True Grit: Caliente

September – October 2019

Railroad town is riding a new wave of economic prosperity. BY MEGG MUELLER A person with true grit is often defined as someone who sticks to their goals, despite problems, setbacks, and failures. Having true grit means you are tough and determined…you have a steadfast core. In 2019, we are highlighting towns in Nevada that […]

True Grit: Hawthorne

July – August 2019

The Silver State has seen many towns come and go; ghost towns litter the state and have been said to outnumber live towns 6 to 1. While many living towns have seen their fortunes rise and fall, and their populations swell and dwindle, very few have felt it the way Hawthorne has.

Reno Rodeo Turns 100

May – June 2019

A century of the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West. BY GUY CLIFTON In spring 1919, the Commercial Club of Reno—a precursor to the Reno Chamber of Commerce—created a committee known as the Reno Rodeo Association. The committee was filled with many of the city’s leading citizens, including cattle baron William H. Moffat, auto dealer […]

True Grit: Lovelock

May – June 2019

From 1841-1869, the lure of gold and silver, gentler weather, and the chance for a new life encouraged some 250,000 people to leave the comforts of their eastern homes and set out West. Many emigrants chose to follow the California Trail, and many died when they tried to cross the 40-Mile Desert, which ran roughly between Lovelock and Fernley.

Stamps Mark the Spot

March – April 2019

There is a lot to see in Nevada—110,557 square miles of rugged, picturesque mountains, lakes, and desert. Because of the state’s large size and wide-open spaces, it can be daunting for even the most courageous traveler to figure out how to see it all, or even where to start. That is where commemorative passports come into play.

True Grit: Beatty

March – April 2019

The cycle of life in many Nevada towns can be measured by the presence of mining activity. Ore found? Boom! Ore depleted? Bust! The town of Beatty has ridden the mining roller coaster for most of its existence, and it would be an oversimplification to say the lack of mining business has routinely dampened the town’s economy. From its very beginnings, however, Beatty has continued to go with the flow.

True Grit: Battle Mountain

January – February 2019

Nevada roads go on forever. Small towns appear on the horizon, but are often quickly in the rearview mirror with little more than a passing thought about the town’s existence. And while tourism is the state’s largest industry—and the focus of this magazine—it is not why all towns in Nevada exist. This year, we honor some of those towns that defy easy description but stand tall in the desert, refusing to give into the sways of economic hardship or the passing of time. These towns bloom in the dirt, and they embody true grit. First up: Battle Mountain.

Mine Mechanics

January – February 2019

Technology developed in the early days of Nevada mining required innovation, experimentation, and a whole lot of determination.

Coach 17

November – December 2018

Vagabond rolling stock was centerpiece on the day America changed. BY GUY CLIFTON As artifacts go, Coach 17 is not the prettiest piece of Virginia & Truckee (V&T) rolling stock at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. Its exterior is rough, including multiple holes in the siding left courtesy of an untold number of acorn […]

Game Warden 2.0

November – December 2018

Nevada’s Department of Wildlife protects all aspects of the Silver State, on and off the water. BY CHRIS LEWIS It’s the start of Labor Day weekend in southern Nevada. Along the state’s highways in the morning hours, a long procession of vehicles travels in a single direction—many with boats and jet skis in tow. They come […]

Locomotives Calamities

September – October 2018

During the night of Oct. 1, 1903, on the Southern Pacific line near Beowawe, The Atlantic Express and No. 219 trains barreled down the tracks; one headed east, one headed west, respectively. The only problem with this seemingly normal scenario was that the trains were on the same track, heading not in opposite directions, but directly toward each other. In the dead of night, two gigantic hunks of metal weighing thousands of tons and traveling at high rates of speed, collided head on.

Bounding the Silver State

September – October 2018

A treaty with Spain, a skirmish with California, gold strikes, frontier astronomers, a stubborn surveyor, and plenty of errors combined to create Nevada’s unmistakable shape.

