Open ground, the endless views of the valley with a carpet of sagebrush and colorful mining town, a few places experience delight Nevada, as well as the territory of the Pony Express. The territory covers the Nevada Center, seeping US Highway 50. Its name reflects the fact that the US Highway 50 parallel to the historic Pony Express route, which stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California in the early 1860s.
It is a region that has one foot firmly planted in the 19th century and the second in the 21st century. Only a few small towns strung along the highway, which was indicated Life magazine as "the loneliest road in America." And perhaps it is. Motorists who experience loneliness, if it is not surrounded by buildings and traffic, can feel isolated. But the rest will find rest in perfect solitude.
Pony Express Territory – is a land of unsurpassed natural wonders and magical city of mountains, which still look like and more than a century ago. Traveling on the east to the west, your first stop on US Highway 50 to be in a national park and large swimming pool, where the ancient pines shchatsinnika live. These rigid giants that grow only at altitudes above 10,000 feet, can live up to 4,000 years. The park also has hiking trails leading to alpine lakes and majestic peaks, including the 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, the second highest point in the state of Nevada.
Lehman Caves, which can be accessed through the center of the park for visitors, offering fantastic images of stalactites and stalagmites, developed over hundreds of years. The small town of Baker, located five miles east of the park, offers restaurants, a motel and a gas station.
About an hour north-west of the park is Elie, a former copper mining town, which serves as a great base for trips to the regions many recreation areas and historic sites. The town has many restaurants, hotels and restaurants, as well as murals, which come to life the history of the city.
Northern Railway in Ely Nevada Museum includes a rail yard, shops and lively interior Nevada Northern Railway – short line, which operated from 1906 until the beginning of the 1980s.
The refurbished station East Ely is a small museum and gift shop. But the main point to stop & # 39 is a trip on the "Ghost Train of Old Ely." During weekends and selected excursions being offered on trains with historical railway number number 40, Baldwin locomotive 1910 album his sister engine number 93, the US consolidated in 1909, the steam engine. Train enthusiasts can even become engineers and actually control the steam or diesel locomotive on a journey of 14 miles in a narrow mountain canyon.
Seventy-eight miles west of Ely Eureka is one of the best-preserved mining towns of the 19th century in the state of Nevada. Founded in 1864, Eureka boasts many original buildings, some of which have been carefully restored. The most impressive courthouse of Eureka, which opened in 1880. After the road is the Eureka Opera House, built in 1880, which has been renovated into a modern conference center and a performing arts center. The well-preserved museum Eureka Sentynel offers exposure to the local history and in many press equipment used for the manufacture of a city newspaper, published in the period from 1870 to 1960.
Next comes the Austin, one of the most successful mining camps of Nevada. Silver was discovered here in 1862 and for several years, Austin has become the second largest company in the state. Special attention deserve the three historic churches in the city: Catholic Church of St. Augustine, built in 1866; Metodystskaya church built in 1866; and the Episcopal Church of St George, built in 1878. Austin and the surrounding mountain ranges Toyabe, Tokima and Hot Creek – popular destinations for mountain bikers, who aspire to a bright blue sky, rugged terrain and lack of crowds.
Between Austin and Fallon, Sand Mountain – a unique two versts sand dune 600 feet high, that appeals to fans of sand buggies, dirt bikers and skiers with sand. Express Station Sand Sand Pony, found south of the dunes, with a & # 39 is one of the best preserved examples of the type of raw rock enclosures used by riders Pony Express.
West on US Highway 50 – archaeological site eaves. Explanatory signs guide visitors along the trail, hung with petroglyphs on rock drawings made by local people who have lived in the area between 5000 BC and 1500 AD
Twelve miles west of Fallon is known for cantaloupe and fighters. Awarded Fallots designs Hearts O & # 39; Gold – one of the best products of this rich farmland. It is also the headquarters of the US Navy flight school "Top Gun." Fighter aircraft are often found with maneuvers in the sky above society. While in Fallon, visitors can also enjoy the Churchill County Museum, which contains exhibits from the description of the regional Native Americans, the path of immigrants and rural life at the turn of the century. There is excellent fishing and camping at the reservoir Lahontan, just 17 miles west of Felon. Campers are also welcome in the near Fort Churchill, army post of 1860, supported in a state of arrest. Both areas – public parks.
Near National haven for wildlife Stsilavot – an important habitat for a variety of water birds, including pelicans, swans, ducks and ibises.
Pony Express Territory – is a place of history, natural beauty and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. Therefore, go to the "most lonely road in America" and discover the region, which has been called the heart and soul of the Silver State.