG MUELLER Dining cars with linens tablecloths and napkins, and food that would rival any fancy restaurant. Business cars with sleeping quarters and lushly appointed seating areas. Lounge cars with domed seating complete with rotating club chairs for optimal viewing. Let’s not forget the unparalleled views of Nevada that accompany […]

Dame Nevada

July – August 2014

Written in honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial 1864 – 2014 By Waddie Mitchell Honorary Poet for Nevada’s Sesquicentennial There’s a basin, wrought of reason, tortoise dry and clean of air Where rivers hike to meet their fate, get lost and disappear Where Grand Adventure had a say and different would prevail And where only hardy life hangs […]

The Tale of Two “P”s

July – August 2014

The Tale of Two “P”s Early settlements embody contrary aspects of the Silver State’s past. BY RACHEL WILLIFORD | July/August 2014 “Go West, young man” was the cry of the day in 1865 after a tumultuous period of civil war and assassination. As America expanded from the mid 1550s to late 1700s, settlers and Native […]

Reno Historical

July – August 2014

Smartphone App Chronicles Stories of Continuity and Transformation in the Biggest Little City. BY JERI CHADWELL | July/August 2014 Reno has been a lot of things over the years. It’s been a stop on the transcontinental railroad and a divorce capital. It’s been a gambling mecca. But the gambling scene has been on the decline […]

The Morris Hotel

July – August 2014

Welcome Home The Morris Hotel Opens its Doors to the “Renossance.” STORY & PHOTOS BY PATSY K. EAGAN | JULY/AUGUST 2014 A silent auction is underway on Reno’s Fourth Street. Off the well-worn Highway 40 and under LED lights, several items are open for bid, including Burning Man commemorative posters, massages, and a coupon for […]

Whirlwind Roadtrip

July – August 2014

Alien jerky, pioneer graffiti, and a hiking kitty cap an adventurous itinerary. STORY & PHOTOS BY SYDNEY MARTINEZ   Having lived in Nevada for more than 17 years, I shamefully admit I’d never made it to the elusive, yet alluring southeastern part of the state. Knowing there are endless, incred- ible finds in this region, […]

Ward Charcoal Ovens

May – June 2014

Desert beehives protect a slice of mining history. BY ALLEN WOOLDRIDGE | May/June 2014 In 1872, two brothers traveled from Pioche to the railroad town of Toano in Elko County, looking for lost oxen along Willow Creek. The brothers stumbled upon silver ore, triggering a mining boom that was characteristic of early Nevada. Virtually overnight, […]

A Family Affair

July – August 2014

A Family Affair STORY & PHOTOS BY JAMIE J. CLARK It’s hard to know what might bring a group of people together; sometimes it’s celebrating a family bond, other times it’s sharing a passion for a place or event. For us, going to A Night in the Country brings both of those together in one […]

On The Road To Cowboy Poetry

May – June 2014

I was insistent upon driving to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko this year.

Having lived in Nevada since 1997 and in Las Vegas since 1998, I knew I was missing out on the unique history of the state by always heading to an airport instead of hopping in a car when traveling.

Arc Dome Adventure

January – February 2014

College confidants turn hiking trio to conquer prominent peak in central Nevada. BY DAVE ZOOK | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 Josh Colvin and I pulled off the pavement onto a dark dirt road where Josh’s mid-90s Subaru bounced and twisted through the ruts and potholes. We had approached our second turnoff after two hours on The Loneliest Road […]

Sweetwater Mountains

November – December 2013

Life and wonder in the Sweetwater Mountains BY SCOTT NEUFFER | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 In the night, lying in the open, we threw human questions against the deep, starry vastness of Nevada sky. Questions of time and fate, loss and memory. The wind rushed in the tall aspen beside the creek. Random stars streaked and sputtered […]

Mountain Bike Adventure

November – December 2013

Dusty trails, wild horses, steam locomotives, old mining towns, and rowdy saloons. You’d have to be watching an old western movie, right? Not if you mountain bike in Carson City! Just saddle up your bicycle, load up some water and provisions, and ride up into the mountains. In early September a few of us did […]

Hammar Time

September – October 2013

Former lieutenant governor displays his eclectic collection of Nevada memorabilia. BY ERIC CACHINERO Surrounded by a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, the original vault from the Genoa Courthouse (removed after a fire decimated the town in 1910), and a miniature replica of the Apollo Space Shuttle, Lonnie Hammargren thoroughly enjoys playing tunes on his piano. Technically […]

A Scorching Anniversary

September – October 2013

Death Valley National Park celebrates 100th anniversary of hottest temperature ever recorded. The Furnace Creek Visitor Center Auditorium was filled with weather enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded on July 10, 1913. The 134 degree day was penned by Oscar Denton, who took the reading […]

Stewart Indian School Excavated

September – October 2013

University archeologist leads excavation at historic landmark in Carson City Archaeology team collaborates with local Native Americans on excavation and preservation of Stewart Indian School listed on the National Register of Historic Places University of Nevada, Reno In August, the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Anthropology, in partnership with the Nevada Indian Commission and […]

Monarch Butterfly

July – August 2013

The lovely sight of the monarch butterfly’s trademark black, white, and orange fluttering wings is becoming more and more rare in Nevada’s skies. According to The Nature Conservancy—an organization involved with monarch research efforts—an explanation for the insect’s disappearance in the West may be due to the elimination of milkweed, an essential source of food […]

Rocky Mountain Goats

May – June 2013

Rocky Mountain Goats Rocky Mountain goats can live up to 15 years in the wild. They can be up to three feet tall at the shoulder and five feet long. Based on a 2013 Nevada capture of 17 mountain goats conducted by Nevada Department of Wildlife, the average weight of females (nannies) is 145 pounds […]

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Southern Nevada state park combines history, lush scenery, and a theatrical flair.   STORY BY COURTNEY SHEETS PHOTOS BY KATILIN GODBEY/TRAVELNEVADA On the outskirts of Las Vegas, there lies a place of escape, culture, and Nevada history like no other. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a 520-acre oasis with a working ranch and retreat. Originally […]

Nevada Backroads

Nevada Backroads

Facebook group garners love for Nevada’s often overlooked sights. BY ERIC CACHINERO “We all have one thing in common, and that is our love of this state.” This element of the Nevada Backroads ethos is not easily misinterpreted. It’s pretty tough to misjudge such appreciation; such admiration. This love sparked from a couple friends sharing […]

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