Transitory Train Towns

July – August 2018

Transitory Train Towns NEW RAIL ROUTES OFTEN LEFT OLD TOWNS OUT TO DRY. BY ERIC CACHINERO It is generally well known that train-sized holes were drilled through hundreds of yards of solid rock to lay railroad tracks during the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad. In fact, throughout Donner Pass, countless tons of rock were […]

Tonopah’s Revitalization

July – August 2018

The Middle of Everywhere Not content to be a drive-through town, Tonopah is leading the charge of change. BY MEGG MUELLER In a 1975 story about Tonopah in Nevada Magazine, the writer spent a great deal of space discussing how favorable Tonopah’s climate is for those suffering from various conditions, such as bronchitis, arthritis, rheumatism, […]

Iron Horses, Steel Stallions, & Concrete Colts

May – June 2018

If you were to take all of the concrete used to build the Hoover (Boulder) Dam, there would be enough to create a 4-foot-wide sidewalk around the equator, or enough to build a two lane road from Seattle to Miami, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Department also estimates that the dam weighs 6.6 million tons (13,200,000,000 pounds). So how did 1930s-era civil and industrial engineers figure out how to transport approximately 13.2 billion pounds of concrete, along with millions more tons of metal and other materials? They teamed up with another type of engineer—the railroad engineer.

Lady Luck Changes Her Game

May – June 2018

The days of illicit back-alley poker games and nickel slots paying out drinks and cigars were over, and gaming quickly became one of the state's most important industries. Since that time, the core of the industry—the games—has changed, led by technology and followed closely by the desire for bigger payouts, and more entertaining games.

The Great Train Robbery

March – April 2018

HIGHWAYMEN Nevada outlaws conducted the first train robbery in the West. BY ERIC CACHINERO   Just two and a half short years after the Central Pacific Railroad arrived in Reno, an engineer found his forehead on the business end of at least one six-shooter. Rather inconveniently for the engineer, the man whose trembling finger danced […]

The Race To Bullfrog

March – April 2018

The Race To Bullfrog Two of America’s captains of industry clashed in this desert railroad battle. BY FRANK WRIGHT This story first appeared in the July/August 1992 issue of Nevada Magazine. In 1905, two railroads began making a mad dash across the desert north of Las Vegas. The object of the race was to capture […]

Laying the Tracks for Nevada’s Future

January-February 2018

The Great Seal of the State of Nevada dates from Nevada’s constitutional convention of 1863-1864. Among symbols representing agriculture, mining and other industries, is a train. In December 1863, the convention committee responsible for the seal described the train on the seal as “approaching, very slowly.” This was an understatement to say the least, and the statement may even have been a joke. At the time, the Central Pacific—the railroad closest to Nevada and the one that would eventually connect Nevada with the world—had barely 10 miles of track on the ground.

Nevada Railroads

January-February 2018

Trails to Rails, Roads, and Skyways The railroad comes to Nevada In the pioneer days, men dreamed of railroads that would cross the continent. These dreams haunted men until they became realities, and so the railroads came to contribute their share in the building of the West. Laying rails over endless miles of undeveloped country […]

Maintaining Altitude

November – December 2017

General aviation in rural Nevada often faces a turbulent future BY MEGG MUELLER Nevada is the land of wide-open space. Miles of highway, endless valleys, and vistas are the stuff space. Miles of highway, endless valleys, and vistas are the stuff road trippers dream about. Some travelers to the Silver State, however, don’t need any […]

Autumn de Forest: Stays Grounded In Nevada

September-October 2017

Autumn de Forest – Stays Grounded In Nevada Young artist paints beautiful picture of a world she aims to help. BY CHRIS LEWIS PHOTOS COURTESY AUTUMN DE FOREST An iconic image of a small boy suffering the ravages of war in Syria is hard to forget; it is one of the most recognizable of the […]

Burning Man

July – August 2017

“Welcome home.”
They were the first words I remember hearing as I was received with open arms at the greeter station to participate in my first Burning Man. I was a Burning Man virgin in 2011 with no true concept of the weight of the words that welcomed me.

Nevada Wildflowers

May – June 2017

Nevada Wildflowers As many know, Nevada has seen an abundantly wet winter this year, so it was a no-brainer to include a look at the bumper crop of beauty that can be found in our normally arid climate. While a desert state might not be the first place you’d think of when you go looking […]

A Solitary Goal

May – June 2017

During its 150 years of continuous operation the Nevada State Prison in Carson City played a significant role in the history of Nevada, protecting its citizens, influencing architecture, and amassing an impressive list of historically significant events. The prison now sits idle after closing its doors on May 12, 2012.

