There are many scattered across the “Old West”. A lot of gold was pulled from Goldfield, Nevada. It is the county seat of Esmeralda County, Nevada. It is a census-designated place, with a resident population of 268 at the 2010 census, down from 440 in 2000. Goldfield is located between Las Vegas and Carson City, along U.S. Route 95.
Indian Springs, NV is on the way if you’re driving north from Las Vegas on Hwy 95. It’s home to Creech Air Force Base, home to the US Air Force combat drone program. They won’t let you on base to look around unless you have credentials. BUT since they moved in, there are a lot more Air Force guys and gals, many with decent off-road rigs, exploring up in the Goldfield area. It’s bee good for the Esmerelda County economy.
IIRC, Goldfield played a role in the movie "Vanishing Point".
The real movie, not the weird made-for-TV version.
Good to know the economy is getting a boost.
That's a mighty fine looking steam rig parked in front of the saloon. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
The original movie was a good one.
Courtesy of your tax dollars.
As one with an eye toward restoration, I can appreciate your perspective. However, all in all, I'd rather whip down the Interstate in air conditioned splendor.
I've never been that way but I'd like to — exploring.
Ghost towns can be interesting. Some are completely abandoned and may have only foundations left. Others are simply dying an may have up to a couple residents still on site. Exploring these can be interesting.
I drove through there many many times on my way to Camp Verdi.
You need to take time to see the West. There is a great deal to experience and it could be the subject of several sabbaticals. I think that time is the operant factor because it takes time to appreciate anything. A stroll through a museum is much nicer than a rip through on a skateboard.
It's not in your back yard, but close enough. Distances in the West are more profound than they are in the East. Like the distance between San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas. Or in this case, the distance between Carson City and Las Vegas – and Camp Verde. Patience is required, and so long as you stay on the hardball roads, you're going to miss some of the most interesting parts.
Death Valley is a good place to start because it has it all in one humongous valley.
….which begs the question – have you ordered your A/C components for the Power Wagon yet? Although I doubt even brand new, that Power Wagon ever 'whipped down' anywhere.
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