First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a two-or-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Dan - I guess the LG decided that four USers in a row would be too many . . . NV; 75/69; 5/10; 2; 155.0. Here’s my landing that shows that I landed in the middle of nowhere (typical for NV):
Note the scale, and the fact that there aren’t even any roads (let alone towns). I have to move out a little to see some roads and towns:
Here’s an even broader view:
For the 24th time, I landed in the Humboldt R watershed. As you know well by now, the Humboldt is internally drained, and ends up in the dead end Humboldt Lake.
Here’s my GE shot, showing a very dry, very hilly, very empty terrain:
Here’s an oblique GE shot, looking east, showing pretty much more of the same:
Nearby (surprise!) is a huge mining operation. Here’s a GE shot looking past the mine towards my landing:
I would usually do some research on the mine, but for some reason, I didn’t bother . . .
So, if you look up at my second landing map, you can see that I landed closest to the town of Tuscarora, which is about 19 miles away. You’ll not be surprised to learn that it’s a former mining town that’s now pretty much a ghost town.
About Tuscarora, from Ghosttowns.com:
Placer deposits were discovered near Tuscarora in July of 1867. Nothing much happened until 1869 when the first Chinese moved into the area. By the end of the year more than 200 Chinese miners had arrived and formed a Chinatown adjacent to the Tuscarora camp. The Chinese became more efficient than the whites in placer mining primarily because they were willing to work harder and longer. In 1870, Tuscarora had a population of 119 of which 104 were Chinese and 15 were white
During the early 1870s, the frustrated white miners left the placer operations and began prospecting in the nearby hills. Silver was discovered and Tuscarora became a silver mining town. Mills were built to process the ore, stage lines included the town in their routes, businesses flourished, schools were built, and Tuscarora became the place to be. The two most productive years were 1878 and 1879. The population had reached 1,500. In each of those years, Tuscarora’s mines yielded more than $1 million worth of bullion.
But fires that had spared the town during the first few years of its existence began to plague to town. That, together with a new discovery in the Wood River region of Idaho started a small exodus from Tuscarora. During the mid 1880s, the big mines of the 1870s began to play out and the population slipped to less than 1,000. The town continued to suffer and many businesses closed their doors. The stage coaches were full leaving town and empty upon their return. During the ensuing years there were many attempts at revival but none succeeded in returning the town to its previous glory
Today, Tuscarora is classified as a ghost town although there are a few people still living there. Visitors are guaranteed to enjoy themselves.
Here’s the “Welcome to Tuscarora” sign (photo by Rich Bauer, from Barraclou.com):
Pretty funny how someone procured a “Welcome to Nevada” sign and then fixed it up a little. You have to love the giant grasshopper.
Of course, there are broken down trucks:
Here’s a shot of a property that’s still occupied:
There’s an old mining pit filled with water in Tuscarora:
Perusing my landing map, I saw a blip on the map labeled “Dinner Station.” Here’s a landing map oriented further east. Today’s landing is the western-most, but just south of the eastern-most landing, you’ll see Dinner Station:
Intrigued, I Googled it, and found it to be a ghost town as well. From Ghosttowns.com
Stage lines need stations along the route for the convenience of passengers. The best known along the Elko to Tuscarora line was Dinner Station. The first station was a wooden building built in 1860s. The fare to Dinner Station from Elko was three dollars. In 1880 the station burned to the ground and was replaced by a new two-story stone structure that was “the handsomest and most comfortable wayside hostelry in the state of Nevada.”
In 1888 a saloon and a small store opened next to the station and the population grew to about forty people. In addition to serving meals, the station could sleep twenty people and the barn could hold up to seventy-five horses. Over the years a good-sized ranch grew up around the station but with the advent of the automobile the need for the station diminished. The station still stands and is open to visitors. HBC
Here’s a picture of Dinner Station by D.A. Wright (from ghosttowns.com):
I stumbled on this from the Elko County Rose Garden site (elkorose.com):
The area between Lone Mountain Station and Dinner Station (names come from when stagecoaches and freight wagons traveled between Elko and Tuscarora, Nevada) contains what is widely considered to be a meteorite impact field (many small and intermediate sized craters).
Here are a couple of pictures of small craters. This one shows a crater just to the left of the hill top (and maybe one to the right as well):
Here’s a more obvious one:
I’ll close with this general Nevada landscape shot, which is taken a little east of my landing:
That’ll do it. . .
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