Splitting Atoms: Nevada’s Atomic History

March – April 2017

Atomic testing is remembered as a sensational and sometimes sinister era of the state’s history. BY ERIC CACHINERO On the morning of May 5, 1955, a family nested in their contemporary dream home. A tall redbrick chimney and lovely shutters complemented the whitewashed exterior, which gave an exquisite view of the surrounding desert mountains. The […]

Ghost Railroads

March – April 2017

EXPLORING THE GHOST  RAILROADS OF CENTRAL NEVADA HISTORIC SITES LAY TRACKS TO THE PAST. BY JIM PRICE “Choo, Choo!” I know it seems child-like, but every time my wife and I are driving along what we know is an abandoned railroad grade I just can’t help myself. We ride through cuts and overfills that were built […]

Trails For All

January – February 2017

NO LIMITS NEVADA’S OUTDOOR SPLENDOR CAN BE ENJOYED BY EVERYONE, EVEN THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY. BY BRETT FISHER There was a time when I thought much of Nevada was beyond my reach. Experiencing spastic muscles in my legs and reduced mobility, I was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), an upper motor neuron disease affecting muscles […]

Stewart Indian School

November – December 2016

  Lessons to be Learned Stewart Indian School is Still Teaching that the Past Should be Remembered BY JOYCE HOLLISTER Sports and girls. Those were what made Buck Sampson happy at Stewart Indian School in Carson City during his first few weeks there in 1968. While he ended up playing baseball and joining the boxing […]

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

September – October 2016

A VIEW FROM THE TOP On Nevada’s northwestern edge, Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge offers historic splendor. BY SHEVAWN VON TOBEL Nevadans can be proud of our unbelievable access to wide-open spaces, expansive views, and plenty of room to roam. From the rugged mountains of central Nevada to the colorful rock arrangements in the south, to […]

Action Heroes Needed

July – August 2016

UNLEASH YOUR INNER JASON BOURNE The mission for cinematic adventure is on in Las Vegas. BY CHRIS LEWIS Las Vegas built its reputation as the place to fulfill fantasies. Ever since Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo, the city has promised to transport us to somewhere else and maybe even transform us into someone else. In the […]

Thunderbird Lodge

July – August 2016

  80 years of mystery and magic surround Lake Tahoe’s famed estate. BY MEGG MUELLER If the Internet had been around in the 1930s, the legend of George Whittell Jr. would far outshine the scandal-plagued celebrities of today. And while he was himself a raconteur, the adage would still be true; you can’t believe everything […]

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City

July – August 2016

  Locomotion Commotion History is on track with growth at Boulder City’s Nevada State Railroad Museum. BY CAROLINE HORWITZ “There’s a romance to trains, a kind of magic,” says Peter Barton, administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History. “Riding one never seems to lose its charm.” Indeed, this charm is felt by all […]

Motorcycle Madness

May – June 2016

Motorcycle Madness The true flavor of Nevada comes alive on two wheels. STORY & PHOTOS BY SYDNEY MARTINEZ Having gone through, in, up, over, and around the Nevada backcountry on four wheels, I had decided that was just about enough. It was time to switch things up and check out the great state of Nevada […]

Outdoor concerts and music festivals heat up summer venues

May – June 2016

STARS UNDER THE DESERT SKY Outdoor concerts and music festivals heat up summer venues. BY ANNIE FLANZRAICH A drive through Nevada reveals the state’s dueling nature: glittering lights to mocha mountains, people-packed cities to abandoned ghost towns. The state’s summer concerts prove just as diverse; you’ll find everything from a neon-lit electronic music fest to […]

Beatty Beckons

March – April 2016

A gateway of possibilities looms in the southern Nevada town. BY MEGG MUELLER One of the definitions of gateway is a means of access or entry to a place. A way to pass from one area into another, basically, and while the town of Beatty has rightfully positioned itself as “The Gateway to Death Valley” […]

Rhyolite

March – April 2016

BY ERIC CACHINERO Rhyolite began with a simultaneous boom and bust. When prospectors Eddie Cross and Frank “Shorty” Harris discovered rich ore in what would eventually become the Bullfrog Mining District in summer 1904, it is said to have created a dusty stampede of prospectors the likes of which the area had never seen, leaving […]

The Loneliest Road In America Comes Of Age

January – February 2016

The Loneliest Road In America Comes Of Age 30 YEARS AGO, A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION BEGAT A FORTUITOUS FACT. BY MARILYN NEWTON It was 30 years ago, in July 1986, that Life magazine used the term “The Loneliest Road in America” to describe the stretch of U.S. Route 50—more commonly known as Highway 50—from Fernley to […]

