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Currie, Nevada

Posted by graywacke on March 15, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day 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 landed out in the wide-open desert spaces of . . . NV; 73/67; 4/10; 5; 153.3.  Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed a few miles west of Rt 93, but near nothing of note:

Here’s an expanded view, showing my proximity to Tippett and Currie.  You can see a previous landing – it was my Tippett ALAD landing from July of 2009.

My earlier post was pretty much about how Tippett is a ghosttown.  So, I’ll feature Currie, which, surprise surprise, is pretty much a ghosttown.

But first, here’s my broader view:

And, my GE shot, which is a pretty cool looking landscape:

I’m right near a N-S drainage divide (easily seen on my close-in landing map, as well as on the photo above); a drop of water at my landing heads north, and then turns west.  In this oblique GE shot (looking SW), you can really see the divide, and follow the drainage off to the right, wrapping around the hills.  The water ends up in Goshute “Lake,” (3rd hit) which goes nowhere.

At the intersection of 93 & Alt 93 (see broader landing map, above) is Lages Station.  Here’s a StreetView shot of what you’ll find here:

Here’s a description of Lages Station (from Chrissy’s Flickr photostream):

Lages Station sits at the convergence of Hwy 93 and Alt Hwy 93 in Nevada. The town’s only building is a restaurant/gas station/motel/rv park/residence housing a family of three generations, a dog, chickens, peacocks, and rabbits, too, I was told.

Click here to check out Chrissy’s Lages Station photos.

Anyway, on to Currie, from Wiki:

Currie is a very small town located in Elko County, Nevada. Its population is around 20, and is often considered a ghost town.

The town is named after Joseph Currie, who started a ranch there in 1885.  Discovery of copper in the neighboring town of Ely prompted the building of a railroad from Ely to the Southern Pacific main-line, at Cobre, Nevada.  Currie is the mid-point between the two towns.  On March 22, 1906, the first passenger train from Cobre to Currie was operated.   Between 1906 and 1941, approximately 4.6 million people passed through Currie on rail.

[4.6 million??  Hard to believe!  I wonder where the author got that number . . .]

The Ely copper smelters were closed on June 20, 1983 and the railroad closed one day later.

The major portion of the town, the business district (20 acres), is owned by Glenn and Brenda Taylor, who now reside in Utah. It consists of Goshute Mercantile, the bar, adjoining house, cabins, RV park, garage, historic buildings, and corrals.  There is also the Northern Nevada Railroad depot and the Currie Elementary school.  The Tayor’s wish to sell their part of the town.

Here’s the town’s “For Sale” sign (Panoramio photo by gpsman):

Here’s Currie’s railroad depot (for sale):

Here’s the Currie Hotel back in the day:

And the Currie Hotel today (for sale):

And the Currie school (for sale).  You have to love the “School Zone” sign:

I’ll close with this shot looking south on one of the Rt 93s, with Lages Station in the middle distance:

That’ll do it. . .



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