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Wandering the West
Road Trip to Old Nevada
Mark Sedenquist

Nevada State Highway 318
Nevada State Route 318

Instead of retracing the path I had taken north, I returned to Las Vegas by way of Highway 6 and State Route 318, a route that leads through the scenic White River Narrows. Well known to lovers of fast cars, this is the home of the Silver State Classic road race. Twice a year, the Nevada Highway Patrol closes a 90-mile section of the highway, suspends speed limits, and allows participants to drive the route at velocities of their own choosing.

As the Stratosphere Tower poked up over the horizon and I zoomed back into the 21st century, I was amazed that in only two days I had traveled eons into Nevada's geologic past and over a century into her fascinating history.


Tillies Mini Market, 1 Main Street
Overland Hotel & Saloon, 85 Main Street
Silver Café, 97 Main Street

Whispering Elms Motel & RV Park
Border Inn Motel
Hidden Canyon Guest Ranch

Ely & East Ely
Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall
Ramada Inn / Copper Queen Casino
Holiday Inn & Prospectors Casino
Jailhouse Motel and Casino, 211 5th Street, Ely, NV 89301
Steptoe Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast
Ely KOA Campground

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Humboldt National Forest Campground
Great Basin National Park (Advance tickets for the tours 775-234-7331 ext. 242)
Northern Nevada Railway in East Ely (Scenic rides and museum)
Ely Bureau of Land Management
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Baker Archaeological Viewing Site
Pioche Visitor's Guide


Mark Sedenquist
September 3, 2006


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