Ely

At the eastern end of U.S. Highway 50 in, Nevada is the bustling town of Ely. What started as just a post office and stagecoach station grew rapidly with the discovery of copper in 1906.

As the railroad steamed into town, Ely continued to grow, and today the community’s history is documented by a series of giant murals gracing the sides of buildings throughout town. For a closer look at Ely’s history, visitors can also tour the Renaissance Village to see homes and stores adorned as they would have been in the 1900s. Each home is furnished and decorated to represent the ethnicities that made up Ely’s early days, a mix of cultures that included Spanish, Italian, English, French, Slavic, Asian and Greek.

Another way for visitors to see Ely’s heritage is with a visit to the historic Hotel, Nevada and Gambling Hall. Once a popular resting place for the Hollywood crown en route to ski vacations in Sun Valley, Idaho, Hotel, Nevada famously opened its doors to the likes of Wayne Newtown, Gary Copper, Jimmy Stewart and Ann Rutherford. Today, many of these hotel rooms are decorated in honor of these famous guests. And impressive as Hotel, Nevada may be, arguably the most prized attraction in Ely is the Ghost Train, an authentic steam-engine train on the, Nevada Northern Railway. Visitors can trawl the rail yard and even hop aboard for a train ride.

Other must-sees in the area are Garnet Hill, an area bursting with beautiful dark red garnets embedded in volcanic rock; the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, which hosts beehive-shaped brick ovens built in the 1870s as part of the region’s copper mining efforts and still standing today in near-perfect condition; and the amazingly-preserved McGill Drug Store Museum.

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