End O The Line Relics & Ruins Photo Expeditions with photographer Arla M. Ruggles

Photo Tours may be scheduled
June first to late October
depending on weather
and other factors.




Arla M. Ruggles
HC 33 Box 33670
Cherry Creek -
Ely, NV   89301



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Welcome to The Big Empty!

The first settlers arrived in this area at the time of the Civil War, when the Union was hungry for gold and silver. And horses.

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.

Most of 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.

I never grow tired of visiting these sites and sharing the verbal history of my ancestors in these mountains.

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 landscape.

If you're up for a bumpy, dusty drive, rove along with me on the trail of  GOLD MINES & GHOSTS.

What to expect:

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 possible.

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:
A 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 repellant.



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.

If prevailing trends continue, these wild ones may disappear from the natural landscape within a decade.
Rove along with me into the high desert, as we follow some of the last truly wild horses in WILD HORSE COUNTRY. More ....