NevadaGram #38 – Virginia City Revisited

A new look at Virginia City reveals major changes brewing up in the old metropolis on the east side of Sun Mountain. Has Virginia City lost its “carnival atmosphere”? This is the Glassblower’s Workshop, glittering with exceptional (and high-priced) merchandise. Not only have property values quadrupled in the last year, Virginia City is reinventing itself … Read moreNevadaGram #38 – Virginia City Revisited

NevadaGram #37 – Virginia City, Rawhide, Las Vegas, Carson Valley, Ione, Ely and Topaz Lake

Virginia City is a popular day ride for motorcyclists during Reno’s Street Vibrations. It must have been the rumble of Harleys that woke me up to the fact that things are changing in Virginia City. Landrum’s, the locally famous diner on Reno’s South Virginia Street (since 1947), did not survive transplanting to a couple of … Read moreNevadaGram #37 – Virginia City, Rawhide, Las Vegas, Carson Valley, Ione, Ely and Topaz Lake

NevadaGram #36 – The Earth is Round, and there are Four Nevada’s

Attend the Beatty Centennial Celebration throughout the month of October and into November. New Edition now Available You can buy your book orders online for Personal copies and gifts or for Resale. Wendover and the gently curving Bonneville Salt Flats. At Wendover you can see it for yourself: the earth is round. The broad expanse … Read moreNevadaGram #36 – The Earth is Round, and there are Four Nevada’s

NevadaGram #35 – Exploring The Ruins of Troy

Troy Canyon. We celebrated Labor Day weekend by traveling to Troy. Not the one in Asia Minor with the big troublemaker named Helen, the other one, up a narrow canyon that spills out of the Grant range into Railroad Valley about halfway between Tonopah and Ely. The six of us had set out from Tonopah … Read moreNevadaGram #35 – Exploring The Ruins of Troy

NevadaGram #34 – All about Nevada

Our Edna If you have visited our home page lately, you may have clicked the link to Edna Purviance, Nevada’s Forgotten Movie Star. For a long time I thought Pansilee Larson and I were the only people in the world who still remembered Edna — she was Charlie Chaplin’s co-star in the movies that raised … Read moreNevadaGram #34 – All about Nevada

NevadaGram #33 – 1400 miles through the sagebrush, Part Two

It’s been a while since I returned home from a 9-day, 1400-mile trip through the sagebrush but I’m still enjoying it. Here are some highlights from the second half of the trip, from Pioche to Gold Hill: The Million Dollar Court House, Pioche. In the 1870s Pioche was so remote, violent and bloody that it … Read moreNevadaGram #33 – 1400 miles through the sagebrush, Part Two

NevadaGram #32 – 1400 miles through the sagebrush, part one

I’m still unpacking from a 9-day, 1400-mile trip through the sagebrush. Some highlights: In Hawthorne, lethal weapons have become objects d’art. In Hawthorne people were already buying red, white and blue petunias to plant in their gardens for the Armed Forces Day celebration, always held on the 3rd weekend in May. Hawthorne is Nevada’s Mayberry, … Read moreNevadaGram #32 – 1400 miles through the sagebrush, part one

NevadaGram #31 – Jazz, Railroads, Dude Ranches, the Mary Jane Sisters in Eureka and great news from Tonopah

No sooner do the first wildflowers of spring begin to paint the mountainsides than Jazz music fills the air around Nevada. A consortium of Las Vegas investors has bought Tonopah’s historic Mizpah Hotel and announced plans to reopen it later this year. The Mizpah advertised itself as “the finest stone hotel in the desert” when … Read moreNevadaGram #31 – Jazz, Railroads, Dude Ranches, the Mary Jane Sisters in Eureka and great news from Tonopah

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