Thirsty Nevada

November – December 2015

Breweries and distilleries old and new steep spirit in the Silver State. BY NELLIE DAY & ERIC CACHINERO Suds, booze, brew, hooch, firewater…the list goes on. Many Nevadans love their alcoholic beverages. And though the days of running illegal moonshine across the Colorado River to buyers in Arizona are long gone (we think), there are […]

Celebrate Lake Tahoe with the Nevada Museum of Art

September – October 2015

  New exhibition spans 200 years of art in the Tahoe region. BY JERI CHADWELL-SINGLEY “Tahoe: A Visual History” opened at the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) in August. Four years in the making, this huge exhibition fills all 15,000 square feet of gallery space in the museum and features many privately held pieces that […]

The Ride Stuff

July – August 2015

The Ride Stuff Mountain biking was once the domain of young thrill-seekers; today, everyone has a fat-tire bike. From retirees to teens, the desire to get off the asphalt and see more of the land has spurred the creation of myriad trails and an impressive stewardship toward our public lands. According to the International Mountain […]

There is a Cure for the Summertime Blues

May – June 2015

There is a Cure for the Summertime Blues EDDIE COCHRAN FORGOT ABOUT THE SILVER STATE WHEN HE SANG HIS CLASSIC HIT. Summer vacation. Are there two words that bring more joy to a child, or more fear to a parent? Planning a trip to satisfy your brood can be downright daunting, but we’re here to help. […]

Stevens Camp: An Oasis in the Black Rock Desert

May – June 2015

Stevens Camp: An Oasis in the Black Rock Desert Amid the dust and heat, a wildly verdant area beckons adventurous campers. STORY & PHOTOS BY PETER PEARSALL Outside of Burning Man, few visit the Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada. While living and working there for two consecutive summers as an AmeriCorps volunteer, endeavoring to garner […]

Then & Now: Through the Lens

March – April 2015

Time has both serious and subtle effects on Nevada. BY NEVADA MAGAZINE THEN: NEVADA HISTORICAL SOCIETY; NOW: ERIC CACHINERO PHOTOGRAPHERS: ERIC CACHINERO, NANCY GOOD, GREG MCKAY, MEGG MUELLER Take a second to look out the closest window to you. What do you see? Swaying trees? A busy street? A sagebrush scene? There’s a chance that […]

Front and Center

January – February 2015

A hearty dose of central Nevada is good for the soul BY MEGG MUELLER & ERIC CACHINERO A series of unexpected and delightful moments. This is the appeal of a ridiculously long roadtrip. For our latest adventure, Associate Editor Eric Cachinero and I chose another ambitious trip. Last September, we wrote about our trip to […]

Whitney Peak Hotel

January – February 2015

Whitney Peak Hotel Reno’s latest property scales new heights in lodging, dining, and adventure. BY ERIC CACHINERO Smoke-filled casino floors; been there. The familiar chiming of slot machines; done that. Downtown Reno is ready for new life. The Biggest Little City needs a breath of fresh air, and Whitney Peak Hotel is answering that call. […]

Battle Born, Nevada Proud

January – February 2014

Nevada Photographers Day II Captures our Love for the Silver State. BY MATTHEW B. BROWN When we hosted our inaugural Nevada Photographers Day in Virginia City on March 16, 2013, we knew we wanted to hold a truly statewide photography event at a later date. What better way to challenge our talented pool of photographers […]

Women’s History in Nevada

March – April 2014

We honor the ladies, past and present, who have helped shape modern Nevada. BY NEVADA MAGAZINE This year—2014—has garnered a lot of attention in the Silver State, and for good reason: it’s Nevada’s 150th birthday. But the year should also be known for another important anniversary. One hundred years ago, on election day—November 3, 1914—the […]

Nevada Part VIII: Looking Forward, Looking Back

November – December 2014

Nevada rides the mining rollercoaster…again. BY RON SOODALTER Ghost towns are romantic. Sure-thing tourist attractions, they call to mind an earlier era. And Nevada purportedly has more ghost towns than any other state in the Union. Romance aside, however, it must be remembered that each of those historic towns, complete with shuttered buildings and deserted […]

Nevada Part VII: To War and Beyond

September – October 2014

Plunged back into the nation’s conflicts, Nevada solidifies itself as a worldwide destination with the help of some infamous assistance. BY RON SOODALTER Nevada emerged from the Great Depression in 1939 with barely enough time to catch its breath before being plunged into World War II. Since the 1920s, Nevada had subscribed enthusiastically to America’s […]

Nevada Part VI: Gambling, Gold and Government Projects

July – August 2014

After struggling to maintain momentum through the Great Depression, Nevadans are aided by the sinful schemes that supported the infamy of the Silver State. BY RON SOODALTER When the Great Depression struck an unprepared nation in 1929, Nevada took its share of blows. As Governor Fred Balzar was assuring constituents that Nevada’s economy was healthy […]

The Saga of the USS Nevada

July – August 2014

July 11, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the launching of United States Battleship Number 36 named for the great state of Nevada. Throughout Battleship Nevada's long career—from her inception in 1909 to her sinking in 1948—she repeatedly distinguished herself.

