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Welcome to The Big
settlers arrived in this area at the time of the Civil War,
when the Union was hungry for gold and silver.
For a brief time, the Pony
Express was the primary means of communication.
The telegraph and Transcontinental Railroad soon
connected towns to cities, yet many
outlying areas remained insular.
the original mining camps were abandoned when extraction of ore became too expensive to be worthwhile.
Remains of stone and log dwellings
built by rugged individuals still exist in
hidden canyons where only reptiles and
jackrabbits keep vigil.
grow tired of visiting these sites and sharing
the verbal history of my ancestors in these
There have been minor
resurgences ('booms') in the area - usually coinciding with wartime demand for metals, followed by decades of economic 'bust'.
As yet another wave of
industry this way comes, more and more of these
unheralded sites disappear from Nevada's
If you're up for a bumpy,
dusty drive, rove along with me on the
trail of GOLD MINES
Even in the warmest summer months,
it can get cold in the higher elevations. Nevada
weather can change quickly, so it is just good
sense to prepare for as many contingencies as
We've got a lot of ground to
cover, so let's get an earlt start! Is sunrise
too early for you?
Plan to spend the whole day (or
two or three).
What to bring:
hat, sturdy hiking boots (even if you don't plan
on hiking); a warm jacket, extra socks, and
gloves. Extra drinking water and a few energy
bars are always a good idea.
Need we mention?: Please
wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Stickers and sharp things are inevitable, and snakes a possibility.
Apply sunblock as you see fit,
and consider carrying mosquito
BEFORE THEY ARE
More than half
of all free-roaming horses remaining in the wild, live in
Nevada. Central eastern Nevada contains the
largest designated herd areas in the World.
prevailing trends continue, these wild ones may
disappear from the natural landscape within a
Rove along with me into the high desert, as we
follow some of the last truly wild horses
in WILD HORSE