7 historic places in Nevada you have to see


A couple weeks ago, we gave you our list — curated from social media — of 10 places in Nevada you have to visit.

Now we have a few more, again compiled thanks to the help of social media, that are worth visiting because of their history.

What did we miss? Let us know on Twitter: @reviewjournal

Lincoln Highway

“Experience the isolation of highway 50. From middle gate to the state park,” Redditor Astrozombie79 suggested.

It’s been dubbed America’s Loneliest Road. But U.S. Highway 50 was first known as part of the Lincoln Highway, America’s first paved transcontinental road.

The highway celebrated its centennial last summer, drawing sightseers and history buffs from around the world.

A century after it first opened, the Nevada leg of the highway still sees only 600 or so cars a day, a far cry from a Las Vegas traffic jam.

The Pioneer Saloon

“It’s straight out of the old “Wild West” days … AND it’s supposed to be “haunted,” Harry Swan told us on Facebook.

The Pioneer Saloon, in Goodsprings, is the oldest bar in Clark County and celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in October. It’s owners have worked hard to preserve its authenticity.

“In Las Vegas, we blow things up, tear them down,” Noel Sheckells told the RJ in November. “But this is how it was 100 years ago.”

The Bottle House

About 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, you’ll find Rhyolite, a ghost town near the eastern edge of Death Valley.

It’s there you’ll find the famous Tom Kelly Bottle House, built by Kelly in 1906 with about 50,000 used beer and liquor bottles held together by mud.

There are other bottle houses in Nevada, but none in as good condition as Kelly’s.

The Reno arch

The Reno arch wasn’t built to draw attention to the city’s casinos.

It actually predates legal gambling in Nevada, built in 1926 for the Nevada Transcontinental Highway Exposition, which celebrated the completion of the Lincoln and Victoria highways. When the celebrations were over, no one knew what to do with the arch, so they held a contest to find a slogan for it.

The winning entry, “The Biggest Little City in the World,” was added to the arch, removed after complaints and later restored. The arch, spanning Virginia Street in downtown Reno, has stood in its current iteration since the late ‘80s.

The Extraterrestrial Highway

State Route 375 was designated the Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996 due to its proximity to Area 51 and the amount of supposed alien activity reported along the road.

Stop in Rachel, widely considered to be the Gateway to Area 51. And for the best legal view of the site, Redditor fallencastle suggests hiking Tikaboo Peak.

“It’s a challenging hike, but the scenery is gorgeous and it’s as close a view to Area 51 as you’ll get,” the poster said.

Overland Hotel & Saloon

Another suggestion from Facebook? The Overland Hotel & Saloon in Pioche.

The hotel as it currently stands has only been around since 1948, when it was rebuilt following a 1947 fire that destroyed one-third of Pioche and killed three people. The original hotel had been standing since 1863.

It’s said to be haunted, but so far no one on Yelp has had any luck encountering a ghost.

Virginia City

Of course, no list would be complete without Virginia City.

The mining town popped up almost overnight after silver was discovered on top of the Comstock Lode in 1859.

It’s also where Samuel Clemens, then a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, first used the pen name Mark Twain in 1863.

It’s “the kind of place where it seems life has a pause button,” R-J reporter Adam Causey wrote in December.

Contact Stephanie Grimes at sgrimes@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @steph_grimes

 

Rules for posting comments

Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Stephens Media LLC or this newspaper. This is a public forum. Read our guidelines for posting. If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon next to the comment.