7/13 - 7/15
It took two days to travel 284 miles to Eureka, Nevada. The first day we took a little side trip off US50 to visit Genoa, the first town in Nevada. The settlement was started in 1851 as Reese's Station, later to become Mormon Station and finally Genoa. Mormon pioneers settled the area until 1857 when Brigham Young called all Mormons back to defend Salt Lake City. The town was basically a stocking-up point for pioneers planning to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains into California. It is still a small little town with only about ten buildings. Included in those buildings is a reproduction of the burnt down Mormon Settlement cabin and stockade, now a small museum. Also in town is the original, and first, bar in Nevada. The first night we stayed in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Fallon, Nevada. Leaving Fallon the next morning we stopped at Grimes Point to see the Indian petroglyphs.
US50 through Nevada was named the Loneliest Highway by Life Magazine. It travels through high desert, going over at least ten or fifteen mountain passes with elevations ranging from about 4500 feet to 7500 feet. There is very little traffic and usually a town every 60 or 70 miles. At this time of year it is hot 100-110 degrees F with very little humidity.
When we arrived in Eureka we stayed at the Silver Sky Lodge RV Park. Eureka is an old mining town, in fact, almost every town we have, or will go through, on US50 in Nevada started as a mining town. We took a walking tour of Eureka which included a stop at the Eureka Sentinel Museum. Very nice museum.