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Ely was founded as a silver-mining camp in 1868. In 1905 the railroad reached to this town and the large Liberty Pit mining operation was started by Kennecott Copper Corp. This mine produced over $550 million of copper, gold and silver from 1905 to 1970.
The town sits astride the old Pony Express Trail - today's highway US-50.
Great Basin National Park
Diverse landscape including limestone caves, tall peaks, aspen forests, glacial lakes and alpine meadows
Old Mining Camps and Ghost Towns
Many abandoned sites exist in this area:
Nevada Northern Railway Museum
1100 Ave. A, Ely, NV, 89301; (775) 289-2085;
Open Wed-Sun 9AM-4:30PM Memorial Day-Labor Day; Guided Tours at 11AM & 2PM; Admission: $2.50 / Child Under 10 Free;
Located in East Ely, facilities include restored depot, dispatcher's office, roundhouse, machine shop and great variety of railcars and locomotives. Various eras of railroad history are represented.
The Ghost Train of Old Ely makes a 1.5 hour round trip every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Six 30-foot-high stone "beehive" kiln ovens built in the 1870's. The ovens burned wood to produce charcoal to fuel area mine smelters. Go 5 miles southeast of Ely on US 6/50/93, then 11 miles south on Cave Valley Rd. (775) 728-4467.
Ride Across Nevada [Late Sept]
Annual bike ride follows US-54/Pony Express Trail from Lake Tahoe to Ely. (775) 588-9658.
Ely Restaurant Directory
Restaurant listings, reviews, menus, specials and pricelist.
Ely Hotel Directory
Online hotel room search and reservation service.
Northern Nevada Calendar of Events
Fairs, parades, expos, road rally's, and other festivities.
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Romantic Getaways of America's Southwest
A selection of recommended inns, delightful restaurants, resorts, festivals, the best places to stroll together under the stars or have a secluded champagne picnic – the most romantic places in the Southwest. This book visits special spots in Arizona, California south of Los Angeles, Colorado south of Denver, Las Vegas, Lake Mead, New Mexico, Utah south of Canyonlands. Each place has been carefully selected, making sure that it offers something special – in-room fireplaces, four-poster beds, Jacuzzis, enchanting gardens, five-star cuisine. Detailed maps and photos throughout.
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Legoland California Mini-Vacation Getaway
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