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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wednesday June 9, 2010 The Loneliest Highway in America

JoAnne Morgan

Guest Photographer & Blogger: Rick

An adventure back in time along The Loneliest Highway in America.

Our journey along Hwy 50 was a visit to the Old West frozen in time. While the scenery was picturesque, it was the history along what traces the Pony Express rout of 1861 that was fascinating. Our little caravan stopped in Eureka, a town with a silver and lead mining history. This town really does seem frozen in time. The Opera House and County Court House have been fully restored and now exist as they did in 1880. Pictures here. Actually, the history along Highway 50 goes back much further than the silver boom times of the region. One of our stops was the Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area - Pictures here. Our day ended in Austin (yep, named after the town in Texas).

The consensus of the group was that Nevada is much more than Las Vegas. Highway 50 travels through some amazing scenery and we went over half a dozen passes and crossed an equal number a spectacular valleys.