Nevada Part V: War, Whiskey, and Wild Times!

May – June 2014

Combat, prohibition, and the emergence of Las Vegas shape the next era in Nevada’s history. BY RON SOODALTER With the twentieth century came developments in travel, communication, and international commerce that had shrunk the globe, involving virtually every nation in one another’s affairs—and the United States was no exception. World War I began in 1914, […]

Nevada Part IV: Into the New Century

March – April 2014

Nevada booms out of a depression, and women’s suffrage highlights a progressive movement in the state. BY RON SOODALTER From its earliest days as a part of Utah Territory, Nevada was known as a veritable mineral mecca. First gold, and then silver, were washed, gouged, and blasted out of Nevada’s rock, generating hundreds of millions […]

Nevada Part III: Twain, Trains, & The Pony Express

January – February 2014

BY RON SOODALTER During the mid-to-late-1800s, Nevada passed in record time from unsettled wilderness, to the nation’s premier gold and silver mecca, to its 36th state. In the process, it underwent a number of improvements designed to bring it up to par with its sister states and to ease its passage into the modern world. […]

From Dust to Doré

November – December 2013

From Dust to Doré The thunderous crack of massive colliding stones fills my ears as I stand on the observation platform of Coeur Rochester, Inc.’s rock crusher. Awestruck by the colossal machinery surrounding me, I am overcome by the illusion that the advancing conveyer belt wielding a blend of loose soil and half-ton boulders is […]

Nevada Part II: From Strikes to Statehood

November – December 2013

BY RON SOODALTER By the early 1850s, it had become apparent that the gold strikes recently made in the West were game-changing and would significantly impact the nation’s future. California, a recent prize in a war of acquisition with Mexico, had already established itself as a mecca for westward immigrants; the discovery of gold simply […]

Nevada Part I: The Unknown Territory

September – October 2013

BY RON SOODALTER The establishment of Nevada as a territory, and eventually a state, is a long and dramatic story. It features every type of western character imaginable: Indians, Spanish friars, mountain men, explorers, surveyors, Santa Fe traders, prospectors, cowboys, railroaders, Mormons, desperadoes, and ladies of the demimonde. For some, Nevada merely represented a vast […]

Camping… Rural Nevada Style

July – August 2013

Camping… Rural Nevada Style BY NEVADA MAGAZINE We don’t know about you, but when we’re camping, we want to feel like we’re camping. We don’t want a lot of neighbors, and we surely don’t want to be bothered by our smart phones. We want isolation. We want peace. In Nevada, we have just that. Summer […]

Backcountry Lakes

July – August 2013

Backcountry Lakes BY MATTHEW B. BROWN On a hot summer day, there’s nothing quite like coming around the bend of a back road and arriving at a pristine mountain lake. “In the desert?,” you say? Yes, we specialize in dry and hot, but we also have a multitude of mountains. And tucked away in those […]

Safe Havens

July – August 2013

Nevada's wildlife sanctuaries rescue animals while educating and entertaining visitors.

Gravel in Our Travel

May – June 2013

Gravel in Our Travel Dirt roads abound in Nevada’s vast wide-open expanses. BY CHARLIE JOHNSTON As Nevada Magazine’s adventuring duo for more than five years, Editor Matthew B. Brown and I have covered more miles crisscrossing the Silver State in search of stories and photographs than either of us can rightly recall. Tens of thousands […]

Lincoln Highway

March – April 2013

The Lincoln Highway in Nevada A CENTURY LATER, YOU CAN STILL ROAD TRIP ON THE “MAIN STREET ACROSS AMERICA.” BY P. GROVER CLEVELAND I’ve traveled stretches of dirt road nearly untouched since the early days of the last century, and yet they’re still perfectly drivable. I’ve camped where folks crossing the country in their overloaded […]

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